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PE 1643: Intro to Routesetting

A student is attaching a climbing hold to the climbing wall.

Intro to Routesetting is meant for the climber who has significant climbing experience and is interested in the process of creating climbing movement on the wall. Through this course you will learn how to use industry standard tools and practices to create fun, safe, and aesthetic bouldering problems. Attention will be given to safety precautions, both for the setter and for the climber, hold selection and attachment, giving and receiving feedback during forerunning, and editing your work to achieve your goals. Time permitting, an introduction to Working at Height may also be covered.

Though this class meets once each week, it is expected that students will climb at least one other time during the week to observe other climbers on their work.

While this class provides exposure and experience in the routesetting realm, this class is neither a requirement for, or a guarantee of, future setting work at the wall.


Course Fee

Students: $325
Community: $355
CU Faculty/Staff: $340

Fee Notes

Fee includes climbing pass and free gear rentals for the semester.

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 


Students may miss one class and still receive PE credit.


At least 1 year of rock climbing regularly with a focus on bouldering at the V4 (LCC Green tape) level.

Drop Deadline



Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


Medical Form

Lindseth Climbing Waiver

Section 1 Schedule




Sunday 2/4/24 9:55am to 12:55pm
Sunday 2/11/24 9:55am to 12:55pm
Sunday 2/18/24 9:55am to 12:55pm
Sunday 3/3/24 9:55am to 12:55pm
Sunday 3/10/24 9:55am to 12:55pm
Sunday 3/17/24 9:55am to 12:55pm