So You're in Japan and Want to Climb? 


Local 81 Guides is a guiding service specialized in rock climbing in Japan. From single climbers to groups to adults and kids, I'm prepped to guide you with complete safety and total fun. Beyond my passion for climbing, I promise to show you the magic of Japan from its amazing crags and people to down-home food and living. 

Tired of the Tokyo crowds? Over 90 percent of Japanese climbers go on the weekend. I totally recommend climbing during the week where you'll have the entire mountain to yourself. In fact, it's about the only time I climb. It's a wonderful only-in-Japan feeling. 

If you want to see what climbing with me might be like, check out this Australian travel show called Before 30 where I was the guide. Danny Clayton and I hit Ogawayama. See the show here.




Japan Free Climbers Association Member

American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)

Access Fund

The American Alpine Club 

Wilderness First Aid - WFA

- MountainProject.Com - Japan Admin 


was also a presenter for NHK Journeys in Japan. See the show hereAnd if you're coming in winter, please come ski with me at


MY STORY / Climbing isn't about the grade, it's about the company

Surfer Kelly Slater said this about surfing. “I’d rather be on a two foot wave with a bunch of friends than on anything overhead alone.” I feel the same way about climbing. The point is...we don’t climb alone. And climbing is not about the grade, it's about the company. Much as life is itself, climbing is a team endeavor. Your partner gets somewhere because you help him do it. I'm here to get you to where you want to go. Technically, we will share a rope and the bond of a knot but spirtually, we'll share life as we know it.


I started climbing when I was 12 on a family vacation in Wyoming with a local guide. The next summer, I was on the rock again on vacation in Montana with another role model guide. I've been a avid climber since 2004 mainly climbing in Japan but also venturing to the US (Joshua Tree, Index WA, Sawtooth Mountains ID), Brazil and Poland. I've often hired guides to continually improve my skillset but mainly to have someone new and fun to climb with.


After 32 years of living in Japan and 24 years as a local based producer for TV shows and movies for my company Local 81 (, I decided to spend more time guiding. What I like about guiding is that it compliments my producing quiver of world-class communication skills, risk management skills as well as logistics and problem solving. And believe me, it was way more fun to worry about the well-being of two climbers than a crew of 50 people. Guiding also enhances my emotional skillset making me care more, respect more and empathise more. Guiding makes me motivate others as well as myself. Below is a collection of climbing photos with me singing a song by Johnny Cash.  




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