“I'm proud of all the first ascents I've participated in; they're all meaningful in different ways,
the most notable ones involve my best partners and friends, and--ironically--have far less to do
the actual climbing... All great climbs share one thing in common: we leave the ground and begin our
ascent one person--one version of our self, if you will--and, yet, no matter how significant the
we return to find ourselves transformed in some way by the experience. I love that. And the greater
adventure, the more the potential for this to take place. I'd say that the culmination of my
life--thus far--would be my time spent in the Greater Ranges, in the Karakorum. For me, the next
will involve my daughter and her introduction to traveling, to mountains and to the people and
Long before Shingo learned about Alpinism, all of his heroes were test pilots and astronauts. As a
child, his destiny seemed clear: he’d pursue a career that would train him to fly, then he would apply
what he’d learned to the exploration of space in the service of NASA...
But, alas, a misspent youth and two bad eyes conspired to keep Shingo grounded—reluctantly, he’d have to
settle for something more sub-orbital. It was around the same time that, inspired by his father’s
extensive collection of National Geographic, he was increasingly drawn to images and stories from the
highest, wildest places of the world. It occurred to him: there remains enough Unknown here, within his
reach, for several lifetimes committed to discovery. Suddenly, Alpinism—more specifically, traditional
climbing—replaced the dream of space flight as Shingo’s preferred—and, more practical—method of ascent.
The die was cast: Shingo became aware of both his life’s chosen path, and of the mysteries still hidden
among the steeper, more remote corners of our planet, Earth.
Shingo has been extremely fortunate: he’s practiced his craft throughout the Americas, and it’s even
taken him to the Greater Ranges. He’s had the privilege to share a rope with some of his best friends
and partners, and although not every climb saw a summit, each experience has taught Shingo more about
himself, revealed more about the world, than he could have ever imagined. In climbing, he found a
creative expression he never knew he possessed, a community to which he’s always felt he belonged and a
unique perspective that only a climber’s life could reveal. Shingo says, “See you up there!”
Shingo is one of the Wasatch Range’s visionary climbers with a drive for pioneering new routes that is
always at full-throttle. He is endlessly contributing to the development of new routes in the Lone Peak
Cirque as well as Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Shingo is a very pay-it-forward climber, not only
is he expanding the climbing potential in the Salt Lake City area but he is also a volunteer liaison
with the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance.