Sawanobori – Yuji Hirayama and James Pearson Climb…Waterfalls?!

This is just, well… we don’t even know where to begin… It has to be the most bizarre rock climbing discipline we’ve ever seen.

By The North Face | March 23rd, 2019

In August 2018, James Pearson, Yuji Hirayama, Matty Hong and several other climbers traveled into the spectacular Japanese wilderness to dive into the realm of “Sawanobori”—the revered art of scaling mountain streams, despite Mother Nature doing all she can to push them back.

Powering through conditions that rendered traditional climbing shoes completely useless, this was unlike any adventure the team had done before.


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