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Grivel Athlete - Shingo Ohkawa


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.

Shingo wasn’t always a man-in-the-mountains. He grew up in New York City where the skyscape is elegantly made of glass buttresses and metal towers. Instead of playing downtown basketball with the other kids, Shingo spent his time reading old issues of National Geographic that inspired him to explore. At the age of 8, Shingo got hooked on rock climbing after taking some climbing lessons at a gym. The rest after that is history.