Rock Spot Climbing- Route Setters
Although he’s experienced in traditional and sport climbing, Mike’s true passion lies with bouldering. He enjoys its simplicity and how it reconnects him to the excitement he felt all those years ago when he was first learning.
In 1994 an indoor climbing gym sprung up near his house. It was here that Mike learned to set routes and he did so for two years before heading off to college in Lake Tahoe. In Tahoe, Mike welcomed many more climbing opportunities, including the chance to teach multiple climbing courses with the late “great” Dan Osman.
After college, life lead Mike to the east coast, where he had a hand in building a climbing gym. With climbing, design, and route setting skills he came to Rock Spot in 2010, where he currently works as Head Setter and Director of Wall Design. Most recently he has had an integral part in designing some of the walls for the new gym in Peace Dale, RI.
Christopher J Simpson began climbing during his freshman year at college in 2004. Since then, he’s gradually improved his technique inch by inch, month by month, and is disappointed to already be one of the ‘old men’ at the crag. He’s had outstanding times climbing all over the country, but, as a New Englander, will probably always love the sport scene at Rumney above all else. He’s never climbed anything particularly hard or done anything notably cool, but would be happy to swap stories (or belays) anytime you’re ready.
Danny Howard, who has been climbing seriously since about 2010, is one of the newer and younger route setters at Rock Spot. Rarely taking days off, Danny has improved quickly and hopes to continue setting interesting and creative routes. He is fine tuning his technique and focuses on setting varied routes, straying away from burly and straight forward power climbs and setting with more finesse and poise. Starting in 2013 Danny will be one of Rock Spot’s Adult Technique Course instructors.