At Blue Spider we are passionate about route setting because we know you want routes that will challenge and inspire you – whatever the grade you climb at.

Check out the latest setting dates below:

Route Setting Calendar

= Boulders =

12th Alex P, Yann G | Prow

26th Alex P, Rob W, Jacob S | Slab

= Routes =

5th Alex P | Lines 17, 18 & 19

6th Alex P | Lines 20 & 21

13th Alex P | Auto Belays 30 & 31

19th Owen B | Lines 39, 40, 41

20th Owen B | Lines 53 & 54

27th Alex P | Auto Belays 5 & 6

= Boulders =

23rd Alex P, Yann G | Prow

= Routes =

16th Yann G, Alex P | Lead Comp Wall

17th Yann G, Alex P | Lead Comp Wall

24th Alex P | Lines 26 & 27

30th Alex P, Jacob S | Lines 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80 & 81

= Boulders =

11th Yann G, Alex P | Slabs

25th Alex P, Rob W, Jacob S | Prow

= Routes =

4th Owen B | Lines 70 & 71

5th Owen B | Lines 96 & 97

12th Alex P | Auto Belays 5 & 6

= Boulders =

9th Alex P, Rob W, Billie S | Slabs

23rd Owen B, Rob W | Prow

= Routes =

1st Alex P, Owen B, Jacob S | Auto Belays 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31

2nd Alex P, Owen B, Jacob S | Lines 87, 88, 89, 90 & 91

3rd Alex P | Lines 40, 41 & 42

10th Alex P | Lines 72, 73 & 74

16th Alex P | Lines 10, 11, 12

17th Alex P | Lines 13 & 14

24th Owen B | Auto Belays 5 & 6

30th Alex P | Lines 98, 99, 100

31st Alex P | Lines 92 & 93

How we set our routes

We have areas that are easier for beginners and more challenging for experienced and adventurous climbers. We ask the route setters to come with their imagination, their climbing passion and experience to set routes that are nicely challenging for the grade and provide variety for regular climbers.

We built the walls so that all natural features are included in our routes, so there are some great arêtes and laybacks. The high walls are a mix of lead and top-rope, approximately 50:50 though we vary this over time and we also move the top-topes around to create variety.

We always incorporate lots of different sized and shaped volumes onto the main walls to keep it interesting for our climbers!

Route setting White Spider Party

Route setting frequency

You’ll find new routes every week; we are now working on an 8 week cycle for our main bouldering areas. For the high walls we monitor the frequency of use on particular walls and re-set accordingly, generally 12 weeks +

As we aim to have over 400 routes at White Spider, we are confident you won’t get bored so let us know if you do and we’ll find you a new challenge.

We endeavour to route set on weekdays from 9.30am until 4.30pm in order to minimise any impact to our customers, details are shown on the route setting calendar posted on our website and social media platforms at the beginning of every month, plus we have a route setting black board in the centre and you can also keep up to date by following us on your preferred social media sites.

Nathan route setting

Route Grading

The route setter suggests the initial grade and then we give it the White Spider test (a good excuse to make sure we get to climb every new route).

For our routes, we have a new system to ensure our grading is as good as possible. At the bottom of each newly set route, you’ll see a yellow card displaying the provisional grades for that line.

Next to them you’ll find a notebook for your feedback. If you feel they are too hard, too soft, or just right – let us know!

At the end of a short trial period, we’ll review your feedback and adjust the grades accordingly. We’ll then replace the provisional yellow card with a permanent white one.

We welcome your feedback!

Remember you can always give us feedback on our route setting via email! Tell us what you like or don’t like about our route setting or what grades you don’t agree with. If we don’t know, we can’t improve!

Our route setters

We use some of the most highly respected route setters in the country as well as in house staff setters.

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