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Official News for USA Climbing Routesetting

To maintain active certification as a USA Climbing Routesetter and be listed on the ‘Certified Routesetter List’ online, a routesetter must have the following:

  • Current USAC Routesetter Membership
  • Current SafeSport training
  • Successful completion of a background screening (Level 3+ unless otherwise specified below)

Any routesetter assigned to work as the Chief Routesetter of a Championship level competition, or who is contracted and paid directly by USA Climbing otherwise in the 2019-2020 season (for example as an Assistant/Apprentice at National events or as a Routesetting Instructor), will need to be SafeSport trained and successfully complete a background screening.

Level 1 and 2 certified routesetters will still need to be SafeSport trained to maintain their certification.  Level 2 certified routesetters, contracted (whether by USAC or a host facility directly) to Chief Routesetter at a Collegiate Regional, will also need to successfully complete a background screen. 



8/10/19 - Application Period Open for 2018-2019 National Chief Routesetter Positions

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 2019-2020 season.  All Chief Routesetter positions at National Cup and Championship events require Level 5 Certification and any Routesetters with Level 5 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 higher number of highly skilled and qualified than there are competitions.  Anyone with Level 5 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 National and/or other Championship competitions) will be strongly considered.

2018-2019 National events

  • National Cup Series Competitions
    • Stone Age Climbing NCS – October 18-19, 2019 (Albuquerque, NM)
    • Touchstone Dogpatch Boulders NCS – November 1-2, 2019 (San Francisco, CA)
    • High Point Memphis NCS – December 6-7, 2019 (Memphis, TN)
  • Combined Invitational – January 10-12, 2020 (Location TBD)
  • Bouldering Open National Championship – January 31-February 1, 2020 (Bend, OR)
  • Bouldering Youth National Championship – February 7-9, 2020 (Bend, OR)
  • Sport & Speed Open National Championship – March 13-14, 2020 (Location TBD)
  • Paraclimbing National Championship – March 28-29, 2020 (Location TBD)
  • Collegiate National Championship – April, 2020 (Exact Date and Location TBD)
  • Sport & Speed Youth National Championship – July 9-12, 2020 (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 two-week period to apply, after which we will review all applications and determine Chief Routesetters for the 2019-2020 season. DEADLINE TO APPLY is Aug 16th, 2019.

By Sept 1st, selections will be made and Chief Routesetters will be announced on this website.  The process for review and selection is managed by the Administrator of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program, Chris Danielson and applications may also be reviewed by USA Climbing staff, John Muse and/or Nick Foster.  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


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

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