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!
Years climbing: 11
Years setting: 9
Favorite setting style: Easy climbs that trick strong climbers
Jonathan began setting at the University of Georgia in 2007. He continued route setting at Active Climbing in Athens, GA before moving to Atlanta, GA to pursue his route setting career at Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness. He 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.
He spends his free time sport climbing and developing around the southeast and his vacations pursuing international climbing. Some his favorite climbing areas include Le Gorges du Verdon, France; Oliana, Spain; Squamish, BC; and New River Gorge, WV.
When not climbing or setting, Jonathan is traveling to climb or recovering from setting, sometimes by cooking.
Years Climbing: 7
Years Setting: 3
Favorite Setting Style: Hard body positions and small crimpers
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.
I seemed to have misplaced my "noteworthy sends" list, or maybe I’m not able to disclose it for legal reasons, or maybe it’s just not that impressive, but some of my all-time favorite rock climbs include: Dogleg (Bob Marley Crag, RRG), The Matrix (Whitesides Mountain, NC), Keep your Powder Dry (Trophy Wall, Red Rock Canyon) and Vesper (The Grail, Lime Kiln Canyon). Someday I hope to take an extended trip to France, Spain and Greece to sample the choss they have on the other side of the Atlantic.
When I’m not climbing you can find me singing country music around town, picking bluegrass on the ol’ sixwire, or sampling far too many beers