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Climbers at The Front Salt Lake City

Level up your setting and join the professional community.

Welcome to Setter Summit! We have built this event with setters in mind to bolster the setting community and train the next generation. This event is all about recognizing the importance of setters and training them to be better and service their respective communities more effectively. We also want to create a space for setters to come together, network and share ideas and experiences.

Improve your skills

We've curated a series of clinics and events relevant to setters of all backgrounds. Our goal is to give you every opportunity to build upon the skills you already have. Registration for this event permits entry to two industry-specific clinics, both meant to help you build efficiency, empathy, and technical skills.

Industry professionals Cody Grodzki, Roy Quanstrom, and Eddie Morillas will host presentations throughout the week. Join us at Vertical Solutions headquarters for a shop tour of Proxy Productions, where you can see how some of your favorite brands are brought to life.

Connect with the community

The Setter Summit is more than just a skill-building retreat. Of course, learning technical skills is a big part of what we'll do, but we've also created a space where setters can actively grow their network. It's an opportunity for setters from across the country to come together to establish life-long connections through interaction, education, and shared experiences.

To ensure there's time to broaden your setter’s circle, we're hosting social events every evening. Meet up and make new connections during our happy hour mixers, the Di'namik Finals VIP Viewing, or at one of our industry presentations.


Routesetters at The Front Climbing Club in Salt Lake City

Sign up today—spots are limited!

January 11–14, 2023

$300 | Add housing for just $200!

Included in your reservation:
  • Access to all scheduled Setter Summit events
  • VIP viewing areas for Open and Citizen’s Di’Namik Bouldering Competition finals
  • Lunch during clinic days
  • Food and beverage at Happy Hours
Register today

2023 Schedule

Di'namik Bouldering Competition

January 10, 11, & 14 at The Front Climbing Club SLC

Di’Namik returns along with the Outdoor Retailer Winter Expo in Salt Lake City! This legendary, high-energy comp kicks off the Setter Summit at Vertical Solution’s sister company, The Front Climbing Club.

Compete beforehand in the Citizen’s Competition, or join the Open category and battle it out to finals yourself! All Setter Summit attendees will watch the finals from their own VIP viewing area! Your first drink token and light snacks are included. Either way, you don’t want to miss this.

Dynamik event at Setter Summit

Clinics and Events

2-Day Setter Summit Clinic

With Eddie Morillas, Director of Route Setting at The Front Climbing Club; Mike Bockino, National Route Setting Program Manager at USA Climbing; and Roy Quanstrom, USAC L5 Route Setter

  • Understand the considerations in building an effective setting team
  • Learn effective logistics planning to improve efficiency and quality
  • Create a user-focused setting team
  • Understand the differences in setting approach and user expectations between competition and commercial setting
  • Practice communication and management soft skills in a real setting environment

Hold Shaping

With Chris Neal, owner and head shaper of Capital Climbing

  • Basics of shaping and the ideal crimp
  • Bolt and screw placement
  • Considerations and processes behind artistic or structural design

Other climbing instructors

Cirricula T.B.A.

  • Luis Burgos, Designer at Vertical Solutions
  • Kyle Dontanville, Sales Manager at Proxy Climbing
Routesetters at The Front Climbing Club

Happy hours and film screening

January 12 and 13 at The Front Climbing Club SLC

Thursday features the Comp Debrief Roundtable with The Front’s route setting team. Drinks and light snacks included both nights

Film screening at Setter Summit

Take Petzl and USAC certifications, celebrate with us after.

If you want to participate in Setter Summit's social gatherings but only want to take the Petzl Work-at-Height course or a USA Climbing Level 1 course, you're in luck. Both courses will be running during the event week. Feel free to sign up for individual courses and attend Setter Summit happy hours as an end-of-the-day bonus!

Petzl Work-at-Height Not included in summit registration cost

January 10–12 at Petzl North America HQ

Get 50% off your Petzl certification when you register for the Setter Summit (Discount code on Setter Summit registration page)

Register for the Work-at-Height Competent Person course
Register for the Work-at-Height Qualified Person course

USAC Level 1 clinic Not included in summit registration cost

January 13 at The Front Climbing Club SLC

Instruction by John Oungst, Chief Instructor for The Front Salt Lake City and Salt Lake Bouldering Project. A gym waiver is required for all visitors to The Front Salt Lake City

Climbers at The Front Salt Lake City

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