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The Uprising of the Route Setters

Tanner solving Dave's devious blue route
Tanner solving Dave’s devious blue route

When the concept of the Setters’ Uprising comp was introduced there was no telling what kind of response it would receive.  Would people be keen to set?  Would others be keen to judge?  What kind of routes would be produced and of what quality?

I have to say, I was pleasantly suprised on all fronts.  The idea was met with gusto and weeks before the comp, keen young route setters were coming to Southern Rock to sneakily test out their ideas and hone their skills.  And clearly the effort paid off.  With Daniel and Tanner Mundell teaming up and plugging in a lot of enthusiasm and time into their diverse routes.

A gym full of diverse new routes
A gym full of diverse new routes

So it was not surprising when they not only won the overall best route for their Red route which saw wide eyed climbers attempt a bit of a wall run before leaping to the finishing jug, seemingly miles away, only to whoop in delight as they managed to latch it, with all their teeth still in tact.  This also won the Best Creative route.  (for more results see the scores below).

It was great to see the bounty of ideas that came through and reassuring that there is still a large pool of hidden talent out there.  I hope you all learnt a bit about the effort that goes into carving out a quality route.  I think perhaps the greatest surprise to most people is how difficult it is to set an easy good route, without it just becoming a jug ladder.

Best route: The Mundells – Red #2 on the auto belay wall.

Best Creative: The Mundells – Red #2 on the auto belay wall.

Best Technical: There was a tie between Nic Geere – Orange #28 on the Tower and Daniel Mundell – Orange #30 on the 30 degree wall.

Best Juggy: The Mundells – Lime Green #15 on the 30 degree wall.

Special mention goes to Chris Wallace, one of our youngest route setters who set an impressive variety of routes which were surprisingly reachy.  He managed to set a hard Juggy route which was quite the crowd pleaser.

To check out some of the cool ideas, check out our Facebook page where the Mundells have posted a number of videos.  Feedback on the routes will be posted up at Southern Rock.

 

Roger using a combination of technique and guts to latch the blue
Roger using a combination of technique and guts to latch the blue
Scotty psyching himself up for the leap of faith
Scotty psyching himself up for the leap of faith
Ant Berry going for it
Ant Berry going for it

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