With massive new facilities opening this summer, H-Town’s rock-climbing craze reaches new heights. On belay!
Rami Najjar, 25, hangs suspended from an arched climbing wall in West Houston’s Texas Rock Gym — Houston’s original climbing facility — as he considers how to maneuver his body to continue his ascent up the colorfully speckled, climbing-hold-dotted precipice. His mid-climb respite is short, however, and he quickly maneuvers his body with his characteristic arachnid equipoise and finishes his ascent with ease. It’s no surprise that the young climber, who will complete his master’s in nutrition at UH in May before heading off to Atlanta to start work on his Ph.D., is considered one of the city’s strongest climbers.