Rock Climbing

Yuji Hirayama

Yuji began climbing when he was 15 years old, and he soon became one of the best climbers in Japan.

When he was 17, Yuji moved to California’s Yosemite National Park to brush up on his crack climbing, and then to France, where he climbed some of the hardest free-climbing routes in the world and excelled in competition.

Still a regular visitor to Yosemite, his accomplishments there include a rapid, two-day free ascent of the Nose route on El Capitan.