Reports to • Head Routesetter

Job Purpose

The route setters are responsible for the up keep and rotation of routes and boulder problems. Route setters will work closely with the head route setter to coordinate the resources and needs of each climbing area in the facility. Setters are also responsible for stripping outdated routes and problems, tape up-keep, cleaning holds and organizing the setting room, removing stuck holds, and inspecting quickdraws. Setters will also need to be able to prepare climbing terrain for events such as competitions, classes, children’s programs, and climbing teams. Individuals should be efficient and timely in the setting process. Experience is preferred but not required.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Setting high quality climbing routes and boulder problems
• Stripping old or expired routes quickly and efficiently
• Clean holds and put away holds and tools in an organized manner
• Accurately inspect the walls and hardware


Qualifications include:
• Must be 18 year of age or older
• A good understanding of climbing movement
• Ability to lead belay and lead climb
• Ability to climb 5.11/V4
• Ability to work with ropes and climbing specific equipment such as a GriGri, Rig, ascender, and mini/micro traxion
• Desire and enthusiasm to inform customers about membership and class options

Working Conditions

Route Setters should be prepared to spend a lot of time on ladders, hanging in their harness on the wall, and in the holds room. All hold washing is completed with a pressure washer creating damp conditions. Additionally, route setters will often be behind the climbing wall removing holds with a metal grinder as well as other basic handheld tools.

Physical Requirements

Route setting is a physically demanding job. It requires that an employee be able to forerun their routes/boulder problems, carry large buckets of climbing holds, as well as move large ladders. Rock Climbing may be occasionally asked of you to retrieve auto belays, hang ropes, or as demonstration for a class or orientation. Shipments of ropes, auto belays, and other items in the climbing facility can be upwards of 50 pounds. An employee should be able to help lift and move these items.


Pay is based on experience and ability. Additional compensation can be acquired through periodic review from the head route setter, program coordinator, and general managers.