Just to give all the climbers out there a little perspective on how much work actually goes into the route setting at indoor climbing gyms, I decided to put together a time lapse of the process.
In stage one of the time lapse, we see the strippers remove all the plastic holds and tape. They kicked off this part of the project a 11pm and finished up around 1:30 am. During the second stage, the route setters began working their magic at around 8am and finished up a bit after 4pm. There are equal parts art, science and brawn that go into the development of each route. This can be seen throughout the sequence as the setters put up, test and retest every one of their lines before allowing throngs of anxious climbers have at it for the rest of the night.
For all of you photo geeks out there, this time lapse was shot on a Canon 40D using a 17-40mm Canon L-Series lens. The intervalometer was set to snap a shot once ever 20 seconds until the batteries ran dry. Camera settings were ISO 800 @ f/5.6 and I dragged the shutter with a 1/13 sec exposure. For playback, the first stage of the lapse ran at 15fps, stage two went at 30fps. If you would like to learn how to make your own time lapse, just Google it! There are tutorials all over the place and I don't really see the point in remaking the wheel. Though I would highly recommend downloading LRTimelapse. It's quite possibly one of the best (and simplest) pieces of software out there for cleaning up your time lapse video.
Thanks to the guys and gals at Seattle Bouldering Project for all of their hard work and rad routes!