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On your first visit to Planet Granite there are a couple of things you will need to do before you climb.

Complete a liability waiver AND present a government issued photo ID card.

For participants under 18 years of age…Please be sure that all minors have a WAIVER fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian.

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If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification) Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child’s waiver. To find out more about bringing kids into our facility, click here.

Experienced climbers. Must take a belay test. Those new to Planet Granite or returning members/guests who have not been in the facility for one year or more have to take a belay test. This is what lets you belay in our gyms!

New to climbing. We recommend signing up for our introductory belay lesson for your first visit. This class will teach you to manage the ropes. Have other questions, check out our FAQ page!

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About Climbing

First time climbing? No problem. Let’s start by going over a few basics.

How gym climbing works: There are two main types of gym climbing: bouldering and roped climbing.

Bouldering is climbing done on relatively low rocks, or “boulders.” Climbers who boulder don’t use ropes because the top of the bouldering routes are low enough for climbers to jump down. That said, remember that some of the boulders in our gyms are very tall (18 feet) so be careful about what you decide to climb. Only climb as high as you are comfortable.

Bouldering is a great way for climbers to hone their climbing skills and build strength. You do not need a climbing partner when you are bouldering, but can always find a fun group of people and a great bouldering community.

The second type of climbing you will find in gyms is roped climbing. To climb the tall walls, climbers must tie into a climbing rope and have a climbing partner on the ground managing the rope. This rope management is called “belaying”.

Every roped climber in our facilities needs a Planet Granite certified belayer managing his or her rope. New climbers who come to the gym with a certified belayer can try roped climbing without gym staff instruction, but they cannot belay.

New climbers with no belaying experience must take the Belay Lesson (schedule here) or Beginner Rock Climbing Course (schedule here) to learn rope management. Do you have prior belay experience? Great! You still need to take a belay test in order to belay at Planet Granite. Lead climbing and lead belaying require a separate lead test.

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Climbing With Kids

Kids are natural born climbers. At Planet Granite, we have developed a number of programs that allow kids to experience the benefits of climbing.

Our most popular kids’ event is birthday parties. If this will be both you and your child’s first time at Planet Granite, we recommend reserving a spot in our Parent/Child Belay Lessons. This lesson teaches you, the parent, how to manage the ropes for your child!

Other options to consider are our After School Programs, Winter, Spring and Summer Camps and Parents’ Night Off. Your child can climb during our drop-in climbing, where a staff member belays them and other children. Or if they’d like to climb non-stop with a staffer belaying, we are always happy to provide a private belayer for your child, please contact us at (415) 692-3434 for more information.

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Very Important!

*Please be sure that all minors have a waiver fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian. Complete a WAIVER HERE within 30 days of your visit.


Waiver


If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification).


*Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child’s waiver.

INTRO TO CLIMBING: BELAY LESSON

We offer top rope Belay Lessons every day. Class size is limited to four people to ensure personal attention, so please call (415) 692-3434 ahead for a reservation. Classes fill up quickly and we cannot guarantee spots will be available for walk-ins!

Once you finish the one hour course you are issued a temporary belay card meaning you can belay your partner for the rest of the day. Plus, first-time belay lesson participants are eligible for a one-time purchase of 5 visits for just $70. This 5-visit pack is good for 2 months after your lesson, giving new guests an opportunity to try out climbing in our gyms!

On your next visit to the gym, you’ll take a final test to secure your permanent belay card.

New climbers can also jump right into a Beginner Rock Climbing Course (BRC). This 4-week course starts with belaying and continues into climbing movement and technique. The BRC is the ultimate introduction to indoor climbing and a great way to start a membership with Planet Granite.

Cost: $30/person

Schedule:
Planet Granite San Francisco
Monday – Friday 6pm, 7pm and 8pm
Saturdays: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm., 2pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm
Sundays: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm

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Get the Belay Check

Experienced belayers new to Planet Granite or returning members/guests who have not been in the facility for one year or more will be required to get a belay check before they can belay in our gyms. Belay lesson and BRC participants will also be required to get a check on their first return visit after their class. Belay checks are free and given upon request.

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COMPETITIONS

We’re proud to support USA Climbing and our Planet Granite Youth Climbing Team by hosting USAC Bouldering Locals. Youth from all over Northern California join us at Planet Granite San Francisco as part of a national climbing series. Banner image above is courtesy of USA Climbing.

USA Climbing Bouldering Local Comp at Planet Granite San Francisco
Sunday Sept 18th 2016
Registration: 10am-12pm
Competition: 12pm-4pm

Registration is open to all climbers:
USAC Membership: Day-Member Pass or 2016-17 Competitor Membership (Purchase Online) *Cannot purchase online until within 24 hours of comp start time!
Event Fee: $30
For more information, visit www.usacnorcal.org.

Please read the following carefully for details about visiting PG San Francisco for the comp.

IMPORTANT: ALL VISITORS MUST FILL OUT A LIABILITY WAIVER TO ENTER THE FACILITY. Please see details regarding waivers below. If competitors do not have a waiver completed by their parent with ID, they cannot compete.

IMPORTANT LIABILITY WAIVER: Please be sure that all competitors under the age of 18 have a liability waiver (both pages) and signed by their parents or legal guardian*. If the parent will not be present, you must bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification). **This is mandatory for all climbers to particpate!
*Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child’s waiver.
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OTHER VISITORS TO PG: All Parents, visitors, and spectators entering Planet Granite must fill out a liability waiver. The adult (18 and over) waiver is available at our gym. A government issued ID is required for all waivers. There is no entrance fee for spectators. If you would like to use the gym, a day pass can be purchased.

BLOC PARTY vs LOCAL ABS: If you compete in Planet Granite’s Bloc Party competition prior to the ABS comp, you will not be allowed to be ranked in the USAC ABS Sunday competition. However you can still participate in the Sunday USAC ABS competition in order to fulfill your 2 local competition requirement for USAC.

DIRECTIONS: To view directions to Planet Granite San Francisco, click here.

PARKING: There is paid parking (pink) immediately around the gym ($8/day) and free parking (blue) starting about 100 yards down the street (towards Sports Basement). Please view this parking map.

USAC MEMBER FEE: For first time climbers, sign up for a Day-Member Pass for your first competition to try out the competitive climbing scene. If you are planning to climb at a Regional Championship event, get the USAC Competitor Membership! Both options are only done online, visit www.usaclimbing.org and click on JOIN NOW.

ACCESS: The gym will be open as normal so there may be members on the same wall. We ask that competitors please be considerate when climbing and rotate in members and other competitors.

FOOD: We ask that only snacks and drinks with lids be consumed inside our facility. The Warming Hut Cafe is a short walk from the gym that serves sandwiches and salads. Safeway is located near Fort Mason on Marina Boulevard. Crissy Field (just across the street from PG) is a great place to have a picnic lunch.

THINGS TO DO IN SF: For those of you who don’t know the area – it’s worth making a full day of the trip. It’s a short hike from Planet Granite Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point and right by the Bay. Teams can bring a post competition picnic lunch. There are barbecue pits by the picnic area (first come-first serve). Bring or rent bikes at Sports Basement (and ride to Fisherman’s Wharf or across the Golden Gate Bridge). Or visit the Exploratorium on the way out. Also, most of the competition routes are separate from the sport climbing area – so non-competitors can pay the day fee and climb!

TOP ROPING AND LEAD CLIMBING: With 45-foot high walls, leadable cracks and tons of top roping, PG SF has amazing terrain in route climbing as well! For those interested in climbing routes, please read the following:
Top Rope Belaying: Every roped climber needs a Planet Granite certified belayer managing his or her rope. Belayers with prior belay experience that are new to Planet Granite must complete a belay test in order to belay at Planet Granite. Belayers must be age 14 or older. Staff are not available to belay without prior reservation.

LEAD BELAYING AND CLIMBING: A PG Lead Climbing & Belaying certification is required in our gyms. Climbers and Belayers must be at least 16 years old to Lead Climb/Belay in our gym. A separate waiver is required for this and participants between the ages of 16-17 must have the lead waiver filled out by their parent and accompanied by a photocopy of the signing parent’s drivers license.

ACCOMMODATIONS: For those interested in overnight accomodations, we recommend looking in the Marina or Russian Hill districts of San Francisco as they are near our gym. The Presidio Travelodge offers reasonable rate as well!