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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Hey guys! Thanks for coming out to our SBS competition last Friday at Dallas! We had a very exciting finals, and floated many, many kegs. We've got a really quick video we put together of some climbers on the Finals problems! Excuse the quality, it was shot on a phone and then edited by an amateur (aka me!)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!