Toru Nakajima


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One of the strongest, most gifted climbers in the world. Toru can do it all; from hard grit ascents in the middle of summer, repeats of some of the world's hardest boulder problems, hard sport climbing and even waterfalls.

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Video Toru Nakajima solos Shomyo Falls in Japan

Japanese bouldering and trad climbing phenomenon Toru Nakajima recently made the first free solo ascent of Japan's highest waterfall, Shomyo Falls (350m) in Toyama. Sawanobori is the Japanese art of climbing a mountain river to its source, invo...

Fri Night Vid Sawanobori - Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

Our Friday Night Video this week is a trip to Japan to climb the country's highest waterfall: Shomyo Falls in Toyama. Sawanobori is the Japanese art of climbing a mountain river to its source, involving scrambling up gullies, ravines and...

Article Sawanobori - James Pearson on Climbing Waterfalls in Japan

On Wednesday 20th March, UKC hosted The North Face Speaker Series 'Sawanobori' film launch, featuring TNF athletes James Pearson, Caroline Ciavaldini, Matty Hong, Yuji Hirayama and Toru Nakajima. These athletes weren't climbing rock...

Video Toru Nakajima - Beyond

Video of Toru Nakajima making the 4th ascent of Paul Robinson's Lucid Dreaming, ~8C, at Bishop. 

News Lucid Dreaming, F8C, by Toru Nakajima

On his third trip to Bishop, and after specialized training, Toru Nakajima has managed to make the 4th ascent of Paul...

News The Story of 2 worlds, ~8C, by Toru Nakajima

Toru Nakajima has, despite far from ideal conditions, managed to repeat Dave Graham's The Story of two Worlds, F8C, at...

News [UPDATED)Toru Nakajima repeats Asagimadara, F8C/+

Toru Nakajima has made the first repeat of Tokio Muroi's Asagimadara, F8C/+, at Mizugaki, a contender for the...

News The Big Island, 8C, for Toru Nakajima

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The North Face Summit L5 LT FUTURELIGHT Jacket and Trousers

In a campaign that challenges us to "Defy the past: Wear the future" The North Face's FUTURELIGHT has been heralded as a revolutionary new waterproof/breathable technology. Very much in the present, Rebecca Ting tests the Summit Series L5 LT FU...

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough technical jackets from 12 leading manufacturers.

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket & Summit L1 Climb Trousers

John McKenna tries this combination of a light shell jacket and softshell trousers on the rainy Scottish hills and crags.

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even...

The North Face Summit L6 Down Belay Parka

It's way more jacket than most of us need, but if you're after a duvet for somewhere seriously cold then the Down Belay...

ISPO 2019 - Best in Show

The annual ISPO outdoor trade show has just wrapped up for 2019. Among the many new products shown to us by attending brands, a number...

The North Face Summit L3 Ventrix Hoodie 2.0

While The North Face describe the Ventrix Hoodie as a midlayer, you could equally call it a thin jacket. It's hard to...

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The North Face: Advanced Mountain Kit - available at Ellis Brigham

Advanced Mountain Kit - The North Face's latest range - is available exclusively at Ellis Brigham.

The North Face presents: Towers of Tigray

With a rich history of climbing, the Tigray region of Ethiopia has always provided an incredible opportunity to discover another world. Priests and worshippers have scaled rock towers and cliffs since as far back as the 4th Century, creating...

Restoring Hardknott Forest

Hardknott Forest is a 600 hectare conifer plantation in the upper reaches of the Duddon valley in the Lake District. It was planted in the 1930s after strong local opposition. Now, over 70 years later, the forest plantations are reaching maturity. After...

ISPO 2020 - New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

The North Face Summit L6 FUTURELIGHT™ Belay Parka

FUTURELIGHT has been tested extensively for more than 400 continuous days by 15 members of the brand's...

The North Face FUTURELIGHT™ - The Technology behind the Innovation

The North Face changed the future of the outerwear industry with the unveiling of...

OutDoor 2019 - Final New Product Roundup

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

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