11 Easy Steps to Becoming a Professional Climber (These tips work 78% of the time ... ALL the time)

11 Easy Steps to Becoming a Professional Climber (These tips work 78% of the time ... ALL the time)

Hey! Hey you casual climber! Are you ready to take the next step, to turn climbing from just a hobby to a way to make a living? Well step off the couch and into the spotlight! Just follow these 11 steps and you'll be the next Sierra Blair-Coyle (minus the whole sending V10 thing.) Cuz we all know it's not about how hard you climb ... but how good you look doing it. 

An Epic Trip: Texas climber Claire Buhrfeind sends three 5.14s in two friggin days at the Red

An Epic Trip: Texas climber Claire Buhrfeind sends three 5.14s in two friggin days at the Red

It's amazing what some send temps can do. Claire Buhrfeind, former member of Summit's resident youth competitive climbing team, just had a heck of a trip to the Red River Gorge. She sent two 14cs and a 14a within two days of each other. Her very first send was Lucifer, a 14c. Considering that her previous hardest send was 13d, making the jump all the way to 14c was ... let's just say ... CRAY. It's like running a marathon before even registering for a 10k. Except more impressive. I managed to snag a moment with Claire towards the end of her trip to talk to her about her sends. Way to rep Texas, Claire!

Video from SBS at Summit Denton!

Video from SBS at Summit Denton!

Hey guys! Ready for that footy? Here's a short video from our comp last week at Summit Denton. Don't forget - the SBS Season Finale is Dec. 22nd at SUMMIT FORT WORTH. Wanna sign up for that? We bet you wanna sign up for that. We'll have custom Fort Worth shirts for sale - pre-order before Dec. 15th to guarantee your size. 

Black Friday Deals last ALL WEEKEND here at Summit! No need to camp out ... unless you're into that

Black Friday Deals last ALL WEEKEND here at Summit! No need to camp out ... unless you're into that

Our Black Friday deals last ALL WEEKEND here at Summit! Come shop on Black Friday, and we have an added bonus - you can earn rewards for your purchases! Spend $100 and get $10 put on your account - spend $150 and get $20 on your account, spend $300 and get $30! This is on Friday only! All these other deals last until Sunday. The discounts apply to in-stock items only, so please call ahead for availability. Each gym's inventory will be slightly different! Want to special order something? All special orders will be 20% off! Sorry folks - member discounts do not apply this weekend.

Meet Your Routesetter: Brian Seale, Setter and Crew Boss for Summit Gyms

Meet Your Routesetter: Brian Seale, Setter and Crew Boss for Summit Gyms

Hello! And welcome to the latest edition of MEET YOUR ROUTESETTER! Today we've got a brief Q&A with Summit routesetter Brian Seale. Brian is the crew boss for one of our two routesetting crews - his crew sets at Dallas and Carrollton, as well as any gym that has an upcoming competition. Brian is a bit of a nerd (in the best way possible) as well as a dad joke aficionado (worst way possible). If you went to our latest SBS competition, he was one of the Lieutenant  Dangles walking around. Yes, there were two Lieutenant Dangles that night ... Anyways - here's more about Brian:

Photos and Results from SBS Carrollton, HALLOWEEN EDITION

Photos and Results from SBS Carrollton, HALLOWEEN EDITION

Thanks to everyone who came out to our HALLOWEEN EDITION of the Summit Bouldering Series! It was great to see all the costumes. You were ALL winners in our eyes, but Nicole Baviera won the costume contest, with her pretty awesome mermaid costume. Check out pics from the night, and see how you stacked up in your category!

CAN YOU EVEN VOLUME?! Check out some of our routesetters' shenanigans on 360 Holds USA volumes!

CAN YOU EVEN VOLUME?! Check out some of our routesetters' shenanigans on 360 Holds USA volumes!

In case you need a reminder how stupid strong our routesetters are (as well as how awesome 360 volumes are), then watch this little shorty vid on some pretty ridiculous rock climbing by routesetters Canon Huse and Liam Shea. Shout out to 360 Holds USA for letting us misuse their volumes ... unless the volumes were intended to have rouesetters hide in them?!

Meet Your Manager: Elly Dannenfelser, new GM of Summit Denton

Meet Your Manager: Elly Dannenfelser, new GM of Summit Denton

Now that Summit Fort Worth is well on its way to being built, we're very pleased to announce that Adam Hughes, current GM of Summit Denton will be moving to Funkytown to be the new gym's GM. Soooooo that means that we need to leave Summit Denton in capable hands. Meet Elly Dannenfelser, new GM of Summit Denton! She's moving up from an assistant manager at Summit Carrollton to now General Manager of Summit Lil D! So here's a little more on the fresh face you'll be seeing up in Denton!

SBS Season Opener: That's a wrap! Here are photos and results from the comp at Summit Dallas

SBS Season Opener: That's a wrap! Here are photos and results from the comp at Summit Dallas

We opened the 2017 Summit Bouldering Series in style this past Friday at Summit Dallas! It was a packed house filled with some familiar faces, as well as a lot of new ones! Every single one of y'all crushed — even if the hardest thing you sent that day was hot dog #7, we're still so proud of you. Wanna see how you stacked up? 

To Hell and Back - a recap from 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell!

To Hell and Back - a recap from 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell!

It was so incredible to see SO MANY Summit members at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch this past weekend for 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell! It felt like everywhere we looked, there was a Summit shirt. Summit owners Kyle Clinkscales and Chris LoCrasto competed, as well as gym GMs David Michener and Bryan Prater, Team Texas coach Dylan Honeyman and Media and Events Coordinator Caillin Murray, and yoga instructor Ashley Gardner (with many more employees in attendance). Our awesome resident photographer Jimmy Pancakes took a lot of great shots, so come live vicariously through them, or get PTSD if you were there this weekend!

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Memories from Summit Prom Night 2017!

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Memories from Summit Prom Night 2017!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Summit Prom 2017 and made it ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL. Y'all came, y'all danced, made it weird, and drained the punch bowl. We were so impressed by the amount of people that came dressed to the nines. And there were a lot of dudes in dresses.

Like, a lot. 

12 Hours of Summit Suffering 2017 - Photos, results and recap!

12 Hours of Summit Suffering 2017 - Photos, results and recap!

Another 12 Hours of Summit Suffering in the books! Thanks to everyone who came out - whether you competed or spectated, Y'ALL ARE AWESOME. Here's a quick recap of this year's 12 Hours of Summit Suffering.

24 Karat Gym - In Defense of the Gym Climber

24 Karat Gym - In Defense of the Gym Climber

It’s my experience that for some climbers, gym climbing lacks a sort of purity that every experienced rock-rat has an opinion on. The most common reason I hear is, “It’s not real climbing,” or “Gym climbing should only be a tool for training.” I understand the sentiment, and it isn’t without that sentiment that climbers can discuss what real or pure climbing is. Or, discuss what is or is not ethical, or best for the progression of the sport in the outdoors or at your local gym.

THE PSYCH IS HIGH — Here's a list of all the cool stuff entry into the 12HSS will get you!

THE PSYCH IS HIGH — Here's a list of all the cool stuff entry into the 12HSS will get you!

We're just over two weeks out from the 12 Hours of Summit Suffering competition! The stoke is so high - for those that have signed up already, here are some of the perks of you'll get from competing: