Five Questions With Climber Josh Muller

Our athletes and ambassadors shred gnar and send hard lines, but there’s much more behind the scenes: other careers, balancing family life, creating art, giving back. To dig deeper into the adventure lifestyle, we’ve created Five Questions, an ongoing feature asking OR athletes the hard questions. And sometimes more than just five.

How did you get started climbing?

I started climbing as a child. You could say I was born into climbing. My brother, dad and I spent all of our holidays away at new climbing areas, just having fun. When the first indoor climbing gym opened in Calgary, we decided to start going there more regularly, and climbing quickly became our lives. We started to compete and climb our way to the top in Canada, and eventually ended up traveling around the world on the Canadian team. From there, it’s all history. Life became climbing.

What keeps you climbing?

Climbing keeps me climbing—I love it! I love how no matter how good I get or how hard I try I ALWAYS have something to challenge me. I love trying hard, I love pushing myself mentally and physically at the same time. I love how no matter how much I care about a single climb, how much of my life it consumes, I am always able to find another climb that I am equally passionate about. Why would anyone not climb? The peace of mind you find on the rock, the physical and mental stress you put yourself through all the while loving every minute, the sense of utter satisfaction and completion you get when you send something hard, the community. You always have a friend, no matter where you end up. Climbing is what you want it to be.

What is your typical day/week schedule?

Climb, Work, School, Climb, Train, Climb, Climb, Climb.

Finish this sentence: In high school, I was… The Hippy (Joshua Tree Muller, that’s my name). 

Any advice to young people getting started in your sport? 

Don’t take it too seriously. Just climb the things you enjoy when you feel like it. Improvement will only come when you learn to enjoy the process. AND BE SAFE!

Favorite place on the planet?

Acephale, in Bow Valley, Calgary, is my home crag. I’m happy and free there. I know the routes, I’m comfortable there, and it’s like being home.

If you could leave aspiring athletes with one important piece of life advice or words of wisdom, what would it be? 

Choose a goal, stay focused on that one goal, and enjoy the process no matter how long and frustrating it becomes.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I’m really looking forward to our trip to South Africa this summer. I have big goals and really can’t wait to get out there. I’m also really excited to try new things this summer. I  just sent my project of three years, so I’m looking forward to trying to find something new and hard out there.

What’s your favorite piece of OR gear?

Ferrosi pants [LINK]. They’re perfect for sport climbing, they’re stretchy and fit great. 

Where do you live now and why?

I live in Calgary for a few reasons. I grew up here, I’m finishing my education, and I love the sport climbing here in the summer.