Photo: Dan Karuss
DATE OF BIRTH: September 30, 1985
YEARS CLIMBING: 9
HEIGHT: 5’ 11”
WEIGHT: NOT AVAILABLE
HOMETOWN: Worcester, MA
CURRENTLY RESIDES: Boston, MA
CURRENTLY IS: Drinking coffee
Josh started climbing at the age of 14. He joined a climbing team and trained and competed for 4
years. Then suddenly stopped climbing due to a busy life and a full time job as an electrician.
But he needed to fill the void he was missing in his life at the time. Now that Josh has been back
in it for 5 years he can’t stop moving forward.
With competition and traveling to climb across the world always on his mind, he trains
and pushes himself until the time comes to take action. When he's not training, he is outdoors in search of new lines and areas in new england or where ever something new is to be discovered. Josh is highly regarded in the world of route setting and coaching with his Head coach position at MetroRock and setting for Dark Horse Competitions. Josh is based out of Boston, Ma and is co-owner at Cold House Media with Vince Schaefer.
This coming spring and summer Josh will attend 5 Bouldering World Cups, U.S and CAN. Adult Bouldering Nations, he will be developing new climbing ares in Wyoming and Puerto Rico, climbing and living in France for 3 months and traveling all in between to guest set/coach. He will also help coach the Youth World Championship in Arco, Italy for the U.S. Youth Team.
Josh has been competing for 5 years and that comes with a focused approach to the sport. With
top finishes at indoor competition and attending World Cups across the globe, Josh has
represented the East coast try hard attitude.
Some top finishes include:
3rd place at the 2015 American Bouldering Nationals in Maddison, WI.
2nd place at the 2015 Canadian Bouldering Nationals in Montreal, QC.
3rd place at the 2014 Canadian Bouldering Nationals in Ottawa, ON.
12th place finish at 2014 IFSC Bouldering World Cup in Vail, CO.
1st place at the 2012 UBC Championship inPortland, OR.
Notable First Ascents
Eli - 5.13c Deep Water Solo in Becket, MA.
The Baptist - V10 (DWS) Near Rumney, NH.
Cat Daddy - V11 Farley, MA
Everything is Purple - V12 Rose Ledge, MA
Wizard - V9 Highball - Central MA.
Tangy Dudeness - V10 Grand Tetons
Break the Ice - V8 Grand Tetons
Shenron - V11 Grand Tetons
Nucleus Mutation - V10
The Flight - V11
Moonwalk - V11
Super Moncho - V10
Yoga Skank-a-sourus - V9
The Slide - V7
Jan 2014 to Current
Notable Outdoor Accomplishments
Spectre V13/14 (Bishop)
The Buttermilker (Bishop)
Loaded Direct (Hueco, TX.)
Kill On Sight (Bishop, CA.)
Atlas Shrugged First go (Red Rocks, NV.)
Le Balance (Fontainebleau)
Xavier's Roof (Bishop)
Beefy Gecko (Bishop)
Wet Dreams right (Red Rocks)
Liane - Flash (Hueco)
Standing Kill 2nd go (Bishop)
Veritoss Sit RMNP, CO
Eye of the beholder (Joe's Valley)
The UGH (Hueco)
Formula 50 (Cear Creek Canyon)
Busted Shadow (Bradley)
Le Tailleur de Mensonges (Fontainebleau)
Beef Cake - Flash (Bishop)
Press your luck (Happy Valley, MA)
Full Throttle Flash (Hueco)
Acid Wash Flash (Bishop)
Flower Power Flash (Hueco)
Coral Sea - 5.13/bc Rumney NH
Not for the money or the applause - 5.14a (3rd try) South of France.
Rivera - 5.13d - (3rd try) Rumney, NH
Parallel Universe - 5.14a Rumney, NH
King Cobra - 5.13c Rumney, NH
Spank - 5.13a (Flash) RRG, KY
Table of colors direct - 5.13b RRG, KY
Nirvana - 5.13b (Flash) Red Rocks, NV
Barracuda - 5.13c (2nd go) Red Rocks, NV
Dodge the Lemons - 5.13d (3rd go) Rumney, NH
Pod - 5.13b Summersville Lake, WV
Mercy the Huff - 5.13a (Flash) Summersville Lake
Apollo Reed - 5.13a (Flash) Summersville Lake
Header Image by: Dan Krauss