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Competitions

USA Climbing is the national governing body for competition climbing in the United States. USAC sanctions and helps organize over 150 competitions each year, through multiple competitive series.


NCS Ascend Pittsburgh:  September 2018; Ascent Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Chief Routesetter:  Ian McIntosh (CA)

NCS Mesa Rim:  October 2018; Mesa Rim Training Center, San Diego, CA

Chief Routesetter:  Jeremy Hardin (VA) 

NCS Momentum Silver Street:  November 2018; Momentum Silver Street, Houston, TX

Chief Routesetter:  Garrett Gregor (CO)

NCS Ascent Studio:  December 2018; Ascent Studio, Fort Collins, CO

Chief Routesetter:  Nic Oklobzija (MN)



Combined Invitational: January 2019; Salt Lake City, Utah

Chief Routesetters: Chris Danielson (CO) and Bret Johnston (WA)

Assistant Routesetters:  Bouldering: Brad Weaver (GA), Garrett Gregor (CO), Jeremy Hardin (VA); and Sport:  Ryan Sewell (CO), Kyle McCabe (NH), Jonathan Brandt (TN)

Bouldering Open National Championship:  February 2019; Bend, Oregon

Chief Routesetter:  Brad Weaver (GA)

Assistant Routesetters:  Garrett Gregor (CO), Ian McIntosh (CA), Chris Danielson (CO), Nic Oklobzija (MN), Jeremy Ho (CA)

Bouldering Youth National Championship:  February 2019; Bend, Oregon

Chief Routesetter:  Mike Bockino (UT)

Assistant Routesetters:  Nohl Haeckel (CA), Bret Johnston (WA), Flannery Shay-Nemirow (AZ), Josh Larson (UT), Sydney McNair (NH)

Apprentice Routesetters:  Mark Kattus (CA), Moe Corbett (WA), Ryan Withey (CA), Yo Chi Lin (IL)

Intern Routesetter:  Amin Abassi (TX)

Sport & Speed Open National Championships: March 2019; Sportrock Climbing Center; Alexandria, Virginia

Chief Routesetter: Ryan Sewell (CO)

Assistant Routesetters:  Jonathan Brandt (TN); Mike Bockino (UT); Kasia Pietras (MA)

Apprentice Routesetter:  Marshall Henderson (GA)

Adaptive National Championship: March 2019; Vertical Adventures; Columbus, Ohio

Chief Routesetter: Mark Mercer (WA)

Assistant Routesetters:  Nohl Haeckel (CA); Aaron Davis (NC)

Collegiate National Championship:  April 2019; Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Chief Routesetter:  John Oungst (TX)

Assistant Routesetters:  Cody Grodzki (TN); Jeremy Ho (CA); Kyle Dontanville (CO); Curtis Mesmer (CA)

Apprentice Routesetters:  Erik Anderson (MN); Blake Green (AL); Isaac Palatt (CO)

Intern Routesetter:  Eddie Morillas (UT)

Vail IFSC Boulder World Cup:  June 2019; Vail, Colorado

Chief Routesetter:  Hiroshi Okano (JP)

IFSC Routesetters:  Chris Danielson (US); Romain Cabessut (FR)

Assistant Routesetters:  Mike Bockino (UT); Ryan Sewell (CO); Brad Weaver (GA)

Vail Citizens Competition: June 2019; Vail, Colorado

Chief Routesetter: Flannery Shay-Nemirow (AZ)

Assistant Routesetters:  Stephen Meinhold (VA); Jenna St. Germain (TX)

Apprentice Routesetter:  Ben Edwards (TX)

Sport Youth National Championship:  July 2019; Reach Climbing + Fitness; Bridgeport, PA

Chief Routesetter:  Bret Johnston (WA)

Assistant Routesetters:  Luke Bertelsen (AZ); Rylan Marshall (CO); John Oungst (TX); Lucas Bundy (CO); Kyle Van House (WA); Nick Foster (UT)

Apprentice Routesetters:  Alexandra Fox (CO); Sean Nanos (CA); Quinn Kellogg (OH); Neal Sipahimalani (IL); Steve Gaspar (CA)

Intern Routesetter:  Zach Larson (MA)


Selection Process

The process of selection for Routesetters at Championship Bouldering and Sport Competitions is detailed below.
Please see the home page for more information about current announcements for Routesetter positions.

National Championship Competitions: The Chief Routesetter is selected by USA Climbing Operations. An application process is then opened for Routesetters to apply for official Assistant, Apprentice, and Intern positions. The type and number of positions offered varies depending on the event. These Routesetter positions are determined by the Chief Routesetter in coordination with USAC Operations.

National Cup Series Competitions: The Chief Routesetter is selected by USA Climbing Operations in coordination with the host facility.  All other Routesetters are selected by the host facility and there are no formal USAC Internships offered at National Cup Series events.

Divisional Competitions: The Chief Routesetter is selected by the host facility in coordination with USA Climbing Operations. The Chief Routesetter must be Level 4 Certified with an Endorsement in the competition discipline. If a Level 5 Routesetter is the Chief Routesetter of a Divisional event, USA Climbing may offer an official Divisional Internship. All other Routesetters are selected by the host facility.

Regional Competitions: The Chief Routesetter selected by the host facility in coordination with USA Climbing Operations. The Chief Rouetsetter must be Level 3 Certified with an Endorsement in the competition discipline. All other Routesetters are determined by the host facility.

Local Competitions: The Chief Routesetter and all other Routesetters are selected by the host facility.

 

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