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.

SBS Season kicks off tomorrow - are you ready???

SBS Season kicks off tomorrow - are you ready???

Just a quick reminder of why these comps are so much fun! Here are some short videos from two of last year's competitions, at Dallas and our first-ever Denton comp! You can still sign up for our Carrollton competition tomorrow - we have just a few spots left, though! As usual, there will be food, beer and an exciting onsight finale! 

12HSS - THE RESULTS

12HSS - THE RESULTS

Thanks to everyone who came out to this year's 12 Hours of Summit Suffering! Y'all came, y'all climbed for 12 hours straight, and you guys sure as sh#* conquered! 

SWAG SWAG SWAG - a list of sponsors for our upcoming 12 Hours of Summit Suffering competition

SWAG SWAG SWAG - a list of sponsors for our upcoming 12 Hours of Summit Suffering competition

What better way to forge new friendships than with pain, sweat, and flappers — all while dressed like a pirate, a teletubbie, or holding a huge baguette? Our 12 Hour comp is pretty much guaranteed to get you 148 more friend requests — cause climbing for 12 hours straight changes a person and those 148 new friends might be the only people that understand you now.

Rest Days BEST DAYS - what to do on days off climbing, and why you should actually take them

Rest Days BEST DAYS - what to do on days off climbing, and why you should actually take them

As tempting as it is to spend EVERY DAY at the gym (I mean, we basically we have everything you could ever need here — climbing, cool people, food, drinks and a bathroom), it's really important to take some time off of climbing, to recharge and prepare yourself for your next sesh. While just taking a day or two off from climbing is beneficial, here are some other things you can do on an off day to get the most out of your rest!

Meet Your Manager - Scott Lawrence, GM of Summit Dallas

Meet Your Manager - Scott Lawrence, GM of Summit Dallas

In our effort to introduce you to EVERYONE EVER at Summit, meet Scott Lawrence, the new GM of Summit Dallas! Since current GM Alex Francis is moving to Colorado soon, we had Scott step in at the helm of Dallas! He has been around the gyms for awhile, so you Grapevine folks might recognize him! He's quite the party thrower and a really nice guy, so here is more about Scott!

12 Hours of Summit Suffering - ARE YOU READY?

12 Hours of Summit Suffering - ARE YOU READY?

It's here again! The time is nearing for our second annual 12 Hours of Summit Suffering competition! The comp is August 27th, and you'll have from 9 am to 9 pm to climb as many routes as you can, at three of our locations! (Dallas, Carrollton, and Grapevine.) We modeled this competition off of the infamous 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell competition. We're making this year's bigger than last year's — more food, more beer, more raffles — we're even increasing the number of competitors! This year we are adding more ways to earn point bonuses - like taking a yoga and an abs class will give you a massive boost!

Time spent at the bouldering gym — what are we actually doing?

Time spent at the bouldering gym — what are we actually doing?

Climbing gyms are for climbing, obviously, but they're also for so much more! If you come to a climbing gym and look around, what approximately is the percent of people actually on the wall? You will see some climbing, yeah, but you'll also see many other shenanigans afoot. This blog post is in ode to all the random crap we do when we're not crushing like the glorious beasts that we are!

A Day in the Life: The six things to know about working at a climbing gym

A Day in the Life: The six things to know about working at a climbing gym

1. The climbing gym is your oyster, but damn sometimes you get tired of seafood

Working in a climbing gym seems super awesome because you get to work at a place you LOVE, but sometimes it takes some of the magic out of climbing. We're always looking forward to getting a climbing sesh in after our shift — but sometimes after eight hours of orientations and birthday parties, even the thought of staying another five minutes sends us into fits of PTSD. Luckily after a closing shift, we can have the whole gym to ourselves!

Meet your Manager: Bryan Prater, GM of Summit Carrollton

Meet your Manager: Bryan Prater, GM of Summit Carrollton

We are very excited to announce that Bryan Prater is now the General Manager of our Carrollton gym! Bryan has been a long-time member and employee, and if you don't already know him and love him, then prepare for him to be your new favorite. Because he is one of the funniest, nicest guys. Next time you see him in the gym, definitely ask him about some of his epic stories — not all of which I could fit in this post, and the ones that I do mention, some of the magic is lost in my retelling. 

Know who's kicking your butt - the ClimbFit instructors of Summit

Know who's kicking your butt - the ClimbFit instructors of Summit

Mario Stanley started ClimbFit five years ago, when Summit owner Kyle Clinkscales asked him to start a training program for adults. Mario - who was teaching Kids Club at our Dallas location at the time - tok the idea and ran with it. 

Get your kicks ... with the Scarpa Helix!

Get your kicks ... with the Scarpa Helix!

Scarpa recently revamped a classic, and gave a *little* more sex appeal to the Helix, their all-day comfort shoe. I dunno about any of y'all, but I won't miss the former Helix's distinctive stripes. The new Helix, with its monochromatic styling, is a little bit easier on the eyes — if you're a dude who's into yellow laces or a lady who will absolutely rock orange on her feet.