In the first instalment of the Making Better Setters series, I talk to Canadian pro routesetter Dustin Curtis about becoming better teachers, learning something from everyone around you, and bothering the people at USA Climbing until they let you come to one of their clinics.
After interviewing Dustin, I took a walk around Up The Bloc to check out the facility. My favourite part (aside from the dope climbs) was this mobile workstation. Dustin described it as something the started small and keeps getting bigger as he and his crew think of things to add on to it. At the end of the setting shift, it gets wheeled into the setting room along with all of their custom hold carts. I'm pretty jealous. Click the image below to see a bigger version.
USA Climbing's Routesetting Committee
Gyms we mentioned:
Of Rock & Chalk in Newmarket, ON (where Dustin first learned to set)
Coyote Rock Gym in Ottawa, ON
True North Climbing in Toronto, ON
Hive Climbing in Vancouver, BC
Stone Summit in Atlanta, GA
Délire Escalade in Quebec City, QC
Up The Bloc in Mississauga, ON