Jeremy Ho “Setting for the Empire”

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Jeremy Ho on Chalk Talk PodcastHead Setter Jeremy Ho was interviewed on the ChalkTalk Podcast! Here’s the write up from the host – be sure to check out the postcast to hear JHo and keep up with other climbing news.

Jeremy Ho is the head route setter of Touchstone Climbing Gyms. He is responsible for managing a team of route setters that don’t just worry about spinning holds in one gym, but soon-to-be 12 gyms. And not just your local whosie whatsit gym. If you haven’t seen the Touchstone gyms, they are usually on the bigger side of huge. Their flagship gym (also their first), Mission Cliffs, boasts 23,000 sq/ft of climbing terrain, 50 ft. walls, and 2,000 sq/ft of bouldering terrain. Not to mention their San Francisco bouldering gym, Dogpatch, has 14,000 of bouldering terrain. Needless to say, their route setters have to be on their game, and Jeremy is the man who coordinates the team.
He has been route setting since 2009 and has since completed his level 3 certification with USA Climbing, set for SCS youth nationals, and hosted a SCS youth regionals and an ABS youth divisionals. If you’re curious about how the setting for these big super gyms happens, or want to know more about setting and comp theory, look no further because Jeremy Ho is the man when it comes to commercial climbing gyms.

    Show Notes:
  • The schedule, process, and theory behind setting at Touchstone
  • The future plans and expansions of the Touchstone Climbing empire
  • Theory of route setting
  • Managing a team that spans from San Francisco to Los Angeles
  • Dealing with setter ego, injuries, and burnout
  • Bringing comps to Touchstone Climbing and their effects and more…..
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