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

Taylor F. - Route Setting Manager, 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.

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.

Jordan H. - Setting Since 2017

Height: 5'11"  Ape Index: -0.5"  Climbing Since 2015

Given my short climbing experience, routesetting has become one of my greatest passions. I love routesetting and all of it's challenges. The puzzle-making, art-drilling, and most of all, giving back to the climbing community through routes and boulders. My preferred setting style is that of dynamic and coordinated movement, but I enjoy all movement and styles of climbing. If you happen to see me around, I would love your input on my setting. I am working on becoming a more proficient routesetter with every week and will continue to do so, not just for myself, but for the community.

Noah B. - Setting Since 2015

Height: 6'1"  Ape Index: +1"  Climbing Since 2006

I was introduced to climbing in 2006 when my dad conscripted me as his belayer and started hauling me up obscure New England rock and ice climbs. It wasn't long before I was hooked, and when I discovered the independence and simplicity of bouldering my fate was sealed. Though I left the homemade crash pads behind, bouldering remains the focus of my climbing and was my inspiration to begin routesetting in 2015. I wanted to translate the beautiful shapes and movement I'd experienced climbing outside into new and surprising variations. As a result, my setting can have a new school feel, with a serious "outdoorsy" streak. If I'm not climbing I might be looking for rocks, fishing, hunting, or fixing something.

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.

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