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Published in Blog - News on 25th February 2022

We’re recruiting a Route Setter

We are passionate about providing great route setting that caters to our diverse East London climbing community. We are looking to recruit a trainee Route Setter to join our team. You will assist with the delivery of high-quality route setting with the support and direction of the Route Setting Manager. You will assist our setting team with all aspects of the day-to-day setting workload including stripping, washing holds and other associated duties.  

You will not be expected to work independently for the first 6 months as you will be supported by the rest of the team through your training period. 

About you 
You’ll have a great understanding of movement and the foundation of fundamental climbing techniques. Commitment, adaptability and a desire to learn are more important in this role than being the strongest climber in the room. Basic setting knowledge is required; practical experience in a professional environment is desirable.  

You’ll be a team player, committed to professional development through open channels of communication and feedback. A passion for climbing and creating accessible and interesting routes is key. 


  • Enhanced annual leave entitlement 
  • Enhanced sick leave scheme 
  • Free climbing for employees and a Plus One (T&C’s apply) and more! 

£12ph – Training rate for the first 6 months 

Contract type 

Part time – up to 4 days per week, 7.5 hours a day. 

How to apply 
Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are the right person for this role. You can download the full job description below. To send your application, or to get in touch with any queries, please email 

Closing date
Sunday 10 April 2022

Route Setter Job Description

About us 
We've been bringing London’s climbers together since the late eighties. Mile End Climbing Wall is housed inside and old pipe engineering works, located within Mile End Park and sitting right next to Regent’s Canal. We’re non-profit, independent and have an amazing community of staff and customers.  

There is extensive bouldering at all levels – including the legendary Board Room, Monkey House and Mile End Comp Wall – as well as top-roping, autobelays and lead climbing. 

We cater for the complete novice through to the seasoned professional offering a range of courses on and off site. The centre has hosted many climbing events over the years, including Blokfest, Tour Du Bloc, and Team GB training sessions to name just a few. We recently launched She Climbs, featuring an all-female route setting team – one of the first events of its kind. 

This is an amazing time to join us as we push forward with several exciting new projects, including the installation of an all-new training and gym area, as well as a renewed focus on our charitable ethos to make climbing inclusive for all. 

Much of our work is with children and adults at risk of abuse and as such we follow rigorous child protection policies and procedures in our recruitment process.