Specs: Summit opened a new full-service climbing gym in Texas in August, replacing its first Grapevine facility which was formerly located a mile away. “Grapevine was our oldest location but has always had a dedicated and loyal community,” said Nikki Arnold, Senior Director of Events & Marketing at Summit. “When we had an opportunity to open a larger facility just down the street, it was only natural for us to want to give back and expand the community that helped us start it all.”
Summit launched its oldest location in 2002, and since then the business has grown to seven public facilities plus two training facilities for the gym chain’s talented youth teams. (Along with opening a new hallmark gym in Grapevine, Summit also celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting the IFSC Youth World Championships for Lead and Speed at the nearby Summit Plano.) The newest spot in Grapevine was built ground-up and now serves as Summit’s largest facility and second largest in terms of climbing terrain, with 12,976 square feet of roped climbing and 6,129 square feet of bouldering.
According to Arnold, Summit operates “a wide variety of facilities, from boutique bouldering gyms to full-service mega gyms.” The new Grapevine gym, for its part, spans three stories and offers plenty of yoga and fitness spaces in addition to climbing, group classes and lessons for all skill levels, as well as a gear shop. “Our third level will consist strictly of training boards, spray walls, and campus area,” Arnold added, noting the gym has Kilter, Moon and Grasshopper Boards. Members receive access to all seven locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City areas.
CRM Software: MindBody
In Their Words: “Since the opening of the original location in Grapevine, Texas, in 2002, Summit Gyms has become a staple in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, offering a place where climbers of all ages, genders and races can enjoy the sport as one community…At Summit, we believe that climbing is for everyone and strive to make the sport accessible and welcoming to all. As we celebrate our 20-year anniversary, our goal is to continue providing a space where you can reach your peak.” – Nikki Arnold, Summit Senior Director of Events & Marketing
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