Movement offers world-class route setting! We are home to the highest number of certified setters in the country, some of which hold the highest level of certification in the world. Our routes are thoughtful and challenging at every grade. While our route setters are highly creative, they are also considerate of all ability levels, proportions, and style preferences. Whether one is looking to have fun with friends, climbing for exercise, training for outdoor climbing, or preparing for competition—we set routes that help you make progress toward your goals.
Ryan has been climbing for over a decade and working as a route setter for nearly as long. He has traveled all over the world but is proud to call Boulder his home. As one of Movement’s first setters, he has set hundreds of routes and problems and doesn’t plan slowing down anytime soon. As a Level 5 USAC Route setter, Ryan brings a competition feel to his setting and finds the complexity and fluid nature of climbing to be the foundation of his style.
Quote:“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle
Setting style:A combination of thought, balance and complete awareness of the present.
As USA Climbing National Routesetter, Rylan has roamed far and wide setting a variety of competitions, including both Youth and Open National Championships. With an eye for detail and a penchant for chaos, his climbs possess an element of organized entropy that challenges climbers in the corporeal and cerebral realms and may take a try or two to decipher. Rylan is also fond of animals of all types, baseball, and the quiet places between trees.
Quote: “The only journey is the one within.” — Rilke
Setting Style: Slinky
Jon Cardwell has been climbing for nearly 20 years. In that time his experience has allowed him to explore many different disciplines of climbing all over the world, from competition to bouldering and sport climbing to big wall free climbing. His priority in the last few years has been sport climbing where he’s pursued many of the most famous routes in the world such as “Realization” and “La Rambla” both 5.15a in France and Spain. Closer to home he has climbed one of the hardest boulder problems in the state, just up the road in Boulder Canyon, “The Game” V15. In-between his pursuits of challenge on the rocks, Cardwell makes Boulder his home where he maintains a regular schedule at MCF as a route setter and lead coach of the competitive team. He enjoys creating not only challenging and fun climbs, but routes that will inspire you to improve. So, if on the first try its not working, hopefully it’s enjoyable enough that you will want to try again!
Quote: “Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself”
Setting style: Thought-provoking
Bobby grew up climbing on the South side of Chicago with his brother Mike. He stepped away from the sport to pursue Soccer, as he was recruited and played four years of college ball. He reconnected with climbing when he moved back to Colorado while Movement was being built. He has been setting for two years and spent eight years helping with USA Climbing competitions. Bobby is also a Fitness Coach, and you will see him upstairs instructing classes and Personal Training.
Quote: “Make people happy, make people strong.”
Setting style: Thug life
Nathan is the Head Coach of Team Movement, Movement’s youth climbing team, at Baker and RiNo. He started climbing in 2009, and has been fully invested in the sport ever since. He has competed as both a youth and open athlete in both bouldering and lead, and has competed internationally in IFSC Lead World Cups. He started setting back in 2013 in Durango and has continued to seek out new ways to grow as a setter. He is USA Climbing Level 1 certified, and has an IFSC World Climbing Commercial Routesetting Certification. For him setting is a shared expression of design. He believes that setting is more than creating something to look at, but something for others to interact with both physically and emotionally. When you climb his routes you should expect to experience something new that you may have never seen in climbing before. When he is not setting he enjoys hanging out with his dog, training for his own projects, and experimenting in the kitchen!
Setting style: Beta intensive resistantance and continuous shoulder tension.
Duncan works to set routes that are adventurous, thoughtful, and most of all, fun! He wants the routes he sets to put people in a situation where they express themselves through movement. He takes inspiration from outdoor crags near and far, and tries not to limit himself to discipline. Duncan is fortunate to work with a variety of experienced routesetters and tends to borrow ideas from indoor routes that he has enjoyed. Duncan studied philosophy in school, and since he started setting he has taken an interest in learning more about aesthetics in many different arenas, and he tries to apply what he learns to what he sets. Duncan tries to provide options so people of all sizes can find their own solution. When Duncan is resting from climbing, he loves to bake and cook, listen to electronic music, play video games and chess, read philosophy and news, and take baths.
Quote: “We find our way by getting lost. Anything other than that is called reading a map.”
Setting style: Adventurous, thoughtful, and most of all, fun!
Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Carolina moved to Charlotte, NC at the age of 9 and lived there until she moved to Colorado in October of 2018. She began climbing in 2015 at Inner Peaks. Carolina quickly became obsessed with climbing and would find herself at the gym nearly everyday. She started to help forerun at her local gym and shortly after decided that setting was a career path she wanted to pursue. Given the opportunity, Carolina began setting in March of 2018 and never looked back. Carolina says setting has been the best career choice of her life. She is lucky to have a job she is psyched to go to everyday!
Quote: “If you fear losing, you can’t win.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
MEET THE TEAM
Anne-Worley has been invested in and committed to the climbing and outdoor community for almost 20 years. She has worn various hats, from USA Climbing’s first Executive Director to serving on the board of the Access Fund and the International Federation of Sports Climbing, and was instrumental in bringing the first IFSC Bouldering World Cup to the US. She continues to push the bar in the industry through her work with MC+F, which offers daily inspiration to her from all types of awe-inspiring people. When not at work, she looks for life balance by spending time with her two children, finding quiet moments in yoga, and enjoying the beautiful Colorado sunshine!
Mike started climbing in the early 90’s by making the seven-hour trip with his mom from Chicago to Kentucky’s world famous Red River Gorge. In 1997, after finishing high school, Mike B-lined it to Boulder, CO. Mike helped run USA Climbing for 4 years during which he became an IFSC Internationally Certified setter. In 2009, Mike and his wife, Anne Worley Moelter, co-founded Movement Climbing + Fitness. Five years in and one baby girl later, they decided to open Movement Denver in 2014. He now has a three-year boy and six-year-old daughter.
Alicia has been involved in the climbing and outdoor industry for 10 years. Alicia brings her group facilitation experience, past insurance work, and passion for climbing to the Movement Team. Since starting at Movement, Alicia has held many roles including Climbing Instructor, Program Director, and Office and Projects Director. Having worked at Movement for over 6 years, Alicia values working alongside collaborative experts, who are excited to better the Movement community and the climbing industry at large. Outside of Movement, Alicia can often be found hiking or running with her husband and dog, spending time in mountain towns, and looking for any excuse to eat ice cream.
Drew began climbing at age 10 in a retrofitted barn in central Pennsylvania. Since then he’s always had an itch to work in the climbing industry. Beginning his Movement career working on the Front Desk at Movement Boulder in 2011, Drew brings a systems + technical background along with a drive to connect with people through teaching. With a systematic mindset, he approaches day to day problems in operations and seeks to improve customer experience. As a CWI Provider he has taught many certification courses and loves helping to push the industry forward. On his off days he can be found hiking with his wife + dog, or hanging out at home watching football. GO EAGLES!
Ryan has been with Movement from the beginning. He got his start at Movement Boulder sweeping the floors when it was just a construction site as a young 19-year-old, just looking to make it in the climbing mecca of Boulder. Growing up climbing in the great state of Texas, routesetting quickly became Ryan’s hobby and not long after, his career. As a USA Climbing Level 5 routesetter, nine-time US National Team member, 5.14d and V14 rock climber, and avid global traveler, Ryan is committed to providing a world-class climbing experience for everyone who visits Movement. Outside of Movement, Ryan is most likely found with his fiance and dog in one of two places—on the golf course or at the crag.
With a diverse background in creative, management, and yoga, Patrick leads the brand and production team with a single purpose—to get members moving toward greater health and happiness. He provides creative solutions to all of Movement’s departments across digital, print, social media, copywriting, and environmental platforms. With over 15 years of experience at agencies in Los Angeles and Boulder, Patrick learned he’s at his best when he believes in the work. He sees how much Movement transforms people and he enjoys expressing the benefits of rock climbing + fitness every day! He holds a BFA in Visual Communications and has won the Denver Addy Award and two Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards. Outside of work, Patrick maintains a balanced life by getting outside, entertaining friends, meditation, and yoga.
Megan enjoys building relationships with the Movement community and creating a welcoming, inclusive environment that inspires people to grow physically and mentally. She has used her experience as the Front Desk Director and inspiration from CWA workshops to lead the Boulder team in creating the best experience possible for everyone who visits Movement. She is dedicated to furthering Movement’s reputation as leader in the climbing gym industry. When not working, Megan is often found at Movement anyway, climbing or taking classes. She also enjoys photography, reading, and cooking delicious vegan food. Her enthusiasm, organization skills, and motivated personality keep the Boulder facility running smoothly!
Mike grew up in a small town in Texas, where if you mentioned climbing it was largely in regards to a tree. Mike was introduced to climbing in his sophomore year of high school. He eventually took the first part-time job at the gym washing holds and cleaning the toilets, and he loved it. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Logistics and is currently in a Masters Program for Organizational Leadership. He has worked in the climbing industry since 2015 and has every intention to stay. Mike assisted in opening a bouldering gym in Texas. From there he moved to Boulder where he was met with the same climbing community. Being a leader here now, Mike holds innate leadership qualities largely founded on courage and empathy.
Despite a tendency towards introversion, Rylan truly enjoys interacting with diverse personalities and uses routesetting as a language to communicate with climbers, coworkers, and team members alike. For Rylan, routesetting is a science and an artform; the perfect mixture of creative expression and keen observation. He finds the process of organizing grips into a specific pattern that requires intuitive movements to unlock a meditative experience that is immensely rewarding. Rylan is most at home in the quiet confines of tall pines. And, if there is an old dog nearby—so much the better.
Jimmie has been working at Movement for almost 10 years as Head Coach of Team Movement. With 25 years of coaching under his belt, he is one of the most experienced coaches in the country. With a background as a Head Route setter for 11 years, he understands movement and the mental game. He is genuinely there to help the kids become better climbers and people as a mentor and coach. Jimmie takes personal pride in having his pupils progress. He is very approachable and loves to hear about your climbing successes. You just may see him chasing his three-year-old twins around the gym so don’t hesitate to say hi!
Alex’s motivation is helping people of all ages and abilities develop their love of climbing and fitness. She uses her 14+ years as a climber, 10+ years working in the climbing industry, and personal training certification to combine past experiences and new information to promote the sport she loves the most. Alex uses her performance background from multiple fields (sport climbing, bouldering, and competitive chess) to look through a mental, technical, and physical lens to help solve problems and ask the right questions. When Alex is not at Movement you can find her sport climbing in Rifle, bouldering in Rocky Mountain National Park, or playing online speed chess on the couch.
Mark, the MacGyver of MC+F, affectionately known as “Cookie,” grew up climbing and competing across the Front Range. With several years under his toolbelt at Movement Climbing + Fitness as the Facilities Director, he makes sure the facility runs as smooth as possible. When not at the gym, you usually find him ether climbing outside, hiding away in a photography dark room, or riding a bike.
Kelly’s passion is helping others reach their health and fitness goals and providing everyone in her classes—or that she trains—with positive, empowering exercise experiences. Kelly has her M.A. in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University in NYC and holds several industry certifications including American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Training as well as Sports Conditioning and Fitness Nutrition specialist titles. When Kelly isn’t helping people perform their best, you can find her skiing, rafting, mountain biking, watching Chevy Chase comedies or helping instruct an Outdoor Emergency Care Class.
Michelle MS, C-IAYT, BCST is Movement Boulder’s Yoga Director. She teaches with a calm focus and strong voice, and the confidence to teach everyone, no matter what their condition. She realizes that different styles appeal to people at different times in their lives, and the practice and teaching must always be about the students’ needs in the moment and not about the teacher. Michelle teaches Therapeutics to help people deal skillfully and productively with pain, stiffness, injuries, and the aging process. The class is created with safety paramount and geared towards comprehension and understanding of the result of the yoga. Michelle brings dedication, warmth, and humor to her work, and in her free time, she practices yoga and studies anatomy and neuroscience. She loves to garden and cook with friends. She is a geologist and amateur naturalist interested in all kinds of plant medicine, so she’s really fun to hike with! She’s a skier, hiker, and climber, and plans to finish climbing Colorado’s highest peaks by the age of 50!
As an artist with a passion for creative therapies, Rachel is always bringing new activities and group crafts into Creations Playspace to meet the needs of each kiddo. Her 10 years of experience working with children as a babysitter, nanny, art therapy volunteer, and art teacher, only fuel her commitment to the wellbeing of every individual who walks through our doors. When she’s not delving into the Movement community, you can find her climbing, backpacking, and hiking in the mountains. She is an avid traveler, making it to over 6 states, Canada, and Malaysia just in this past year for climbing and backpacking adventures. If the weather keeps her inside, you can find her in her studio, or on the couch reading with her cat.
M Hecker is passionate about storytelling. He brings years of experience in photography and videography to Movement. He is originally from Chattanooga, TN where he started climbing many years ago. He has been a member of Movement since MC+F Baker opened and has found a home and family with the Movement community. When he’s not producing content for MC+F you can find him climbing, running, slacklining, photographing concerts, and skiing/snowboarding.
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