EXPERIENCE: Josh has been in the outdoors as far back as having had his diaper changed at the bottom of a canoe on the Delaware River. A lifelong outdoor athlete, survival instructor, guide, motivational speaker, writer, and adventure film maker, his passions include mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, and whitewater kayaking, though by his own admission anything to do with the wild will grab his attention immediately.
Josh’s writing has appeared in various publications, including Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Seattle Backpacker’s Magazine, Survival Cache, and WTSHTF Blog, and his adventure film background includes co-creating, co-filming, and leading the expedition for the adventure documentary “Hope on the Horizon.” He holds certifications and training as a Wilderness First Responder, in Swift Water Rescue, Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue, and Avalanche Level 1.
While his love for the wild has taken him around the globe, Josh retains a strong passion for the wilds of his native Northeast, home to his earliest and most defining adventures. Josh has navigated a canoe from the highest source of the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty, and is 14 peaks shy of having climbed the 115 highest mountains in the Northeastern United States.
FAVOURITE ENVIRONMENT: Temperate Forest and Alpine Zones
LEAST FAVOURITE ENVIRONMENT: Extremely packed airport trams
BEAR GRYLLS EXPERIENCE: Josh has been the Lead Instructor at the Catskills Branch since BGSA came to the States three years back, and has worked for BG in Colorado, California, Nevada, Texas, Scotland, and England.
TOP SURVIVAL TIP: Attitude is everything. Believe you can’t, and you won’t. Believe you can, and you will. The adventure begins when the plan ends.
WORST GROSS EAT: Deep Fried Pig’s Tail in Vietnam