About the author

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My name is Masa Sakano. Here is my bio. For the description of this website, please visit "About this site". To contact me, please use the form.

Highlands, UK
Climbing/Mountaineering career
Since 2000
Main interests
Mountaineering/Alpine climbing, Winter climbing, Trad climbing, Gill climbing
Most memorable experiences
Mountaineering: Éperon Frendo (Aiguille du Midi)r
Winter: Piggott's Route new variation (Beinn Eighe, Highland)
Trad: Valkyrie (Roaches, Peak District), Ressurection (Dinas Cromlech, North Wales), Zakuro (Brand, Leicestershire)
Personal most significant failures (among many, many…)
Chicken Run (Bosigran, Cornwall) — one of my worst falls on rock (completed)
Resurrenction (Dinas Cromlech) — worst pump (completed)
Crest Route Direct (Stob Coire nan Lochan, Glencoe) — worst winter-climbing fall (completed)
Goulotte Charlet-Bettembourg (Aiguille du Chardonnet, Alps) — worst fall in alpine climbing (completed)
Batian (Mt. Kenya) — off-route, stuck abseil ropes
Grépon - Mer de Glace (Alps) — closest to death
Patagonia — everything
Most notable first ascents
Winter: Binnein Shuas NW Ridge Integrale (up to Scottish IV), Central Highland
Trad: Happy Flute (E5 6a), The Brand, Leicestershire
Professional career
PhD (physics)
Worked as an astrophysicist for 17 years
Currently looking for a way to make the ends meet as a climber…
Best attraction of mountaineering and climbing
For me, it is a challenge to all my integrated abilities both mentally, physically and intellectually in remote, isolated, yet breathtakingly beautiful places, with the much valued comradeship with my trusted mates.


What I am today is majorly because of my friends and climbing partners over years since the day one of my climbing till today. I owe them massively, beyond any word can describe. Thank you very very much, my friends!  And I hope to share a rope with you another day!

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