Route Setters

Nathan “NattyGray”
(Routesetting Manager)

Since May 2007
nathan@climbthebest.com
NathanHeight: 6’1″
Weight: 175
Ape Index: even
Climbing Since: 2002
Setting Since: 2006
Climbing Style: Up?
Setting Philosophy: Take holds off the wall, put clean ones back on (preferably fresh shapes of matching color and origin). It better look as good as it climbs.
Keith “North Side”
(RJ Centennial Head Routesetter / Instructor)

Since June 2011
KeithHeight: 5’8″
Weight: 130
Ape Index: +1
Climbing Since: 2006
Setting Since: 2010
Climbing Style: Routes, the longer and steeper the better.
Setting Style: I try to set routes that climb very smoothly, creating an enjoyable path for the climber to follow to the top of the wall. I attempt to emphasize technical ability above pure brute strength and put a kibosh on “reachy” moves.
Mimi “Wall Witch”
(RJ Thornton Head Routesetter / Instructor)

Since March 2015
Mimi
Height: 5′ 3″
Ape Index: +1.5″
Climbing since: 2010
Setting since: 2014
Climbing Style: Teeny tiny holds and static movements. Too many lock offs.
Setting philosophy: I just want to set interesting movements and routes/problems that you have to think about.
Tim “Tic Tac”
(RJ Thornton Youth Program Director / Routesetter)

Since December 2011
TimHeight: 5′ 10.5″
Weight: 160
Ape Index: +1.5″
Climbing Since: 2001
Setting Since: 2002
Setting Philosophy: I take one of two approaches; I have a particular movement and grade that I want to convey, or I find a collection of holds and let them speak to me. I prefer to give you a bad or small foot for movement than a better hand hold, so that you have to think about how to move between the grips.
Clay “Claytron”
(Routesetter / Instructor)

Since November 2014
Clay
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 175
Ape Index: +1″
Climbing since: 2007
Setting since: 2009
Climbing Style: I enjoy anything from technical slab to overhung and powerful.
Setting philosophy: The flow of the route is most important. Each movement should lead into the next fluidly while keeping the climber engaged from bottom to the top.
Augy “Augnacious”
(Routesetter / Instructor)

Since May 2015
Augy
Height: 5′ 7″
Ape Index: +2″
Climbing since: 2004
Setting since: 2004
Climbing Style: I try to be as well rounded as possible, but I tend to do better on crimps.
Setting philosophy: Be creative without tricking anyone.

Kegan “Doughboy”
(Routesetter / Instructor)

Since November 2015
Kegan
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 149, 152 after lunch
Ape Index: +3″
Climbing since: 2003
Setting since: 2008
Climbing Style: I like good holds with hard moves, crimp or sloper ladders don’t appeal to me, I want to do some moves.
Setting Philosophy: If you set it, they will come. if it looks good, they will stay.
Taylor “White Cheddar”
(Routesetter / Instructor)

Since December 2013
Taylor
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 185
Ape Index: Even
Climbing since: 2011
Setting since: 2016
Climbing Style: Cashmere sweater and a nice pair of slacks. If it’s warm out, I go for the deep v-neck and sandal-boots (bandals). I really enjoy all styles of climbing and try to include a variety into my sessions.
Setting Philosophy: Make it fun, make it flow, make it fire!
Isaiah “Zayman”
(Routesetter / Instructor)

Since September 2015
Isaiah
Height: 5′ 11″
Ape Index: +1
Climbing since: 2010
Setting since: 2016
Climbing Style: “All these routes are just stories in the end, so make it a good one, eh?”