"Who changes these climbs every week?”
“How do you know where to put those holds?”
It’s time to answer some of these questions and put these rumors to bed. The truth is, we don’t have little fairies that come into BETA overnight after we put chalk under our pillows and wake up to a new zone. We have a few people who are just as magical, our route setters! Under the guidance of our Head Setter, Jeremy, our gang of dedicated setters make it their number one priority to make sure you enjoy climbing. It might seem so glamorous, but it’s tough work! Ever wondered how a new set of routes is so shiny + clean, it looks like candy on the wall? Thank your local route setter for putting on a wet suit and cleaning a bunch of plastic holds in a shower stall.
If you’ve joined us for an early morning session during the week, you’ve probably heard their drills go off, almost in a symphony. That’s the sound of an old set coming down and turning into a blank canvas for your next project. Over the course of the day, you’ll find them carefully selecting bolts, holds and brewing up some cool movement.
“Don’t they just follow a blueprint or design the routes on the computer before putting them up?
Nope! Our routes are locally sourced, gluten-free, 100% organic, fair-trade, climber friendly, and BETA approved.
Each and every route every put up on our walls is one-of-a-kind and cannot be replicated because it comes straight from the imagination of local setters. .Once they are taken down, they are gone for good. (Except in our hearts, and the sweet video you took when you finally sent that proj in the cave.)
Sounds like a pretty fun gig, right? Setting enjoyable + creative movement on the wall, climbing it over and over again to make the right tweaks. Each route gets so much attention to make sure it’s on point for the grade + something you’ll want to climb more than once. Once that is all said and done, they tidy up the area and then open it to the public where you all can get your FAs on and establish new projects.
It’s a tough job, but someone has got to do it. Remember to thank your local route setters.