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routes set for you

Our routes are set for 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’ve got routes that are just right for you.

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Meet the crew

Routesetters are a unique mix of an industrial athlete, craftsman, artisan, choreographer, and product designer. They are well-versed in a variety of climbing and movement styles. They constantly evolve the craft as the needs of our community change and welcome your feedback.

evan woods

Head Setter @ Denton

Evan has been setting for just around three years now. Before routesetting and climbing, Evan competed in various track and field events. He later picked up routesetting as a form of expression through his creativity and knowledge of movement. He finds inspiration from outdoor boulders, as well as his own artwork. 

Outside of routesetting Evan enjoys playing volleyball, solving puzzles, riding fixed gear bikes and most of all working on FOT climbing, a local clothing brand started here in Dallas. 

luigi roque

Luigi has been climbing since around late 2019. He first found the community by chance—he wanted to try something new and challenging. Upon his first session he was immediately hooked. 

He’s worked multiple different positions for Movement (formerly known as Summit). Such as Front Desk, Shift Manager, and now as a routesetter. 

Setting has quickly become a big part of his life and something he loves to do. Working with friends and putting up banger sets, what’s not to love? He also looks forward to eventually get his L1 through USAC. 

As a person of color, Luigi feels that there should be more diversity among the climbing community and looks forward to how things will change in the future.  

When Luigi isn’t setting or climbing, you can usually still find him hanging out at the Denton location chatting with friends and members. If he’s not at Denton, then he’s probably home lounging around, watering his plants, hiking, or watching scary movies (his favorite genre).  

If you ever see him out in public don’t be afraid to say “hi.” Luigi is always looks forward to meeting new people. 

mikey bennett

Growing up, Mikey was able to climb a few times a year during his time as a Boy Scout and finally got a membership when he was nineteen. As many others, Mikey fell in love with the sport and has no plans on stopping anytime soon. His favorite things in climbing are outdoor trips, projecting with friends, and setting dynamic moves!
Outside of setting you can find him coaching Team Texas Pre-Team, taking pictures, and playing video games with his friends. Through climbing and setting he has been able to meet countless friends, create lifetime memories, and strive to always improve on one of this biggest passions, climbing.

tucker black

Assistant Director of Setting – DFW 

Tucker has a strong passion for climbing and loves to see the joy it brings people. He aims to share his passion by creating experiences, challenges, and a variety of movement through his setting. Taking inspiration from his own climbing background, Tucker is sure to serve you up some high-quality climbs. 

After finding climbing in DFW in 2007, Tucker was a part of the youth climbing scene for several years until he started working at the climbing gym and quickly found out that he wanted to pursue routesetting professionally.  

When Tucker isn’t climbing at the gym or setting you may find him climbing, climbing, or climbing. 

FAQs

  • Who is on my Setting Team?

    Each of our regions has a designated setting team. Above you can see pictures of our setters. If you see any of them around the gyms please say “hi” and introduce yourself.

  • How do I know what is being set next?

    We post our route setting schedule every two weeks. The goal with the setting schedule is to communicate where our team will be setting so you know which zones will be closed and where to look for your new climbs.

  • What days can I expect the setting team to be working?

    Typically, our team sets weekdays between 8am-4:30pm.

  • How long does it take to set a climb?

    Each setter will build between 3-6 boulders or 1-2 routes in 4 hours then group into smaller forerunning teams for about 2-3 hours and calibrate the climbs to ensure all challenges are grade-appropriate and adjust for quality & accessibility for a spectrum of climber types.

     

  • How does the setting team grade climbs?

    The day will begin with our Head Setter mapping out the intended grades for each of the climbs for the day. Once the first draft is complete which we call a ‘Skeleton’ we will have the primary setter forerun the climb and adjust any movements and swap out holds to get us closer to the intended grade. Our primary goal is to ensure the climbing movement meets our quality criteria then ensure we are hitting our mark with the grade. We will have at least one other setter forerun and make adjustments to the climb. The setting team will have a conversation about the grade and place our consensus in KAYA.

  • Why does this set of new climbs feel easier/harder compared to the last set?

    It could feel easier because the holds are clean with fresh texture. It could feel harder because you have not gained the muscle memory just yet. Each climb is unique and could be presenting a unique challenge that might fit your skillset or be out of your routine climbing movement. Either way, we appreciate your input and hope that you share on KAYA so our setting team can better understand what you desire so we can make every climb a uniquely positive experience.

  • Where do I report a spinning hold?

    If you find a hold that moves or seems loose, let the front desk know and they will get the info to the setting team to fix it.

  • How do I get into routesetting?

    We have a company opportunity page where we post all new employment opportunities. As a department we are looking for passionate climbers who are curious about exploring movement and designing appropriate challenges for our gym users. Keep an eye out for a community event called ‘Setting with the Setters’ where our setting team provides a guided experience of what our team does to create new climbs.

  • What is the minimum climbing ability for a routesetter?

    We have found that climbing at least V4 or 5.11+ is essential to meet the demands of forerunning each work day and basic understanding of movement. If you are not there yet and have interest please share your interest to your local head setter. They might be able to guide you to become a contender for our apprenticeship program.

  • Does our gym have an apprenticeship program?

    We have training for newly hired seasoned setters but our apprentice program is designed to take a new setter who has limited or no experience and mentor them through a 6 month program. We encourage motivated individuals to apply because we have a system to train you to become a great setter.