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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.


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: TBD


Bouldering Youth Nationals:  Feb 2018; Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Chief Routesetter:  Nic Oklobzija (MN)

Assistants: TBD

Apprentices: TBD 

Interns: TBD


Sport Open Nationals:  Mar 2018; TBD

Chief Routesetter:  Kyle McCabe (NH)

Assistants: TBD

Apprentice: TBD

Intern: TBD


Collegiate Nationals:  April 2018; TBD

Chief Routesetter:  John Oungst (MO)

Assistants:  TBD

Apprentices:  TBD

Interns:  TBD


Sport Youth National Championship:  July 2018; TBD

Chief Routesetter:  Bret Johnston (OR)

Assistants:  TBD

Apprentices:  TBD

Interns:  TBD


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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