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They Came, They Saw, They Conquered for 12 Hours Straight: a recap of our 12HSS comp

It's been almost two weeks since our 12HSS competition, and it was totally nuts — to put it the most mildly. Over 50 teams (and over 100 climbers) climbed for 12 hours straight at three different gyms, and made thousands of sends, and climbed for miles — literally. In this post we've got a collection of what everyone climbed, how far, and their total points as well as their standing in their category. Towards the end we'll have a mini-photo album, collected from all of your Instagram photos! Here's the run-down of just how impressive all that climbing was: All in all, competitors climbed 41.7 miles at three gyms about the distance from the center of Dallas all the way to Denton, but in vertical climbing feet!

This just in — Here's a list of all the raffle swag we've got for the 12HSS

Another week and another shameless post reason why you should be signing up for our 12 Hours of Summit Suffering (as if you needed another reason), as brought to you by Retail Manager Trevor Whitis, aka guest blogger extraordinare. 

If the Shoe Fits, Wear It ... And Crush Everything in Sight: A guide for climbing shoe styles and fits

There is something like, a billion different climbing shoes on the market right now, according to the extensive research I may, or may not have actually done. But there are certainly a lot, and we carry a pretty great array of them here at our gyms. It's hard to decide which shoes to buy, though! There's too many options, fits, and styles. Climbing shoe shopping is not like trying on shoes at Dillard's — you're not just looking for which kicks look the coolest. There are a whole host of different things climbers need from their shoes, (including looking like supah fly), so we came up with this handy guide so you can narrow down what you need from a climbing shoe, and how to know when you find it! It's like Cinderella and the glass slipper, except we'll let you stay a princess, even after midnight. Because we're cool like that.

My Anaconda Don't Want None Unless You've Got Pythons, Son: a shoe review of La Sportiva's Python

The all-around aggressive gym shoe for those on a budget, the La Sportiva Python has surprisingly great edging capabilities for a slipper. Not a newcomer to the climbing scene, but new to the gear shops of all three of our gyms (instead of just being sold at our Dallas location), the Python delivers power, precision, and surprising comfort to a high-performance slipper. Here's the lowdown of this flashy, aggressively down-turned shoe, and why it's a great staple for anyone's shoe arsenal.