Route Setting

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.


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.

 

Zak V. - Setting Since 2021

Height: 6'2"  Ape Index: +1"  Climbing Since 1996

I grew up outside of Washington D.C. and began climbing at Carderock as a teen. After high school I moved to Boulder where my passion for bouldering took off. In 2012 I moved to Bozeman, which coincided with a break from climbing for a few years. My favorite discipline is still bouldering. Outside of climbing I enjoy spending time with my partner, family and cat.


Danton "DTron 3030" T. -  Setting Since 2022

 


Ben E. -  Setting Since 2021

Height: 5'9"  Ape Index: +3.5" Climbing Since 2014

I grew up in the Boston area and started climbing at the local gym. I quickly joined the team and did a couple years of competing. After discovering outdoor climbing, my passion shifted from plastic to rock and it’s been my very favorite thing to do ever since. I love sport climbing, bouldering and roaming the Montana wilderness to find fresh rock. My favorite climbing areas are Bishop, Siurana and Montana’s own Fantasia.

   

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