‘Connecting Walls’: 2 Climbers Find Pristine Cliffs & Grace on Yukishima

A new film from Patagonia follows two Japanese climbers as they explore and develop routes on a little-known island.

Yukishima is a small island off of Japan’s south coast. Like many remote places, its community is small but fiercely protective.

So when non-islanders Katsutaka “Jumbo” Yokoyama and Keita Kurakami arrived unannounced and started climbing Yukishima’s untapped cliffs, the locals didn’t receive them well.

This short piece follows the two climbers as they explore an abundance of bulletproof rock and learn the importance of being good visitors.

Runtime: 19 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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