Setter Closet Team

Ian Powell  


Jackie Hueftle

The Setter Closet was formed to provide holds, setting, and consulting services all in one place. The Setter Closet Team is made up of professional routesetters who are here to help you succeed. Working in conjunction with the Routesetting Institute we can help you organize your setting program and budget and select holds for any size of project. With our light up Kilter Board and line of nearly 4000 shapes (and growing) from Kilter, Haptic, F-Bloc, and Urban Plastix, we have plenty of grips to choose from.

As of 2019 we are an IFSC Authorized Holds Producer, and we were chosen to be part of the T20 Catalogue meaning we are eligible to be used in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

OWNERS - Ian and Jackie - Read more about Kilter's owner/operators on the About Kilter page.

Griffin Whiteside   ADMINISTRATION - Griffin Whiteside - Griff is a trained accountant, long time route setter, and one of the strongest underground boulderers in the world. When he's not at the office he's either fitting all the biggest features on the curviest walls at Earth Treks or seeking out and sending boulder problems all over Colorado. Griff helps with pretty much everything and has saved us more times than we can count. He's available for all questions, accounting or otherwise, and can be reached at

Want to buy some Kilter, Haptic, F-Bloc and Urban Plastix? Have questions about your wall or gym, colors, shapes, comps, or anything else? Our reps are all respected and experienced commercial and competition setters and they are here to help you with your project, whatever the size. Kilter reps are here for your questions, to help with orders, and can keep track of all your past orders and your color palette to make orders easy on you and keep you up to date with all the best grips.

Kiel Mahar   USA - Kiel Mahar - Our US Sales rep and Kilter Board expert. Kiel contributed significantly to the Kilter Board's development and layout. He has been climbing for over 20 years, is a guide in Hueco, and has traveled all over the world to climb and do social projects. He also comes with Grimwig, who is the tiniest employee and manages the mailman, dropped snacks, and sunny spots. Reach them at
Kaleb Thomas   CANADA - Kaleb Thomas - Kaleb is a Canadian Route-Setter and climber, originally from St. John's Newfoundland and is now based in Vancouver British Columbia. Kaleb has been setting for over ten years and began his career at the age of 14 at Wallnuts Climbing Centre in his hometown. At the age of 18 he took over the Head-Setting role at this gym and ran the crew there for 3 years. He then flew 9000 kilometres to Victoria B.C. and assumed the same role at Crag X Climbing Gym. After 2.5 years at that facility and 8 months living in his van, climbing in Squamish, Kaleb became the Head Route-Setter at Climb Base5, a growing facility just outside of Vancouver in Coquitlam B.C. He has since gone on to consult, set, and teach all over Canada. Kaleb travels often and has set over 30 competitions and worked with almost 20 different climbing gyms in North America. In 2016 he became the first Canadian setter to set an International Lead World Cup event. Reach him at  
Keith Dickey   IN MEMORY - Keith Dickey - To our great sadness, friend, shaper, and US Sales Rep Keith Dickey passed away in 2018 after a battle with cancer. Kilter will continue to sell Keith's hold lines - Stella and Moses - and will continue to pay his royalty to his family for every set sold.
Other Countries   OTHER COUNTRIES - We are proud to work with some of the world's foremost reps and distributors. To find out how to get Kilter in your country, please see Kilter International
Peter Juhl   URBAN PLASTIX - Peter Juhl - Urban Plastix head designer and sculpture artist who is also in new product and technique development. When he's not out exploring Colorado's great outdoors he's usually in the workshop, but if you have questions about his grips or want to talk to him he's around. Email and we'll make sure he gets it. 
  Anders Rasker - Anders is capable of nearly any mechanical task, and from delicately numbering board holds to all manner of r&d. He's worked with us for years when he's not setting or traveling around the world taking photos and trying exotic beers. A Colorado native, Ders can walk up a hill carrying a lot of stuff much faster than you'd expect and can often be found in the backcountry on his days off.
  Ryan Needles - Ryan is a Kilter Board specialist and he can do it all when it comes to board installs. He's handy in other ways as well and at Kilter he does a different job nearly every day. He's been a setter for several years after starting out at The Spot and spending several months on invitation setting at Urban Climb in Australia he returned home to set at Evo Louisville and help us out at Kilter. Ryan was such a good gymnast as a child he attended a special gymnastics high school, but injuries forced him to retire. He used to base jump and teach sky diving in Moab, he's climbed all over the west, and he's stronger than he'll ever let on. If he makes something look easy, make sure to try it before guessing at the grade.
Scott Rennak   Setter Closet has an extra asset in Scott Rennak, veteran comp organizer, route setter, screw-on pioneer behind the award-winning Crater Holds, marketing master, and original founder of the American Bouldering Series. These days he helps out at Kilter, works with The Spot Gyms (Boulder/Denver) and runs various other projects in the climbing industry.
Alton Richardson   Alton Richardson (aka AGR Photo) is our good friend who has worked with Kilter in various ways including shooting and editing the Night Sessions videos and taking many amazing photos of our shop and shaping team. He's a photographer, videographer, routesetter, climber, skateboarder, and skier, and he's always open to cool projects. 
Nick Diederich   We met Nick Diederich when he approached us with his Element Earth 3D scanned climbing holds. We helped him, he helped us, and now Nick is a huge part of our technology development team. He also does photo and website stuff and works on various projects of his own including Rock Tags. His canine companion, Ziggs, is about the sweetest dog we've ever met. He's also shockingly agile at times and would be great in a circus. 


Our grips are not poured from buckets in someone’s garage. Instead they are produced by some of the foremost climbing hold factories in the world. Kilter and Urban Plastix US and Kilter and Urban Plastix Europe are unique sets of holds made to go together stylistically, so you can set by combining Kilter US and Kilter Europe holds or Urban Plastix US with Urban Plastix Europe and have lines that look and feel right together.

Aragon   US - Kilter and Urban Plastix US are produced by Aragon Elastomers in Louisville, Colorado. They have been producing grips for many popular climbing grip brands since 2006, utilizing the most modern manufacturing techniques in the industry. Ian originally began working with Aragon to develop material for e-Grips in the 90s and now, almost 20 years later, we pour Kilter at Aragon because we believe it is hands down the best material for climbing holds. No other material combines feel, flexibility, and longevity the way that Aragon's mix does. Every Kilter and Urban Plastix US grip comes with a 5 year manufacturer warranty from Aragon. If they break in that time, we will replace them. But they won’t.
Compsite X   EUROPE - Kilter and Urban Plastix Europe are poured in Bulgaria at Composite-X. They are made of the proprietory Dannomond material which is a super strong and light polyurethane developed by chemist (and Comp-X owner) Daniel French. Dannomond is his best mix after years of development, and so far it has performed extremely well in testing. We are confident that Kilter and Urban Plastix Europe holds in Dannomond will deliver our customers the quality and longevity they expect.

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