Tyler Johnson is an all-around adventurer. Born in Soldotna, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula, he claims to be a “professional screwoff.” In his haste, he might forget to mention his involvement in a national survival reality TV show, winning three Alaska wilderness classic races, or his co-ownership of three Anchorage businesses. He’s always looking for the next adventure as a climber, big mountain skier, adventure racer, paddler, carpenter, commercial fisherman, log cabin builder, mechanic, apprentice, stone mason, hot tub builder and father.
You can watch Tyler’s on-screen adventures in the first two seasons of the National Geographic show “Ultimate Survivor Alaska.” As you have come to know from the 49 Faces of Alaskan Adventure, we are more interested in Tyler’s unscripted adventures. So, why did we include a reality TV star? Because he has spent his lifetime as an Alaskan adventurer and has a heart for true wilderness and human powered activities.
Tyler grew up spending time in the field with his entrepreneur and engineer father, Dave Johnson. He pursued his own engineering degree from UAA School of Engineering and a master’s in civil engineering. Tyler has co-owned three companies, one of which he and his partner successfully sold to an Alaska Native Corporation in 2010. More recently, Tyler has moved to the oilfields of Alaska as an Engineer for Conoco Phillips on one of the largest oilfield development projects in over a decade.
Tyler’s carefree attitude brings an air of joy and excitement to new adventures. You can see the little sparkle of “crazy” in his eye that you just seem to know makes it possible for him to push the limits in the outdoors. Tyler strives in the competitive setting, having competed in over 10 Alaska Wilderness Classic Races and setting the all-time fastest time in 2005. He is known for being unconventional….racing and surviving for 4 days on Taco Bell burritos. More recently, after working out at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, Tyler and the Lodge Manager, Bret Gilleland, decided to paddle in a two person inflatable kayak from the front door of the lodge to downtown Anchorage. Their 180 mile trip included five rivers, class IV whitewater, and one ocean crossing.
Beyond climbing some of Alaska’s highest peaks, Tyler has also pushed his skills outside the state. As a lover of snow over beaches, he seeks out extreme mountain conditions. He climbed 27,000 feet without oxygen in Kathmandu, Nepal and completed a self supported ascent and ski descent of Cho Oyu, Tibet (26,906ft).
If you want to run into Tyler, you can try and catch him in the annual Mt. Marathon Race in Seward, perhaps see him in one of Denali’s West Buttress’s camps or at his log home in Kasilof, Alaska.