Routesetting 

Routesetting is the heart of our business. Without the routesetters creativity, what would we project, crush, or send? Our routesetters spend hours stripping the walls, putting up routes and problems, then forerunning to make sure everything came out as intended. Every routesetter needs to develop ways to force moves while maintaining the most important element -- a problem or route that at its heart is fun. Problems and routes are set with a staggered rotation of 7 weeks or less so you will have no trouble finding a new project. Fill out our setting survey to provide comments to our setting staff!

What's in the gym?


Bouldering

Rope Climbing

Meet yOur Setters


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Andrea Weiler

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with? 
Dre
How long have you been climbing and setting routes/boulder problems? 
I started climbing shortly after moving to Madison in 2004, so about 13 years. I think I’ve been setting for 10 years.
What is your favorite climbing style? 
Overhanging routes/roofs with good holds are my favorite, which is why I really like the cave at Boulders
What advice would you give yourself on your first day of climbing? 
Relax and have fun! 
What was a pivotal moment in your climbing career?  
I have lots of good memories of days spent climbing outside and climbing trips/adventures, but the previous question reminded me of my very first time climbing, which ultimately was a pivotal moment. Some friends brought me along on a day trip to the Gunks. They led a route and set up a top rope. I remember being eager to try climbing so they helped me tie in and set me on my way. I got probably about 15 feet up before I came to a spot where I didn’t know how to go any further. Naturally I panicked. I couldn’t figure out how to climb higher and didn’t want to let go for fear of falling. I stood there looking ridiculous until my arms were so pumped that I just fell off. Of course being on a top rope I hardly fell at all. That was when I realized that I could trust the rope to hold me and that climbing was really fun. I don’t think I climbed much more that day because my arms were so tired, but I was excited to climb again.
What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with your setting?
My goal is to set routes that are fun. I try to set things that people will want to climb every time they come in to the gym.

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Sam Zipperer

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with? 
SDZ
How long have you been climbing and setting routes/boulder problems? 
6 Years
What is your favorite climbing style? 
Full body tension
What advice would you give yourself on your first day of climbing? 
Start slow and build up, finger injures take a long time to heal.
What was a pivotal moment in your climbing career?  
Learning that almost every move you think of, has already been set.
What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with your setting?
I aspire to create an environment that everyone is able to climb and get get better.

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Kevin Baker

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with? 
Smile w/ Crown
How long have you been climbing and setting routes/boulder problems?
I've been climbing for over 15 years and have been setting consistently for the past 4 or so.
What is your favorite climbing style? 
Thought provoking routes or problems.  I want to feel like I've accomplished more then just  climbing a hard ladder.  oh yeah and HIGH BALL BOULDERS
What advice would you give yourself on your first day of climbing? 
Have fun and don't get tied down with grades.   Climb what inspires you. 
What was a pivotal moment in your climbing career? 
Climbing my first highball boulder at Devils Lake.  It was the exposure coupled with the fear of falling, but being confident that I was good at what I was doing and I could send.
What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with your setting? 
I want to push people to think about what they are climbing.  The climb is a puzzle and to get to the top you have to solve the puzzle. It might not be the most straight forward climbing but you will have so much fun after you've completed it. 

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Erik Tiedt

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with? 
ET
How long have you been climbing and setting routes/boulder problems?
I've been climbing for four years, and setting for one.
What is your favorite climbing style?
Thuggy Steeps!
What advice would you give yourself on your first day of climbing?
Climb more, complain less.
What was a pivotal moment in your climbing career?
When I realized getting better is better than getting strong.
What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with your setting?
I aspire to bring people together through the experience created by challenging and enjoyable movements.

 

Bridger Mann-Wood

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with?
BMW

How long have you been climbing and setting routes?
I have been climbing for 10 years, and setting for about 4.5 of those. I have set routes at Boulders, as well as in Bend, Oregon and at my hometown gym in Lander, Wyoming!

What is your favorite climbing style?
My favorite climbing style is long, moderate days in the alpine. Alpine starts, trad climbing, route finding, problem solving, and beautiful surroundings!

What advice would I give to myself on my first day of climbing?
I would tell myself to not be afraid to ask others for advice. Climbers are pretty friendly people, and most of us enjoy helping each other learn new skills!

What was a pivotal moment in my climbing career?
A pivotal moment for me was the first time I went trad climbing. It opened my eyes to the fact that with this gear, I could go climb anywhere!

What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with my setting?
For me, climbing at Boulders is a way that I can gain the skills I need to go have fun climbing outdoors. With the routes I set, I try to make them fun, and make them feel like moves you would find on a wall somewhere outside. I want you to be inspired to take these moves elsewhere!

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Adam Remus

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with?
Remo

How long have you been climbing and setting routes?
climbing style?
I've been climbing for 20 years and setting at Boulders for about 10.

What is your favorite climbing style?
My favorite style of climbing would be big moves on steep terrain.  I like technical moves that require some thought, but with some added power-endurance to get you to the top!

What advice would I give to myself on my first day of climbing?
Use those legs and feet.  Breathe!

What was a pivotal moment in my climbing career?
When I sent my first 5.13.  I realized then if you put in the time and effort, success will follow.

What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with my setting?
I hope people enjoy it enough that they become climbers for life.  But also to motivate, inspire and challenge people to learn more about themselves through the sport. 

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Sofie Schachter

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with?
SAS

How long have you been climbing and setting routes/boulder problems?
I've been climbing for three years, but only setting for a few months

What is your favorite climbing style?
I prefer technical bouldering

What advice would you give yourself on your first day of climbing?
Enjoy yourself! Climbing has the potential to be your new favorite sport

What was a pivotal moment in your climbing career? 
My first outdoor climbing trip (to Arkansas) really made me realize how much I enjoyed the sport - outdoor and indoor

What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with your setting?
I want to bring a new style of climbing to Boulders - something unique that the climbers there have never seen before.

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Ben Fellenz

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with? 
Fuzzy, aka el fuzz aka the fuzz
How long have you been climbing and setting routes/boulder problems? 
Climbing since 2003 and setting since 2004
What is your favorite climbing style? 
Flowy and fun are my favorite style regardless of grade. Long run out easy trad lines in the mountains are what I live for!
What advice would you give yourself on your first day of climbing? 
Focus on having fun, skills are learned and developed over time, you’ll never put it the time if you’re not having fun.
What was a pivotal moment in your climbing career?  
Ground fall on congratulations at Devil’s Lake. Climbing is dangerous, so stay within your abilities. I was young and eager and got ahead of myself. It took me a long time to trust gear after that.
What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with your setting?
Routes that are challenging and fun. My goal is to set routes that you wish went on forever. I’d rather err on the side of easier but fun when I set. 

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Jeremy Hemberger

What name or symbol do you sign your routes with? 
Jeremy
How long have you been climbing and setting routes/boulder problems? 
10 years climbing, 8 years setting
What is your favorite climbing style? 
I enjoy climbs that don't hurt me
What advice would you give yourself on your first day of climbing? 
Mind your surroundings
What was a pivotal moment in your climbing career?  
Learning to take extended breaks (2+ weeks)
What do you aspire to do for the climbing community with your setting?
Make boulders pinch again.  #MBPA