You may have been to the gym more lately than the trails because summer Texas is no joke and air conditioning is a must.
However, if you are yawning with boredom lifting weights and running on the treadmill, there is another way to challenge your body – climbing.
Your body becomes resistance as you lift yourself up on man-made walls studded with toe grips and divots.
When you’re ready to try it out, here are three of the best indoor rock climbing spots in Dallas-Fort Worth:
What is it: The newest addition to the group, Movement, opens in October in The Hill (in the former premises of Candytopia and Treehouse). It comes from El Cap, which owns a nationwide network of indoor climbing facilities, which include Earth Treks and Planet Granite. If this last name sounds familiar, it’s because Movement was originally supposed to be a Planet Granite but has undergone a name change.
What it offers: Bouldering, top roping and lead climbing as well as amenities such as yoga studios, functional fitness, cardio zones and climbing equipment shops. Each facility caters to participants of all levels – from competitive athletes to weekend adventurers and families.
Fun fact: A second location is planned in the Design District in 2022.
Summit climbing, yoga and fitness
What is it: Three locations in Dallas, one in Denton, one in Fort Worth, and two in Oklahoma give Summit quite a presence, but founder Kyle Clinkscales has always been determined to make climbing accessible to all and to break down the socio-economic barriers that typically hamper the sport. There is even a scholarship program.
What it offers: Personal and group training courses, state-of-the-art fitness equipment and yoga courses. His big event is called 12 Hours of Summit Suffering and challenges teams of two to climb as many routes and boulders at the locations of the summit within 12 hours.
Fun fact: The Plano location is the largest climbing hall in DFW with 5,000 square meters of bouldering and 20,000 square meters of rope climbing area with 55-foot walls.
Climbing gyms in Oso
What is it: Just bouldering, but it’s so luxurious you probably don’t mind. Many of the courses are thematic (BIPOC meetings, climbing basics, etc.) and there is a lot of group mentality.
What it offers: In addition to the walls, benefit from 36,000 square meters of fitness area, saunas, elite fitness area / courses, yoga studio, showers, changing rooms, work areas as well as coffee, beer, wine and fresh food.
Fun fact: A day pass costs just $ 22 and includes free rental of your climbing shoes.