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.
Yank ‘N’ Yard National Cup Series: Oct 20-21, 2017; Stone Age, Albuquerque, NM
Chief Routesetter: Mike Bockino (UT)
Battle in the Bay National Cup Series: Nov 10-11, 2017; Dogpatch Boulders, San Francisco, CA
Chief Routesetter: Ian McIntosh (CA)
The Violet Crown National Cup Series: Dec 15-16, 2017; Crux Climbing, Austin, TX
Chief Routesetter: Garrett Gregor (CO)
Southern Grit National Cup Series: Jan 5-6, 2018; High Point Climbing, Birmingham, AL
Chief Routesetter: Jeremy Hardin (VA)
Bouldering Open Nationals: Feb 2018; Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Chief Routesetter: Dave Wetmore (MA)
Assistants: Garrett Gregor, Jeremy Ho, Ian McIntosh, Brad Weaver, Joel Zerr
Bouldering Youth Nationals: Feb 2018; Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Chief Routesetter: Nic Oklobzija (MN)
Assistants: Mike Bockino, Jonathan Brandt, Nohl Haeckel, Josh Larson, Ryan Sewell
Apprentices: Eric Mahan, Curtis Mesmer, Flannery Shay-Nemirow, Ivan Vargas
Interns: Ryan Withey
Sport Open Nationals: Mar 2018; TBD
Chief Routesetter: Kyle McCabe (NH)
Assistants: Alex Borst, Rylan Marshall, Ryan Sewell
Apprentice: Nick Orange
Collegiate Nationals: April 20-21 2018; Momentum Indoor Climbing, Houston, TX
Chief Routesetter: John Oungst (TX)
Assistants: Jeremy Ho (CA), Keegan Minock (CO), Cody Grodzki (TN), Alex Borst (WA)
Apprentices: Joe Marchionno (FL), Randy Casillan (CA), Mike Rosen (IL)
Interns: Erik Anderson (MN)
Adaptive National Championship: June 23 2018; Vertical Adventures, Columbus, OH
Chief Routesetter: Mark Mercer (FL)
Sport Youth National Championship: July 12-15 2018; Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center, Kennesaw, GA
Chief Routesetter: Bret Johnston (WA)
Assistants: Sydney McNair (NH), Brian Adams (MA), Jonathan Brandt (TN), Kyle Van House (MD), Aaron Davis (NC), Lucas Bundy (CO)
Apprentices: Leo Elacio (CA), Justin Catlett (CO), Kenny Benson (TX), Sean Harris (OR), Isaac Palatt (CO)
Interns: Neal Sipahimalani (IL)
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.