Know Your Manager: Mackenzie Wilson, now the GM of Summit Grapevine

She's been a GM of two gyms now, but she is also the GM that has been with the company for the least amount of time. She is also the source of GIRL POWER within the company (excluding myself, but I barely count because I am fairly "unfeminine," we'll say). She came to us fresh from working the climbing wall at TCU, and you probably know her as the bubbly chatterbox that is always at the gym — either working, climbing, or getting in her fitness at Climb Fit. Here's the basics of this neat little lady, so yo can have yet another topic of conversation to have with her. Like you could ever run out of things to talk about with her, anyways. 

I Dunno About You, But We're Feeling 22: a Brief History of Summit Carrollton, One of the Country's Oldest Climbing Gyms

As we tore down the panelling to begin our reconstruction project at Summit Carrollton, the dust, chalk and God-knows-what-else from the past 22 years came pouring out of the gym's walls, like smoke from the microwave after you accidentally nuke a fork. (Similes are not my strong suit.) Besides giving us the anticipation of potential future lung problems, the dust brought with it some very strong feelings of nostalgia from a lot of us who have been climbing at this old climbing gym for the past few years. This gym — now Summit, but formerly Exposure — is one of the oldest climbing gyms in the state, as well as the country. A lot of people have graced its walls, (Climber Jack Mileski, who coined the term "beta," actually got his start at Exposure back in the day), and it's seen many, many changes throughout its 22-year history in the Dallas area.

There Can Be Only One Hi-Angle: a shoe review of Five Ten's Hi-Angle

Fairly new to the scene in 2014, the Five Ten Hi-Angle is a balancing act of aggressiveness, comfort and affordability. It's got the down-turn to put down some work, but won't ruin you and your wallet in the process. Available at all 3 of our gyms (with the women's model only available at our Dallas location), here's the inside scoop of what this shoe's all about, and why you should care. 

Know Your Manager: David Michener, brand new GM of Summit Carrollton

We're very excited about the brand new GM at Summit Carrollton! He's been an employee of Summit Grapevine, but we shipped him off to Summit Carrollton, so we could steal Mackenzie and relocate her to GM of Grapevine, and ship Franny off to pursue his dream of being a bearded lady at the circus. (Or he's been promoted to Regional Manager. He's still a bearded lady, though.) David's a pretty quiet guy, known for his tattoos and swoopy blonde hair — which did you know, used to be crazy super long? But I sat him down and managed to get him to talk about himself long enough to get this blog post done. So here's a little Q&A so you can better know our newest GM and resident super-nice-guy, David. 

Yeah, Did You Just Make That Up? I Think Ya Did — 20 climbing terms and their potentially nonsense origins

Climbers have a very particular vocabulary. If any outsider were to eavesdrop on a conversation between climbers for even five minutes, they would leave very confused and probably disgusted. Our slang terms get slangier, and shortened, and misspelled until we're left with a language so exclusive, that I'm still learning new words all the time — and I have been in the climbing game for about 13 years now. I compiled a list of 20 of the most common climbing terms that y'all might be interested in hearing the origins of. Let me know if I missed any! GriGri: Believe it or not, the term "GriGri" is derived from Voodoo. Yep, spell castin', doll stabbin' Voodoo.  In Voodoo, a "gris gris" is a good luck talisman —  thanks to its auto-locking feature, I'd say the GriGri is a pretty good luck charm against your partner's crappy belaying. So be sure to make an animal sacrifice to the Petzl gods, in appreciation for them creating you such a glorious device.

Chalk that rocks! The science behind our new chalk selection from Friction Labs

There are a lot of things we focus on while we climb: what shoes we're wearing, how comfortable our harness is, or how ripped our tank top may, or may not, make us look. (Spoiler alert: RIPPED.) But what about your chalk? Are you thinking about the performance of your chalk every time you clap it on your hands? I know I haven't in the past ... I have typically gone with whatever chalk is closest to free ... but all chalks are NOT created equal, and the newest chalk line we have added to our gear shops at Summit stands out miles above the rest. I'd say it's more than just chalk — but it's not. It's different because it IS just chalk; with none of the other nonsense fillers you see in other chalk blends. Basically, it's the gluten-free blend of the chalk world, and once you start, you ain't never going back. Probably because you can't digest gluten anymore, but whatever. I am no dietician.

Know Your Manager: Chris Curry, General Manager of Summit Dallas

He's a bad-a$$ rock climber, an awesome slack-liner, and now a new dad — he's Chris Curry, the GM of Summit Dallas. He and his wife Raili both work with us here at Summit, and they just welcomed their baby girl Koa in January, so it's safe to say that Chris is a pretty busy guy. But he took the time to sit down with me, so the rest of you can better know the ultra-nice, curly-headed guy throwing you beta at Summit Dallas. 

The Little Things: Essential small necessities to always keep in your climbing bag

Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees,  the details in the big picture — or, the little, essential climbing items through our mounds and mounds of climbing gear. It's fairly easy to gear up for a climbing sesh at the gym — harness; check, shoes; check, chalkbag; double check cuz I got TWO to choose from — but there are quite a few items we usually forget to keep handy, that aren't absolutely essential until you, holy crap, need them. Here's the quick and dirty list of the small stuff that you would want to keep in your bag at all times, to bust out and show off your preparedness, you little boy scout, at those times when you really need them most.

The Art of the Proper Warm-Up

Your body is a machine. A finely-tuned burl-monster that crushes crimps into dust, alters the forces of gravity with every dyno, and mantels so hard the wall topples over. Or something like that, right? Like any machine, your body needs a proper warm-up before performing its mind-bending feats of strength. I mean, you can jam your foot on the accelerator straight after starting up your car, but your rig would go a lot faster a lot sooner if you let the engine warm-up a bit. It's science.

Know Your Manager: Alex "Franny" Francis, General Manager of Summit Grapevine

You all know him — you love him — he's the bearded mountain man who makes rude commentary during the Summit Series Bouldering comps — it's Summit Grapevine GM Alex "Franny" Francis! Or Franny Panties if you are trying to annoy him, which I would personally recommend doing. But it's definitely not because he let out the most rancid fart of my life as I collected this info from him, and not because my questions were choked out between gags and tears. If you know Franny, you're not surprised — but if you don't, here's a quick little Q&A I put together so you can better know the tall, hairy dude standing behind the counter at Summit who is probably farting as you read this. How long have you been a manager with Summit?

I started managing Summit Carrollton from October to May 2013/2014 and then I managed Grapevine from May until now.  So about a year and a half.

How long have you been climbing?

I've been climbing for 11 years. I was the first person on Kids Club. Me and Tiny (the Team Texas nickname given to Franny's younger brother, Kyle) went to a boy scout camp at Carrollton back when it was Exposure, and we liked it so much that my mom called the gym and asked about an after school program, which they didn’t have at the time. A couple days later, she got a call back from Kyle, because Kyle thought it was a great idea and wanted to start it. When we started out it was basically me, Tiny and Kyle doing lessons and then it kind of grew from there. (It's probably only fitting that Franny is in charge of the Kids Club at Grapevine now then, right?) Then I was on Kids Club from January to May and then did summer camps in the summer, and then joined Team Texas in the fall of 2003 and I was on team until I graduated in 2009. I continued to work for the team as a Summer Trip guide until 2013 and then I started working for Summit as the GM of Grapevine.

Favorite climbing area?

Red Rocks in Nevada.

Favorite Climb?

Choir Boys in Hueco Tanks.

Favorite Summit memory?

Making short jokes about Lindsay Murray while she’s climbing in finals at the Dallas Summit Bouldering Series competition. (To be fair, she is pretty short. Glad I'm not that short, that's for sure.)

Little known facts about Franny: 

He has a degree in Zoology from Team A&M. Despite Franny's insistence that it is pronounced Zoh-ology, it's probably actually pronounced Zoo-ology. Probably. I read it in a book once. Which I'm not sure was a book. It might have been nothing.

Also, he once set himself on fire during a team trip to the Red. He set his baggy emo teenager jeans aflame by standing too close to a space heater, but still continued to climb for the rest of the trip with second and third degree burns on his knee. One particularly sensitive team mother (Hi mom!) referred to him as "Sparky" for many years after that.

His biggest claim to fame might just be his ability to clap with one hand.

FRANNY CAN MAKE THAT SOUND.

Well there you have it. Everything you need to know about Alex Francis, and maybe a bunch of stuff you didn't need to know, but are definitely glad you learned. So next time you see him, say "Hey Franny! How are you? How's your Zoology going?" But it's Zoo-ology. Not Zoh. Remember that.

Dude, Don't Be Rude: The Ten Commandments of Climbing at Summit

Rules, rules, rules — "Keep off the grass," "Wait here," "Do not feed the alligators" — nothing good in this world comes without some rules. They're necessary, however, for keeping things from devolving into utter chaos. We like to keep it pretty simple here at Summit and like to give people as much freedom as possible, but there are a couple rules of thumb to keep in mind while climbing at any of our gyms. Obviously the original ten commandments apply at Summit, too, like don't kill people, steal things, or power spot your friend's girlfriend (or boyfriend!).

1. Wait Your Turn!

I know climbing is awesome and all, and you're so stoked on your project that you can just barely wait to get on the wall, but slow down, turbo! Is there anyone else waiting to use the same wall space? Have they been patiently waiting longer than you? Make sure you honor the first-come-first-serve rule when waiting to use a popular wall. Also when your turn's up, make sure you capitalize on it. There's nothing worse than waiting on someone whose turn is up and they're dilly-dallying at the bottom of the wall, checking on their chalk, oh is it still there? Yup, there it is, chalk up, oh better check again, where is it? Oh, there it is. Also — no double dipping. If there's a large crowd at your wall and you fall off your problem, don't just hop right back on. Give other people a chance to get on the wall before you collect yourself and give the old proj another go.

Anyone who has visited Hueco Tanks knows the feeling of waiting in line to climb.

2. Keep It Down

Climbing gyms are by no means a library, so feel free to make some noise while at the gym. But try to keep any excessive noise, i.e. screaming and yelling, to a minimum. It's very distracting for anyone else climbing when you're being too loud, and distressing for employees when they come running to the source of screaming and see it's just you clowning around with your friends. You wouldn't yell "Fire!" in the middle of a crowded theater, so please don't scream bloody murder at the climbing gym!

3. No Camping

Unless you brought your bivouac, please no overnights on the wall. Or, perhaps a bit more reasonably, please don't spend an unreasonable amount of time on the wall. If the gym is not busy and no one is waiting on your rope, then feel free to camp out a bit and work the route. But if someone's waiting on the rope, please try to climb as expeditiously as possible, and perhaps save the hang-dogging for a less busy time. If your belayer is also climbing the same route, don't monopolize — give another climber a chance to hop in between the two of y'all's attempts.

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4. Tread Carefully

Watch where you're walking when cruising around the gym. Climbing gyms can be minefields of potential hazards if you're not watching your step. Don't walk between a belayer and a climber when the climber is top-roping or lead climbing, and definitely give space to a climber when they are bouldering above you. Basically, give a wide berth to anyone climbing overhead, or walk quickly if you must navigate a potentially hazardous area. Also keep an eye out for items on the ground — chalk buckets can be devastatingly messy when upended.

 

5. Watch Your Mouth

Our gyms are, after all, family establishments. I'm not saying we're going to wash your mouth out with soap after every little curse, but try to be courteous to any families that may be climbing nearby. Falling on the last move of your project can be a terribly frustrating thing — but if there's a 30-child birthday party on the wall behind you, it might be time to bust out your childhood "curse" words. May I recommend "Fudge!", "Hot pot of coffee!" or possibly "By St. Boogar and all the saints at the backside door of purgatory!" (This is a real curse. I looked it up. The More You Know.)

6. Give 'Em Space

When beginning a climb next to another climber, make sure your routes don't intersect, or share quickdraws or anchors. If intersection is likely, or if the routes are just a little too close for comfort, just wait a little until they are clear of your climbing space. Also keep in mind that there's the potential that the person you are climbing next to could go all Miley Cyrus and come in like a wrecking ball towards you in the event of a fall, so factor in falling when calculating the risk of climbing right next to another climber.

7. Check Your Chalk

Keep tabs on your chalk receptacle of choice when at the gym. If the boulder bucket is more your thing, then make sure it is out of the way of being potentially fallen on, and making a huge mess / being incredibly uncomfortable for the person landing on it. If you use a chalk bag around your waist, be sure to not overfill it — there's less of a chance chalk will come poofing out when you fall. Try not to coat your hands in chalk before climbing — unless you have crazy sweaty hands, most likely you don't need that much chalk and it just ends up coating the floors, and shmarming up the holds. So, easy on the chalk, LeBron.

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8. Dress For The Occasion

At Summit, we have a strict shirt-on policy. As sweet as it is to flex shirtless as you're climbing, we will politely have to ask you to keep your shirt on.  Nothing against your physique — we just wish to maintain a semi-professional, family-friendly atmosphere at the gym. Make sure the shoes you're climbing in are climbing shoes ( i.e., not your tennis shoes) and also are actual shoes ... and not just your bare feet. Barefoot climbing greases up the holds, and also looks kinda gross. Feel free to walk around the gym barefoot, though. In short, no shirt, no shoes, no service! If you can't buy a pack of gum at 7-eleven in your attire, then it's probably not OK to wear to Summit.

9. Don't Spray

Wrap up the firehose, Fire Chief Betasprayer — there's no fire here. Always ask permission before giving beta to a person you don't know. A lot of people appreciate the help while they're on the wall, but there are also others who prefer to figure things out themselves. If you see someone struggling on a problem that you have dialed, ask them if they're looking for some advice on it before giving them the blow by blow of the entire thing.

10. If You See Something, Say Something!

Our staff here at Summit are truly very awesome, eagle-eyed safety machines. But they cannot be everywhere at once. (Not yet — the future of employment at Summit will probably be robots.) Anyways, if you see anything unsafe during your time at any of our gyms, please speak up and tell one of our staff. Even if it is a false alarm, we would prefer to know about any, and all dangerous situations before they can become a real issue. Even when it comes to small things, too, — like spinning holds and missing tape — if you alert one of our staff members, we can fix the concern so the next person to climb that route is not inconvenienced.

+ Bonus Yoga Tips

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1. Be On Time!

Our yoga classes are at the same time every week, so there should be no confusion about their start times. When you enter a yoga class late, it disrupts the class, and inconveniences the instructor as they must make sure you are checked-in to the class. If it's a full class, it's a lot harder to ask someone to move their mat over a couple inches to give you space if they're already in a pose. Sometimes things like traffic, and car trouble can't be avoided, so Summit tries its best to accommodate late-comers, but please make an effort to be at least five minutes early to any yoga class you attend.

2. Clean Up After Yourself

If you are using one of our provided mats, please be sure to wipe it off after each and every use, no matter how much you feel you may have sweat on it. We have provided yoga mat spray and paper towels for this purpose, so please take the minute or so after class to make your mat presentable for the next person to use. Our Manduka mats (the ones with the frog logo on the corner), do not get sprayed. They have their own antibacterial treatment, which our provided cleanser could damage if sprayed onto the mat.

Everything Zen: How Yoga Improved My Climbing + A Quick Guide to Different Yoga Types

So I'm gonna begin this post by saying that I am definitely not a doctor. I have a degree, yes, but it's a liberal arts one that basically makes me qualified to diagnose you as a poor speller. I am also not a yogi. I do yoga, but there are days when none of the poses make sense and I resign myself to an hour of glorified flopping around on my mat. But, I am a climber. I've been at it for about 13 years now, and I can attest to the effects that a year thus far of yoga practice has given me. A prime example of climber shoulder hunch.

I injured myself during my time training for competitions in my youth, but instead of taking care of it, I chose to ignore it — like all sensible people do. And if you guessed that my injury would only get worse, then you'd be right! Your prize is the ability to travel back in time and punch 15-year-old me in the face. Congrats. Anyways, after beginning to attend yoga classes, I found that I was not only able to mitigate the pain of my shoulder injury, but also begin to reverse the issue that was causing it: the dreaded climber shoulder hunch. (For some reason I also thought it was called "Boulder Shoulder" but a Google Images search of that got weird ... so ... disregard). Through religious use of heart-opening stretches, and a constant consciousness about my previously awful posture, I corrected my shoulder hunch and have noticed a significant reduction in my shoulder pain. Boom!

And let's be honest, shoulder hunch is just the tip of the iceberg of climbing-related problems. While in Down Dog at a recent yoga class, my yoga instructor tut-tutted as she saw my hands — instead of spreading neatly out on the mat, my knuckles bent up like I was trying to palm a basketball. "You're a climber, I see. You've got climber hands." No duh. I weakly attempted to straighten my fingers out in shame, but they soon curled back up into that perma-crimp we all know and love. But that's not good. It means my tendons are too tight, and therefore more prone to injury. By regularly doing hand-strengthening poses like Down Dog, you can stretch the tendons and pulleys in your hands to the point where your fingers might look ... dare I say ... normal? Gaining more flexible tendons doesn't weaken them — it just gives you the ability to have Gumby fingers to crush all holds out of existence.

Hip and hamstring inflexibility are also issues known for plaguing climbers. We spend so much time working our arms, shoulders and fingers that we forget leg day, every day. Our poor little legs turn into inflexible sticks, to swing around on overhangs and cram into the latest super-shoe. Just a little bit of hip and calf stretching during yoga, and you cold be high-stepping and heel-hooking for days.

Climbers can be a loud, rather aggro bunch, but there's a lot we can learn from our soft-spoken yogi friends. My climbing, as well as my climbing-related injuries, have only improved after starting yoga. If I go more than four days without yoga now, the panic starts to set in — Am I going to feel stiff? Am I going to get injured? Am I going to die?! Yoga can serve as the perfect counter-balance to the punishment we put our bodies through while climbing, and it can keep a lot of avoidable injuries from happening in the first place.

For any climber maybe thinking of picking up yoga, I put together a little guide of the different types of yoga you might see at our gyms, and when and why you'd want to try them. Yoga for dummies, if you will, but you guys aren't dummies. I know better that that.

Vinyasa

Vinyasa yoga is, in essence, yoga poses synched with breathing. There is a pretty heavy flow aspect to Vinyasa, with each pose flowing into the next one, in harmony with your breath. Vinyasa, in Sanskrit, translates to "connection," signifying the direct relation between your breathing and movement. It is a very flexible form of yoga, meaning the poses and flows can be varied greatly to accomplish a variety of different goals, such as flexibility, power, etc.

When to try Vinyasa: Vinyasa is a great intro into yoga. Because of its flexibility, it's very simple to modify any poses in a flow you find too difficult into something a little easier. It's great for beginners,  to get your blood flowing in the morning, or before a workout.

Along with a regular Vinyasa Flow class, at Summit we also offer power flow, slow flow, and inversion flow Vinyasa classes.

Power flow might be pretty self-explanatory. A key component of Power flow is cardio. It'll get your heart rate up and you'll probably break a sweat. These classes usually have a pretty heavy emphasis on standing poses to increase your circulation.

When to try Power Flow: Not for the faint of heart, Power flow yoga can be a pretty intense workout. Maybe if after a long weekend you've got some toxins you feel you need to sweat out, then Power Flow is the class for you. A Power Flow class before your workout might sap all of your strength, so would be best after climbing, or as a standalone workout. Other benefits of Power flow are increased stamina and strengthening of the bajillions of stabilizer muscles usually neglected in most workouts.

Slow flow Vinyasa is less intense than Power flow, but don't expect it to be easy. Slow flow places emphasis on holding poses for extended periods. Correct form is important in Slow flow, so you're not spending 45 seconds in a possibly injurious position. Also, make sure you are conscious of any preexisting injuries with Slow flow (although this really applies to all of yoga ... and all of life for that matter. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.)

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When to try Slow flow: Slow flow is great anytime, and for really anyone. The slow movements calm your ADD mind, and holding poses will build muscle. It might be the slowest way to jacked ever, but totally worth it.

Believe it or not, yoga can actually be fun, and Inversion flow is perfect proof of that. Inversion involves a lot of being upside-down, in various head-stands, hand-stands, forearm-stands, whatever-stands. These classes can be a fun time to experiment with things you wouldn't normally try. And they're a safe place to flop around on the mat, and generally be a goof. (I know this. I am normally that goof.)

When to try Inversion flow: Are you bored? Try standing on your head. Now you're not bored. Inversion classes are fun, while improving your balance and increasing your core strength. I would recommend Inversion classes to anyone at anytime, as long as you don't have any serious shoulder issues ... and don't mind being upside-down.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga classes are similar to Vinyasa but they are a little more structured. It centers around five different Ashtanga asana (pose) series, which are usually followed sequentially. It's fast and repetitive, and a pretty intense overall workout. "Ashtanga" means "eight-limbed" in Sanskrit, which is in reference to the eight different aspects of yoga focused on in Ashtanga, such as concentration, posture, and breath control, to name just three.

When to try Ashtanga: Normally not recommended for beginners, Ashtanga is great for anyone wanting to up their yoga game, or try a form of yoga that is more traditional. It is meant to be practiced every day, and when practiced regularly it'll get you really strong, really fast. Do work son!

Yin

If your aim is to feel like a rubberband through yoga, then Yin is your class. A very slow-paced class, you won't necessarily be breathing hard and breaking a sweat. But you will be able to put your legs behind your head ... eventually. Yin classes are usually composed of just a few poses, but they are held for very extended periods, like five minutes, to allow you to sink into your fullest expression of the pose. Yin is usually about flexibility and not about strength.

When to try Yin: Umm, can I say all the time? Yin is great after a climb, to really stretch out your already warmed up muscles. Yin is aimed at loosening your connective tissues, and stilling the hamster wheel going crazy in your brain.

This is not a comprehensive list of every type of yoga — just the types of classes currently offered at Summit. I hope this guide helps you pick which class to try next!

Coffee, Donuts, and Other November News

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Coffee and Donuts - Every Saturday

As a treat to our members, we have decided to offer you free coffee and donuts every Saturday during November from 9am until 11am. We will be doing this at all of our Summit locations. So come out and hang out with our staff and enjoy some free coffee and donuts!

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Summit Comp Series - Nov. 14

This is the 3rd and final competition of the series. There are only two words you need to hear about this event...FREE BEER. That's right. Along with the free beer, we will also have free food, cash & gift card prizes, brand new boulder problems spread throughout the gym, and of course sweet jams all throughout the night. You must be 18 years old or older to compete. Click here to sign up because spots are filling up fast!

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Black Friday Special - Nov. 28

Do you hate going anywhere the day after Thanksgiving? Well, you won't hate coming to Summit because we are having a special! It's only $12 to rock climb and do yoga at any Summit location all day long on Black Friday (rental gear is included).

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Small Business Saturday - Nov. 29

Support your local small businesses! Oh wait.. Summit is a local small business! That means you should support us by coming to any Summit location on Nov. 29 and rock climb and do yoga for only $12 all day long. That's not all.. we will also have some sweet gear shop discounts for you!

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Late Night Climbing - Nov. 28

Escape your family, or bring them along to any Summit location on Nov. 28 for some late night climbing fun! It's only $5 to climb from 10pm until 2am with all rental gear included. So tell your family and friends to spend Friday night rock climbing with you at Summit!

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Summit Yoga Has Been Revamped

Yoga can be a huge compliment to climbing. That's why we have redesigned out yoga classes to help improve your rock climbing! We have many different types of yoga classes that will help you crush some rock climbs! Check out our yoga schedule to find a class that's perfect for you!

 

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New Training Area in Grapevine

Attention Summit Grapevine patrons.. The wait is over.. We are building a brand spankin' new training area just for you! You are going to have campus boards, a systems wall, a salmon ladder, a secret handboard lair, and so much more cool stuff to train on! We can't wait for you to get so strong in this new addition to Summit Grapevine!

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Volunteers Needed - Nov. 15

On Nov. 15 we will be having a USA Climbing sanctioned youth bouldering competition at Summit Carrollton. The competition will run from 9am until about 4pm. We need volunteers to help get these kids up the walls! Even if you can't help out the entire day, any time you have will be appreciated. If you are at all interested in helping, please send an email to [email protected] and let Stan know when you are available.

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What's Going On In May

Summer Camp

Our summer campers laugh, climb and challenge themselves in a supervised environment. Activities include top rope climbing, bouldering, tag traverse, blindfolded climbing, and more. Our knowledgeable staff teach campers basic climbing safety and how to move confidently over the climbing walls.

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Late Night Climbing

Spend your night climbing at Summit for just $5 all night on May 16th with all gear included! That's right...I said $5 so bring all of your cheapskate friends!

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Summit Routesetting

At Summit, we care so much about our routes and are dedicated to providing the best product to our members. In early May, we are sending two of our routesetters, Will and Mario, to Ibex Climbing Gym in Blue Spings, Missouri to get there USA Climbing level 1 certification!

But wait, there's more...

Head Routesetter Chris LoCrasto will be representing the Summit crew as he sets  for the Divisional Championships in Houston in June.

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Team Texas Crushes at SCS Open Nationals

We know it's a little late, but congrats to Team Texas for a great showing at the SCS Open Nationals in sunny southern California!

In sport climbing, our Team Texas females took home three of the US team spots with Grace Mckeehan in 5th, Claire Buhrfeind in 3rd, and Delaney Miller taking home the gold medal! Brendan Mitchell narrowly missed finals with a 9th place finish. That's pretty spectacular in a field made up of the national best climbers.

As for speed climbing, Danielle Rogan took home the silver medal, and Grace Mckeehan got 4th place. Quick note: Grace McKeehan made the US team in all three disciplines (bouldering, sport, and speed). Michael Retoff took 4th for the men.

The best moment of them all was speed demon John Brosler taking down the world champion Stanislav Kokorin to take the gold medal in speed climbing and get a US record 3.95 second time! Here's a video of John's performance just in case you missed it.

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New Classes at Summit

That right everyone, we've introduced some new classes to the mix. We've added an opposition class for those who need that extra little bit to send their project, a climbing 201 class for those not quite beginners anymore, and a lead climbing 201 class for all of you who dream of climbing outdoors one day. Not only that, but we've added more abs classes too! That's right one of our most popular classes just got even better because you can do it even more.

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Memorial Day Special

Climb all day at Summit May 26th for only $12 with all gear included. What better way to spend your day off than rock climbing with us?!

What's Going On In March

Spring Break Rock Climbing Camp – March 10 - 14 / 9am - 1pm

Our seasonal camps are a great way for kids to get the exercise they need while out of school. These camps are just like our summer camps, except in the winter and spring! The best part is it's only $99 for the entire week. Hurry and sign up before all of the spots are filled up!

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We are Lululemon's studio of the month

That's right, we have once again been named as Lululemon's studio of the month! Come and join Summit's very own yoga instructors as they teach a complimentary class every Sunday in March at Lululemon in the Galleria. For more info about Summit yoga, click here.

USA Climbing Season Opener – Mar. 22

With ABS Nationals finishing up, it's time for our strong young climbers to start the sport climbing season. Summit Grapevine is proud to host the first local onsight competition of the season.

Volunteers Needed

If you have any desire to help out during the competition, we will love you forever. Please send an email to [email protected] if you can help out.

Lead Climbing 101 & 201

We are adding some new classes at Summit Grapevine! Our lead climbing 101 class will be taught on Mondays at 7pm as well as it's regular 9am Saturday time. Don't forget, this class is FREE!

We are also adding a lead climbing 201 class Wednesdays at 8pm for those of you who are looking for just a little bit more. This class is only $25!

Time to Buy Your Own Climbing Gear

Now that it's March, we are no longer offering free gear rentals to our members. You can either pay for gear each time you come in ($6/visit), get on our monthly gear rental plan ($10/per month), or purchase your very own climbing gear. Summit has a huge collection of climbing gear from all of your favorite brands. We also have staff that will actually help put you in the perfect gear.

The Dallas Open Bouldering Competition

At Summit, we like to pride ourselves in hosting great competitions. We've hosted championship USA Climbing events as well as super fun bouldering competitions for all ability levels. In just under a month we are starting another series of bouldering competitions beginning with The Dallas Open on February 14 (yes we know it's Valentine's Day, but come on...you know you want to come) followed by The Grapevine Open in April and The Carrollton Open in June. Climbers will compete with others in own ability levels and genders. So you don't need to worry about going up against someone who crazy strong, unless of course you sign up in their category. These events are all about getting climbers together to have an awesome time. With free beer and food included in the price of admission, it's pretty much a party.

The first part of the competition is redpoint style. Our route setting crew, who we like to believe is the best in the country, sets a ton of brand new boulder problems for you to try as many times as you want, each one having its own point value. Your top five scores is what determines your place. Your place determines how big of a Summit gift card you receive. The top three people in each category will be the ones who get this oh so coveted prize.

But wait, that's not all. The top five in the men's and women's "open" categories (you know, the really strong climbers) will move on to a sudden death one boulder problem onsight final. We turn off all the lights and spotlight them as they try to achieve victory! They will have five minutes to attempt the boulder problem, and whoever gets the farthest wins. It's as simple as that. Oh yeah and the winner gets $100.

This is a great event for all climbers to either compete for themselves or just show up and show their support for others. Climbers from across the state and sometimes even from across the country have shown up to hang out and climb with us Dallas/Fort Worth folk. So come one come all! We assure you that you'll have a great time. Don't believe us, check out this video from one of out previous competitions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgCxjAtWFM4

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What's Going On In January

Refer a friend and make some money

When you get a friend to sign up for a monthly membership, you get $5 off of your membership every month your friend stays with us! This only works if you refer a new member and if you have a Monthly EFT membership.

Climb for Haiti – Summit Grapevine

Join us on January 19th at 5pm! For a $20 donation, you will receive all of the gear and equipment needed for three hours of indoor rock climbing. A group of 12 people are raising money to buy supplies to complete much needed repairs at an orphanage in Lamardelle, Haiti. This is for a great cause, so tell all of your friends!

Gear With Your Membership

As you may have heard, as of Jan. 1, 2014 gear is only included in the first month of your membership. If you purchased your "Monthly EFT" membership before Jan. 1, 2014, and have been renting gear, you will have to either buy your own gear, or purchase the $10 per month gear rental add on starting March 1st. You can keep renting our gear. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to call us.

MLK Day Special

Come and climb this MLK Day, Monday January 20th, for just $12 per person. All Gear is included

Opening at 6am – Summit Dallas

Starting Jan. 8th we will be opening at 6am every Wednesday at our Dallas location. So come get your climb in before work every Wednesday!

Late night climbing January 17th in Dallas!

Come one come all! We will be having a late night climbing special on January 17th at our Dallas location. Only $5 to climb from 10pm until 2am. This includes all rental gear! It's the perfect thing to do as a family, or if you want to escape your family...