Yuji Hirayama


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Saitama-ken, Japan
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Yuji Hirayama, born on February 23, 1969 is a Japanese rock climber who has excelled in most forms of the sport since the mid-1980s. He has won World Cups, climbed up to 9a+, set speed records on El Capitan, onsighted F8c, bouldered 8B+ and opened hard multi-pitch climbs. There aren't enough superlatives to describe this legend.

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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...

James Pearson - My Piano  © High Sports
James Pearson - My Piano  © High Sports

Newsflash Nesscliffe E8s for Ciavaldini, Hirayama & Pearson

Yuji Hirayama, Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson have headed North to Nesscliffe, where they managed an impressive haul of E8s. Yuji headpointed the classic E8 My Piano, Caroline headpointed Une Jeune Fille Quatre Vingt Dix...

Yuji Hirayama on the 3rd pitch of Zembrocal, La Réunion  © Jacopo Larcher
Yuji Hirayama on the 3rd pitch of Zembrocal, La Réunion  © Jacopo Larcher

Newsflash Yuji Hirayama Climbs The Big Issue, E9

Top Japanese climber, Yuji Hirayama is currently in the UK and has just climbed John Dunne's steep Pembroke...

Yuji Hirayam in Turkey  © UKC News
Yuji Hirayam in Turkey  © UKC News

Fri Night Vid Yuji Hirayama in Turkey

In this short film we see top climber Yuji Hirayama climb what is possibly Turkey's hardest route, Devers Royal,...

The LowDown: 6th ascent of the Cobra crack by Yuji  © UKC News
The LowDown: 6th ascent of the Cobra crack by Yuji  © UKC News

News 6th ascent of the Cobra crack by Yuji

Yuji Hirayama, no gear, on the Boot Flake, The Nose , El Capitan  © Tom Evans
Yuji Hirayama, no gear, on the Boot Flake, The Nose , El Capitan  © Tom Evans

News Yuji Hirayama-F9a First Ascent At 40

Japanese rock climbing legend Yuji Hirayama has recently made the first ascent of The Fifth Element at...

Yuji Hirayama, no gear, on the Boot Flake, The Nose , El Capitan  © Tom Evans
Yuji Hirayama, no gear, on the Boot Flake, The Nose , El Capitan  © Tom Evans

News Hans and Yuji Break The Nose Record AGAIN: 2:37:05

Hans Florine and Yuji Hirayama  © Hans Florine
Hans Florine and Yuji Hirayama  © Hans Florine

News Hans and Yuji Break The Nose Record

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Yuji Hirayama onsights an 8c!

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Yuji Hirayama repeats Golden Gate

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Yuji Hirayama flying in Yosemite

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Legrand and Hirayama go American.. into injury

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Hirayama repeats 5.14d (=F9a?)


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Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test the UKC team go through some of the best lightweight sport harnesses on offer.

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
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...

Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear
Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear

Women's All-Round Harnesses

Many climbers are all-rounders, so there's a need for harnesses that can do a bit of everything too. We look at nine...

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...

Half ropes montage  © UKC Gear
Half ropes montage  © UKC Gear

Half Ropes for UK Trad

Over the last few months the UKC Test Team have been putting six pairs of half ropes through their paces. Though they're all good, we...


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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.

Birdie 2  © Beal
Birdie 2  © Beal

Beal BIRDIE - Compact belay device with assisted braking

Compact belay device with assisted braking for lead climbing or top rope. All metal construction, with cam friction components in stainless steel for great durability.

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...

Beal Booster III 9.7mm rope belaying with a Click-up  © Ola Stepien
Beal Booster III 9.7mm rope belaying with a Click-up  © Ola Stepien

Beal BOOSTER III 9.7mm UNICORE - INTENSIVE Line range

Compact, easy-running and ultra-light. The Beal Booster III 9.7mm, the pioneer of thin ropes slides in...

Beal Opera Thumbnail  © Beal
Beal Opera Thumbnail  © Beal

Beal OPERA 8.5mm UNICORE - Triple rated rope

Weighing in at only 48g per metre, the Opera 8.5 is the first sub 50g rope and is the lightest and thinest...

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...