This year True North Climbing will be hosting the 2014 Eastern Regional Championships (Difficulty) and we are extremely happy to announce our amazing setting crew. Our team is a good mix of setters from Ontario and Quebec, so both provinces will be well represented. We think it’s one of the best setting crews put together in Canada ever! These guys have years of experience and the psyche level is at an all time high! Here is your setting crew! The pump starts now!!!
Shaun Hunter (Head Setter)
I’ve been climbing for 8 years, setting for 7, and being injured for about 6. The first route I ever set was 13- and took me 6 hours to put up. It doesn’t takes as long now. Since then I’ve grown a lot as a setter. Now I have set over 15 competitions, most of them at True North Climbing in the past 4 years.
I’ve been setting and working at True North Climbing since before the gym was open to the public and became Head Route Setter a couple of months ago. I’ve set both bouldering and difficulty competitions at the local, provincial, and regional level. I have not set any at the national level because I’m either competing or coaching the True North Youth Team.
I am extremely excited for Eastern Regionals; we have one of the best setting crews I’ve ever seen. There is so much experience, knowledge, and excitement going in to this comp. We have some awesome holds coming in and some crazy ideas. This will be one of our best comps ever!
Well… I started climbing in 1998, but it was only in 2005 that I finally decided to step it up, train harder and started competing.
I have been quite active in the competition circuit, not only as an athlete, but also as a route setter and coach. I have been head route setter for over 20 events in the past 5 years, from local to national competitions and set for a few World Cups.
If I had to pick my 3 proudest achievements:
- Obtaining my IFSC continental certification.
- Ranking overall #2 in Canada for the 2012-2013 bouldering season.
- I will finally be opening my own Bouldering Gym, “Bloc Shop”, in Montreal, this summer!
Route setting is my way of giving back to the climbing community. It is my passion and my full-time job, and I hope to keep doing it for as long as possible!
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I have been setting for about 8 years and I`m one of the original setters from the start up of True North. I have been surrounded by notable Canadian climbers my whole life which has helped improve my understanding of what climbers are capable of doing.
I have experience setting for many competitions, including Tour de Blocs, Sweat Fests, and OCF locals. I feel that climbing competitions are the best way to showcase both a climbers’ skill and the skill of the setting team. Shaun and I have set together since the start of True North, and setting comps is nothing new to either of us. I have heard nothing but good things about Adrian and Fred and I`m excited to see what we all can do. I’m sure this will be an amazing competition!
My first outdoor lead climb was a 5.7 slab in red rocks. I remember feeling weak and scared as I gradually unlocked all the little problems on the way to the top. I was hooked on that feeling of how moving through fears and challenges turned me into a ninja; I’m your everyday ninja!
I’ve been route setting for 15 years and set my first competition in 2002. I have set at difficulty and bouldering competitions from the provincial to national level and I’m currently the head route setter and head coach at Altitude Gym in Gatineau, Quebec.
I began coaching my local youth team in 2010 and for 2014 I am an assistant coach for the Canadian National Youth Team going to Youth World Championships in New Caledonia this September. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife and two children.