What a great way to start the year! Here is the recap video of our 3rd annual Whips & Clips rope competition at Summit Grapevine. We had such an incredible time, thank you to everyone that attended!
Our Spring Open Bouldering Competition is next Saturday, and we are getting SO. DANG. PSYCHED. Last year was our first-ever Spring Open, and our first competition to feature a block party in the middle of it. This year we're making it bigger and better, and wanted to share with y'all some of the great activities we have planned, so y'all come out and join us! PLUS- it's LUAU-themed, so get ready for leis, tacky shirts, drink umbrellas, and oddly-placed coconuts!
When it comes to fitness nowadays, there are plenty of newfangled machines you can buy to get you fit - row machines, stationary bikes, even the Shake Weight promises you results in 3 short payments of $19.95*. (*Editor's note: I have no idea how much the Shake Weight actually costs - you can dispute this with me if you want, then you'd have to admit you actually bought one of these things ... ) But who would have thought that it takes nothing more than two straps and your own body weight to whip you into shape? TRX, the latest addition to Summit's fitness class offerings, is a full-body workout that's quick to learn and a lot of fun — you won't realize you're even working out until you're crazy sore the next day.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Scarpa recently revamped a classic, and gave a *little* more sex appeal to the Helix, their all-day comfort shoe. I dunno about any of y'all, but I won't miss the former Helix's distinctive stripes. The new Helix, with its monochromatic styling, is a little bit easier on the eyes — if you're a dude who's into yellow laces or a lady who will absolutely rock orange on her feet.
Routesetter Will Tevepaugh shows us how an orange V7 at Summit Dallas is done!
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!
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).