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Current Clinic Updates and Application Period Open for Summer/Fall Competitions

We are excited to announce the open application period for positions at the following Routesetting clinics and competitions:

Level 1 Clinic Scheduled at Gravity Vault Hoboken; May 11/12 2021

We have scheduled the next Level 1 Routesetting Clinic in Hoboken NJ to be held at The Gravity Vault.  The clinic will be May 11 and 12 2021 and the Chief Instructor will be Nic Oklobzija. 

Registration for this clinic is done through Sport80, the same online platform that competitions, coaching registration etc is done.  Qualified Routesetters must register for this clinic and it is on a first come first served basis.

Participants should have at least 6 months routesetting experience and need to be proficient in using all the tools and equipment necessary to set boulder problems and routes.  Proficiency at moving up and down a fixed rope to set routes is a must.  Any questions about this can be directed to the Routesetting Program Manager, Mike Bockino at mike@usaclimbing.org

Participants must also have a current Routesetter Membership to register for the clinic.  The clinic is limited to 20 total participants. 

Level 2 Clinic Scheduled at Ascent Studio; April 23-25, 2021

We have scheduled the next Level 2 Clinic in Fort Collins, CO to be held at Ascent Studio. The Clinic will be held April 23-25 2021 and the Chief Instructor will be Luke Bertelsen.  Qualified routesetters must apply to take part in this clinic and there are limited spots available. See all the information on the CLINICS page and apply using the form on the "Resources" page. 

Please note – application for Level 2 Clinics is competitive and the strongest candidates will be those that have the best combination of the following factors for consideration:  Experience routesetting at Championship Level events, significant Chief Routesetter experience at competitions/gyms, strong references, and those who represent strong USA Climbing partner gyms/regions.  We will consider all applications as they are submitted and encourage those to apply who have depth of experience and qualifications.

The deadline for applications is 5:00pm MTN; Monday March 29th, 2021.

To apply to the Level 2 Clinic please download and fill out the application on routesetting resources page and send directly to mike@usaclimbing.org.

 

SUMMER/FALL 2021 COMPETITIONS

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Youth Bouldering Nationals:  July 2021; Location TBD

Youth Lead/TR/Speed Nationals:  July 2021; Location TBD

Youth C and D Festival:  July 2021; Location. TBD

 Adult Bouldering Nationals:  November 2021; Location TBD

Regional Championship Internships:  May 28-June 20 2021, Locations varied pending upon region

Please read below for more info.  You are encouraged to apply to positions at different events but MUST have the requisite certification for the event(s) you are applying for. 

  • If you are Level 2 Certified, you may apply to Internships
    • Intern positions are unpaid and Intern Routesetters must cover their own travel expenses but accommodation will be provided
  • Level 3, Apprentice positions
    • Apprentice positions are provided a partial travel stipend and compensation
  • Level 4, Assistant positions
    • Assistants are fully compensated, and all travel expenses are covered

Please also note it is unlikely you will be selected for multiple positions given the limited number of events and high quantity of qualified applicants.

If you are uncertain of your certification level, please see the Resources page to find the certification list based on current Routesetter Memberships or email routesetting@usaclimbing.org. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY for any of the positions listed below: 5pm MST March 29 2021

NATIONAL COMPETITION POSITIONS (see above for relevant dates)

 

Youth Bouldering Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Nohl Haeckel

  •  5 Assistant Positions, 5 Apprentice Positions

Youth Lead/TR/Speed Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  John Oungst

  • 1 Apprentice Position
    • Note.  This setting team is carried over from 2020, but one position has become available. 

Youth C and D Festival:  Chief Routesetter:  Molly Beard

  • 2 Assistant Positions, 2 Apprentice Positions

Adult Bouldering Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Garrett Gregor

  • 5 Assistant Positions

Regional Bouldering Internships

Regional Bouldering Championships will be taking place from May 28/29 thru June 19/20, 2021.  There may be internships offered at these events.  Once all the event dates, locations and chief routesetters have been confirmed, the chief routesetters and the Routesetting Program Manager will work to assign interns to these events. 

To apply for an internship, please download the application found under the resources section of the routesetting area of the website and send to routesetting@usaclimbing.org

There is 1 official Internship available at each of the bouldering Regionals. To apply you:

  • Must have Level 2 Certification
  • May only apply to Intern outside of your home Division (this may be waived due to travel restrictions and Covid 19)

With any general questions about the events or application process, email the Administrator of the Routesetting program, Mike Bockino at routesetting@usaclimbing.org

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Positions Announced and Application Period Open for Winter and Spring Competitions

We are excited to announce the open application period for positions at the following competitions:

National Team Trials:  March 16-20, High Point Climbing and Fitness Memphis, TN

National Cup Series Stop 1:  May 28-30, Location TBD 

National Cup Series Stop 2:  June 11-13, Vail Mountain Games Vail, CO 

Please read below for more info.  You are encouraged to apply to positions at different events but MUST have the requisite certification for the event(s) you are applying for.  If you are Level 2 Certified, you may apply to Internships; Level 3, Apprentice positions; and Level 4, Assistant positions.  Intern positions are unpaid and Intern Routesetters must cover their own travel expenses but accommodation will be provided.  Apprentice positions are provided a partial travel stipend and compensation, and Assistants are fully compensated and all travel expenses are covered.  Please also note it is unlikely you will be selected for multiple positions given the limited number of events and high quantity of qualified applicants.

If you are uncertain of your certification level please see the Resources page to find the certification list based on current Routesetter Memberships or email routesetting@usaclimbing.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY for any of the positions listed below: 5pm MST Dec. 9th, 2020

NATIONAL COMPETITION POSITIONS (see above for relevant dates)

National Team Trials:  Chief Routesetters:  Brad Weaver (L); Nic Oklobjiza (B)

  • 6 Assistant Positions

National Cup Series Stop 1:  Chief Routesetter:  Bret Johnston

  • 1 Assistant Position

National Cup Series Stop 2:  Chief Routesetter:  Jeremy Hardin

  • 3 Assistant Positions

BOULDERING DIVISIONAL INTERNSHIPS

Dates and Locations for bouldering divisional championship events are not yet decided due to the ever-changing situation with Covid-19.  As soon as the locations and dates are determined, an additional application period will be announced specifically for those internship opportunities. 

There is 1 official Internship available at each of the bouldering Divisionals. To apply you:

  • Must have Level 2 Certification
  • May only apply to Intern outside of your home Division(this may be waived due to travel restrictions and covid 19)

To apply for a position at any of the above events, please download the Routesetter Application Form on the Resources page, and send to routesetting@usaclimbing.org 

With any general questions about the events or application process, email the Administrator of the Routesetting program, Mike Bockino at routesetting@usaclimbing.org


National Chiefs Announcement

We are excited to announce the National Chiefs for the 2021 climbing season.  Please refer to the Competitions page for more information. 

At the National Cup Series events in 2021, the Chief Routesetter and assistant is assigned by USA Climbing; all other routesetters are determined by the host facility.  Additional opportunities will be available at Canadian and South American National Cup events as well.  All other routesetters are coordinated by the host facility at their discretion.  For the National Championship events in 2019, USA Climbing assigns the Chief Routesetter and all other positions (Assistant/Apprentice/Intern).  For those other positions, there will be a formal application process, the first of which will be opened in late November.  Please do not apply until the formal application period is announced on this website.



Due to the ever-changing nature of the Covid19 pandemic and the associated closures of states that go along with it, USA Climbing has postponed all of the spring 2020 clinics until further notice. 

We are working closely with the potential host facilities for these clinics to determine the best course of action moving forward.  If you have any questions regarding clinics please feel free to reach out to the Routesetting Program Manager, Mike Bockino, at mike@usaclimbing.org

 

 Youth Virtual Bouldering Redpoints have begun!

Please refer to the following resources when preparing for these events:

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