USAC Level 1 Routesetting Clinics: Summer 2012

We have recently scheduled two new public Level 1 Clinics for this summer, at Mesa Rim Climbing Center in San Diego, California, and Climb Iowa, in Des Moines, Iowa. A Level 1 Clinic is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in improving their overall routesetting, learning fundamental skill sets for competition routesetting, and taking the

first step towards advancing as a USAC competition routesetter.

The currently scheduled clinics are detailed below. Please read below for more information and find a link to register for either of these clinics. Additional clinics will be scheduled for later in the year in various regions. If you are interested in hosting a clinic at your facility, please go to the hosting section of this website where you can read details of the hosting options and download an information form. Contact Chris Danielson at [email protected] with any questions or to schedule a clinic.

July 20th and 21st – Mesa Rim Climbing Center, San Diego, California. This clinic will be instructed by John Muse, Level 5 USAC Routesetter, Chief Routesetter for the most recent Youth ABS Nationals, and Routesetter for this year’s Vail Boulder World Cup.

August 11th and 12th – Climb Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. This clinic will be instructed by Luke Bertelsen, Level 5 Routesetter, former Chief of ABS Youth Nationals and also a Routesetter for the Vail Boulder World Cup.

The Participation Fee for a Level 1 USAC Routesetting Clinic is $145.00. A $55 USAC Routesetter Annual Membership is also mandatory, and if you are not already a member, you may also purchase the membership online while registering. Successful participants in the clinic will receive Level 1 Certification.

Participation is capped at 20 for both of these clinics. We welcome beginner and experienced routesetters alike and anyone with 6 months or more experience as a Routesetter who can work V3 or 5.10 can join a clinic. Through the registration process you will be provided with a registration confirmation form and USAC Routesetter profile form which you can complete and send to the instructor of the clinic. Please register directly for any of the clinics here.

Please contact John Muse at [email protected] or Luke Bertelsen at [email protected] with questions about the specific clinics.  Contact Chris Danielson, Chairman of the Routesetting Committee, at [email protected] with any general questions about the USAC Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program.

National Routesetting Applications – SCS Open Nationals & CCS Nationals

The application period is open to apply for the next upcoming National events this spring. If applying for positions at SCS Open or CCS Nationals – please be sure to review the certification requirement needed to apply for each position before applying. With any questions, contact the Chief Routesetter of the event or Chris Danielson, Chair of the USAC Routesetting Committee at [email protected] Please download an application from the Resources Page and send to the Chief Routesetter of the event.

SCS Open Nationals: March 27 – 28, 2015; Central Rock Watertown; Watertown, MA

There are two Assistant positions, one Apprentice position and one Intern position available at SCS Open Nationals, held in Watertown, Massachusetts March 27 – 28, 2015. You must have L4 Certification to apply for an Assistant position, Level 3 to apply for an Apprentice position, and Level 2 to apply for an Internship position. Send application to Chief Routesetter Bret Johnston at [email protected]

CCS Nationals: April 17 – 18, 2015; Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness; San Diego, CA

There are three Assistant, three Apprentice, and two Internship positions available at ABS Youth Nationals, held in San Diego, California, April 17 – 18, 2015. You must have L4 Certification to apply for an Assistant position, Level 3 to apply for an Apprentice position, and Level 2 to apply for an Internship position. Send application to Chief Routesetter Nic Oklobzija at [email protected]

ABS Setters: Top of Their Game at Nationals

USA Climbing would like to extend a huge thank you to the route setters of the ABS National Championships held recently in Boulder, Colorado.

Open Chief Setter, Kynan Waggoner lead USAC professional setters Jamie Emerson, Chris Danielson, Scott Mechler and Kyle McCabe with forerunning help from Johnny Hork, to construct some of the most creative and challenging problems US climbers have ever faced.

In addition to setting problems that would separate the strongest climbers in the country, they also were working with a new scoring system adopted from the IFSC World Cup circuit. Using this “Zone” system the crew deftly handled separating the field and ended the comp with no ties.

Also that same weekend was the ABS Youth National Championship.

Youth Chief Setter Mike Helt ran his National Setters, Jeremy Hardin, Kyle Mrohs, Luke Bertelsen and Intern Matt Hulet through 7 long days and nights of setting challenging kid friendly problems that ranged in style from full dynamic power to slab-tastic.

The crew deftly juggled the technical and creative aspects of setting for the strongest young guns in the country.

In the end the Youth crew held 4 successful and exciting super-finals to break ties in D, C and A categories.

Find complete results at

National Interns Wanted! Apply Now.

The 10th season of the American Bouldering Series (ABS) is kicking off this October and that also means that Nationals is just around the corner.

Youth Chief Setter Mike Helt is looking to fill one intern spot on his ABS Nationals crew held this February at The Spot in Boulder, Colorado. This three day event is the culmination of a seasons worth of work for young competitors across the country.

Also looking to bring in an National intern is Chief Setter for the SCS Adult Open, Kevin Branford. The SCS Open is held during the Winter OR Show in Salt Lake City and features some of Americas top lead climbers.

If you want to become a National Setter than this is the place to start. Go to the Certification page to check out the pre-requirements. Then go to the Comps page to download the Intern application form and return it to the appropriate Chief by October 10th for a chance to be at the top of American setting.