setters

ROUTE SETTING SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 8 am to 3 pm (sometimes we are done early or go late, depending on how much we have to do).

SCHEDULE EXCEPTIONS: CLIMBING COMPETITIONS

Whenever Stone Age hosts a competition our route setting schedule changes to accommodate the volume and demands of perfecting each competition climb. It typically consists of closing sections at a time starting one week prior to the competition.

CLIMBING COMPETITION SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Spring: Member’s Stone Cup
May or June: USA Climbing Youth Championship Competition
Summer: Member’s Stone Cup
October: Yank-N-Yard; USAC Sanctioned Youth Local, Citizens, and Open Climbing Competitions


Stone Age was founded with the belief that the heart of our business is providing a quality experience through creating routes for every climber. Our head route setter, Lance Hadfield, strives to be creative and thoughtful of every customer that walks through the door. To do that, he has cultivated a team of setters that understand how to create interesting and fun routes for members and guests of all skill levels. “Each route has the potential of teaching people movement (or at least help them practice good types of movement) by the way the hand and foot holds are placed on the wall. Our route setters are trained to think of a climb as two parts; a hand sequence and a foot sequence. One must support the other to make a really good climb ‘flow’.” -Lance Hadfield

Route setting is an interesting process that may not be obvious to the casual climber.  A router setter is assigned a specific difficulty or grade, a location on the wall, hold color, and even a specific audience.  We often get asked if we have a book that catalogs all of the climbs we create. People seem genuinely surprised when we tell them that each climb is original and done from scratch. Sometimes we change the angle of the walls using large features to create different terrain for people to experience and enjoy. This adds variety to each area, always keeping the walls fresh and interesting for frequently returning members.

“Each route has the potential of teaching people movement (or at least help them practice good types of movement) by the way the hand and foot holds are placed on the wall. ” -Lance Hadfield