Want to learn to route set & gain a professional qualification?

Ever wondered how our fantastic routes and boulder problems come into existence? Are you looking to equip yourself with a new set of skills that could lead to future work? Or maybe you’ve already done some route setting and are looking to reconcile your existing experience with a professional qualification?

This one day direct entry qualification course will teach you the fundamentals of un-roped route setting on commercial climbing walls and will provide you with a nationally recognised Route Setting Association (RSA) Level 1 qualification.

The course will be hosted by renowned professional route setter, Beacon centre manager and RSA Trainer; Alex Mason, with the course syllabus including: route setting good practice, understanding the creative process, setting for children, hold attachment, ladder use, WAH (work at height) regulations, equipment/tools, setting productivity, forcing moves and grading. The course is also approved for 1 MTA or AMI CPD point.

If you want to take part, you should be a keen climber/boulderer and have the ability to climb a minimum of Font 6b indoors. The course is mainly practical and will include a good amount of bouldering so bring your climbing kit. All equipment is provided but if you have your own, you are welcome to bring it.

Course details.

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Date option 1: Thursday 9th November 2017
Date option 2: Tuesday 14th November 2017
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Price: £100 / person

Each course is limited to 6 people so we recommend booking as soon as possible to secure a place.



Jacky Godoffe, the 59-year-old French bouldering legend and World Cup routesetter, is standing barefoot on the pads of the Karma climbing gym. A utilitarian steel-beam and sheet-metal structure on the outskirts of Fontainebleau, the gym is set among a crumbling row of army barracks slowly being reclaimed by the forest. As the chief routesetter for the French Federation climbing team, Jacky works here in a dedicated section for high-level competition training, creating problems that will challenge the athlete’s bodies and minds.

Creativity has no particular recipe,” he says, explaining the process by which he develops a new problem. “There are lots of little tricks to stimulate creativity. I try to draw something on the wall that is surprising. And when I have drawn something surprising, I try to lay movements in it. And then with these movements I adjust the difficulty so that it corresponds to the people who are going to climb it.

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