I LOVE CLIMBING: Route Setting
Updated: Jun 13, 2019
Route setting and creating routes and boulder problems for others to train on and improve as a climber is one of the most rewarding and hardest jobs possible. If you are a creative person like me, it is a joy to show up and be able to have the freedom to create whatever you want. You also get to help create moves and sequences to help others take their climbing to the next level. Lastly, it's so challenging to create moves that look good while forcing the climbers to think through their movement and see your vision. I will expand on each of these thoughts and give you the reasons why I love to be a routesetter.
Freedom for Creativity
Having a clean, freshly stripped wall is one of the most exciting and empowering times for a routesetter. It means that you are ready to set and have a blank canvas to create your next beautiful, functional, and unique climb. Freedom for creativity is one of my favorite parts of setting because you never know what you will create before the day starts.
Helping Others Improve Their Climbing
Helping others improve is one of the main reasons I love setting and posting on my blog and on Instagram every day. I absolutely love to help get you motivated or give you that tip or trick to send your project; That's something that really fires me up and is why I do what I do. So when setting, I often try to teach climbers new body positions or make a sequence confusing, forcing them to read the boulder beforehand if they want to flash it. I'm all about making them think about what they are doing and where they are going.
Looking Beautiful and Climbing Beautiful
Creating a climb that's both visually appealing and amazing to climb is possibly my favorite challenge as a route setter. I take pride in making my boulder problems look fun to others before they even get off the ground. I think this helps people get stoked to try it and to climb, which is one of the main jobs as a route setter.
Routesetting is not always the most appreciated or loved job by others. But the setters are the person responsible for a majority of people's first impression of climbing and drastically impacts how much people love the sport. So next time you're in your local gym thank the setters because they deserve more love and appreciation than they typically get.
If you guys have any questions that aren't listed above or want to get in touch with me, I'd love to talk and answer any questions you have. The best way to get in touch with me is through the comments below or Direct Message me on Instagram. (https://www.instagram.com/chalked.climber/)