routesetter

Meet your routesetter: Tucker Black, routesetter and crew boss for Summit Gyms

Meet your routesetter: Tucker Black, routesetter and crew boss for Summit Gyms

Say hello to Tucker! He is a routesetter here at Summit, as well as the crew boss for the routesetting crew responsible for keeping Grapevine, Denton, and now Fort Worth, full of fresh and cool sets! Tucker first came to us from Dyno Rock, a climbing gym in Arlington, and we are so happy to have him! His unique setting style is so fun to climb on, and will always make you think. Tucker is famed for his legendary flexibility - so his setting will usually have many options for high crazy feet if you're bold enough to use them! (Probably a good time to plug Summit Yoga! Come stretch with us and get more flexible and GET ON TUCKER'S LEVEL.) So here's a little more about Tucker, our strong AF vegetarian routesetter!

Know your routesetter: Phil Symons, setter for Summit Gyms

Know your routesetter: Phil Symons, setter for Summit Gyms

QUESTION: How many guys do you know that have a yellow mohawk? ANSWER: NOT ENOUGH. Phil rocks the yellow 'hawk and he does it well, and somehow maintains its perfect spike while routesetting all-day. And he's a darn good routesetter too, setting a lot of problems with tough cruxes that make you think — but once you figure them out you're like, "Oh duh!" So here's some more info on the man behind the "PS" initials!

Know Your Routesetter: Jonathan Correll, setter for Summit Gyms

Know Your Routesetter: Jonathan Correll, setter for Summit Gyms

The guy responsible for everything set by "JC," Jon was the first routesetter to take part in our gym's routesetter intership program, and then become a full-time member of our setting crew! Not that it's a contest but he might be the tallest member of our setting crew. Not that his setting reflects that, cuz Jon is a versatile setter, who likes to set anything, as long as it gets people thinking! He's a super friendly guy, so here's a little bit more about the routesetter that is responsible for our setting crew's recent skateboarding obsession. 

Meet your Routesetter / Coach: Ellis Whitson, Summit routesetter and coach for Team Texas

I know you guys have definitely seen him around, since between coaching and routesetting, Ellis is basically at one gym or another ALL THE TIME. He's a busy guy for sure, but always worth chatting with for a moment, even if it's to just get some beta from him. He's one of those guys whose beta always works, even when you insist it won't. HE ALWAYS KNOW BETTER! 

Know Your Routesetter: Will Tevepaugh, setter for Summit Gyms

We have quite the crew of setters here at Summit, and Will Tevepaugh has been a member of the crew for quite a while! He's normally a pretty quiet guy, but always gives great beta, and is ridiculously strong on the wall. I swear, the guy could lock off on anything. His setting style usually involves a lot of crimps and dynamic moves, but he said he's been setting outside the box lately, and said he's been pretty into pinches. Hop on some of his stuff, and tell him what you think! 

Know Your Owner: Chris LoCrasto, Co-Owner and Head Routesetter of Summit Gyms

If you're mostly a daytime climber, you've probably seen Chris and his dedicated crew of routesetters setting — and making a general racket — at one of the gyms on any given weekday. You can barely hear him and his crew cracking jokes and making fun of each other over the noise of their drills, but be assured — most everything that comes out of their mouths to each other is some form of ball-busting, but that's how it goes. They know how to set, and how to actually make it ... fun? Chris was one of Kyle's first kids on Team Texas, and joined forces with Stan and Kyle when they first bought Summit Grapevine. He now wears many hats — owner, routesetter, and orchestrator of many things within the yoga program. He's a super busy guy, but make sure you thank him for all the work he and his crew does by setting stellar new routes and problems every week, so we never get bored!