Elyse NicoleElyse Nicole

CONGRATS on your new position!

Definitely not a setter – I work at a bouldering gym, operations side – but I’d love to see routes that incorporate more balance and flexibility rather than raw power – all the setters at my gym are men with the exception of one woman – and you can tell. It’s great to develop power (especially with bouldering routes) but if you’re setting with ropes in mind, I find balance and technical routes WAY more enjoyable that just a campus-esque route (in my opinion!). I also enjoy routes that focus on foot technique (especially on slab walls, obvi), but it comes in handy when teaching new climbers about technique and the importance of footwork and using legs as power!

Also, I love a good traverse bouldering route… I have yet to see one at my gym or at the other gyms I’ve climbed and/or worked at! As someone who has broken a few bones from falls, I appreciate a low bouldering traverse route.

Good luck!