Interview with Routesetter Alise Zvigule

About Diversity In Routesetting, Setting for IFSC Comps and more

Routesetter Alise Zvigule at the BIN WEG BOULDERN Podcast. Picture Credit: Vic Harster
Routesetter Alise Zvigule at the BIN WEG BOULDERN Podcast. Picture Credit: Vic Harster

Alise Zvigule is a latvian climber, former competition climber and now a routesetter. She describes her way into routesetting as a hard fight and experienced preconceptions in that working field, hearing statements like: “A woman can’t set or can’t climb this”.

Now Alise is in another position. She got a spot in the IFSC diversity program for routesetting, is setting at IFSC competitions and this year, she turned an idea into reality that had been on her mind for a long time: She organized a gathering of international female routesetters.

We spoke about:

  • Alise struggle to get into routesetting at a time, when there were very few women in that field
  • Her experiences at the IFSC European Championships in Munich 2022
  • The gathering of routesetters she organized in Switzerland
  • Diversity in routesetting
  • And why, in her opinion, such womens gatherings can be important to give opportunities and spaces to learn and grow

Thank you Alise for the talk!

Photo Credit: Vic Harster

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Sagi Damti – the new german bouldering coach

A talk about Sagis way into climbing and coaching, climbing in Israel and more

Sagi Damti at the BIN WEG BOULDERN podcast

Sagi Damti is part of the new DAV competition climbing coaching team, that was presented at the beginning of the new season 2022. Head of the team is Ingo Filzwieser and every discipline has his own coach, too. Sagi is responsible for the bouldering athletes.

In my interview with Sagi we look back at his coaching career in Israel and we talk about his new job in Germany. You will hear:

  • How he got into climbing (in a pretty unconventional way)
  • How he – a former teacher – started coaching for climbing
  • What his approach on coaching looks like
  • You will learn about the Israeli climbing scene
  • And what is was like, to build up the Israeli climbing team

This is part one of our interview, part two will follow!

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Interview with Charlie Boscoe

A talk about Charlies years with the IFSC, competition climbing and more

Charlie Boscoe – episode cover picture by: Sheila Farrell McCarron

In november 2020 Charlie Boscoe announced on his instagram account, that he will stop commentating for the IFSC. Since 2016 he had been the voice of climbing and a companion for thousands of people watching the big international climbing events.

He had been on my wishlist for podcast interview guests in 2020 and I wanted to meet him at the Bouldering Worldcup in munich. This worldcup did not take place and now Charlie quit his job at the IFSC. So what could I do? Of course, I asked Charlie to meet online and look back at his years as a commentator!

We also talked about: The European championships in moskow, competition climbing in general, about the Olympics and we get to know, what Charlie Boscoe is doing – or what he was doing – while he was not in front of the cameras, to talk to the climbing world!

Have fun with this episode! And thank you Charlie!

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