Know your routesetter: Phil Symons, setter for Summit Gyms

Know your routesetter: Phil Symons, setter for Summit Gyms

QUESTION: How many guys do you know that have a yellow mohawk? ANSWER: NOT ENOUGH. Phil rocks the yellow 'hawk and he does it well, and somehow maintains its perfect spike while routesetting all-day. And he's a darn good routesetter too, setting a lot of problems with tough cruxes that make you think — but once you figure them out you're like, "Oh duh!" So here's some more info on the man behind the "PS" initials!

Slip into something a little more comfortable with the Instinct S!

Slip into something a little more comfortable with the Instinct S!

Not every gear post can be about the latest and greatest shiny new climbing object that may or may not give you that extra boost to climb harder, faster, lighter, stronger, or dumber.  Sometimes you have to realize that some shoes have stuck around the product line for awhile for a reason. So today we visit the Instinct S from Scarpa, with the same last as the now famous Instinct VS, but with a slightly more sensitive feel, and a noticeable lack of a velcro strap — which was intentional because the "S" in "VS" stands for slipper and adding a velcro strap would ruin that line of thought (they may have had other reasons). 

RING RING! Hey! It's a List of the Top Ten Holds You Love to Hate!

RING RING! Hey! It's a List of the Top Ten Holds You Love to Hate!

Climbing holds are a many and varied thing. You got your standard slopers, crimps, jugs, gastons and even your thumb-derclings. Remember that climbing is always fun and every hold is special in its own way, but some holds just make you cringe. They're the most brutal holds to grace our gym's walls, and every time you see them set on your new proj, you gotta dig deep and muster the courage to face these merciless creations. But avoiding them will not make you a better climber, so it's better to just face these (and your fears!) head on LIKE A BOSS.

A Solution to your harness problems!

A Solution to your harness problems!

Maybe one of the must overlooked pieces of gear while climbing in the gym is the beloved rope - diaper ... aka harness, for the uninformed. In my time as the gym's Retail Manager I have noticed that we tend to buy 10 different pairs of shoes before we even think about maybe replacing our harness. So with that in mind, maybe we should put a little more thought into that piece of gear that saves your life every time you fail at climbing — or succeed and now need down. 

Meet your Staff: Jarrett Chatman, one of the longest-standing Summit Dallas employees

Meet your Staff: Jarrett Chatman, one of the longest-standing Summit Dallas employees

Jarrett's been working at Summit Dallas before it was even Summit Dallas! Lucky for us he stuck around after Summit bought Dallas Rocks and turned it into Summit Dallas. He is a super enthusiastic guy, that can always be spotted doing something active - he runs and parkours before his shifts, and can often be seen bouncing a soccer ball behind the desk. Even on his off-days, his favorite thing to do is play basketball video games, because even in his leisure time he's gotta be competing or participating in something. 

Not sure what to do with old gear? Here are some suggestions!

Not sure what to do with old gear? Here are some suggestions!

Buying climbing gear is not normally a casual ordeal. There's a reason stores like REI don't have a drive-through — there is a lot of time, and especially $$money$$ that goes into getting gear, so climbers will definitely use their acquired gear to an inch of its expiration date. But when that old gear eventually does wear out, disposing of it feels like just casually throwing $20s into the garbage disposal. But old, worn climbing gear is not safe, so there's gotta be a way to retire old gear that doesn't put you in mortal danger or consist of just throwing it in a Dumpster, right?

Get Fit with Summit: Shoulder opening exercises for climbers video

Get Fit with Summit: Shoulder opening exercises for climbers video

Rock climbing is great for shoulder strength ... but not so much for shoulder flexibility. We probably all know at least one person that can't even lift their arms all the way above their heads ... or maybe you are that person. Anyways, we sat down with Summit yoga instructor Bailey Parrish and had her run through some really quick shoulder stretches, perfect for climbers looking to open their shoulders to improve their climbing, or even if you're just looking to get your arms all the way above your head, because that's great, too.

Know Your Routesetter: Denis Firstov, setter for Summit Gyms

Know Your Routesetter: Denis Firstov, setter for Summit Gyms

We're steadily making our way through all the routesetters! This week we talked to Denis Firstov, another one of the tall guys on our routesetting team (and always with a pretty great  haircut!) Denis is a pretty busy guy, balancing full-time routesetting with coaching ClimbFit, being enlisted in the National Guard as well as traveling quite a bit in pursuit of adventure, but I snagged him for a few minutes for this post. 

Get The Gear: Stuff You Probably Don't Need Edition

Get The Gear: Stuff You Probably Don't Need Edition

Climbing is an amazing sport, with a variety of disciplines and a multitude of gear options. There are probably like, a billion pieces of climbing gear on the market, and probably a billion more being introduced every year. As to be expected, a lot of companies are coming up with some pretty ridiculous products in a an effort to do something new. There is a very fine line between innovation and complication, and some companies are just missing the mark when it comes to new gear that we actually need ... Innovations either need fill a void or fix a problem, but imma be real ... a lot of these are itches that probably just didn't need to be scratched. 

Wanna climb strong? Then you better ClimbFit!

Wanna climb strong? Then you better ClimbFit!

As adults, we can't just join a competitive climbing team, with a Mister Miyagi to teach us the ways of Kung Fu climbing. We gotta work extra hard, and find motivation in the people we surround ourselves with. Luckily here at Summit Gyms, our ClimbFit classes are the perfect mix of working hard, climbing a lot, and hanging with some really cool, like-minded people all in pursuit of the same goal — have fun and get better. 

Know Your Routesetter: Jonathan Correll, setter for Summit Gyms

Know Your Routesetter: Jonathan Correll, setter for Summit Gyms

The guy responsible for everything set by "JC," Jon was the first routesetter to take part in our gym's routesetter intership program, and then become a full-time member of our setting crew! Not that it's a contest but he might be the tallest member of our setting crew. Not that his setting reflects that, cuz Jon is a versatile setter, who likes to set anything, as long as it gets people thinking! He's a super friendly guy, so here's a little bit more about the routesetter that is responsible for our setting crew's recent skateboarding obsession.