Team EVO Concord Kids Crush at Regionals

 In Climbing, Community, News

Last Saturday EVO Rock + Fitness Concord held the 2016 Sport & Speed Youth Regionals Comp.  We asked routesetter Sydney McNair (one of four setters for the event and head setter for Concord) about the stoke that surrounded the process, but first, here are the EVO Team qualifiers moving on to Youth Divisional Championships:

  • Grant Dreffer
  • Nate Milliken
  • Matt Schwartz
  • Skyler Bergeron
  • Kira Bergeron

Here’s what Sydney McNair had to say about setting:

“Setting for the event is a blast—stressful—but a blast.  A lot of preparation goes into making everything work.  Starting with the gym layout; how many climbs we are setting, how many are lead climbs, how many stations we need available…”

Setters Sydney McNair and Kasia Jadwiga Pietras survey the scene

Setters Sydney McNair and Kasia Jadwiga Pietras survey the scene

About the challenges:

“Regionals is a real challenge because you get such a large range of climbing abilities, styles, strengths and general sizes of climbers. So as setters we have to account for all of those factors, knowing we’ll have first-time climbers and seasoned athletes alike. Our main objective is to set the routes in such a way that we separate each category as the climbers move from one route to the next. Ideally, we’d be left with zero ties. Our second goal is to have kids walking away psyched and happy.”

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Matt Schwartz of EVO Concord

And overall:

“At the end of the day, I would say most of us (setters) are excited and anxious to see if we gauged our routes appropriately for the climbers that are attending.

When comp day rolls around and we get to watch the kids on our climbs it is awe inspiring, amazing and sometimes soul-crushing. Some of these kids just climb SO HARD!”

Kira Bergeron of Team EVO Concord will be moving on to Divisionals

Kira Bergeron of Team EVO Concord

“It’s mind-boggling, but at the same time, we as setters get to learn A LOT. It teaches us quite a bit getting to see the wide range of athletes on our climbs and helps us gauge where to improve next time around. At the end of the day, all of our routes did what we needed. Even though we had ties to break, we had great routes to put kids on for their super finals and those did the job.”

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Setters Nick Foster (EVO Portland) and Kyle McCabe (EVO Concord)

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