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Test my Mt Kinabalu route: Rock climbing champion

Published on: Sunday, June 08, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Rock climbing hero, Yuji Hirayama, invited rock climbers and mountaineering enthusiasts to try out the Pogulian do Koduduo, a multi-pitch route in the Mount Kinabalu National Park.

"Mount Kinabalu is just nearby, so I am hoping everyone will go out and test my route. There is so much potential with the route, from easy to hard, and I think everyone will enjoy it," he said during a press conference here, Saturday.

The two-time rock climbing world champion is in town for the Reel Rock 8 Films which featured four new climbing films, including The Sensei, a film starring Yuji and American rock climber Daniel Woods.

The film captured 44-year-old Yuji and Woods as they attempted to send the project on Kinabalu and built around the wisdom Yuji imparted upon the young boulderer.

"I think the number of climbing community in Sabah is quite small at the moment but with the right motivation to further develop this sport, there is a good hope for it to grow in the future. I think there are a lot of strong climbers here," he said.

Yuji also gave a slideshow presentation on rock climbing and mountaineering after the shows.

Other films featured were Spice Girl, High Tension: Ueli Stack and the Clash on Everest and The Stonemasters.

The Reel Rock Film Tour is an annual travelling film festival, highlighting each year a new compilation of outdoor adventure films produced by Sender Films and Big Up Productions.

Every year since 2006, the tour had brought the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world.