FRB: How did you get into climbing Josh?
Josh: I have always been a climber.
When I was a kid I would climb trees, houses, anything I could. But
it was my Dad who sparked my interest in rock climbing. He ran an outdoor
leadership school that occasionally went out climbing. I would go out
toproping with them and from there I fell in love with the sport.
FRB: How long have you climbed for?
Josh: 3 years of serious climbing.
FRB: Who were some of your mentors?
My first real climbing mentor was Steve Chang, the strongest climber
in Morrison. He taught me so much about climbing with focus and he always
pushed me to become stronger.
FRB: Who do you climb with usually?
Josh: The Denver Connection:
My boys Nic Heidinger (AKA Nioc), Chris Cory (The Prophet C), Pete Marsters
(Crazy Pete) and Seth Allred (Sethpool or Sethballs). Those guys are
awesome. They have been one of the strongest driving forces in my love
of the sport.
FRB: What else do you like to do besides climb?
Josh: I like to slackline and
watch bouldering videos. I also teach english during the summer. Most
of all, I love chillin' with my girl and my best friends.
FRB: Have you done any first ascents?
Josh: Yeah. Most the stuff is
in hidden areas that I can't even remember where they are.
FRB: What do you think of enhancing, chipping
and gluing holds?
Josh: I'm not a supporter of
changing the rock. I do realize though that there are a lot of vague
areas in the debate of bouldering impact, so I try not to become consumed
by all the different arguments. I'd rather save my energy for sending.
FRB: Who do you think makes the best shoes
Josh: I climb in Boreals. My
Zens are my favorite pair of shoes and the company is really cool about
hookin' people up when anything goes wrong with a pair.
FRB: What competitions have you won?
Josh: Most recently I won The
Teva Mountain Games dyno comp.
FRB: What makes for a good dyno competition.
Josh: A sweet wall and comfortable
format. The Phoenix Bouldering Comp does a good job with wall design,
and the T.M.G. did an awesome job with format. Oh yeah, huge distances
that go from jug to jug are the best dynos.
FRB: What are some of your favorite climbing gyms?
Josh: Thrillseekers is definitely
my favorite gym. It is like my home away from home. The people that
work there are very supportive and relaxed and the gym has the best
dynos of any that I have been to.
FRB: Where do you think the best bouldering
in the Front
Josh: Anywhere in the Flatirons.
I love that rock, and there is so much potential.
FRB: Do you have any favorite problems or
ones that you
thought were incredible?
Josh: Tower of Power at the
Terrain is my all time favorite line. It is simply a great problem.
FRB: What do you suggest to people who are
in climbing/bouldering ?
Josh: Make sure that your having
fun. It is cool to push yourself and become obsessed with a problem,
but don't forget that the essence of the sport is in creating fun. If
you ever find yourself becoming angry, arrogant, or lost within the
sport, take time to remember that all you're doing is climbing to the
top of rocks. Love the sport, but maintain self while you're at it.
FRB: What are your thoughts on Highballing?
Josh: I love it. I love the mental
edge that it adds to bouldering. Not only do you have to possess all
of the focus, strength, and endurance that bouldering requires, but
you have to have that 20+ feet above the deck.
FRB: Do you have any training tips?
Josh: Look at what areas need
improvement and completely dedicate yourself to achieving your goals.
FRB: How do you train for hard bouldering?
I go out bouldering as much as I possibly can.
FRB: Parting words of wisdom?
Josh: Climb with focus and
passion. Love what you do and create happiness wherever you are.
FRB: Thanks for the interview Josh.
Josh: You're welcome.