Friday, May 28, 2010

Stone Summit

There has been a lot of buzz in the southeast lately about an amazing new gym called Stone Summit .  I had seen pictures online and the place looked sick.  I got in contact with the owners and they were nice enough to invite me down to check it out.  

Let me start off by saying that pictures do NOT do this place justice.  I was in awe as soon as I stepped foot into the building.  The walls built by Walltopia offer a wide variety of angles to climb on and they are TALL!  It is almost overwhelming.  This is the first place that I've been to where you can take actual whippers inside...a definite advantage to having walls that are 60 feet tall.  I had the best time I've had climbing indoors in a long time and got pumped out of my mind.  The sick walls, new holds, and great route setting make for the best indoor sport climbing I've seen anywhere.  If you are in the Atlanta area you need to check this place out.  

The Motherload in Atlanta

The bouldering at Stone Summit is also amazing.  Once again the wide variety of angles, sick holds, and huge pads make for an indoor bouldering paradise.  

Stone Summit is changing the gym climbing game in the southeast.  It is the first that I've seen to offer the full package....amazing bouldering, sick sport climbing, yoga studio, weight room, etc.  

I'm also extremely psyched to say that I am the first Stone Summit sponsored athlete!  Like I said...this place is AMAZING and I know that it is going to be key with helping me get in the best shape of my life.  I can't wait to start training harder than ever...projects are on the mind!!!

The gym is in the final stages of construction and opening day is Saturday, June 12th!  Go to for directions and hours.  Come check it out and see what all the hype is about!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Quick Update

I've been super busy lately so updates have been few and far between.  I finished up the spring semester and have moved on to my summer classes.  Between school and work I've had a hard time finding time to climb and I think it will be that way for the next month.  Fortunately, the guys at So Ill sent me one of the new Iron Palm hangboards.  I had been looking into getting a new hangboard for a few weeks and decided to drop them a line to see if I could get my hands on an Iron Palm and they were nice enough to hook it up.

I've had two sessions on it so far and I gotta say that it is a sick piece of training equipment.  My focus has been on building contact strength and the big slopers and comfortable edges are helping me do just that.  Jason Kehl really went above and beyond on this fingerboard and hopefully I'll be seeing some gains from using it here soon.

I think it is safe to say that summer has arrived in the southeast.  The heat and humidity are a real deterrent from climbing outside.  However, as soon as it stops raining for more than a couple of days I'm going to try and make it out to Rocktown to have an endurance session on the hot boulders.  The plan is to go out and see how many boulder problems we can do in the heat...should be interesting!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Help Restore Access To Draper's Bluff!

From the Illinois Climber's Association:

If you want to see Draper's reopened and access secured at privately owned area's including the Holy Boulders, please visit: to find out how you can help.

Please contact your representative or take the time to write a letter to help secure access for the future of Southern Illinois climbing.  

Anyone can write a letter and if they are from out of state, it really says something.