Alternative facts - 15 common climbing terms and what they REALLY mean

We climbers pride ourselves on our lingo - it sets us apart from the rest of humanity and makes us feel good when we mystify regular folks with talk of "crash pads" and "toe hooks." (Both of these sound pretty weird when taken out of the context of climbing, eh?) But did you know there is a sub-language within our climberisms? There's the climbing term we use, and then what we actually meant. You might not even know you're doing this but believe me ... you're doin' it. I translated some common climberisms, and here's what I came up with:

Dab:

What it's supposed to mean:  You lightly brushed an off-route hold or object while climbing - depending on your ethics, this may invalidate a send.

What it REALLY means: Yeah ... you totally used that off hold. Like, not even just a little bit. We're talking like, fully-weighted it, but it was only ONCE and it started as an accident so the send TOTALLY still counts, right?

Send temps:

What it's supposed to mean: The ideal temperatures at which to climb, which can vary depending on the location, climate and rock type.

What it REALLY means: A temperature so perfect, you could send like, 2 grades harder if it ever occurred. Unfortunately for you, this temperature is more elusive than a unicorn, so you're stuck projecting things WAY below your limit.

Whipper:

What it's supposed to mean: A large, dynamic lead fall, where the rope is weighted significantly.

What it REALLY means: Any fall, really. Like top-rope, lead ... you can even whip off a boulder nowadays if you try hard enough. Whipper is a state of mind - if it felt big, it WAS big.

Crux:

What it's supposed to mean: The hardest sequence, or sequences of moves of a problem or route.

What it REALLY means: Any move you can't do.

Hangdog:

What it's supposed to mean: Working a route while taking and hanging on the draws.

What it REALLY means: Spending half your climbing session hanging at the same draw while brushing the same hold and saying "just one more try" like seven tries ago.

Futuristic:

What it's supposed to mean: New and innovative routesetting.

What it REALLY means: No holds. Only volumes.

Onsight:

What it's supposed to mean: Climbing a route on your first try, without any previous knowledge or beta for the route. 

What it REALLY means: When you send something after only watching someone do like, the first half. Or it was so long ago you don't remember any of the moves so it was basically an onsight.

Heel Hook:

What it's supposed to mean: A climbing move where you place your heel on a hold and weight it almost like you would a hand.

What it REALLY means: A move that looks cool when other people do it, but every time you try it you have to ask yourself "Am I doing this right?" and you know the answer is no because you don't know what you're doing. 

Choss:

What it's supposed to mean: Loose, poor quality rock.

What it REALLY means: Any route or area that sucks, regardless of rock quality.

Gaston:

What it's supposed to mean: A handhold grabbed with your thumb pointing down and elbow out.

What it REALLY means: A hold employed by routesetters when they hate you.

Undercling:

What it's supposed to mean: A hold with the usable surface on the underside, and is grabbed by pulling up instead of down.

What it REALLY means: A hold that just HAS to be a spinner.

Send:

What it's supposed to mean: To climb a route from bottom to top without falling, weighting any gear, or using anything considered "off."

What it REALLY means: You only fell like, one and a half times.

Volume:

What it's supposed to mean: A constructed feature that either can be used as a hand or foothold or can have additional holds bolted onto it. 

What it REALLY means: A death feature that will literally MURDER YOU TO DEATH when fallen on. THANKS AGAIN ROUTESETTERS.

Take:

What it's supposed to mean: A climbing command meant to express that you want excess rope in the belay system to be taken up.

What it REALLY means: Something yelled after you've already fallen off the wall.

Sandbag:

What it's supposed to mean: A route graded easier than what most of its previous climbers would generally agree with. 

What it REALLY means: Everything ever set. EVER.

There you have it! Feel free to tell me any I might have missed!

Bang for your buck - why TRX classes are just another benefit of being a member at Summit

Bang for your buck - why TRX classes are just another benefit of being a member at Summit

Here at Summit we pride ourselves in being more than just climbing gyms — we're yoga studios, workout spaces, and fitness class providers. We recently branched out our fitness classes to include TRX suspension training classes, and we're very excited to be expanding our TRX classes, with more class types and times. If you haven't tried one of our TRX classes, yet, here is a bit more about the classes, and their benefits for your climbing, and your overall fitness. 

The Luau was LIT: Results from our Spring Open competition

The Luau was LIT: Results from our Spring Open competition

Hey guys! Thanks to everyone who came out and made our Spring Open competition an absolute blast! Y'all certainly dressed the part - pretty sure we had more Hawaiian shirts and fake leis than Hawaii #guesstimate #quickmath. While uncooperative weather made some of our outdoor activities a little chilly (we had such high hopes for the dunk tank ...) hopefully the awesome food trucks and FREE BEER made up for it! A big congrats to the winner of our Buttermilk Sky-sponsored pie-eating contest — also sorry for how sick you probably felt later ... also not sorry. 

Are you ready to Luau?! It's our annual Spring Open Bouldering Competition next weekend!

Are you ready to Luau?! It's our annual Spring Open Bouldering Competition next weekend!

Our Spring Open Bouldering Competition is next Saturday, and we are getting SO. DANG. PSYCHED. Last year was our first-ever Spring Open, and our first competition to feature a block party in the middle of it. This year we're making it bigger and better, and wanted to share with y'all some of the great activities we have planned, so y'all come out and join us! PLUS- it's LUAU-themed, so get ready for leis, tacky shirts, drink umbrellas, and oddly-placed coconuts!

The League of Extraordinary Boulderers: Bouldering League starts soon, so what's the deal with that anyways?

The League of Extraordinary Boulderers: Bouldering League starts soon, so what's the deal with that anyways?

Looking for a place to compete with your friends? Looking for a place to compete AGAINST your friends? Looking for a place to make new friends? LOOK NO FURTHER -  Summit Bouldering League is ALL THESE THINGS and MORE aka the BEST TIME EVER. WHAT HAS BECOME OF MY CAPS LOCK?!

Couples who climb together, stay together – couples who met at a Summit Gym

Couples who climb together, stay together – couples who met at a Summit Gym

It's Valentine's Day! Whether you care or not ... it's here! In honor of Valentine's Day, we rounded up some of the folks who met their significant other here at our gyms, and got their stories. It's really amazing the amount of relationships that have started at our gyms — we snagged a few of our happy couples to tell us how they met! So if you find yourself alone this Valentine's Day, don't fret — A. Because it is a totally arbitrary holiday! and B. because there might totally be someone for you at the gym right now!

Try something new with TRX!

Try something new with TRX!

When it comes to fitness nowadays, there are plenty of newfangled machines you can buy to get you fit - row machines, stationary bikes, even the Shake Weight promises you results in 3 short payments of $19.95*. (*Editor's note: I have no idea how much the Shake Weight actually costs - you can dispute this with me if you want, then you'd have to admit you actually bought one of these things ... ) But who would have thought that it takes nothing more than two straps and your own body weight to whip you into shape? TRX, the latest addition to Summit's fitness class offerings, is a full-body workout that's quick to learn and a lot of fun — you won't realize you're even working out until you're crazy sore the next day.

If the outdoors are calling, High Point Expeditions can give you the skills you need to answer

If the outdoors are calling, High Point Expeditions can give you the skills you need to answer

You might have noticed we started carrying a lot of guidebooks in all our gear shops! We realize there is a lot more climbing out there than just at our gyms - so we want to encourage all our members to eventually make the leap from indoor climbing to outdoor climbing. There is a lot more involved in outdoor climbing than a waiver and an orientation, however — so what is the easiest way to become comfortable with climbing outside?

Appreciate your access: how to respect outside climbing areas while still sending hard

Appreciate your access: how to respect outside climbing areas while still sending hard

Climbing outside is great, huh? The fresh air, the feel of REAL ROCK and the chance to break in that brand new rack of draws your mom got you for Christmas! Sometimes the climbing community as a whole can take our access to outside climbing areas for granted, though. We're climbing on big rocks that have been in place for centuries — seems like a no-brainer that we should be allowed to do that, right? I mean, rocks are free?!!!?? But behind every accessible climbing area, there is a local or national organization fighting to maintain its access and upkeep. According to the Access Fund, one in five climbing areas in the U.S. is threatened by an access issue. So today's post is all about access! Since we realize you guys can't spend every day climbing in our gyms and will want to venture outside, here are some tips to keep your impact low while climbing outside - a great way to keep our climbing areas open to climbers today, and in the future. 

Routesetters - a shoutout to the folks who help make our gyms so great

Routesetters - a shoutout to the folks who help make our gyms so great

As the year comes to a close, we're left to reflect on our accomplishments of the past 365 days — miles driven, friends' birthdays Facebook had to remind you of, tinder dates never texted again — and for us climbers, routes climbed. For every route or problem you've climbed this year, there was a routesetter behind it — setting every hold, move, and tweaking every angle. It's actually a pretty insane amount of work - in 2017 alone, Summit routesetters set over 4,600 different routes and boulder problems. 

Whips & Clips competition - photos for dayz & results!

Whips & Clips competition - photos for dayz & results!

The Whips & Clips competition last Friday was our first-ever adult rope redpoint competition - thanks to everyone who came out and made it awesome! We saw some truly impressive climbing out of you guys, but now for what you really came here for — RESULTS.

Reasons to compete in our redpoint rope competition next week

Reasons to compete in our redpoint rope competition next week

Hey you heard? Not only that bird is the word, but that we are having a redpoint rope competition next Friday, at Summit Grapevine! 

It's our first-ever rope competition, and we're very excited about it! If you're already sold, you can sign up or look at important stuff like the rules here — or, read on and we'll tell you why this comp is gonna be the bomb.com!

ClimbFit comes to Grapevine!

ClimbFit comes to Grapevine!

For anyone who climbs out of Grapevine wanting to take their climbing to the next level, we're very happy to announce that our ClimbFit program has recently taken up residence there! ClimbFit classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays, and combine strength and conditioning exercises with climbing drills to help you become a stronger, confident, more well-rounded climber. Plus, they're a lot of fun, and you get to participate with some pretty awesome folks! The ClimbFit instructors at Grapevine are Chris Hobbs and Dylin Worrell, two really psyched, but laid-back guys. They were both independently excited to start a ClimbFit class at Grapevine, so ClimbFit founder Mario put them both together, and they've been killin' it ever since! I sat down and talked with the two of them briefly, so y'all can hear a little bit more of their background / learn why they were chosen to lead the class! 

Now introducing Gnarly Feet - the latest in de-stankifying your shoes!

Now introducing Gnarly Feet - the latest in de-stankifying your shoes!

If you're having stinky shoe problems, then I feel bad for you son! But seriously ... that sucks! Smelly shoes plague many climbers, since most of us don't wear socks in the tight little foot prisons we call climbing shoes. There are many solutions to this problem on the market, and we're very excited to offer one of the latest anti-shoe stank creations here in our gear shops this week! 

20 reasons why climbing is better than any other sport ever - an oversimplification of our sport

20 reasons why climbing is better than any other sport ever - an oversimplification of our sport

Let's face it - we all know climbing is the best sport ever, forever and ever, amen. But - does the world know it? We're not sure that they do, but to help you guys remember to appreciate the little things in climbing, we have compiled a list of just what makes climbing so darn special and unique.

To Hell and Back - How Summit Climbers Dalan and Tanner friggin' WON this year's 24HHH

To Hell and Back - How Summit Climbers Dalan and Tanner friggin' WON this year's 24HHH

And today in totally ridiculous and impressive feats, we are super proud to announce that Summit climbers Tanner Merkle and Dalan Faulkner took first place in Men's Elite at this year's 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell competition, which took place this weekend at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. If the name doesn't already give it away, it's a 24 hour climbing competition, where you have from 10 am on Friday morning til 10 am Saturday to climb as much. as. you. possibly. can. If you wanna do well, you can't sleep, but instead must become a climbing machine, programmed to crush, and crush only.