• Basic Details
    Name

    James Smith

    About me

    I have been an avid climber for around 10 years, which includes all aspects of the sport from bouldering and sport through to winter mixed and alpine north faces.

    I am currently based in Bristol working as the Route Setting Manager at Redpoint Climbing Centre. I am able and willing to travel to set.

    Your Setting Experience

    For the last 2 years I have set routes or boulders at Redpoint Bristol at least once a week. I was made route setting manager at the beginning of 2015 which sees me organising, setting and running various competitions. I have also set in some smaller walls in the local area.

    Setting regularly at Redpoint has allowed me to hone my system so that I can set quality and quantity, on routes up to 8a and boulders up to V8.

    Region

    United Kingdom / London, United Kingdom / North West, United Kingdom / South West, United Kingdom / Wales, United Kingdom / West Midlands

    Setter ability

    Boulder (unroped), Route (roped), Local Competition

  • Boulder Setter Reference
    Work Reference Institution

    Redpoint Bristol

    Description of work performed

    Regular setting of all of Redpoint Bristol’s boulder areas. This generally mean 20 problems from V0 to V8 + testing.

    I regularly set alongside Alex Fry, Cailean Harker and Ben West, and have intermittently set alongside most other high end setters currently working in the UK. I have learned a lot from them in 2 years and am even starting to be able to keep up with Alex!!

  • Route Setter Reference
    Work Reference Name

    Jack Griffiths

    Work Reference Institution

    Redpoint Bristol

    Description of work performed

    Redpoint Bristol now has around 300 routes set across 11 lines of hugely varying angles, styles and even textures. My position is to manage the regular setting of these walls which in turn has me setting everything between and including f3 to f8a. On long complicated lines with high grade routes (i.e very overhanging/roofs) I set 6 routes over 2 lines in a day, on shorter lines with easier routes I set up to 9. This includes stripping, washing and testing.

  • Local Comp Reference
    Work Reference Name

    Jack Griffiths

    Work Reference Institution

    Redpoint Bristol

    Description of work performed

    Over the last few years I have organised, set and ran the following kinds of competitions(all at Redpoint):

    – Winter Boulder Series (a 7 round series, set alongside Alex Fry, Ben West, Cailean Harker and more)
    – UV Boulder Competition (adult/youth qualifiers and adult finals alongside Alex Fry and Emma Twyford). This also included a 1 hour ‘strip qualifiers, reset finals in their place between me and Emma.
    – Summer Improvers League (an introductory comp aimed at novices)
    – Team Core Challenge (a roped ‘marathon’ where quantity wins)

    In April Redpoint will also host the MOD South West Regionals (rope competition). I will set routes from f4 – f7b+ for this which will include qualifiers and finals and then run it on the day.