About Yann

I am from Burgundy in France, and am now permanently based in London with my partner Evie and daughter Emily. I work as a full time route setter.

I started climbing at the age of 18, when I was working as a carpenter in France at a place called ‘L' Argentiere La Bessee’. My boss at the time was the father of climbing champion Francois Lombard and Francois got me into climbing. A great introduction… I got instantly hooked!

Not long after that I moved to England to work in traditional oak frame carpentry, and climbing became more than a passion, it became my life. I climbed more and more and I also started developing an interest for route setting, helping out occasionally at my local wall. I met a friend there who wanted to make a bouldering wall in London, he asked me if I wanted to go and work for him and I made the snap decision to give up carpentry to work for him there.

I worked more and more at route setting and started getting noticed for it. I was asked to set at more and more walls on a freelance basis. I started to set fun competitions and quickly got myself to a level where I felt confident to take it to the next step and move into serious competition setting. I attended the "National Competition Route Setting Course" with the legend Jackie Goddoff provided by the FFME (Federation Francaise de la Montagne et de l'Escalade) in my home country of France.

I have now set many national championships in many different countries and I have set at several World Cups for the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing). This was a dream come true for me.

I now work completely freelance as a route setter and I do some coaching too. I try to get outdoors as much as possible but the weather in the UK is not very reliable so Evie and I plan several trips away each year.

If you see me at the crag come and say hi! :)