KOTA KINABALU: A well-known Japanese international mountain guide arrived in Kota Kinabalu yesterday with a Japanese film crew to shoot his ascend up Mount Kinabalu.
Atsushi Yamada, who succeeded in climbing all the highest summits of the seven continents, including Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest, was known as the world’s youngest “Seven Summitter” in 2002.
The Japanese TV programme will feature him revealing the attractiveness of Mount Kinabalu, seen from the eyes of this specialist.
Atsushi said during an interview upon his arrival at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport that his objective of climbing the mountains was a personal challenge as when he was young, he had asthma and this was challenge to overcome his sickness.
This is his third time climbing Mount Kinabalu and he said the difference between Mount Kinabalu and all the mountains he had climbed was the nature with the abundance of plant life and different forest types.
He commented it is a unique mountain which he recommends for his clients to climb in Japan.
On the next mountain he is planning to climb, he said Mount McKinley in Alaska.