who SETS the ROUTES AND PROBLEMS AT CLIMB NASHVILLE?
At the heart of Climb Nashville is our setting team… a creative, dedicated, and hard working crew who provides our gyms with some of the best setting in the region! Lead by our Head Route Setter, Jonathan Brandt, our team works tirelessly 5 days/week stripping, cleaning, resetting, and forerunning every single climb to provide fun, rewarding challenges for our members and guests! Each of our setters has their own unique style that is evident in each of the moves they set.
At Climb Nashville, we are proud to have a team of setters that truly love what they do, and they see every day of setting as an opportunity to get creative, have some fun, and create routes that push our climbers to be the best they can be. Read on to learn a little bit about who our setters are, what makes them tick!
YEARS CLIMBING: 11
YEARS SETTING: 9
Born and raised in good ol' Atlanta, Georgia; Jonathan moved to Nashville in October 2015 to assume the roll of Head Route Setter of our setting crew. Jonathan currently holds his USAC Level 3 route setting certification, has set for numerous local, regional, and national championships across the country, and has both won and judged in the past few Setter Showdown competitions for international route setters.
YEARS CLIMBING: 7
YEARS SETTING: 3
As a thoroughbred northerner transplanted to the south, I quickly discovered a deep, profound (and sometimes inappropriate) love for Dixieland. I mean, how could I not love this place? Y’all got southern cooking, warmer weather, and hands down the best rock climbing in the country. I primarily sport climb, but it’s not unusual to see me placing widgets while on the sharp end. You will rarely find me bouldering outdoors for the simple reason that I dislike pain and failure, two things I experience ad infinitum every time I try to wrestle pebbles.
YEARS CLIMBING: 14
YEARS SETTING: 4
I love to create movement that resembles what I've experienced in outdoor climbing, movement that teaches body awareness and flow to newer climbers, and familiar but challenging movements for more experienced climbers to test themselves on. Occasionally it's fun to put together something a little more abstract, but I gravitate toward natural intuitive movements more often than not. I hope many people have enjoyed my creations, and will continue to as long as I am able to contribute to the Climb Nashville team and community.
YEARS CLIMBING: 3
YEARS SETTING: 1
As evidence by the fact that I have "forgotten" how old I am, I tend to be more on the forgetful side, so if we climb remind me to clip those draws, cams, pitons or whatever I should be doing. My favorite setting style would have to be thuggy boulders and law abiding routes. When I'm not setting at the gym, or out at the crag, I can be found picking at my fiddle, entertaining the world with a clever instagram, or spending time with my family.
YEARS CLIMBING: 4
YEARS SETTING: 1
In the past year that I've been setting with Climb Nashville I have thoroughly enjoyed the learning experiences that have come with the job. Setting for the gym has allowed me to better understand my own strengths and weaknesses as a climber, and has given me greater appreciation for others success on the rock. My main goal as a climber is to be able to travel to any climbing destination in the world and hold my own on the rock regardless of the grade.