29. October, 2012 ,

Japanese Mountain Climber Scales World’s Tallest Mountains with Support from Gore

It’s estimated that only around 3,000 people have ever successfully scaled Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Japanese mountain climber Hirotaka Takeuchi is among them. But he didn’t stop there. Earlier this year, he became the first Japanese mountain climber to scale the world’s 14 tallest mountains, each one greater than 8,000 meters tall, or between 26,000 and 29,000 feet. And he relied on support from Gore, and GORE-TEX fabric, to reach his years-long goal.

The Fabrics Division has supported and partnered with numerous climbers worldwide, and it seemed like a natural fit to support the first Japanese climber to tackle the world’s 14 tallest mountains, says sales associate Tatsu Kato. “In the mountaineering business, gear and equipment are what climbers entrust their lives to. And earning trust through the quality and function of our products is critical,” he says. “Through our support of Hirotaka, we hope that we can contribute toward boosting the mountaineering business and developing more GORE-TEX product users and brand ambassadors.”

Hirotaka visited Nihon Gore this summer to talk to Fabrics associates about his accomplishments. He credited GORE-TEX garments for enabling him to improve his climbing style and realize his potential.

Marketing associate Mari Fujitsuka says Gore gained valuable information from Takeuchi about the performance of GORE-TEX products in the extreme conditions he encountered. “These insights are what contribute to producing better products,” she says.

Although Hirotaka has completed his goal of climbing the world’s 14 tallest mountains, he says there are still many more he would like to add to his list. When asked what motivated him to continue climbing—even after nearly losing his life five years ago in an avalanche—Hirotaka told associates, “It was a miracle that I was rescued. I think another new life was given to me then, and that’s when I was strongly determined that I would scale all 14 peaks. I wanted to let the people who rescued me know that I was back.”