Josh Stupka left his Mississippi upbringing in the summer of 2007 to experience the freedom and glory of living in the mountains. He worked at a wild game ranch outside of Gunnison for two years then began pursuing a degree in Outdoor Leadership with Spanish and Biology minors at Western. His passion are invested in whitewater kayaking and, with the help of Ben Roemeling, is working to expand the college’s paddling community through Western’s Whitewater Club. He has raft guided in Tennessee and Colorado, lead sea kayak/snorkel excursions in Puerto Rico, lead outdoor programs for the Army, and is currently leading whitewater and sea kayak trips for Wilderness Pursuits.
Josh lives for being in the outdoors: hunting, fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, paddling, canyoneering, and napping are great outlets. Also, challenging and epic adventures like kayaking through the Black Canyon makes him happier than mint chocolate chip ice cream.
In elementary school, Josh had a pet raccoon named Templeton that liked to ride through neighborhood on the handlebars of his bike. Templeton was also a fanatic for Sun Chips.
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it."