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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.

VIni Campos - Head Routesetter

Originally from Brazil, Vini started climbing in 2014 to unwind from running kitchens in the hectic NYC restaurant scene. After falling in love with the sport and the community, he noticed many similarities between being a chef and a route setter. Vini then took the plunge to change careers.  

Vini especially enjoys setting tricky sequences and creating climbs that are fun yet challenging, and at times surprising. His style constantly evolves, and he eagerly seeks to learn from the international route-setting community. 

In his free time, he climbs outdoors, showers his cat “Helmet” with pets, and explores the diverse cuisines that NYC has to offer. 

Chris Feghali - Routesetter

Chris started routesetting in 2015 and has since gained experience in various climbing gyms across the country. Originally from California, he has been actively engaged in routesetting, youth programs, facility construction, and coaching within the climbing community. 

No matter where he resides, the climbing community has always felt like home to Chris. His passion for routesetting is driven by the desire to craft unique movements and redefine the possibilities of “climbing.” 

In addition to his climbing pursuits, Chris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. During his leisure time, he enjoys activities such as painting, planning unconventional climbing sets, and cooking from scratch. 

Chris Rivera - Routesetter

It wasn’t long after discovering climbing back in 2014 that you could find me in the gym almost every day of the week. As the passion for the sport and understanding of body movement continued to grow exponentially, I found myself equally intrigued by the idea of creating the puzzles on the wall that I had fell so in love with solving. After shoving my foot in the door and spending a few years struggling to push it open, I finally found myself with an apprentice opportunity. It’s been six years now and I’ve never looked back.   


For me climbing has always been about overcoming both the mental and physical challenges that occur on the wall. Being able to provide the same environment for the climbing community while watching people learn something new about themselves or their climbing abilities, and evoking any sort of emotion in them (whether that be fear, anger at how uncomfortable they feel squeezed into whatever awkward position I’ve cooked up, or the joy of topping out their project), are incredibly fulfilling aspects of my career as a route setter.   

When not in the gym route setting, almost all of my free time is spent climbing outside, doing the NYT crossword puzzle, or cozied up under a nice warm blanket with my forever puppy of a dog Koko, bingeing tv and eating ice cream. 

Matt Vesely - Routesetter

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Matty was first introduced to climbing by his oldest brother in 2012 during a stay in California. His career with Movement began in 2013, working at the original Earth Treks facilities. After 10 years in the Baltimore area, he moved to New York City. 

As a setter, Matty’s style leans into the inherit flow from move to move on a climb. He strives to have each climb feel like a dance up the wall. Within the gym, Matty wants to create climbs that excite people, even long after they have been taken down. His inspiration comes from the outdoor crags of the South and Northeast. 

When not in the gym, you can find him playing with his dog Glotis, checking out the latest Ravens games, or getting lost in the boulder fields of PA, WV, and TN 

Sam Alvarado - Routesetter

I was officially introduced to climbing in 2016 by my grandpa, who has been climbing since 1997.  I started routesetting in 2019 and eventually found myself setting at Gowanus. 


A lot of my setting is dedicated to accessibility for short folks.  Additionally, I love footwork such as heel hooks, toe hooks, heel-toe-cams, etc. I bought the whole shoe; I’m going to use the whole shoe. 


Outside of routesetting, I am a Commercial Pilot.  I graduated from Farmingdale State College with a BS in Airport Management and a BS in Aeronautical Sciences: Professional Pilot.  I absolutely love being far away from the ground. 

Hayley Kasper - Routesetter

Hayley started climbing in 2017 after watching Carole try on Real Housewives of New York and thinking ‘that looks easy.’ It wasn’t. She enjoyed the challenge and started working as a front desk employee and instructor. Hayley took a setting clinic and was later hired as setter in early 2022 when the Gowanus location opened.  

When she isn’t setting, Hayley is likely playing Dungeons and Dragons or cheering on Sheffield United FC. If you see her in the gym, say hi and feel free to chat about your latest send, DnD campaign, or Survivor.  

Blu Blumenthal - Routesetter

Blu started her career in rock climbing at the front desk of the gym and, after the pandemic, she took an interest in routesetting. Trained by the gym’s top route setters, Blu has developed a unique style that blends her circus and dance background into each climb. Her routes are puzzle-like and fluid, demanding clever body positioning and thoughtful footwork. 


Outside the gym, Blu is a lover of life’s simple joys. Whether she’s in her element outdoors, at a concert losing herself in the music, or at home enjoying some quality time with her cat. 

Sebi Krzaczek – Harlem Head Routesetter

Born and raised in MA, Sebi discovered a love for climbing his junior year in high school. He quickly became inseparable from his local climbing gym and began working there shortly after graduation. After becoming a coach and setter, Sebi knew he had a passion for educating both new and young climbers on the art of movement through climbing. Outside of the gym, Sebi is a dedicated sport climber, frequenting Rumney NH any chance he gets. 


Fast forward many years later and you can find Sebi happy as can be, providing fun, challenging and educational climbing for the NYC community. If you see him in the gym, don’t be shy, feel free to ask about the sets or if he sent his latest project (he hasn’t). 


  • 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.