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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.


Bouldering Open Nationals:  Feb 3-4, 2017; Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Chief Routesetter:  Ian Mcintosh (CA)
Assistants: 
Garrett Gregor (CO), Bret Johnston (OR), Dave Wetmore (MA), Chris Danielson (CO)


Bouldering Youth Nationals:  Feb 10-12, 2017; Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Chief Routesetter:  Nic Oklobzija (MN)
Assistants: 
Mike Bockino (UT), Jeremy Ho (CA), Joel Zerr (UT), Phillip Symons (TX), Ryan Sewell (CO)
Apprentices: Josh Larson (MA), Ward Byrum (MD), Augy Cohn (CO)  
Interns: Blake Green (AL), Curtis Mesmer (CA)


Sport Open Nationals:  Mar 10-11, 2017; Movement Denver, Denver, CO

Chief Routesetter:  Luke Bertelsen (AZ)
Assistants: 
Brad Weaver (GA), Mike Bockino (UT)
Apprentice: Jonathan Brandt (TN)
Intern: Adam Catalano (NY)


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 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.

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.