You might have noticed we started carrying a lot of guidebooks in all our gear shops! We realize there is a lot more climbing out there than just at our gyms - so we want to encourage all our members to eventually make the leap from indoor climbing to outdoor climbing. There is a lot more involved in outdoor climbing than a waiver and an orientation, however — so what is the easiest way to become comfortable with climbing outside?
Let's face it — we live in Dallas. This is certainly no climbing mecca, or even a great spot for anyone relatively outdoorsy. You can make an active lifestyle in Dallas work if you're creative / a little crazy, but this city definitely won't hand it to you. Boulderites have it easy — they can basically walk out their front door and a five-star crag awaits them. They probably walk their dogs by climbing pros screaming on their 5.trillion project, and sip fair-trade coffee while trail running at 6,000 feet above sea level. Or something like that. But it takes a lot to maintain an active climbing life in Dallas, and we deserve all the bonus points in the world for making it work. I've compiled a list of the best options we Dallasites have as far as touching real (or sometimes manufactured .. hey, we take what we can get) rock in the somewhat near vicinity.