Tips for Route Setting: How to Build Gym Favourites & Avoid Common Mistakes

Route setting isn’t easy. Every route setter knows that it is hard work and needs dedication. Setting isn’t just bolting the climbing holds to walls. Setting routes can be described as a form of art. Good routes challenge climber’s physique and brain and also teach climbing techniques in a natural way. Whether you’re just starting out, or already had some experience, here are some helpful tips for route setting. Avoid monotonous, ladder type setting By…

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Finnish Bouldering Cup with Anssi Venho — Routesetting in Competitions

Original interview in Finnish by Tuomo Lankinen, www.bouldersaimaa.fi Routesetting in competitions is super hard work! You can’t really prevent skin from tearing up. There are so many problems to set and even more moves to do. Well planned routes or boulder problems form the basis of any competition. The best competition problems push the competitors to climb well and offer crowd impressing moves. All great competition problems start with the right holds laid out on the…

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Finland’s Leading Route Setter Says: Climb Outdoors to Set Indoors

“the most important factor at getting better at setting is to leave the gyms and go climb rock”   “I’ve been climbing for over 20 years”, starts Sauli Kiema. Such a career means he that has seen the entire rise of indoor climbing scene in Finland. He knows everyone, and everyone knows Sauli. A nice guy to talk to and hang out with. That’s why we also wanted to spend a moment together. Another reason…

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Griffin Whiteside Talks about Route Setting and Boulder Competitions

Albeit there’s plenty high quality bouldering in Finland, our land appears far away in northern Europe and it’s not every day that an American 8C boulderer stops by to set for a comp. During the Boulder League finals, we sat down with Mr. Griffin Whiteside to talk about what brought him here and how he sees the current state of gym bouldering, competitions, contemporary styles, and so on. … but to be honest, we just think he’s…

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Boulder League Brought the Gyms Together

Text: Lari Malmberg (Translation: Jouni @ Kitka) ”Well I was a bit annoyed”, starts Janne Sievänen, who runs a climbing center in Tampere. He had noted that, along with the climbing boom, there are so many gyms in Finland that the competitions everyone was organising individually had begun to overlap. First he wanted to sketch an event calendar but then came across a greater idea. ”Why not organise an entire league? One in which climbers…

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Kitka introduced to Austria: Bouldernight 2015 in Landeck’s Old Cinema

The local strongmen of Zillertal knew to tell mid-January that the Bouldernight in Landeck is a cool event that shall not be missed. The schedule fit us at Kitka Climbing fairly well, as the first holds had arrived in Austria a few weeks earlier. Too bad the bigger delivery was yet to come and there were no holds to give out for the comp, but we thought that with a sample board it would be the…

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