Tonde Katiyo Clinics

May 23 - 30, 2018

Tonde Katiyo Clinics

Hosted by Bolder Climbing Community

Bolder Climbing is very excited to announce three upcoming clinics by route setting legend, Tonde Katiyo!

  1. Competition Setting Clinic / May 23 – 25, 2018
  2. Athlete Training Camp / May 26 – 27, 2018
  3. World Climbing Course with IFSC Certification / May 28 – 30, 2018

About Tonde
Tonde Katiyo is an international route setter. His path winds across several continents; from Paris where he was born to Zimbabwe where he grew up and later Montreal where he studied. In many ways he is a globetrotting route setter. Tonde travels for competitions, but also as a setting consultant for climbing gyms. He first climbed when he was 12 in Zimbabwe, where his father’s family is from. At 15, he moved to France before flying off to Canada. As a former art student he shares Manu and Mathieu’s vision: reveal the aesthetics in holds and movement. During a training session for the French bouldering team in 2008 he meets Manu. Tonde is detail and care. His serene personality is a good match with his need to travel and share with others. “Move to see things from a different angle”. As a setter, Tonde shares Manu’s penchant for dynamic movement. He also has a taste for volumes and how they add dimension to the wall. As a competition setter, Tonde prefers working in the shadows. He likes what he calls the silent partnership between the route setter and the climber. The mark of fairness in the rule maker: the route setter.

 Photo: Alex Trudeau

World Climbing Course with IFSC Certification

$1950 per person

May 28 – 30, 2018

Available Spots

World Climbing and the IFSC are hosting a 3 day route setting course designed to teach experienced gym setters more advanced techniques to better meet the needs of commercial climbing gyms. The concepts for these needs has been compiled from real working conditions in gyms all over the world and aims to begin to build professional standards for the organization and safety in the route setting workplace.

Participants for this course will be evaluated and if successful will be recognized as certified at the Foundation level, the first step in the IFSC’s new commercial setter certification track that aims to professionalize route setting outside of competitions. It is a continental level course sanctioned by the IFSC.

The course will emphasize the following:
– Safety
– Communication
– Teamwork
– Athletic empathy

The course will also explore the following themes and methods:
– Setting methodology
– Setting quality
– Professionalism in route setting
– Creativity
– Time management
– Productive forerunning
– The Risk – Intensity – Complexity scale
– Composing a set or a circuit

At least 2 years of sustained setting experience
At least 5 years of climbing experience
Ability to climb 7a – v6 in many styles recommended

Evaluation will be made by (at least) two instructors based on skills demonstrated, and progress made during the course.

The selection process will take into account professional and relevant climbing experiences, letter of motivation, as well as geographic distribution. Continental applications will be

Tonde Katiyo & Travis Kemp
Assistant Instructor: Fred Charron

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Advanced Competition Setting Clinic

Presented by Bolder Climbing and the Alberta Climbers Association

$500 per person

May 23 – 25, 2018

Available Spots

The objective of this course is to delve into the route setting process of hard boulders and creating well balanced yet challenging bouldering circuits for high-end competition. This is a practical workshop, though theoretical ideas will be presented most of the work will be hands-on setting on boulders V8 and up in all styles. Forerunning will be a huge component, so being in good shape and uninjured is highly recommended.

Tonde Katiyo will be the head setter for this workshop giving a very specific direction to the boulders and circuits in order to create very specific challenges for the climbers in training who they are for.

(The boulders produced will serve for mock comps and exercises for the athletes attending the training camp. If possible it is recommended that the setters stay to watch how their boulder are experienced by the climbers. We may also need help resetting and maybe fine tuning on Saturday eve.)

Topics covered
Goals and conditions for setting
Volume placement and use
Defining boulder quality
Creativity and its role in route setting
Advanced Forerunning and tweaking
Athletic empathy
Managing fairness in competition setting
Using the RIC (Risk-Intensity-Complexity) scale

Tonde Katiyo

You must have your own impact drill and drill bits. Notebook and pen are recommended

Alberta setters will be favored in the selection process.

Application Deadline:
April 23rd, 2018

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Advanced Athlete Training Camp

Presented by Bolder Climbing and the Alberta Climbers Association

$300 per person (lunch included)

May 26 – 27, 2018

Number of athletes Selected
20 (10 male, 10 female)

16+ (Open Competitors)

The objective is to create an opportunity for athletes to practice climbing competition type circuits to prepare for future competitions on the National and International level. Although this course is directed at competition climbers, much of the program can help improve advanced climbing in general. Boulders will be set especially for the course by Tonde and a team of setters and coaches, and they will provide feedback and analysis to help the athletes correct movement and tactics.

Themes covered will include quality warm up, complex movement (volumes, slabs, coordination), doubt, attempts and time management and competition strategy.

As a personal quest and experiment, Tonde and the team will be trying to find and explore new movement ideas. No promises 🙂

The camp will run over 2 days. There are two levels offered to reflect the different levels in official competitions (male/female), but for the purpose of training both genders can climb in whichever group they feel will be most beneficial. A maximum of 10 male and 10 female spots are available.

Lunch will be included for both days.

Tonde Katiyo

Bouldering equipment, indoor shoes, athletic clothing.

8 am – 5 pm for 2 days (Details to come)

Application Deadline:
April 23rd, 2018

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