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Level 1 Clinics Scheduled for Sept 13/14 (Threshold Climbing – Oklahoma City, OK) and Oct 17/18 (Touchstone Cliffs of ID – Los Angeles, California)

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.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic.  Clinic location and info:

September 13/14, 2017 – Threshold Climbing; Oklahoma City, OK – Chief Instructor John Muse

October 17/18, 2017 – Touchstone Cliffs of ID, Culver City, CA – Chief Instructor Luke Bertelsen

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. 

We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics 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.   


 

Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for August 26/27 (High Point Climbing Birmingham – Birmingham, AL)

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.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic.  Clinic location and info:

August 26/27, 2017 – High Point Climbing Birmingham; Birmingham, AL – Chief Instructor Dave Wetmore

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. 

We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics 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.   


Application Period Open for 2017-2018 National Chief Routesetter Positions

Beginning this season, we are opening a formal application process for those eligible and interested in opportunities to be a Chief Routesetter for a National event in the 2017-2018 season.  Most Chief Routesetter positions at National events require Level 5 Certification but some events require Level 4 Certification and Endorsements in Sport/Bouldering.  Any Routesetters with Level 5 or Level 4 Certification (L4 w/ Endorsements) may apply to be considered for National Chief positions. 

As with all USA Climbing Championship level competitions, positions are chosen in consideration of USAC routesetting background (both general and specific to the discipline(s)), professionalism, and with consideration for geographic diversity and recent experience.  There are very few positions, for a much higher number of highly skilled and qualified than there are competitions.  Anyone with Level 5 or Level 4 w/ Endorsement(s) may apply but please be aware that only those with a high level of experience at National competitions (having set at least 6 or more National Competitions and significant experience as a Chief Routesetter at other Championship competitions) will be strongly considered.

Level 5 Routesetters will be considered for:

  • Bouldering Open National Championship – February 2-3, 2018 (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Bouldering Youth National Championship – February 9-11, 2018 (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Sport & Speed Open National Championship – (Tentative) March 16-17, 2018 (Location TBD)
  • Sport & Speed Youth National Championship - (Tentative) July 12-15, 2018 (Location TBD)

Level 4 Routesetters (w/ Endorsements in bouldering discipline(s)) for NCS and Vail Citizens and both bouldering/sport disciplines for Collegiate and Adaptive) will be considered for:

  • Bouldering Open National Cup Series Competitions
    • Stone Age Yank ‘N’ Yard NCS – October 20-21, 2017 (Albuquerque, NM)
    • Touchstone Dogpatch Boulders NCS – November 10-11, 2017 (San Francisco, CA)
    • Crux Climbing Center Violet Crown NCS – December 15-16, 2017 (Austin, TX)
    • High Point Birmingham NCS – January 5-6, 2017 (Birmingham, AL)
    • Collegiate National Championship – (Tentative) April 20-21, 2018 (Location TBD)
    • Vail Citizens National Bouldering Competition – June 11, 2018 (Vail, CO)
    • Adaptive National Championships – (Date and Location TBD)

    When applying, you will be considered for all National competitions you are eligible for and if selected, for a competition(s) USA Climbing believes you are be best qualified for.  Therefore, it is not necessary to list in the application competition(s) you are most interested in, but you are welcome to note your preferences, and/or specify the competitions you may (or may not) be available for if desired.

    There will be a three-week period to apply, after which we will review all applications and determine Chief Routesetters for the 2017-2018 season.  By mid-September, selections will be made and Chief Routesetters will be announced on this website.  The process for review is managed by the Administrator of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program, Chris Danielson and applications may also be reviewed by USA Climbing staff, including Operations Director Krista Henehan and Events Manager and Routesetting Committee Chair John Muse.  In the case of National Cup Series competitions, the Event Organizer (Host facility) may also offer input on the selection of the Chief Routesetter for those events. 

    Please download and submit the CHIEF ROUTESETTER APPLICATION to Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org.

    DEADLINE TO APPLY for any of the positions listed below: 5pm EST August 11th, 2017

     


    Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for June 20/21 (Touchstone Climbing, San Francisco)

    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.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic.  Clinic location and info:

    June 20/21, 2017 – Touchstone Climbing Mission Cliffs and Dogpatch, San Francisco, CA – Chief Instructor Luke Bertelsen

    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. 

    We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics 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.   


    Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for May 15/16 (Ogden, UT), Additional Divisional Internships Announced and Routesetters Announced for Spring/Summer 2017 National Competitions

    Level 1 Clinic Scheduled at The Front Ogden; May 15/16, 2017

    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.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic. 

    Clinic location and info:

    May 15/16, 2017 – The Front Ogden; Ogden, UT – Chief Instructor Luke Bertelsen

    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. 

    We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics 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.   

    Additional Divisional Internships Announced

    We have three Divisional Internships that the Chief Routesetters have recently been determined for and we are happy to announce official Internships at these events.  If you are Level 2 Certified, you may apply to Internships and you may apply to positions at any of the events that are outside your own Division.  If you had already applied to the last application period in March but were not selected for one of the other Internships, we encourage you to re-submit your application to the other events below.  Intern positions are unpaid and Intern Routesetters must cover their own travel expenses but accommodation may be provided. 

    Please find the Application form on the Resources page, and if you are uncertain of your certification level please refer to the certification list based on current Routesetter Memberships, also on that page, or email routesetting@usaclimbing.org. 

    DEADLINE TO APPLY for any of the positions listed below: 5pm EST April 21st, 2017

    The deadline for applying to the High Point and Evo Louisville Divisional Internships has closed.  The deadline for applying to the Vertical Endeavors Divisional Internship has been extended to 5pm EST, Monday, April 24th

    SPORT YOUTH DIVISIONAL INTERNSHIPS:

    All Divisional competitions are held June 17th/18th, 2017

    Division 3:  Evo Louisville; Louisville, CO – Chief:  Bret Johnston (bret@planetgranite.com)

    Division 5:  Vertical Endeavors; Bloomington, MN – Chief:  Ryan Sewell (ryan@movementboulder.com)

    Division 6:  High Point Climbing, Birmingham, AL – Chief:  Brad Weaver (bweaver@ssclimbing.com)

    To apply for a position at any of the above events, please download the Routesetter Application Form on the Resources page, and send your Internship application directly to the Chief Routesetter of the event.  With any general questions about the events or application process, email Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org

    National Routesetters Announced for Spring/Summer 2017 Competitions

    Routesetting teams have been announced for the upcoming Collegiate National Championships, Vail IFSC Boulder World Cup, Vail GoPro Citizens Competition, and Sport Youth National Championships.  We had more applications for all positions than ever before and thanks to everyone who applied.  See the COMPETITIONS page for more information.

     


    Positions Announced and Application Period Open for Spring/Summer Competitions

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

    Collegiate Nationals:  Apr 28-29, 2017; Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness, San Diego, CA 

    Vail IFSC Boulder World Cup:  Jun 10-11, 2017; GoPro Mountain Games, Vail, CO 

    GoPro Games Citizens Competition:  Jun 12, 2017; GoPro Mountain Games, Vail, CO 

    Youth Sport Divisionals:  Jun 17-18, 2017; Multiple Locations 

    Youth Sport Nationals:  Jul 13-16, 2017; Stone Summit Kennesaw, Kennesaw, GA 

    Please read below for more info.  You may 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 EST March 15th, 2017

    NATIONAL COMPETITION POSITIONS (see above for relevant dates)

    Collegiate Nationals:  Chief Routesetter: John Oungst (johno@climbsoill.com)

    •  4 Assistant Positions
    • 2 Apprentice Positions
    • 2 Intern Positions

    GoPro Games Citizens Competition:  Chief Routesetter:  Nohl Haeckel (nohl@climbhangar18.com)

    • 1 Assistant Position
    • 2 Apprentice Positions

    IFSC Boulder World Cup:  Representative IFSC Routesetter:  Chris Danielson (cdanielson@gthi.com)

    • 3 Assistant Positions

    Youth Sport Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Bret Johnston (bret@planetgranite.com)  

    • 6 Assistant Positions
    • 4 Apprentice Positions
    • 2 Intern Positions

    SPORT DIVISIONAL INTERNSHIPS:

    All Divisional competitions are held June 17th/18th, 2017

    Division 1:  Alaska Rock Gym; Anchorage, AK – Chief:  Molly Beard (mollybeard1123@gmail.com)

    Division 4:  Stone Age; Albuquerque, NM – Chief:  Lance Hadfield (lance@stoneageclimbinggym.com)

    There is 1 official Internship available at each of the above Divisionals. In order to apply you:

    • Must have Level 2 Certification
    • May only apply to Intern outside of your home Division 

    To apply for a position at any of the above events, please download the Routesetter Application Form on the Resources page, and send your Internship application directly to the Chief Routesetter of the event. 

    There may be additional official Internship(s) announced in the coming weeks so please check back or with any general questions about the events or application process, email Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org

     


    New Level 1 Clinic Scheduled – Adventure Rock MKE

    Level 1 Clinic Scheduled at Adventure Rock Milwaukee; February 27/28, 2017

    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. Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic. Clinic location and info:

    February 27/28, 2017 – Adventure Rock; Milwaukee, WI – Chief Instructor Mike Helt

    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. 

    We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics for later this spring/summer.  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.


    Level 2 Clinic Scheduled, eGrips Clinic Scholarship, and Routesetting Committee Update

    Level 2 Clinic Scheduled at Mesa Rim Climbing; March 5/6/7, 2017

    We have scheduled the next Level 2 Clinic in San Diego, California, to be held at Mesa Rim Climbing. The Clinic will be held March 5th – 7th, 2017 and the Chief Instructor will be John Muse.  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 directly using the form on that page in the Level 2 Announcement. 

    Please note – application for Level 2 Clinics is very competitive and the strongest candidates will be those that have the best combination of the following factors for consideration:  Level 1 Certification, 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 MST; Wednesday January 19th, 2017.

    To apply to the Level 2 Clinic DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THIS FORM and send directly to john@usaclimbing.org

    Beginning in 2017, we are also excited to have eGrips, a longtime USA Climbing sponsor and a favorite brand of USAC’s routesetters, supporting our Level 2 Clinics with a unique scholarship program.  The eGrips scholarship is a need-based program designed to support up and coming routesetters who have been accepted to participate in the Level 2 Clinic, and who may find the greatest benefit from having financial support.  Routesetters can apply for the Level 2 Clinic (Clinic Application sent to USAC Chief Instructor) and the eGrips scholarship (Scholarship Application sent to eGrips) and of those accepted to the Level 2 by USAC, at least two routesetters will have their Participation Fee ($400) paid for by eGrips.

    If interested in the eGrips scholarship, you can DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THIS FORM, and send directly to orders@e-grips.com.  All submission details are included within the form. PLEASE be sure you have already sent your Level 2 Application to john@usaclimbing.org before you send the eGrips Scholarship Application, separately, to orders@e-grips.com for consideration.

    Routesetting Committee Update

    As of January 1st, 2017, we are pleased to announce that Dave Wetmore has joined the Routesetting Committee as its newest member!

    One of the longest-standing Routesetting Committee Members and former Chairman of the Committee, Chris Danielson, has completed his final term after involvement over ten years, and John Muse is the current Chairman of the Committee.  Though no longer a voting member of the Routesetting Committee, Chris continues his work as the Administrator of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program and remains a liaison to the Routesetting Committee.  Chris will continue to work closely with the Committee to help shape the direction and management of routesetting for USA Climbing, in addition to his work as the Chairman of the Rules Committee and as Technical Director of the inaugural National Cup Series.  Thank you Chris for all the hard work and professionalism you have brought to the Routesetting Committee.  Without your dedication to the progression of routesetting within USA Climbing, it would not be where it is today.

    See more info about the Routesetting Committee Members and Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program Administrator on the ABOUT page.


    Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for January 8/9 (St. Petersburg, FL) and Routesetters Announced for Winter 2017 Competitions

    Level 1 Clinic Scheduled at Vertical Ventures St. Pete; January 8/9, 2017

    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.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic.  Clinic location and info:

    January 8/9, 2017 – Vertical Ventures; St. Petersburg, FL – Chief Instructor Dave Wetmore

    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. 

    We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics 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.   

    National Routesetters Announced for Winter 2017 Competitions

    Routesetting teams have been announced for the upcoming Bouldering Open, Bouldering Youth, and Sport Open National Championships.  We had more applications for all positions than ever before and thanks to everyonewho applied.  See the COMPETITIONS page for more information.


    Positions Announced and Application Period Open for Winter 2017 Competitions

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

    Bouldering Youth Divisionals:  Jan 14-15, 2017; Various Locations – See Below (Interns Only)

    Bouldering Open Nationals:  Feb 3-4, 2017; Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

    Bouldering Youth Nationals:  Feb 10-12, 2017; Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

    Sport Open Nationals:  Mar 10-11, 2017; Movement Denver, Denver, CO

    Please read below for more info.  You may 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.

    Please find the Application form on the Resources page, and if you are uncertain of your certification level please refer to the certification list based on current Routesetter Memberships, also on that page, or email routesetting@usaclimbing.org. 

    DEADLINE TO APPLY for any of the positions listed below: 5pm EST Dec 2nd, 2016

    NATIONAL COMPETITION POSITIONS (see above for relevant dates)

    Bouldering Open Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Ian McIntosh (ianmcintosh@mesarim.com)

    •  4 Assistant Positions

    Boulder Youth Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Nic Oklobzija (blocstrategies@gmail.com)

    • 5 Assistant Positions
    • 3 Apprentice Positions
    • 2 Intern Positions

    Sport Open Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Luke Bertelsen (luke@rocksandropes.com)  

    • 2 Assistant Positions
    • 1 Apprentice Positions
    • 1 Intern Position

    BOULDERING YOUTH DIVISIONAL INTERNSHIPS:

    All Divisional competitions are held Jan14th/15th, 2017

    Division 4:  Crux Climbing Center; Austin, TX – Chief:  Luke Bertelsen (luke@rocksandropes.com)

    Division 7:  Vertical Endeavors; Glendale Heights, IL – Chief:  Nic Oklobzija (blocstrategies@gmail.com)  

    There is 1 official Internship available at each of the above Divisionals. In order to apply you:

    • Must have Level 2 Certification
    • May only apply to Intern outside of your home Division 

    To apply for a position at any of the above events, please download the Routesetter Application Form on the Resources page, and send your Internship application directly to the Chief Routesetter of the event.  With any general questions about the events or application process, email Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org

     


    Routesetter Memberships & November Level 1 Clinic at Southern Stone in Louisiana

    Reminder:  USA Climbing Routesetter Membership Requirements

    All certified routesetters with a current membership are listed on the active list of certified routesetters on the Resources section and this list will continue to be updated bi-monthly throughout the season.  In order to work as Chief Routesetters of any Championship level competitions, Intern at Divisional or National competitions, or to work at any position at National competitions, USAC certified routesetters must have a current Routesetter Membership.

    Please go here to purchase a 2016-2017 Routesetter Membership.

    Level 1 Clinic Scheduled at Southern Stone in Lafayette, Louisiana

    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.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic. 

    Clinic location and info:

    November 20/21 – Southern Stone; Lafayette, LA – Chief Instructor John Muse

    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. 

    We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics 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.   


    Level 2 and Level 3 Certification Review

    Most Level 2 and Level 3 Certified Routesetters received an email from Chair of the Routesetting Committee, Chris Danielson, on March 2nd, 2016,outlining the review process we will be undergoing for all current Level 2 and Level 3 Certified Routesetters.  The review process is now open and please read below for more information, if you are currently Level 2 or Level 3 Certified. If you do not believe we have your email on record or would like to update your contact information, please email routesetting@usaclimbing.org. 

    Summary of Updates to Level 2/3 Certification and Review Process:

    Beginning September 1, 2016 there will no longer be endorsements at Level 2 but instead endorsements will now be applied to Level 3 certification.  Beginning with the 2016 – 2017 Season, USA Climbing will require Chief Routesetters of Regional Championships for both bouldering and sport disciplines to have Level 3 Certification with the Endorsement in the discipline. 

    This Certification Review is for current Level 2 and Level 3 Routesetters who wish to have their certification level and/or endorsement(s) evaluated.  The evaluation will look at a Routesetter’s past and recent USA Climbing routesetting history and will evaluate the number of competitions the Routesetter has set or chiefed, and in what discipline(s), to make determinations about certification and endorsement.  For Routesetters that currently have Level 3certification, the Committee will review if the Routesetter formerly had Level2 endorsement(s) and assess his/her specific routesetting history, to determine whether to grant endorsement(s) for that Routesetter at Level 3.  If a Routesetter currently has Level 2certification but has worked multiple Championship level events, includingoutside of his/her own Division, and also has Chiefed past Regionals, the Routesetting Committee may consider in rare cases, to increase the Routesetter’s certification to Level 3 and possibly grant endorsement(s).

    Review Standards

    The Routesetting Committee will review Routesetters’ experience and may upgrade a Routesetter from Level 2 to Level 3 or apply Endorsements for those who already have Level 3 Certification, with these basic considerations as standards:

    • Routesetter has been an Assistant Routesetter outside of his/her Division at one or more        championship level events.
    • Routesetter has been Chief Routesetter at 2 Regional Championship level events in either bouldering or sport or a combination of the two within the past 4 years.
    • Routesetter has a current USAC Routesetting Membership

    The Routesetter must submit THIS CERTIFICATION REVIEW FORM for review by May 1st, and the Routesetting Committee will respond within one month of submission.  Please complete the Review Form and email to john@stonemoves.com


    Any questions, please contact Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org