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Joshua Butson
United States

(970) 596-1827

Josh is the owner of the San Juan Outdoor Adventures/Telluride Adventures (SJOA/TA) and the director of the non-profit San Juan Field School (SJFS) which puts on the Telluride Avalanche School.

2018/2019Course dates include the following:

Level 1 refresher course TBA (Hut based course)

Level 1 January 25-27, 2019

Level 1 February 5-7, 2019

Level 1 March 1-3, 2019

Josh has been guiding year round for a living for over 17 years. He possesses a strong knowledge of the San Juan Mountains and feels that the Telluride area has endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Josh grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he was introduced to climbing, paddling, mountaineering, and skiing.

From an early age he made it a point to find new places to explore. Some of his favorite destinations are Joshua Tree, Zion, Red Rocks, the Adirondacks, Acadia, Cascades, China, Ecuador, Nepal, Argentina and Bolivia. Josh has a love and appreciation for the natural world, which makes him passionate in sharing this love with others. He feels that it is the SJOA's responsibility to help pass on an appreciation of all of the areas local cultural and natural history.

Josh's education includes a B.S. in Adventure Based Recreation Program Management and an Associates in Outdoor Recreation. Some of his certifications and training include American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Top Rope Certification, AMGA rock instructor course, The American Institute for Avalanche Research and education (AIARE) Level II professional avalanche training, (AAA) Level II avalanche training, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and CPR for the Health Care Provider. Josh lives in Telluride, Colorado with his wife Tara, 5 year old son Lincoln, 9 month son Brahm and there two cats.