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Get to Know Your Climb Central Route-Setters

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October 2015

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Curious to find out who has been setting all the routes at Climb Central? We sat down with them to find out more about how the routes came about and their thoughts on route-setting and climbing.   

Christopher Xie, Chief Route-Setter

‍(Photo by Azlan Ithnin)   

How long have you been climbing? 

About 6 years now. 

Describe your route-setting process. 

Setting with holds and volumes I like is very important to me. It makes me enjoy the process. I see it as putting up a functional piece of artwork up on the wall! 

What kind of moves do you like to set? 

I like to set moves I am able to do. Laughs 

What is your favourite route to climb?

It changes. Usually my own latest set ;) 

What is the favourite route you have set so far? 

A blue one which goes left and right and left and right and... 

Any tips/advice to those who are trying your routes? 

Do or do not, there is no try :)   

Aaron Tan

‍(Photo by Alexus Goh)

How long have you been climbing? 

Coming to 8 years! 

Describe your route-setting process. 

I need to have the whole route in mind before screwing in the first tile! 

What kind of moves do you like to set? 

I like setting all kinds of moves. 

What is your favourite route to climb? 

I like crimpy, flowy routes, especially those with highsteps and sit-ins. 

What is the favourite route you have set so far? 

A380! It's been taken down already though. 

Any tips/advice to those who are trying your routes? 

Move your feet first if you find yourself stuck on my routes! And, I don't set very hard routes so just give them a go!   

Lynette Koh

‍(Photo by Alexus Goh)

How long have you been climbing? 

6 years 

Describe your route-setting process. 

I'll first look at the tiles I have to work with and roughly plan what I want to set on the ground. Then I'll get everything I need and start to set from the bottom up! 

What kind of moves do you like to set? 

I like to set technical moves that allow you to dance your way up the wall but sometimes some moves end up really 'cranky' so I'm still working on my route-setting. :) 

What is your favourite route to climb? 

Black cat (7a route at cat wall, Krabi). 

What is the favourite route you have set so far? 

The green Toons World 6b 

Any tips/advice to those who are trying your routes? 

I'm not very tall so if you're stuck at a crux I'm sure there'll often be a way around it besides just powering through or doing some massive dyno. Because that is just so not me. :)   

Akmal Aziz

‍(Photo by Boulderactive)

How long have you been climbing? 

Started climbing in 2010. 

Describe your route-setting process. 

Firstly, I'll look at the tiles given to set with followed by the face/angle of the wall. I'll visualise the skeleton of my route from start to end. I feel that it is important to stick to it. I will focus on the crux, on a specific part of the wall, if I want to to have any. 

What kind of moves do you like to set? 

Flowy, consistent route. There will be no sudden hard moves. I also try not to have matching hands/feet as much as possible. This forces the moves for the climbers on hard routes. 

What is your favourite route to climb? 

Flowy, consistent route without sudden really hard moves. Laughs. I also enjoy intense technical moves where every move has to be spot-on and the beta has to be correct. 

What is the favourite route you have set so far? 

Red SG50 and Yellow 7B. 

Any tips/advice to those who are trying your routes? 

Never rush. Take a step back and look at all the holds on the wall before your climb. Determine the possible crux (hard move) and put more effort there and which ones are possibly footholds. Share the routes/problems with friends/families and try to send it together! Enjoy the climb and have fun! :)   

Chan Heng Tiong

‍(Photo by Boulderactive)

How long have you been climbing? 

8 years. 

Describe your route-setting process. 

I just try to create moves that I, myself, would like to climb. 

What kind of moves do you like to set? 

Moves that are BIG and moves that makes you go weeeeee. 

What is your favourite route to climb? 

Smooth and flowy routes. 

What is the favourite route you have set so far? 

I had fun setting the Trust Fun (red slab route). 

Any tips/advice to those who are trying your routes? 

Take your time to figure out the route and always have fun climbing.   

Janet Goh

‍(Photo by Alexus Goh)

How long have you been climbing? 

7 years! 

Describe your route-setting process. 

I usually set from the bottom up and plan my crux moves on the ground. I'm more towards the technical and beta intensive side of setting! 

What kind of moves do you like to set? 

For high wall climbing, I prefer technical moves. I feel that we need to finesse our movements on the wall to build up confidence rather than using pure power. I'm sure there are many other power routes out there already. 

What is your favourite route to climb? 

If it's at Climb Central, so far I liked the black 7b+ crimpy one. But I generally like routes with interesting movements and those that require you to commit to the move. 

What is the favourite route you have set so far? 

Marble green on the far left of the lead wall! 

Any tips/advice to those who are trying your routes? 

If you can't do my route, think of another beta. You may have missed out on a foothold or body position! My routes usually don't require power based movements.  Peace out and have fun climbing!

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