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Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for January 2020; National Routesetters Announced for Winter Competitions

We are pleased to announce the next Level 1 Clinic:

January 19/20, 2020 – Whetstone Climbing; Fort Collins, CO – Chief Instructor Ryan Sewell - FILLED

LEVEL 1 Clinics:  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.  Registration is first-come, first-served and you should have 6 months experience routesetting and be able to comfortably work 5.10/V3.  If you want to participate we encourage you to register as soon as possible as we continue to see growing interest in Level 1 Clinics. 

Additionally, more Level 1 Clinics will be scheduled for later this fall and winter.  If you work with a climbing gym and may be interested in hosting a Level 1 Clinic, or have general questions about the program, please contact the Administrator of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program, Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org.

Note:  As outlined on the Clinic Schedule page, if you are interested in registering but want to first ensure there are spots available before purchasing the Routesetter Membership and logging in to register for the clinic, please contact routesetting@usaclimbing.org and we can confirm availability.

Winter Competition National Routesetters Announced

It has been a busy start to the year already for USA Climbing and we look forward to events in 2020.  We have finalized the Chief Routesetters for all the National events.  Please refer to the Competitions page for more information. 

We are also happy to have confirmed four National Rouetsetters to assist with the Pan American Combined Championship coming up in late February in Los Angeles:  Ryan Sewell (Lead), Bret Johnston (Lead), Brad Weaver (Bouldering), Nic Oklobzija (Bouldering).

Positions Announced and Application Period Open for Winter Competitions

We are excited to announce the open application period for positions at the following competitions below this winter. 

We announce application periods twice annually – once for these winter competitions and then a second round (application period in early 2020) for competitions in Spring/Summer 2020.  Please apply now if interested in any of the events listed below but if interested in Paraclimbing, Collegiate and/or Sport Youth National Championships, then check back in early 2020 to apply for those positions.

NOTE:  If you are Level 2 Certified, you may apply to Internships; Level 3, Apprentice positions; and Level 4 or Level 5, Assistant positions.  Please read below the competition listings for more info. 

  • Bouldering Youth Divisionals (Interns Only):January 18-19, 2020; Multiple Locations (see below)
  • Combined Invitational (Assistants Only):January 10-12, 2020; Summit Climbing Plano, Plano, TX
  • Bouldering Open Nationals (Assistants Only):January 31 - February 1, 2020; Deschutes Expo Center; Redmond, OR 
  • Bouldering Youth Nationals (Assistants/Apprentices Only):February 7-10, 2020; Deschutes Expo Center; Redmond, OR
  • Sport Open Nationals (Assistants/Apprentices Only):March 13-14, 2020; TBD 

Routesetting Memberships now available; Updated Membership and Events Platform

All routesetters are now welcome to purchase a USA Climbing Routesetter Membership for the 2019-2020 climbing season.  A current Routesetter Membership ($70.00) is required to participate in a USAC Routesetting Clinic, to work as a Chief Routesetter for any Championship events, as well as to work at any National events and/or to be listed on the published list of USAC Certified Routesetters.  Note that beginning this season USA Climbing has a new platform for membership and events, Sport80.  There are many new classes of Membership for USA Climbing (for example, two levels of Coach memberships, Judges memberships, Volunteer and Staff memberships all new this year) and when purchasing a Routesetter Membership you must purchase one of three types:

  • Level 1 Membership (received Level 1 certification, or are planning to take Level 1 clinic)
  • Level 2 Membership (received Level 2 certification)
  • Level 3+ Membership (Received Level 3 or higher certification)

As established last season, in order to have one’s certification be active, a routesetter must also remain current with the requirements for SafeSport and Background checks.  More information can be found on the certification section or if you have specific questions about your SafeSport or Background check status or membership, please email both routesetting@usaclimbing.org and sharlee@usaclimbing.org.

National Chief Routesetters Announced

It has been a busy start to the year already for USA Climbing and we have our first National competition coming up next weekend at Stone Age National Cup Series.  We have finalized the Chief Routesetters for all the National events.  Please refer to the Competitions page for more information. 

Applications for Divisional Internships and National competitions; Update to Certification structure

For those interested in routesetting at USAC Championship level events this season, please look for an update on this site soon, announcing the application period for Divisional Internships, and for Assistant/Apprentice positions at National Championship events.  We are still hard at work finalizing the Divisional Championship competition hosts and Chief Routesetters for those events, and expect to open the application period later this month for Divisional Internships and the National competitions.

We also have an update regarding the certification structure:  Note that after significant review by the Routesetting Committee, beginning this season the certification structure has changed such that in order to receive Level 4 Certification, a Routesetter must complete TWO (2) National Apprenticeships. Routesetters can gain Level 2 Certification at a Level 2 Clinic, Level 3 Certification through an official Internship, and then must be an Apprentice at two National competitions, in order to gain Level 4 Certification. 

For those anticipating the application process, please also note in terms of assignments for events, that at National Cup Series events, USA Climbing assigns the Chief Routesetter only; all other Routesetters are determined by the host facility.  For all National Championship events in 2019-20 season, USA Climbing assigns the Chief Routesetter and all other positions (Assistant/Apprentice/Intern), and it is for those National Championship events that we will have the open application process, later this month.

Please do not apply until the formal application period is announced on this website.  Contact routesetting@usaclimbing.org with any questions.

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