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!
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).
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.
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.
For anyone with the dreaded "boulder shoulder" hunch, you gotta know the importance of opposition training! It will improve more than just your posture: training the antagonist muscles opposite of the ones we use most often during climbing will improve your climbing performance as well! What's not to love? Check out some basic opposition training exercises as taught by our fitness extraordinaire Ben Jensen — some you can even do at home!
t was a very full house last Friday night during our second Summit Bouldering Series competition of the season, at Summit Dallas! We nearly floated five kegs (totally nuts, you guys) and had an exciting finale round on Big Tex, with Dallas climber Tanner Merkle and Arizona climber Mary Fox both flashing their final problems for the win in men's and women's! We've got final placements posted and hella photos, so take a look and see how ya did, and how ya looked doing it! Hint: you looked good.