Treasure Island: Seaside First Ascents in Kinkasan, Japan

By Climbing Staff ,

Watch James Pearson, Caroline Ciavaldini, and Toru Nakajima travel to Kinkasan, a Japanese island with hundreds of untouched seaside granite cliffs and boulders. Guided by Japanese climber Yuji Hirayama, the team finds more than just new lines; they discover an island still trying to recover from the 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami that decimated not just the landscape, but the island's economy.

An unknown island no more, Kinkasan offers new trad and bouldering opportunities for those looking for first ascents and an excuse to travel to new destination.

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