Routesetting is the process of creating the routes and boulder problems that populate the climbing walls. Safety, quality and accommodating all sizes and abilities with a diversity of climbing styles are our primary concerns.

Our routes and boulder problems are set by a team of certified internationally recognized routesetters who turn over each gym every 8 weeks. The routes and problems remain long enough to work your projects yet stay fresh and varied to enhance your training.

A few important details:

  • Route tags and start labels provide a grade of difficulty, a date to refer to lifespan, and the initials of the routesetter.
  • Natural wall features are considered to be on the routes and boulder problems, unless noted otherwise on the route tag.
  • Routes and boulder problems are identified by colored tape. On occasion, routes and boulder problems are set by hold color.
  • Routes are graded by difficulty based on the Yosemite Decimal System, ranging from 5.5 to 5.13+.
  • Boulder problems are graded by difficulty based on the V-Scale, ranging from VB to V10+.
  • A feedback card may be placed on certain climbs for members to vote on the difficulty rating. Thoughtful and insightful feedback is always welcome!

Do you have a question, concern, setting request or route name suggestion?

Lead Cave Sterling


  • 61 Rope Stations
  • 60 x 40′ Foot Routes
  • Extensive Bouldering Area
  • 125 Bouldering Problems
  • Lead Climbing Cave
  • Lead Climbing Arch coming soon
Sterling Training


  • Cardio Equipment
  • Free Weights
  • System Wall
  • Campus Board
  • Yoga Studio
  • Fitness Classes


  • Gear Shop
  • Dedicated Party Area
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Free WiFi
  • Showers
  • Lockers
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  • Accredited Routesetters
  • Friendly, Trained Staff
  • Certified Instructors
  • Monthly Member Events
  • Support for Local Non-Profits
  • Welcoming Atmosphere
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