Route Setting

At White 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. 

We have over 300 routes and up to 200 boulder problems, and we keep them fresh with regular setting rotations from some international names.

Check out the latest setting dates!

Route Setting Calendar

= Routes =  

4th Matt VC | Lines 53, 54

5th Matt VC | Auto-Belays 9, 11

11th Emma T, Yann, Stew | Lines 1 to 5

12th Emma T | Auto-Belay 34, 35

18th Yann, Matt VC | Lines 49, 50, 51, 52

19th Yann | Lines TBC

25th Stew | Line 39

26th Setter TBC | Lines 73, 75

 

= Boulders  =

7th Emma T, Evie C, Matt VC, Alex P | Comp Wall

10th Evie C, Yann, Matt VC | Upper Mezz Left

17th Evie C, Yann, Matt VC | Cave

24th Evie C, Matt VC, Hannah, Julian H| Upper Mezz Right

= Routes =  

8th Matt VC | Lines 13, 15  

9th Ed W | Lines 32, 33  

15th Yann, Matt VC, Clive F | Auto Belays 73,74, 75,76, 77,78  

16th Yann, Clive F | Lines 79, 80, 81, 82, 83 

22nd Stew| Lines 103, 104 

29th Matt VC | Lines 16, 17, 18 

30th Clive F | Lines 46, 47, 48  

 

= Boulders  =

7th Evie C, Matt VC, Yann | Cave 

10th Evie C, Yann, Matt VC, Nathan P | Comp Wall 

14th Evie C, Yann, Matt VC, Hannah A | Lower Mezz 

21th Evie C, Matt VC, Yann, Sam F| Upper Mezz Left 

 

= Routes =  

Tbc.

 

= Boulders  =

Tbc.

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 this link, via email climb@whitespiderclimbing.com or ask for a feedback form from reception!  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 sourcing internationally accomplished setters from abroad.

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