With over 50 years of combined experience, our setting team aims to provide the Spire community with a diversity of styles, movement, grades, and holds. New routes and boulders are set 2-3 days a week, so there is always fresh plastic to send. We aim to provide everyone with a complete climbing experience, so if there is something you would like to see more or less of, scroll down and leave us constructive feedback!
Route Setting Team
Nick W. - Head Route Setter, Setting Since 2008
Height: 5'8" Ape Index: +2" Climbing Since 1999
If it wasn't the whiskey, then it sure was that sweet southern sandstone that made this wayward Kentuckian fall in love with rock climbing. For 20 years, rock climbing has been a significant part of my life whether it's climbing outside or grabbing plastic. Eventually, I learned that I could put that plastic wherever my heart desired, and thus began my journey as a setter. I lucked out in finding Bozeman around 10 years ago and have been happy to call this place home ever since. I've learned so much through becoming part of the Montana climbing community; it has even influenced the way I set. I enjoy setting athletic, dynamic, and intricate movement. While I love climbing on steep walls, I also have a deep respect for the less than vertical.
Taylor F. - Setting Since 2012
Height: 5'5" Ape Index: +1" Climbing Since 2011
I got my start trad climbing in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York and soon learned to sport climb, plastic grab, and boulder upon moving to Bozeman in August of 2011. For me, climbing is a vertical dance; a form of self expression. I love playing with pace, power, and balance. My greatest passion within climbing lies in trying my hardest on sport routes. There's nothing quite like finding the rhythm that allows you to execute some challenging choreography perfectly. I see setting as a medium for sharing movement, teaching technique, and training weaknesses. My biggest goal within climbing and setting is to not have a style, but I particularly enjoy anything that requires a high level of technique, route reading, and body awareness.
Erik C. - Setting Since 2003
Height: 6'0" Ape Index: 0" Climbing Since 2002
I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and learned to climb while attending MSU. I enjoy all disciplines of rock climbing and have a passion for developing hidden gems all over the USA. When not climbing on rock, I enjoy skiing, playing golf, and authoring guidebooks.
Hailey H. - Setting Since 2018
Height: 5'4" Ape Index: 0" Climbing Since 2010
I first started climbing in 2010 and pretty quickly discovered that I loved the combination of physical and mental challenge that climbing presents. I love technical, sequencey routes and problems, but also have a soft spot for crack climbing. I climb because it's fun, challenging, and a great way to interact with new people and places. Routesetting helps me understand climbing movement in reverse, and keeps me thinking creatively – both while setting and while climbing.
Evan M. - Setting Since 2011
Height: 6'1" Ape Index: -1.25" Climbing Since 2010
I started climbing in 2010 at MSU's climbing wall and instantly became addicted. After only a few months it became apparent that I was very interested in route setting. A friend managed to get me a job and after a year and a half of working at MSU I also started setting for Spire, where I worked until early 2015 when I moved to Flagstaff, AZ. I moved back to Bozeman in June of 2019 and I am very excited to be back setting at Spire! Even though I started as a boulderer I love all disciplines of climbing and I try my best to bring a diversity of movement into my setting.
Cam B. - Setting Since 2018
Height: 5'7" Ape Index: +2" Climbing Since 2017
I started climbing in the Cascades on some of the best granite in the United States. I was fortunate enough to learn how to trad climb at a very early start from some local icons. Soon they got sick of climbing with a sketchy 17 year old and I started bouldering. This is when I learned to love movement. Route setting came into play at college where I had the opportunity to start setting and it made me think about climbing in a way I hadn't before. Now, it has been two years setting at commercial gyms and I am constantly learning and trying to be better each week!
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