Advanced route setting workshop

Beyond Bouldering Adelaide Friday Nov 10th – Sunday Nov 12th

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00pm

If possible, local climbers will be invited to try the boulders in competitions to give real life feedback and confirm student setters proposals.

The goal of this workshop is to explore route setting techniques and strategies to set boulders and competition circuits that have the quality and feel of those in the World Cup. Presentations and classroom work sessions will provide a theoretical skeleton for the setting and climbing work.

The course will explore the following themes and methods:

  • Planning a competition circuit

  • Setting for complexity and why

  • Setting with intention and why

  • Building circuits for diversity and fairness

  • Building circuits for results and show

  • Creativity in the setting team

  • Forerunning: the heart of the process

  • Observation and result analysis

  • Tweaking the next round

  • Measure success in route setting: the guessing game

Required equipment:
  • Personal climbing gear for bouldering (climbing shoes, chalk, brush and comfortable


  • Safety glasses or adapted eye protection

  • Gloves

  • Closed tight fitting shoes (approach shoes, or sturdy sport shoes)

  • Ear protection

  • Impact drill or regular drill + wrenches

  • Tool belt or pouch

  • Permanent marker

  • Notebook and pen 

PO Box 341W Ballarat West 3350


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