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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The Ticklist #55 Hard Sport Climbing and Japanese Ascents

This week's ticklist is a mixture of hard sport climbing in Europe, with a couple of desperate Japanese ascents thrown in for good measure...

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...

Newsflash Nesscliffe E8s for Ciavaldini, Hirayama & Pearson

Yuji Hirayama, Caroline Ciavaldini and James Pearson have headed North to Nesscliffe, where they...

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...

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,...

News 6th ascent of the Cobra crack by Yuji

News Yuji Hirayama-F9a First Ascent At 40

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

News Hans and Yuji Break The Nose Record

Yuji Hirayama repeats Golden Gate

Yuji Hirayama flying in Yosemite

Legrand and Hirayama go American.. into injury

Hirayama repeats 5.14d (=F9a?)

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Beal Phantom Harness

Whilst it's pitched as a lightweight harness for high level sport climbing, the Phantom isn't actually mega-light by modern standards. But what you get instead is a great all rounder, says Rob Greenwood, with a clean and functional design that ...

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...

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...

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test...

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...

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Beal ZEST Quickdraw

Quickdraw for sport climbing and big walls.


TIGER 10mm is an example of multipurpose: in climbing it's the introductory rope for those starting to use thin ropes.  

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.

Product Recall: Beal Tract Up rope clamp

Following our internal quality control, Beal has voluntary issued a recall on the Tract Up rope clamp device...

Beal VERDON II 9mm Half Ropes

Beal VERDON II 9mm is a classic half rope giving maximum security for all climbing types.

Beal JOKER 9.1mm UNICORE triple rated climbing rope

The Beal JOKER, at one and the same time a single, double and twin rope. A triple rated...

New Climbing Gear Spring / Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the...

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