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Portland Head Setter
A member of the PG family since 2009, Mitch has taken on just about every role on the floor through the years, landing him in PDX in 2014 and eventually into Head Setter in 2017. He likes dumb puns and dance moves, and can mostly likely be found sharing both on the setting floor. With varying route setting roles beginning in 2010, he believes challenging the mind is equally important as challenging the body in climbing and likes to bring both elements to his commercial routes and boulders. Favorite areas include Red Rock Canyon and Leavenworth, and he prefers hard bouldering or mellow trad climbing. Or anything with knee bars.
Sitting on climbing features, on-the-wall 360’s, knee-bars, and dynamic moves.
Area: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, NV
Boulder: Lost Keys Traverse, Castle Rock State Park, CA
Route: Epinephrine, Red Rock Canyon, NV
Prolific, potent, peculiar
Assistant Head Setter
I started climbing at Planet Granite Sunnyvale and Castle Rock in the Santa Cruz mountains back in 2011. I prefer slopey, pinchy, compression boulders and long trad routes, and I struggle on sharp, crimpy climbs. My other hobbies include beatboxing, fishing, and watching Masterchef.
Balance and Technique
Boulder: Disco Diva in Bishop, Ca
Areas: Bishop, Tuolumne Meadows, and Squamish
Sport route: Gulag Archipelago, Smith Rock
Trad route: West Face of DAFF Dome, Tuolumne Meadows
Dancy, Delicate, Dreamy
I started climbing when I was 14 on a climbing team in Portland and have been involved in climbing ever since then. When I’m not climbing I’m scuba diving, traveling, quoting youtube videos, and nerding out about biology and animals.
Crimps! Technical movement. Frogging. Putting my foot by my head.
Minstrel in the Gallery in Red Rocks
Flowy, edges, high-steps
I started climbing back in 2011 on a random sandstone crag by Mt Rainier. I’ve been hooked ever since and I love to pick apart climbing and learn every small detail I can. This led to beginning to routeset only a year later. Since then, I’ve held different hats in the climbing industry, but I always have enjoyed routesetting the most. If I spend a day not climbing, I can be found mountain biking, snowboarding, or hiking.
The ability to bear hug routes into submission.
The Great Controversy in Post Falls, Idaho
Either Pimpsqueak or the Hesitator in Leavenworth
Leavenworth or Red Rocks
Positioning, Gliding, and Educational
I caught the climbing bug while living in the flat, nearly rockless suburbs of Cleveland, OH, where the closest crags are at least a 6 hour drive. Regardless, my buddies and I made our weekend commute to our favorite spot, Red River Gorge, KY. There we learned how to climb while pumped (even when you can no longer feel your hands), take giant whippers, and master the “lay down and take a nap in a human size hueco” technique.
I moved to Boston, MA to attend Berklee College of Music and got a degree in music production. Due to the proximity of good boulders, I slowly made the transformation from sport climber to boulderer. Since moving to Boston, I’ve climbed in places throughout the US and in Spain.
The thing that keeps me psyched on outdoor climbing is how unique each climb, boulder, and sequence is. It forces me to keep an open mind, constantly learn, and push my comfort zone. I hope to be able to capture at least a small part of this in my setting.
– Overhung sport climbing
– Being horrible at slab climbing
Climb: Predator – Rumney, NH
Problem: Moonshine Roof – Hueco Tanks, TX
Area: Red River Gorge, KY
I moved to Portland in 2018 from Indianapolis, which is where I was born and raised; I found rock climbing through my alma mater (Ball State University), and have been climbing & setting since 2012 – when I took my first trip out to the Red River Gorge. Aside from climbing, my biggest passion is music. I have been playing musical instruments since I was a child, and rapping ever since I was a teenager. I also love Star Wars, food, beer, and really wide pinches.
Rapping, instruction, photography, pinching
Climb: Air Ride Equipped- Red River Gorge
Problem: Celestial Mechanics – Stonefort (AKA Little Rock City)
Area: Horse Pens 40 – Steele, Alabama
Flow, power, technique
Originally born in the swamps of Florida, Tony has been living in Oregon for the past 10 years. His passion for climbing was ignited at a bouldering class at the University of Oregon. Before climbing he played rugby for six years and competed in downhill skateboarding events. His favorite holds are slopers, and more slopers. He enjoys slack lines, skateboards, cooking, and outdoor activities with friends.
Setting and teaching
Climb: “La Grima” Albarracin, Spain
High-Feet, Dynos, Slopers