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.
2008 The Nose, Yosemite; Set a speed climbing record: 2:37:05
2004 White Zombie, Spain (8c); On-sight
2003 El Nino, Yosemite; Attempted on-sight. Free climbed all pitches.
2000 World Cup Series Champion
1998 World Cup Series Champion
1997 Salathe, Yosemite; Attempted on-sight. Free climbed all pitches in two days.