The 6th annual So iLL Showdown is only two days away! We rebooted this event in 2014 and in the time since, the Showdown has quickly become the most anticipated climbing competition in the region. Each year, we have the privilege of working with a talented team whose skills and experience help us deliver an incredible event.
This year, we are proud to announce that two guest setters are working alongside Climb So iLL’s house routesetting team to create the range of problems that will ultimately decide the 2019 Men’s and Women’s Showdown Champions.
Photo: Touchstone Climbing
USAC Level 2 Routesetter
Lauren Reynolds will be rejoining the team this year; hailing from Vancouver, WA, Lauren is a freelance competition setter.
Lauren began her setting career shortly after she began climbing. Her drive to learn new techniques and climbing movement motivated her to make the shift from climber to routesetter. In that time, Lauren has set for various USA Climbing youth competitions. Most notable, Lauren set for the Woman Up competition at Touchstone’s San Francisco location – Dogpath Boulders. This event was set entirely by a female routesetting team for a female-only competitor pool.
“Routesetting and climbing is a male dominated industry. Encouraging other women to participate in climbing and setting is one factor that influences me to continue setting. There have been days where I want to get a typical 9 to 5 and make the big bucks because setting is hard, hard work. But if I drop out, that’s one less woman there to help the trade progress. And that’s what setting is all about: progress.”
USAC Level 4 Routesetter
Steven Jeffrey joins us from Salt Lake City, UT. His career as a professional routesetter spans 25 years at gyms across the United States and overseas. That career includes being the head setter for the Psicobloc Masters series five years running, the head setter for the Portland Boulder Rally (2012-2015), and setting for USA Climbing’s Sport Nationals in 2006 and 2007.
“I was a professional rock climber for years; becoming a top-level competition climber made it easy for me to move into routesetting as a career. To be a versatile setter, you need to be a good climber all-around and have a true understanding of how climbing movement works.
“I have always seen the Showdown from afar and loved the So iLL mentality of thinking outside the box…I’m psyched to hang out and see what we can do as a team this year.”