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Competition climber and highly regarded route setter

Josh started climbing at the age of 14 when he visited his uncle in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and spotted a climbing wall in the resort. From this time on he started competition climbing, trained hard and besides that pursued a career as electrician.  In 2012 Jos won his first big competition, the UBS Pro Tour Championship in Seattle. Josh is also highly regarded in the route setting world, setting for the prestigious Dark Horse Series.   

Birthday: September 30th, 1985
Home town: Boston, MA
Current home: Traveling 
Favorite MAXIM rope: Jet Stream 2x Dry

“Even when climbing sucks – it’s still fun.”

“The Airliner Jet Stream is so smooth – it’s name says it all.”

Josh Larson

Get to know Josh ...

What are you doing when you are not climbing? 
Taking pictures, editing videos, planning a climbing trip and watching Stranger Things.

What is the soundtrack of your life (favorite song)?
Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley 

Do you have any peculiar eating habits? 
Most of the time, a normal healthy diet. Some of the time is either ice-cream or intermitten-fasting. Yes – two extremes. 

What stokes you the most? 
A good looking line! Tufas or sloppers!

What was your favorite climbing adventure?
Climbing the Totem Pole in Tasmania, AUS. So epic. So exposed.

Career Highlights


Country/City: Bishop, CA
Grade: V13
Length: 25’

A boulder problem I saw in videos and photos growing up. When I walked to it for the first time, my heart raced. I sent the line on New Years Eve day - after 2 days of trying the moves and freaking out.


Country/City: Milford Sound, New Zealand
Grade: 5.14b / 8c
Length: 60’

This line put up a battle for me, every try for 2 days was ½ move further…until I finally reached the chains. Epic one.

Sequoia Love

Country/City: Kyparissi, Greece
Grade: 5.13b

My girl-friend Charlotte Durif and I bolted this line last year (2017) while on a month long trip. It climbs a 50’ mono tufa but a fat tufa! Like hugging a tree to climb it…you should go and do it. 

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