ALEX JOHNSON

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 US 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 including V12s like Clear Blue Skies in Colorado, The Mandala in Bishop, and Book of Nightmares in Red Rock. Alex has also spent time getting off the deck climbing highballs like her recent first ascent Critically Acclaimed (V9/10), and Diesel Power (V10) in Yosemite, Golden Showers (V10), The Ninth (V6), and flashing the infamously dangerous Luminance (V10) in Bishop, California.

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.

Recently Alex relocated to Las Vegas, NV, an area with tons of climbing, and potential for new development, where she has already established new first ascents, and hopes to help contribute even more world class climbing.

I’ve watched Alex grow from a young competition climber to one of the leaders in our community. Because she is always mindful of conducting herself in a professional manner, I never worry about her future within this industry—there’s always going to be a spot for AJ.
— Kynan Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer, USA Climbing