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!
Thomas grew up in Los Angeles, where he started climbing on a climbing team at the tender age of 15. Since then, Thomas has earned a degree in creative writing and literature at Prescott College in Northern Arizona, where he lived for 10 years. While in the Grand Canyon state, Thomas spent pretty much all of his time off from his head route setter job at Beta Bouldering Gym methodically combing the high-desert canyons and forests for unclimbed limestone roofs and boulders. He brings with him a great knowledge of bouldering, particularly in regards to roof climbing. Thomas is psyched to learn the southern style and loves to bring movement from the boulders to the gym.
Check out this link to see what Thomas was up to while climbing in Arizona.
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.