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!
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 4 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.
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.
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.
An unlikely rock enthusiast from the plains of northwest Texas, I discovered my passion for the sport here in the sandstone mecca that is the southeast. The combination of physical strength, finesse, and mental fortitude is what drew me to this athletic endeavor, and it’s been an obsession ever since. Would I rather be outside interacting with a beautiful feature in this way? No doubt! But indoor route setting allows an opportunity for us to create the environment in which people will test themselves with each of these aspects of the sport, and I love it! I’m very psyched to be on this team at Climb Nashville, and am looking forward to the learning opportunities ahead that climbing always has to offer us!
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.