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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 Bouldering/Speed; May 2021; Location TBD

Chief Routesetter:  Bret Johnston (WA)

NCS Bouldering Vail Mtn Games; June 2021; Vail, CO

Chief Routesetter:  Jeremy Hardin (VA)

NCS Bouldering/Lead/Speed: July 2021; Location TBD

Chief Routesetters:  Ryan Sewell (B) (CO); Jonathan Brandt (L/S) (TN)

NCS Lead: Aug 2021; Location TBD

Chief Routesetter:  Bret Johnston (WA)

NCS Lead/Speed: 2021; Location TBD

Chief Routesetter:  Mike Bockino (ID)

National Team Trials:  March 2021; Location TBD

Bouldering Chief Routesetter:  Nic Oklobjiza (MN)

Lead Chief Routesetter:  Brad Weaver (CO)

Collegiate National Championship:  Mar 2021; Location TBD

Chief Routesetter:  Mark Mercer (WA)

Paraclimbing National Championship:  May 2021; Location TBD

Chief Routesetter:  Nohl Haeckel (CA)

Youth National Championship:  Jul 2021; Location TBD

Bouldering Chief Routesetter:  Nohl Haeckel (CA)

Lead Chief Routesetter:  John Oungst (UT)

National Championship:  Nov 2021; Location TBD

Bouldering Chief Routesetter:  Garrett Gregor (CO)

Lead Chief Routesetter:  Kyle McCabe (NH)


Selection Process

The process of selection for Routesetters at Championship level 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.  One assistant (Level 4 or higher) position is determined through the general application period for those events.  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 or approved Level 4 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.  If a Level 4 Routesetter or approved Level 3 is the Chief Routesetter of a Regional Event, USA Climbing may offer an official Regional Internship.   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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