Our Athletes

Nicros sponsored athletes include some of the most accomplished climbers in the world, including Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, Alex Johnson and Jon Cardwell. Not only are these climbers amazing athletes, but they have also shaped holds that are part of the Nicros Signature Series.


Alex Johnson

Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin

Sponsors: The North Face, Evolv Sports, Nicros

About Alex: Alex Johnson is an American rock climber who has made numerous first female ascents, including Clear Blue Skies V12 (8A+) in Colorado, The Mandala V12 (8A+) in Bishop, and Book of Nightmares V12 (8A+) and Lethal Design V12 (8A+) in Red Rocks. She is a five-time United States national champion and two-time Bouldering World Cup gold medalist.

Hardest Sends:
Clear Blue Skies (V12) – Mount Evans, CO USA
The Mystery (V12) – Bishop, CO USA
Diaphanous Sea (V12) – Hueco Tanks, TX USA
Lethal Design (V12) – Red Rocks, NV USA
Book of Nightmares (V12) – Red Rock, NV USA
Stand and Deliver (V11) – Red Rock, NV USA
Drive On (V11) – Yosemite National Park, CA USA
Divergence (V11) – Fort Collins, CO USA
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (V11) – Fort Collins, CO USA
Double Stack (V11) – Fort Collins, CO USA

Favorite Climbing Area: Red Rock, NV USA

Signature Series holds by Alex Johnson: AJ 1, Alpine Swiss, Asiago, Baby Bells, Baby Cheeses, BYO Brie, Cheese Heads, Dairy Air, Feta Crumbles, Fondue for Two, Gouda Pinches, Grab My Gruyere, Not Yo Cheese, Scary Muensters, Wisconsin Cheddar


Jon Cardwell

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sponsors: Five Ten, Moon, Petzl, Nicros

About Jon: Since he was 12 years old, Jon has been motivated by climbing. Climbing was initially just a great new form of movement that fascinated him. Eventually climbing evolved into a lifestyle which he plans on pursuing for as long as possible. Since 2007, he has lived a pseudo-gypsy lifestyle traveling all over the world from South America, Turkey, France, Spain, Switzerland and the United States in pursuit of inspiring rock, locations and culture. Jon currently lives in Boulder, Colorado where he works as a routesetter at two local gyms in between sessions on the rock. Boulder is a great home base but he cannot wait to return to the traveling lifestyle!

Hardest Sends:
Kinematix (5.14d) – Gorges Du Loup, France
Bumaye (5.14c/d) – Margalef, Spain
The Crew (5.14c) – Rifle, CO USA
Dreamtime (V14) – Cresciano, Switzerland
Ode to the Modern Man (V14) – Mount Evans, CO USA
F.A. of House in the Sky (V14) – Serra da Piedade, Brazil

Favorite Climbing Area: Ceuse, France

Signature Series holds by Jon Cardwell: JC 1, JC2


Paul Robinson

Hometown: Moorestown, New Jersey

Sponsors: prAna, La Sportiva, Black Diamond, Sterling, Native, Nicros

About Paul: Paul David Robinson is an American professional rock climber who specializes in bouldering. He has established and repeated several bouldering problems at the V15 difficulty rating, in such areas as Hueco Tanks, the Buttermilks, and Magic Wood. In 2007, Robinson became the second climber in history to successfully climb a V13 boulder problem in one attempt.

Hardest Sends:
F.A. of Lucid Dreaming (V15) – Bishop, CA USA
Jade (V15) – Rocky Mountain National Park, CO USA
Terremer (V15) – Hueco Tanks, TX USA
Monkey Wedding (V15) – Rocklands, South Africa
Trip Hop (V15) – Fontainebleau, France
The Story of Two Worlds (V15) – Cresciano, Switzerland
Angama (V15) – Fontainebleau, France
F.A. of The Big Short (V14) – Rocklands, South Africa
F.A. of Black Eagle (V14) – Rocklands, South Africa

Favorite Climbing Area: Fontainebleau, France

Signature Series holds by Paul Robinson: PR 1, PR 2


Daniel Woods

Hometown: Richardson, Texas

Sponsors: Nicros

About Daniel: Daniel Woods is an American professional climber who specializes in bouldering. He has also established many bouldering problems in areas such as Magic Wood in Switzerland, Rocklands in South Africa, and in Rocky Mountain National Park in the United States. Woods has climbed more than twenty bouldering problems graded 8C (V15). He has also won many competitions such as the U.S. National Bouldering Championship (American Bouldering Series) and the Teva Mountain Games.

Hardest Sends:
The Process (V16) – Bishop, CA USA
Hypnotized Minds (V16) – Rocky Mountain National Park, CO USA
Lucid Dreaming (V15) – Bishop, CA USA
El Diablo (V15) – Peñoles, Mexico
The Nest (V15) – Red Rock, NV USA
Defying Gravity (V15) South Platte, CO USA
The Ice Knife SDS (V15) – Guanella Pass, CO USA
Delirium (V15) – Mount Evans, CO USA

Favorite Climbing Area: Rock Mountain National Park, CO USA

Signature Series holds by Daniel Woods: DW 1, DW 2