Thanks to everyone who came out to our latest SBS competition at Summit Denton! Here are the results, as well as some bomb AF photos from the night. See y'all at the next and final competition of the season, at Fort Worth! Sign up to come soon!
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.
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:
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!
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?!
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!
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?
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!
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.
We're really excited about the community we have built here at Summit. We have such a cool group of members and thought y'all deserved some recognition. So we wanted to start featuring more member spotlights on our blog and social media! Keep an eye out for regular posts to our Facebook and Instagram giving some of our members little shout-outs, as well as blog posts!
A guest post by contributing author Hamilton White
Climbing trips always come with some kind of bad news. Usually it’s rain or you and your buddies forgot peanut butter. Hopefully it’s a story you'd want to tell others and laugh about, like the time I first climbed the Spider Grind at Reimer’s Ranch, and learned halfway through the route why it’s called Spider Grind. That's why for the last several weeks I bounced back and forth between members of the Summit climbing community for the sake of gathering stories to share with you all. I heard about pizza parlor basements, a climbing trip for the temporarily deaf that, for reasons not related to hearing resulted in sleeping in the team van, and my own first outdoor climbing trip to Barton Creek in Austin.
In the fresh 2017 winter, a trip to RRG without checking the forecast was all but asking for a discouraging experience. Snow and sub 20 degrees fahrenheit easily pushed one Summit climber and his partner out of their tent, and into the toasty basement of the known resting and food spot, Miguel's Pizza. Games and space heaters make it fairly understandable to opt out of sleeping in a six-person tent just the two of them, even though they brought enough insulation for a house. Plus, there was the added benefit of kickin’ it with a teacher who lives out of his van when school isn't in session. And when night rolls around, maybe the question, "Would anyone notice or care if we slept here?" is a good question to ask. But it's good they still left some cash in that lock box for the owner after drinking so much of the Ale81 piled up in crates, and for sleeping in the basement, of course.
Anyone who knows this climber as I do experienced my personal favorite part about this story. A few days into their trip, the climber-in-question's mother made a Facebook post asking if anyone had seen her child. Apparently, the two climbers had initially planned to climb in Red Rock State Park Arizona, but on closer look there was a “virtually one-hundred percent chance of rain for the whole week.” So, in place of Red Rock, the two decided to travel nine-hundred and sixty-eight miles in the other direction to Red River Gorge, without informing their parents. I was fortunate enough to have seen the initial post, and the aftermath of her search (eventually they connected over the phone) all in one sitting. So, I got all the entertainment, and none of the worry. I'm told Mom was pissed.
My own favorite story to tell is the time I took my first outdoor climbing trip as a sophomore in college (I'm a super senior now). About halfway through the drive to ATX, in a Taco Bell parking lot, everyone got into the bed of the truck to grab wallets out of packs when one of our (there were four of us) friends frantically started to sift through his bag as realization sunk in. "Oh no, I forgot all my gear. We have to go back!" Of course, we weren't going to do that at 4:00pm on the first day of spring break, traveling on I-35. We actually wanted to get where we were going. We looked around the bed of the truck and finally someone said, "Dude, you forgot your gear but remembered your guitar?" He was understandably upset, and I certainly didn't help by chronicling his distress on Facebook. Which, he explicitly asked that I not do, although I lost sympathy for his request once he wore my new Anasazi's without socks, my one condition for him borrowing them. A perpetual sogginess followed those shoes.
Our next story is from Mia Alfonso, a climber at the Denton location and student at the University of North Texas. Initially when I heard Mia’s story in blurb form, I thought, “Oh, you just got some soggy hamburgers, that’s like forgetting peanut butter. No biggie.” But it turns out there was more, starting with the fact that the Team Natural kids -who climb down in Houston- like to play a game during travel when one person wears noise cancelling headphones and that person has to guess the word that everyone is trying to say. They chose to say phrases like, “fat chickens,” which is cool, I guess. I’d pick supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, because why wouldn’t you?
The trip started out fine, according to Mia. The weather was slightly cloudy, but nothing had indicated the need to turn around and go home. Not even the absent rainfly that she and her tent mates were going to sorely miss come 1:00am. And what an experience it must have been; sleeping in a van with five other people for the remainder of the trip.
What’s your funny and altogether-at-once unfortunate climbing story? Did you flex out on the starting hold? That crag puppy turn you into a hang-dog on a 5.5? Share with me!
Thanks to Jimmy Paenkhay for taking these shots and thanks to everyone who came out! We had over 160 tee shirts tie-dyed, floated 4 kegs of beer, threw 375 water balloons, did probably 45 cool tricks on the slip n slide, and went through like, 70 pounds of hamburger meat. If you have any photos of your own from the event, feel free to upload them to Instagram and tag us @summitclimbingyogafitness or hashtag #summitclimbingyogafitness! Or, ya know, good ol' Facebook works too.