Hidden Masters: A Route Setting DocumentaryFri Night Vid

© Eric Karlsson Bouldering

This week's Friday Night Video is an insight into the job of a competition route setter. Arguably, the job is harder than ever with a huge range of specialisations and the elite level of top climbers to cater for. The film looks into the level of climbing required to be a top route setter, the process of setting and testing boulder problems, and then the scary moment of watching the competition itself.

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8 Dec, 2023

That was a fun video, but I do feel it lost its way a little in the diversion to focus on the Swedish climbers. I can see why that was tempting, but I would have preferred a bit more focus on the decisions made by the routesetters, and whether they worked out as intended or not.

Nice to see another side of comps for a change though.

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