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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Sawanabori  © The North Face

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 waterfall...

Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face
Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson discuss the route ahead.  © The North Face

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...

Toru Nakajima on Lucid Dreaming, ~8C, Bishop, CA  © Toru Nakajima coll.
Toru Nakajima on Lucid Dreaming, ~8C, Bishop, CA  © Toru Nakajima coll.

Video Toru Nakajima - Beyond

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

Toru Nakajima on Lucid Dreaming, ~8C, Bishop, CA  © Toru Nakajima coll.
Toru Nakajima on Lucid Dreaming, ~8C, Bishop, CA  © Toru Nakajima coll.

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...

Toru Nakajima on The Story of Two Worlds, ~8C, Cresciano, Switzerland  © Nakajima coll.
Toru Nakajima on The Story of Two Worlds, ~8C, Cresciano, Switzerland  © Nakajima coll.

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...

Toru Nakajima on Asagimadara, ~8C/+  © Nakajima coll.
Toru Nakajima on Asagimadara, ~8C/+  © Nakajima coll.

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...

Toru Nakajima on The Big Island, ~8C, Fontainebleau  © Nakajima coll.
Toru Nakajima on The Big Island, ~8C, Fontainebleau  © Nakajima coll.

News The Big Island, 8C, for Toru Nakajima

Two weeks into his first ever trip to Fontainebleau, Toru Nakajima's tick list is already long and impressive. The other day,...

Toru Nakajima on Tokoyo, 8C, Kasagi, Japan  © Nakajima coll.
Toru Nakajima on Tokoyo, 8C, Kasagi, Japan  © Nakajima coll.

News Tokoyo, 8C, by Toru Nakajima

Toru on Storms Over Africa  © Mark Glaister
Toru on Storms Over Africa  © Mark Glaister

Video Toru Nakajima in Cornwall

Toru Nakajima - new E9 on Gritstone  © SteepMedia/Pete Whittaker
Toru Nakajima - new E9 on Gritstone  © SteepMedia/Pete Whittaker

Video Toru Nakajima - Grit E9


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Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

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 mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...

It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders
It's a super-snug belay refuge  © Dave Saunders

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 Parka would be a decent choice, says Dan Bailey

ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown
ISPO 2019 top 10 montage  © Nick Brown

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 caught our attention in particular...

It's good as 'active insulation' in winter conditions  © Martin McKenna
It's good as 'active insulation' in winter conditions  © Martin McKenna

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...

Submersion is not a problem for the Mammut Redburn Low GTX  © UKC Gear
Submersion is not a problem for the Mammut Redburn Low GTX  © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

The UKC Test Team take on eight pairs of approach shoes to find out which one will get you to the crag in comfort, style, with good grip, dry...

Gore-Tex Pro, helping me keep cool under fire  © Mike Pescod, Abacus Mountaineering
Gore-Tex Pro, helping me keep cool under fire  © Mike Pescod, Abacus Mountaineering

The North Face Point Five NG Jacket and Pants

Dan Bailey takes the top spec shell kit from The North Face on a long-term test spanning two winter...

A great outer layer for spring conditions  © Lorraine McCall
A great outer layer for spring conditions  © Lorraine McCall

The North Face DNP Hoodie

Dan Bailey takes the DNP Hoodie from The North Face out in to the Scottish hills for a thorough testing. Does he like it?...


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James Pearson getting wet on the Sawanabori expedition  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L1 Climb Pants

An essential part of every climber's kit, these pants were designed for longs days in the harness and crafted with lightweight, stretch-woven Cordura™ fabric for unparalleled durability and range of motion.

Caroline Ciavaldini climbing waterfalls on the Sawanabori expedition  © The North Face
Caroline Ciavaldini climbing waterfalls on the Sawanabori expedition  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L5 Ultralight Storm Jacket

Our lightest, most packable shell yet is designed to keep you dry through mountainside squalls without adding any unnecessary weight or bulk, so you can climb higher and faster without worrying whether your jacket will keep up.

ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic roofs) in Munich, has just wrapped up for 2019. Heavy snowfall gave this year's event a suitably wintry feel, and if we'd really rather...

Antarctica Expedition 2  © The North Face
Antarctica Expedition 2  © The North Face

The North Face Antarctica Expedition Mini-Series

Throughout October The North Face has published four short films which explore their 2017 expedition to...

Antarctica Expedition 3  © The North Face
Antarctica Expedition 3  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L5 GTX® Pro Jacket, Pants and Bib

Athlete tested, expedition proven: The North Face's mantra when creating its Summit Series products...

Antarctica Expedition 3  © The North Face
Antarctica Expedition 3  © The North Face

The North Face Antarctica Expedition - Trailer

In 2017 The North Face sent a group of climbers to Queen Maud Land, Antarctica to explore one of the most...

Summit L3 Ventrix™ 2.0 Hoodie Action 2  © The North Face
Summit L3 Ventrix™ 2.0 Hoodie Action 2  © The North Face

The North Face Summit L3 Ventrix™ 2.0 Hoodie

Your new alpine workhorse, this synthetic-insulated mid layer features our cutting-edge dynamic-venting...