Jackie Hueftle started climbing and routesetting in Reno, Nevada, over fourteen years ago. She enjoys setting technical climbs (both routes and boulder problems), though over the years she has dabbled in many different styles in an effort to improve her own climbing and challenge herself as a setter.
Jackie competed in the JCCA (old USA Climbing) for 3 years as a junior and attended a Junior World Championships in Imst, Austria, in 2001. After she aged out of juniors she quit competing to focus on climbing outdoors. After some college and a bunch of adventures, she moved to Boulder in 2004, where she eventually finished school (Bachelors in Creative Writing, Summa Cum Laude) began spending more time bouldering and less time sport climbing (though she still enjoys both).
Jackie also began setting more competitions and set some large pro events like the Mammut Bouldering Series (with NE2C) and USAC Junior Nationals for ropes and bouldering. She is USAC Level 4 though now she mostly focuses on home events and finds running the infamous four-comp Spot Bouldering Series every year to be plenty of comp setting work.
In 2012 Jackie decided she could spend a little more time in Boulder each year and took over the Head Routesetter position at The Spot. The next year she also began working for Kilter Climbing Grips, and in early 2014 she took over the Sales Manager position for Kilter and is now part-owner of the company.
For those who don’t know, Kilter Grips are shaped by Ian Powell and poured at Aragon, meaning they are some of the best available in the world in shape and material quality. Jackie started working with Kilter because she thinks they’re awesome holds–and what better reason? For more on Kilter please check out the Kilter Grips Website.
When Jackie isn’t working at The Spot or for Kilter she’s hopefully out climbing. If not that you’ll most likely find her at home, where she writes for climbing magazines, does product reviews, works on several book projects, updates this blog, updates the Climbfind Heroes blog, updates the Team ABC Boulder blog, updates 8a.nu, bakes cookies, and does yard work. She also dabbles in video editing and is trying to learn to take a decent photograph, but thus far she’s relying on luck.
Comp Setting Highlights
JCCA Nor-Cal Jr Regionals – Rocksport – Reno – NV – 2002
BCS Series (3 comps) – the Boulder Rock Club – Boulder – CO – 2007
Regular Gym Setting
A Well Bolted Yet Still Scary Outdoor Friction Slab!
You can learn more about Jackie here:
Watch her climb some boulders here:
Or read some stuff she’s written here:
Climbing Mag Leavenworth October 2009 – 279 (with Kelly Sheridan)
In 2010 Jackie edited an entire issue–the Women’s Issue–of Deadpoint Magazine. Click the cover to read it:
A Few Side Projects:
Other Stuff Jackie Likes:
Contact Jackie and the rest of the setters on our Talk to us page.