What exactly are we doing, and what is our role in the climbing industry?

 

As the indoor climbing industry continues to grow, the role of route setters is becoming increasingly important. Fortunately, gym owners and gym patrons are starting to recognise the importance of quality route setting. As the industry grows, more and more resources are becoming available for professional route setters to hone their craft and create amazing routes. We have safer methods of climbing ropes so we can set comfortably, more insane volumes to set with, greater social media presence, and (gradually) increasing pay. But, what exactly are we doing, and what is our role in the climbing industry?

While there's plenty of ways to learn how about setting a rock on, or forcing a move, there's bigger and more important questions to ask: What is successful route setting? Is route setting just about knowing how to create a hard climb? What does hard mean? Are hard climbs better than easy ones? What sort of climbs should we set -Crimpy? Balancy? Awkward? What makes a good hold? Who do we cater our routes for? Should we listen to feedback? If so, from whom?

This website aims to tackle some of these issues in an effort to help further route setting as a profession.