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Are you ready to Luau?! It's our annual Spring Open Bouldering Competition next weekend!

Are you ready to Luau?! It's our annual Spring Open Bouldering Competition next weekend!

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!

The League of Extraordinary Boulderers: Bouldering League starts soon, so what's the deal with that anyways?

The League of Extraordinary Boulderers: Bouldering League starts soon, so what's the deal with that anyways?

Looking for a place to compete with your friends? Looking for a place to compete AGAINST your friends? Looking for a place to make new friends? LOOK NO FURTHER -  Summit Bouldering League is ALL THESE THINGS and MORE aka the BEST TIME EVER. WHAT HAS BECOME OF MY CAPS LOCK?!

Try something new with TRX!

Try something new with TRX!

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.

Whips & Clips competition - photos for dayz & results!

Whips & Clips competition - photos for dayz & results!

The Whips & Clips competition last Friday was our first-ever adult rope redpoint competition - thanks to everyone who came out and made it awesome! We saw some truly impressive climbing out of you guys, but now for what you really came here for — RESULTS.

Reasons to compete in our redpoint rope competition next week

Reasons to compete in our redpoint rope competition next week

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!

ClimbFit comes to Grapevine!

ClimbFit comes to Grapevine!

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! 

20 reasons why climbing is better than any other sport ever - an oversimplification of our sport

20 reasons why climbing is better than any other sport ever - an oversimplification of our sport

Let's face it - we all know climbing is the best sport ever, forever and ever, amen. But - does the world know it? We're not sure that they do, but to help you guys remember to appreciate the little things in climbing, we have compiled a list of just what makes climbing so darn special and unique.

To Hell and Back - How Summit Climbers Dalan and Tanner friggin' WON this year's 24HHH

To Hell and Back - How Summit Climbers Dalan and Tanner friggin' WON this year's 24HHH

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.

SBS Season kicks off tomorrow - are you ready???

SBS Season kicks off tomorrow - are you ready???

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! 

12HSS - THE RESULTS

12HSS - THE RESULTS

Thanks to everyone who came out to this year's 12 Hours of Summit Suffering! Y'all came, y'all climbed for 12 hours straight, and you guys sure as sh#* conquered! 

Meet Your Manager - Scott Lawrence, GM of Summit Dallas

Meet Your Manager - Scott Lawrence, GM of Summit Dallas

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!

Time spent at the bouldering gym — what are we actually doing?

Time spent at the bouldering gym — what are we actually doing?

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!

A Day in the Life: The six things to know about working at a climbing gym

A Day in the Life: The six things to know about working at a climbing gym

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!

Get your kicks ... with the Scarpa Helix!

Get your kicks ... with the Scarpa Helix!

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. 

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).