Josh Butson

I grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire were I was introduced to climbing, paddling, mountaineering, and skiing. I was fortunate enough to start skiing soon after I learned to walk and my passion for climbing started soon thereafter. From an early age I was trying to find new places to explore. Some of my favorite destinations are Joshua Tree, Zion, the Adirondacks, Acadia, Cascades, Nepal, China, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.

I have always had a love and appreciation for the natural world, but my true passion lies in sharing this love with others. This passion and drive brought me to becoming a mountain guide. I have proudly been making a living as a mountain guide for just over eleven years now. I have been living my dream as the owner of the San Juan Outdoor School and Telluride Alpinism, two guide services. We take out many of the Telluride, CO visitors as well as its locals.

I hold a B.S. in Adventure Based Recreation Program Management and an Associate in Outdoor Recreation. I have also taken part in some trainings courses and certification through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) American Avalanche Association (AAA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and CPR for the Health Care Provider. When I am not on expeditions in faraway places I live in Telluride, Colorado with my loving wife Tara, our dog Jasmine and our three cats Grizz, Bergy, and Sadie.