Joe Kinder’s first climbing experience was in Estes Park, Colorado on a family vacation when he was 13. The sport took over his life rapidly, and he evolved into a full-time professional climber, which Joe claims is his “dream life.” Originally from New England with a strong work ethic, Joe eats, sleeps and obsesses over climbing. He is considered a fanatics and stays true to his personal slogan “ALWAYS PSYCHED!!!” With a degree in fine arts and a need for a creative outlet, Joe partakes in route development as well as filmmaking. He has climbed routes up to 5.14d sport, 13+ trad, and V13 boulder. He believes there is much more to climbing than simply setting climbing goals. It is the lifestyle, people and the culture that keep him hungry for travel and all climbing endeavors.
Discipline: Sport Climbing (mostly)
Hometown: Bedford, New Hampshire
Currently Living: Berkeley, California
Career Highlights: Living my dream of climbing full time and meeting goals of all types in climbing.
When did you first start climbing? 1995
What do you most enjoy about your sport?
I enjoy the challenges of my climbing goals and the process of taking something daunting and later succeeding. The whole journey to climb something that pushes you is what keeps me up at night and hungry to travel, epic and want more.
How do you define success?
I would say there are two version right now in my life. The first is happiness in living/doing what you want to be doing. Second is meeting goals.
What are you most proud of, either in life, your sport or both?
I would say clipping chains on hard routes that have challenged me thoroughly. I believe it’s important to send something from time to time and getting to the top is what it is all about in the simple sense. All of those moments are the golden times.
Who are your heroes?
I look up to ASAP Rocky, Adam Ondra, Isaiah Toothtaker, Dani Andrada, Sharma blah blah blah…
What inspires you?
Style, challenge, modern art, intelligent people, freedom, driven people, fashion, good food, clever stories (told however), technology.
What are your hobbies outside of your sport?
I make movies, bolt routes and paint.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Drinking too much booze.
What are your hidden talents?
I can drive and travel until the world ends… HA! I guess that’s a talent. I can cook, make decent pictures, tell a story, create movies, do the laundry, braid my girl's hair, skateboard and climb roofs pretty damn well.
Tell us about your most favorite place in the world:
I have many. Spain is a place I am always inspired by as a climber. Norway as well for the gorgeous vistas and nature. But the Bay Area is diverse and gives me a lot in terms of culture, fashion and many different walks of life. New England also will forever be a special place and is what will forever be home to me.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I actually wanted to be a gangster… like a mafia guy. HA! But…. You don’t really go and apply for that sort of thing do you?! I pretty much wanted to be a professional anything that allowed me to live the life I want…and I have that.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and why?
To be a lot more environmentally conscious and concerned with the planet.
Tell us about a time in your life when you have been scared:
When I cut down a Juniper tree while route developing and the internet went nuts. That has forever changed me as a human being and a climber. What a trip that was…. Ugh. I thought it was all over for me, but luckily most people believe in me, and what I do. I love you all.
Describe your perfect day:
Climbing with my girl and dog, seeing homies at the cliff, everyone making progress or sending and then rallying for dinner and drinks afterwards. Seriously… that makes me happier than anything.
How would your friends describe you?