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Head Routesetter

  • Full Time
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Oct 13, 2022
  • Sam Howard
  • (262)3339917

Website Odyssey Climbing + Fitness

Job Title

Head Routesetter

Job Purpose

Odyssey Climbing + Fitness (“Odyssey”) is opening the FIRST commercial climbing gym in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Odyssey is a climbing and fitness facility built to help you explore your unknowns. We create communities that empower members to grow and connect with those around them. Currently under construction, the gym is anticipated to open in January of 2023 and will serve to connect and build the climbing community across Northeast Wisconsin.

The Green Bay facility will be the first Odyssey location. With that, is being built to learn and grow along each step of the process from pre-opening to normal operations and beyond. Odyssey’s values are Community, Adventure, Humility, Grit and Growth. No one sends V10 their first day, it takes grit to adventure outside of their comfort zone and realize their goals. The Head Setter at Odyssey gets the opportunity to do that by building a team from the ground up! Equally as important, the Head Setter will set a tone of humility, by instilling a culture of meeting people where they’re at, teammate or member, regardless of their experience or skill. This type of opportunity is perfect for someone who is psyched on turning wrenches, growing a community and building a team.

We are looking for a Head Route Setter that has commercial climbing gym setting experience, with a strong desire to grow their own abilities as a setter, as a leader and as an individual. This person has an important part in growing Odyssey from a start-up gym (V0) to a state-of-the-art climbing gym (V15).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Build the Route Setting Department from the ground up including hiring setters as the department grows, training new setters, and managing the initial set (anticipated for November 2022).
  • Train and mentor the Route Setting Team, provide actionable feedback focused on growth
  • Schedule, lead, and actively participate in route setting sessions to ensure turnover and distribution goals are achieved during ideal setting hours. This includes stripping, cleaning, setting, forerunning, and tweaking boulders/routes.
  • Practice empathetic setting while creating a fun and engaging variety of routes and boulder problems for climbers of differing ability levels.
  • Stay in-the-know on industry standards for work at height, PPE, and general safety. Implement that knowledge into the expectations and standard operating procedures for our Team.
  • Complete general on-wall equipment checks; walls, holds, anchors, draws/bolts, autobelays, ropes, etc.
  • Manage and maintain facilities and supplies related to route setting including: climbing walls, equipment, hardware, PPE, tools, holds, and room dedicated to hold storage and hold washing.
  • Manage Hold and Volume budget to address current and future needs of the gym
  • Manage and coordinate guest setter opportunities
  • Participate in coordination of community events, competitions, classes, coaching, etc.
  • Participate in management meetings to help drive operational excellence, including route setting performance, programming opportunities and overall community experience.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Prior Route Setting experience is required (1-3 years)
  • Work at height proficiency (UASC L1 and/or Petzl Work at Height)preferred but not required)
  • Capable of forerunning up to 5.13/V9 weekly
  • Able to lift heavy loads (50+ lbs) and regularly complete physically strenuous labor
  • Ability to give, seek and accept constructive feedback in a professional manner
  • Previous management experience is a plus

Schedule & Expectations

  • On average, 40 hours / week. Typical hours are anticipated to be Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Setting schedule to be developed in tandem with management.
  • Set roughly 10 routes or the equivalent amount of boulder problems per week
  • Exemplify Odyssey’s Values in the gym (while working and while hanging out at the gym)
  • Availability to work special events, competitions and clinics (scheduled in advance)
  • Excellent communicator, team player and willingness to take initiative.

Salary and Benefits

  • $45,000-$55,000+ dependent on experience
  • Health Insurance programs (including Dental & Vision)  available for full-time employees
  • 401K Plan participation available for full-time employees
  • Continuing Education Fund
  • Paid vacation
  • Free employee membership with access to all programs and classes
  • Discounts on Odyssey Climbing + Fitness retail products


We can’t wait to bring the first climbing gym to the greater Green Bay area! The ideal Head Routesetter has an optimistic attitude and is willing to step outside their role to help out and do what it takes to make a difference in a growing company. If you’re psyched to take the next step in your career, send your cover letter and resume to the email below!


Sam and Ben

Co-Founders of Odyssey Climbing

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@odysseyclimbing.com