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Indoor Weekly: IFSC Route Setting Course in Calgary

If you’re a route setter and want to build better skills, then check out this course being offered at Bolder in Calgary on May 28, 29 and 30.

As stated on the website: World Climbing and the IFSC are hosting a three-day route setting course designed to teach experienced gym setters more advanced techniques to better meet the needs of commercial climbing gyms.

The concepts for these needs has been compiled from real working conditions in gyms all over the world and aims to begin to build professional standards for the organization and safety in the route setting workplace.

Participants for this course will be evaluated and if successful will be recognized as certified at the Foundation level, the first step in the IFSC’s new commercial setter certification track that aims to professionalize route setting outside of competitions.

It is a continental level course sanctioned by the IFSC. The course will emphasize safety, communication, teamwork and athletic empathy.

The course will also explore setting methodology, setting quality, professionalism in route setting, creativity, time management, productive forerunning, the Risk – intensity – complexity scale and composing a set or a circuit.

The requirements are at least two years of sustained setting experience, at least five years of climbing experience, ability to climb 5.12 and V6 in many styles.

Evaluation will be made by (at least) two instructors based on skills demonstrated, and progress made during the course.

The instructors and Tonde Katiyo and Travis Kemp, the assistant instructor is Fred Charron. There will only be eight setters accepted. The price is $1,920.

The selection process will take into account professional and relevant climbing experiences, letter of motivation, as well as geographic distribution. Continental applications will be prioritized. See here for more.

Bolder is also offering a course to the public to boulder better. Check it out below.