Where Is Hidetaka Suzuki These Days?


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Big Wall climber
The Immaculate Conception
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 9, 2007 - 07:08pm PT
Last I heard (2 years ago), he was into kites and considering a gig in Hawaii. Where are you H!?

Boulder climber
Alamo, CA
Nov 9, 2007 - 07:19pm PT
probably chillin, having a beer.. witch is what i wish i was doing right now...

beneath the valley of ultravegans
Nov 9, 2007 - 09:30pm PT
Pretty sure he's still on the North Shore. He loves it there. After a few bad sessions of getting dragged along the beach by rogue winds he got the hang of the kite. He also makes a mean "toad food" curry. Probably the friendliest man on earth.

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Nov 9, 2007 - 10:35pm PT
I haven't seen him in ages. If anyone does run into him, please say "hi" from me. Alternatively, if anyone has his contact info--please pass it along.



Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 10, 2007 - 12:54am PT
I heard that kiteboarding rumor too...people say he's really good at it.

Here's a blast from the past in honor of Mr. Suzuki!


Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Nov 10, 2007 - 02:16am PT
Hey JB,

I belayed and followed Hidetaka the first time he led Equinox. Those were the good old days. And, here's Hidetaka on another one of your fright-fests.



Trad climber
Monrovia, Ca
Nov 10, 2007 - 11:43am PT
Too Strong used to refer to any face climb less than vertical as a “homo route.” Hidetaka picked this up, perhaps without getting the full meaning (or perhaps so.) So when Hidetaka on sight flashed Kalashnikov Culture (5.12 in Indian Cove – back when it still had bolts on it) and topped out, he turned to face the assembled watchers, threw a fist in the air and yelled “Homo Route!!” with enthusiasm. We all cracked up. Too funny.

We used to sneak around following him in the market in Yucca to see what he would eat. His staples were tofu and cigarettes.

The scrutinizer and I accompanied him and belayed as he did Toxic Waltz (right of Pat Adams Dihedral.) He got it second try. Amazing. He came down after the send, looked me in the eye and said “I think I am pretty bold climber.” Big smile.

One time he came by just after Too Strong and I had each led Rule Britannia. Obviously he figured that if us two clowns could do it, he would send no problem. But still he asked me “Edging shoes or slippers??” I showed him the shoes I used, which were the regular old 5.10’s of the day, so he set off in slippers… After a few minutes he was past the steep part and up on the runout slab topout. I hear him yell “Klis!! … Klis!!! … Edging shoes be much betta!!!! …”

Of course after this admonishment he floated to the top effortlessly.

Anyone who is still in touch with The Master will please send my best regards.

wild willy

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 12, 2007 - 07:35pm PT
He's living on Oahau(sic?)and kite surfing. My son John (Las Vegas local climber) just got together with him a couple of weeks ago while doing a job gig in the Islands. He's managing an apartment building or something of that sort for cash to play.

Scott Cole

Trad climber
Jackson, WY^
Nov 12, 2007 - 09:57pm PT
Woah! total aside. Kalishnikov culture had bolts? I didn't put any in on the F.A. Glad to hear that they are gone now.


Trad climber
Monrovia, Ca
Nov 12, 2007 - 11:03pm PT
Scott - are we talking about the same route, up the face just right of Genuine Cowhide, Indian Cove at Josh?


It would be 5.12X to lead without the bolts.

Trad climber
San Diego
Jan 6, 2010 - 12:44pm PT
Anyone have good info on Stingray (in J-Tree)? I know Hidetaka Suzuki did the FA. How many ascents has it seen...?


J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jan 6, 2010 - 01:30pm PT
Long ago met Suzuki at the Gunsmoke. The Scrutinizer was there, too. Watching him, with his delicate mantis legs, lap back and forth with Zen-like fluidity and control, opened my eyes to the dance that, at its best, climbing can be.

Trad climber
Jan 6, 2010 - 05:21pm PT
Here are some shots I took of "Hideous-Taco" (guy was SO skinny) back around 1988. Puhvel and I were slumming it in the Valley during the summer. He wanted to climb tales, seperate reality and cosmic debris. We hit all three. I remember getting up on seperate reality and basically feeling the roof jams before lowering off. I think he placed three (maybe four) pieces on tales of power. It was so inspiring to watch that guy climb. Very soft-spoken and friendly. We were a couple of punk kids (16 year olds) and he treated us with regard. A few days later Andy went up Astroman with Suzuki. I don't think either of them had been up it before.

Those were good times. Living in camp 4 during summer vacation occasionally rubbing elbows with Werner, Croft, Kauk, Bachar, etc. They were all larger than life.

Glad to hear Hidetaka is still out there having fun.


right here, right now
Jan 6, 2010 - 07:19pm PT
Nice pictures 'Tones.
Stingray: now that's a cool lookin' line.

Trad climber
fort garland, colo
Jan 6, 2010 - 07:26pm PT
Good dude- I met H and skinner on the same night in JT- They did not even seem to be the species !

Social climber
Newport, OR
Jan 7, 2010 - 07:52pm PT
Don't get me started on that Stingray deal again...After I did the Fa on TR &*^%$$$#

Trad climber
Jan 7, 2010 - 08:09pm PT
My wife and I did our first Valley trip in 1980 and were camping with the Suzukis. Great people, I remember reading that she passed away a number of years back. Shame

Anyway they were camping with another Japanese fellow who had brought a number of treats from home, afraid he could not find this stuff in the USA. We were drinking scotch with them one evening when he pulls out this sea urchin paste. Take a shot of scotch then some of this paste and they would neutralize each other kind of like mixing an acid and base. The paste was vile on its own. We really enjoyed those evenings in Camp 4.

Big Wall climber
Las Vegas, Nv
Jan 8, 2010 - 02:46am PT
come on Watusi, doing first on toprope is like sleeping with a fat chick. yeah you did it, it felt good, but damn man don't want to admit it in front of your friends! Via the hideous taco!

Jk Watusi just wanted to get you all riled up!

Hidetaka is a great man, calm soul, and a riot to be around. He taught me to act like the holds are baby birds and you do not want to crush them, just hold them hard enough so they don't fly away. Yeah lets just say a flippin condor couldn't release from my grip on the holds! One day at the gym here in Vegas many years ago Hidetaka and myself where bored and we both realized we had never been to the Black Corridor here in Red Rock despite living here for years. After running around on all the routes, I was going for the anchors on one and fell. Hidetaka was leaning on the opposite wall of the corridor and I yanked his little frame (I out weighed him by 60 lbs easily) and about fit him through the first draw! I was even with him at the end of the whip, he looked over at me with a half eatin something in his mouth and utter the words in Hidetaka english "that was berry bad burt, berry berry bad"

Kurt "Burt"

Old Pueblo, AZ
Jan 8, 2010 - 10:44am PT
"Best crack I ever seen in my wife"
Anyone remember that?
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 25, 2011 - 10:02pm PT
bump this shizzle up!
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