Alex in her element. Photo by Michael Lim
Alex “AJ” Johnson is a Professional Climber for The North Face. She began climbing in 1997 and has been a prominent force in the climbing community for the last decade. She has been climbing professionally for six years.
Growing up in the competition scene, Alex has consistently been a member of the US Team since 2001, winning her her first Youth Climbing National Championship at age twelve (2002), Adult National Championship at age thirteen (2003), and won a silver medal at the Youth World Championships in Scotland at age fourteen (2004).
In 2008, Alex made history by becoming the first American to win a Bouldering World Cup on U.S. soil at the GoPro Mountain Games. In 2010, she made history again, winning gold in Switzerland, becoming only the second American woman to win a Bouldering World Cup overseas.
Since then, she’s shifted her focus away from competitions and honed in on outdoor projects, building an impressive tick-list filled with dozens of iconic first female ascents
Along with being an ambitious climber, Alex is also an active member of the community, teaching clinics around the country and giving presentations at gyms, universities, sales meetings and other events. Alex studied to be an English major at Minnesota State University where she ran track and field, and she loves recounting her experiences on her blog.
You can check out more about her on her website at www.alexjohnsonclimbing.com. We are very excited to have her coming to the Joe’s Valley Bouldering Festival! Come out Saturday afternoon, October 8, for a meet and greet with Alex and other Pro Climbers headed our way! To view more details on the festival itself, check out www.joesvalleyfest.com.