Routesetter Liam Shea shows us one of his styles of setting while putting together a black V8 at Summit Denton. His goal was to set a simple, straight-forward V8 that was still fun to climb. The problem is still up at Denton - come give it a shot!
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!
Hello! And welcome to the latest edition of MEET YOUR ROUTESETTER! Today we've got a brief Q&A with Summit routesetter Brian Seale. Brian is the crew boss for one of our two routesetting crews - his crew sets at Dallas and Carrollton, as well as any gym that has an upcoming competition. Brian is a bit of a nerd (in the best way possible) as well as a dad joke aficionado (worst way possible). If you went to our latest SBS competition, he was one of the Lieutenant Dangles walking around. Yes, there were two Lieutenant Dangles that night ... Anyways - here's more about Brian:
As the year comes to a close, we're left to reflect on our accomplishments of the past 365 days — miles driven, friends' birthdays Facebook had to remind you of, tinder dates never texted again — and for us climbers, routes climbed. For every route or problem you've climbed this year, there was a routesetter behind it — setting every hold, move, and tweaking every angle. It's actually a pretty insane amount of work - in 2017 alone, Summit routesetters set over 4,600 different routes and boulder problems.
Routesetter Will Tevepaugh shows us how an orange V7 at Summit Dallas is done!
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!
Climbing holds are a many and varied thing. You got your standard slopers, crimps, jugs, gastons and even your thumb-derclings. Remember that climbing is always fun and every hold is special in its own way, but some holds just make you cringe. They're the most brutal holds to grace our gym's walls, and every time you see them set on your new proj, you gotta dig deep and muster the courage to face these merciless creations. But avoiding them will not make you a better climber, so it's better to just face these (and your fears!) head on LIKE A BOSS.
We're steadily making our way through all the routesetters! This week we talked to Denis Firstov, another one of the tall guys on our routesetting team (and always with a pretty great haircut!) Denis is a pretty busy guy, balancing full-time routesetting with coaching ClimbFit, being enlisted in the National Guard as well as traveling quite a bit in pursuit of adventure, but I snagged him for a few minutes for this post.
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!
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!