PLANET GRANITE BLOG

by: James Connelly

The 15th annual Yosemite Facelift took place at the end of September and boy was it awesome! My name is James Connelly and I am the Lead Supervisor at Planet Granite Sunnyvale and I had the pleasure of participating in this amazing week-long event. We stayed in the gorgeous Yellow Pines Campgrounds with a large number of the volunteering organizations and had the privilege to meet and connect with the Yosemite climbing community.

One of my favorite parts about this event was meeting so many new faces including, some from our very own company! Ethan Schwarz from Earth Treks Englewood and Joling Campo from Planet Granite San Francisco also volunteered. Ethan just graduated high school and it was his very first time in the Yosemite Valley. Joling had been to the Valley before, but never been for the facelift event. All three of us had an absolute blast all week long helping clean up the park, listening to accomplished climbers share their most favorite stories and of course climbing! Neither Ethan nor Joling had ever been on a Yosemite multi-pitch, so our goal was to get them on some classic lines (we hopped on Munginella, After Six and Commitment). Ethan even led his first trad route, built his first anchor and took his first trad fall, about 10 feet!Read More…