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News > 2013 > Entre-Prises Welcomes Yuji Hirayama

Yuji Hirayama
Yuji Hirayama

A Legend, Yuji Hirayama joins the Entre-Prises Team and rounds out our panel of athletes with a great history of knowledge.  A little background about Yuji says it all:

- Starts his climbing career at age 15 and becomes one of the top climbers in Japan as a teenager.

- Trains in America at age 17 for 6 months, moves to France at age 19 where he bases himself for 7 years to compete in international climbing competitions.

- Becomes the first Japanese climber to conquer World Cup series in 1998, and again in 2000 as No.1 World Ranker.


- A few of Yuji’s Major accomplishments include:

- One-day All-free ascent on El Capitan’s Salathe Wall in 2002

- 2004 White Zombies On-site ascent

- Two-time world record making of El Capitan’s The Nose route speed ascent in 2002 and 2008

- 2012, redpoint of a massive new multipitch 5.14d called Pogulian Do Koduduo. Read more at Dead Point Magazine

- Recently opened Japan’s largest climbing gym “Climb Park Base Camp” in Iruma, Saitama


Yuji now owns and runs a successful climbing gym called Climb Park Base Camp, mentioned above.  Yuji organizes and route sets the largest bouldering competitions in Japan including The North Face Cup, which has 9 qualifying events this year and a final scheduled for 8th & 9th of February 2014.

Still inspiring new and veteran climbers everyday, EP acknowledges Yuji as a great ambassador for the sport of climbing and brings a similar passion to our mission: Bring climbing and its core values to everyone by designing, making and ensuring successful climbing walls.