Edge Climbing Centre: Pushing the limits with a World Cup certified route setter

When it comes to climbing at The Edge Climbing Centre in North Vancouver, you can expect a well-designed route, whether you’re looking for a challenge, or just starting out.

The centre, one of the oldest in Metro Vancouver, is constantly trying new things and adjusting its programming to better suit its climbers. That’s why it’s currently the only gym in B.C. to employ a World Cup certified route setter.

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“We’re on the forefront, a step ahead of the others,” says Henry Wang, owner of The Edge Climbing Centre since 1998. “We’ve been here the longest, and we know what our clients want because we’ve been through the cyclical nature of how climbing works.”

The route setter designs the climbing wall routes, also known as climbing problems, using a combination of technical craft and artistic representation. A route setter holding a World Cup certification is better able to accommodate the route for all sizes and skill levels, and is also able to add another level of complexity to the various problems he or she designs.

“It’s a massive advantage,” says Wang, who has been climbing since 1995. “When a non-certified person sets a route, they’re only setting things they know in their limited experience. Having a World Cup certified route setter means there’s a higher minimum standard for everything set.”

The Edge Climbing Centre recently installed a 200-move climbing problem that wraps around the entire wall. The complex route encompasses all levels by starting at a beginner level and then becoming progressively more difficult as the route unfolds.

“Nobody’s been able to climb the whole thing yet,” says Wang. “But then, the whole point of climbing is to challenge yourself and to push yourself a little harder each time. It’s something you can measure over the course of a few weeks or a few years.”

Find out more about The Edge Climbing Centre and its programs by visiting its website, or calling 604-984-9080.When it comes to climbing at The Edge Climbing Centre in North Vancouver, you can expect a well-designed route, whether you’re looking for a challenge, or just starting out.

The centre, one of the oldest in Metro Vancouver, is constantly trying new things and adjusting its programming to better suit its climbers. That’s why it’s currently the only gym in B.C. to employ a World Cup certified route setter.

“We’re on the forefront, a step ahead of the others,” says Henry Wang, owner of The Edge Climbing Centre since 1998. “We’ve been here the longest, and we know what our clients want because we’ve been through the cyclical nature of how climbing works.”

The route setter designs the climbing wall routes, also known as climbing problems, using a combination of technical craft and artistic representation. A route setter holding a World Cup certification is better able to accommodate the route for all sizes and skill levels, and is also able to add another level of complexity to the various problems he or she designs.

“It’s a massive advantage,” says Wang, who has been climbing since 1995. “When a non-certified person sets a route, they’re only setting things they know in their limited experience. Having a World Cup certified route setter means there’s a higher minimum standard for everything set.”

The Edge Climbing Centre recently installed a 200-move climbing problem that wraps around the entire wall. The complex route encompasses all levels by starting at a beginner level and then becoming progressively more difficult as the route unfolds.

“Nobody’s been able to climb the whole thing yet,” says Wang. “But then, the whole point of climbing is to challenge yourself and to push yourself a little harder each time. It’s something you can measure over the course of a few weeks or a few years.”

Find out more about The Edge Climbing Centre and its programs by visiting its website, or calling 604-984-9080.

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