Indoor climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and at its heart is the routesetter. Whilst it appears a simple job, the routesetter is part architect, part designer and part choreographer who has to draw upon creativity and ingenuity to create appealing, engaging and sometimes devious problems that test both the physical and mental faculties of the climber.
This short film by Band of Birds, provides a glimpse into Alexander's life and the commitment required to be the best at this demanding job.
I can confirm that the boulder setting at Mile End is excellent, so great to see Alexander and the team being featured this way. In particular they do a great job of creating interesting problems in the lower range - V1-3 blocs that are engaging and interesting and fun. So many places, blocs of that range are just ladders with smaller and smaller holds and/or the odd “rung” moved or awkwardly placed. At Mile End you could climb an entire session of V1-3 and not get bored. This is something Alexander alluded to in the vides but something he and the team deserve a lot of credit for, because it reflects a great commitment to making climbing fun for everybody, not just those cranking V6 and up.