Alex "AJ" Johnson has been climbing professionally for ten years. She began climbing in 1997 and has been a prominent force in the climbing world for more than a decade.
Growing up in the competition scene, Alex has consistently been a member of the US Team for sixteen years, 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 and became Adult Pan American Champion at age fourteen (2004).
In 2008 Alex made history by becoming the first American to win a Bouldering World Cup on US soil. In 2010 she did it again, winning gold in Switzerland, becoming the first American to win a Bouldering World Cup abroad, the first American with two Bouldering World Cup golds, and she remains the only American to have won a gold medal overseas.
After competing on the World Cup Circuit from 2008 to 2014 and winning a silver medal at the Bouldering National Championships in 2015, Alex retired from climbing competitively and shifted her focus toward outdoor climbing projects, building an impressive tick-list filled with dozens of iconic first female ascents of numerous climbs rated up to V13, and established several first ascents around the Southwest.