Route setting courses in London

Route setting Courses

Learn how to set boulder problems in London

Wonder what kind of route setter you would be if someone handed you a drill and a bucket of holds?

Would you craft problems that require cunning and trickery to conquer? Or would you put power first and throw in dynos and big moves to reach the top? 

Here’s your chance to find out, with 1-day route setting taster courses in London…

route setting courses

Discover the art of route setting

Spend a day learning the basics of route setting, from hold and volume selection to the tools and skills needed to attach them to the wall.

Plus, discover the key considerations we need to make when setting routes in a commercial gym.

Then, it’s over to you. Pick your holds and start to craft your own blocs, which will remain on the wall for a full week, under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

With a fresh set of blocs on the wall, we’ll pop our shoes on and start testing and tweaking the final climbs as a group.

Once all the blocs are finalised and ready for the public, we’ll go through the lessons we’ve learned. And, of course, enjoy the sight of other climbers trying to solve our creations!

“10/10. A really fun, but exhausting day! I gained a new perspective on how hard and physically/mentally taxing routesetting can be. I also go to experience how great it is to watch people climb my routes afterwards!”Alex T, BethWall Routesetting Taster Attendee

FAQs:

When and where are courses running?

Courses run from 8am-5pm across three LCC centres, CanaryWall, CroyWall, and BethWall.

CanaryWall: May 31st & Sep 20th

CroyWall: July 13th & Nov 30th

BethWall: June 8th & July 6th

How much experience do I need?

No previous route setting experience is needed. However, we do recommend that you have at least 6 months climbing experience and can climb V3 to make the most of the day.

What will the day look like?

Courses run from 8am-5pm at BethWall, CroyWall, and CanaryWall. We’ll start off with introductions and a safety briefing, before covering the basics of attaching holds and volumes to the wall, and key considerations, before setting our first blocs. Once the setting is done we’ll test and tweak the blocs as a group, ready for the public to have a play on them in the evening.

Can my friends climb my route once it’s up?

Of course! Blocs will be up for a week, giving your friends plenty of time to try and crack your problem.

What should I wear?

You’ll need comfortable clothes which you’d generally climb in, as well as trainers or approach shoes suitable for climbing ladders during the setting phase of the day. Don’t forget your chalk and climbing shoes for the testing either!

How old do I have to be to take part?

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

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