ABS Setters: Top of Their Game at Nationals

By | April 10, 2009

USA Climbing would like to extend a huge thank you to the route setters of the ABS National Championships held recently in Boulder, Colorado.

Open Chief Setter, Kynan Waggoner lead USAC professional setters Jamie Emerson, Chris Danielson, Scott Mechler and Kyle McCabe with forerunning help from Johnny Hork, to construct some of the most creative and challenging problems US climbers have ever faced.

In addition to setting problems that would separate the strongest climbers in the country, they also were working with a new scoring system adopted from the IFSC World Cup circuit. Using this “Zone” system the crew deftly handled separating the field and ended the comp with no ties.

Also that same weekend was the ABS Youth National Championship.

Youth Chief Setter Mike Helt ran his National Setters, Jeremy Hardin, Kyle Mrohs, Luke Bertelsen and Intern Matt Hulet through 7 long days and nights of setting challenging kid friendly problems that ranged in style from full dynamic power to slab-tastic.

The crew deftly juggled the technical and creative aspects of setting for the strongest young guns in the country.

In the end the Youth crew held 4 successful and exciting super-finals to break ties in D, C and A categories.

Find complete results at usaclimbing.org.

National Interns Wanted! Apply Now.

The 10th season of the American Bouldering Series (ABS) is kicking off this October and that also means that Nationals is just around the corner.

Youth Chief Setter Mike Helt is looking to fill one intern spot on his ABS Nationals crew held this February at The Spot in Boulder, Colorado. This three day event is the culmination of a seasons worth of work for young competitors across the country.

Also looking to bring in an National intern is Chief Setter for the SCS Adult Open, Kevin Branford. The SCS Open is held during the Winter OR Show in Salt Lake City and features some of Americas top lead climbers.

If you want to become a National Setter than this is the place to start. Go to the Certification page to check out the pre-requirements. Then go to the Comps page to download the Intern application form and return it to the appropriate Chief by October 10th for a chance to be at the top of American setting.