A wall-mapping session…and route setting position info


I decided to go over to the climbing gym this afternoon and map out the middle section of the Boulderland wall.  Brian and Emily were there and I talked to Emily for a while.  It was good to catch up with her because I haven’t seen a lot of her lately.  Just the holidays and timing and all that stuff.  I mapped out the framework of the wall and that was good enough for today.  Down in the hallway on the bulletin board before I saw Emily, I saw the information sheet for the route setting positions shown in the photo.  I had a rush of negative feelings well up inside me and had to go up and begin mapping out the wall.  This new gym has such a cookie-cutter view of who and what a route setter just has to be.  I can set a V4 that you’re guaranteed to love, but the management pulls out these spreadsheets and pre-assigns you grades, styles, and colors to set with.  Route setting is about creativity and should be fun.  I’m trying to adapt, but I’m having a hard time with this.  I’ll keep trying…

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