High quality route setting is an integral part of what makes a climbing gym excellent. You can have the best facility in the world, but without a team of dedicated, experienced, passionate setters, a gym will struggle to survive. 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!
Age: 29? Yikes!!
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.
A sweet fact about myself is that I love cookies!! 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: 14
Years setting: 4
I've been expressing my creativity for 22 years, originally as a musician. I've played guitar and bass since I was 10 years old, from which point all I wanted was to be a professional musician. At age 18, I discovered climbing, and it quickly became a passion to match my love for music. Shortly after discovering climbing, I moved to Lexington, KY, then Denver, CO, and then Los Angeles, CA. All these cities gave me the opportunity to play music, but also had proximity to world class climbing areas like the Red River Gorge, Colorado's Front Range, Joshua Tree, and dozens of other crags all over southern and central California. In these places, I was able to grow in many directions as a climber; from bouldering, to sport climbing and traditional climbing, as well as some mountaineering, I got to experience many styles of climbing.
As my passion for being a professional musician gradually faded, my love for climbing continued to grow. After California, I moved back to Nashville to be closer to my family in KY, and took a job as a route setter at Climb Nashville. It has been a great way to channel my creative energy that used to be expressed through my music into my other passion: climbing.
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, like what you'd see or climb in a World Cup competition, but I gravitate toward natural intuitive movements more often than not. Being able to make pieces of art that people interact with and enjoy has been a great experience for me. 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.