Alex “AJ” Johnson is an athlete with The North Face, and has been climbing professionally for six years. She began climbing in 1997 and has been a prominent force in the climbing world for the last decade.
Originally from Hudson, WI, Alex spent a great deal of time climbing at the original Vertical Endeavors Climbing Gym (which is attached to Nicros’ corporate headquarters and also owned by Nicros’ President). The time Alex spent climbing and growing up in the Saint Paul, Minnesota facility forged Alex’s longstanding relationship with Nicros.
Growing up in the competition scene, Alex has consistently been a member of the US Team since 2001, winning her first Youth 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 Climbing World Cup on US soil. In 2010 she did it again, winning gold in Switzerland, becoming the first American to win two World Cups.
Since then she’s shifted her focus toward big outdoor projects, building an impressive tick-list filled with dozens of iconic first female ascents including V12s like the famous Mandala in Bishop, CA, Clear Blue Skies in Colorado, and Lethal Design in Red Rock, NV. Alex is one of few women who spends time getting off the deck climbing highballs like Diesel Power (V10) in Yosemite, The Ninth (V6), and flashing the infamously dangerous Luminance (V10) in Bishop, CA. Recently Alex got the First Ascent of Critically Acclaimed, a stunning V9 highball in Red Rock, NV.
Along with being an ambitious climber, Alex is also an active member of the community, teaching youth clinics around the country and giving presentations at events and Universities.
Last year Alex relocated to Las Vegas, NV, an area with world class climbing, and huge potential for new development, where she hopes to contribute to the establishment of even more great climbing.
As a member of Nicros’ shaping team, Alex is looking forward to contributing to the Nicros line by introducing shapes that are both simple and straightforward. Keep your eyes peeled to see the newest sets from Alex Johnson.