PLANET GRANITE BLOG

Hi fellow PG climbers!

I recently published a book on training for climbing: The Minimalist Training Guide for Climbers that is available at a PG gear shop near you! I hope you check it out!

Full disclosure, I’m not a crusher. I don’t climb 5.13, I don’t levitate up V-double digits, I haven’t (yet) put up a first ascent on Annapurna or even in the Valley. So why would I write a book on climbing?

Because climbing is a fascinating and powerful sport. The mix of mental, physical, emotional, and technical expertise makes it both a phenomenal practice in itself and an incredible lever to learn about yourself. Discovering how to progress toward expertise in climbing offers invaluable lessons for all aspects of life and work.

Big stuff.

But the The Minimalist Training Guide for Climbers is the opposite of big. It’s small, dense and to the point.  It offers key advise, derived from my years of learning, researching, teaching, and training, on what makes for effective training.The book is a short, action-oriented guide that combines the latest knowledge about training, nutrition, injury prevention, periodization, and fitness. At its heart is a simple tenet that we train to climb and (especially in the early stages) we train simply by climbing with a specific focus and goal – that is with mindfulness and intent. The book contains eight training principles, that range from deliberate practice to minimalism and are applied in a sample training plan, thoroughly explained and ready for immediate use.
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Thank you everyone who came out to Friction Series San Francisco 2018! We had 290 competitors this year and it was a fantastic day! Thank you so much to our community for making it a great day, our setters for all the amazing climbs, and to all our sponsors for the awesome prizes! Check the bottom of the post for all the scores!

We’ll see you in a few weeks at Sunnyvale’s Friction Series presented by Petzl on May 12th where all our open category winners will climb at our Series Finals! We’ll have climbs from 5.7 – 5.13, pizza, Fort Point Beer, and more prizes for our community!

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Who are you? How long have you been part of the PG Family?

My name is Joshua Wise, and I’ve been climbing at PG for just coming up on seven years now. PG is kind of my home for a lot of things — it feels like a second home for climbing, and it feels like home for Yoga, and — we say “climbing, yoga, fitness” here at PG, right? And really, PG is my home for all of these. I started my practice of yoga here at PG, too. I think many members might see me as kind of a fixture here — I’m here most days of the week, except during ski season!

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Post by Danielle, a personal trainer and fitness instructor in SF

Climbing is a challenging sport. It requires a great deal of technique, strength, flexibility, endurance and power. I see a ton of climbers at our gym who have so much technique and skill – but sometimes, there’s one part of the puzzle that is holding them back from those bigger more challenging climbs.

First off, I want to clear the air about one misconception – just lifting weights will not cause you to get bulky or gain weight (though, if that is your goal, it is possible with the right diet and routine!). With the right choice of reps and weight, an athlete can get stronger, denser muscle but not put get bulky. In turn, having more dense muscle in the body will cause the metabolism to increase – allowing us to burn more calories throughout the day without any additional exercise – which translates to less body fat. So by adding denser muscle – we will get stronger AND we will lose weight! That’s a win-win for our sport!

Most climbers do a lot of upper body PULLING and usually have a good base of slow twitch muscle fibers; the muscle fibers that are necessary for endurance sports like long distance running or yoga. While climbers have exceptionally strong backs and biceps, there are a few exercises we can add to give them an extra edge on their abilities. The movements I’ve found that translate to better power and strength for climbing are those that build fast twitch muscle fibers, improve overhead mobility and increase stability through the core. So let’s get into it. Which exercises are the best compliments for climbers – and WHY should I add them into my training?Read More…

The perfect team shares your psyche, pushes you to be your best and helps you laugh at all the silly little things that life throws at you. They make you more creative, more compassionate, more connected. Together you dream up cool adventures, embark on fascinating journeys and stand on distant summits. A great team makes the climb even more rewarding.

With that, we are very proud to announce our newest addition to the Planet Granite and Earth Treks family, Robert Cohen! Robert is joining as our new CEO and will be the perfect teammate to guide us as we continue to create incredible places for our communities to gather.Read More…

Happy New Year’s PG community!

To wrap up the year, here’s one last quick update from 2017:

For most of this month, I focused on recovering my broken hand from the injury I sustained at the end of November. Most of the recovery process involved spending 4 weeks in a cast, then doing some simple finger movements once I’d gained some basic mobility. It was hard to once again be forced to take time off of training and climbing, but I was able to fill the time productively with some fun activities.

One of the more unique opportunities I had in December was to visit my friend Daniel Gershin at University of Nevada – Reno (UNR). I’d met Daniel a couple years ago at the Red Rock Rendezvous while taking a wilderness first aid course, and kept in contact with him over the years to help him develop the school’s climbing team/club. Earlier this year, Daniel reached out to me to see if I was interested in doing a speaking event at UNR, to which I gladly accepted! It was super cool to see the club Daniel had started himself have such an incredible impact on the community, with dozens of students participating in both the competitive team and the recreational club. I had an amazing time sharing my climbing experiences with the club and leading a mental training clinic with their competitive team. We also got to do a bit of hiking in the Reno/Tahoe area and check out some Escape Rooms while in town (new favorite hobby!).Read More…

It’s the New Year and with that comes a time to look at the possibilities that 2018 presents. Whether your New Year’s resolution includes trying something new, getting in shape, or improving on your hobby, a Planet Granite membership can help!  Through January 31st, you can get a Planet Granite Membership while paying $0 Initiation!

Don’t wait! On February 1st, initiation returns to $45!

My goal is to try something new!

Awesome! Trying something new is a great way to challenge yourself in various ways – mentally, physically, emotionally. Climbing can be intimidating but there is a reason so many people love it – it can be an exhilarating experience for people of any age! Once you have a membership, you can come in whenever we are open and boulder or rope climb! Plus, with a membership, you can sign up for 2 free Belay Lessons per day – one for you and one for a friend or bring two friends in if you already know how to belay!

Already climbing? Try out our group classes – we offer Yoga and Fitness classes daily that are included in your membership!

I want to take my climbing to the next level!

One of the great things about climbing is that there is always another challenge – a new grade, a new type of climbing, a new technique – that you can do. With our climbing classes, you can work on beginner skills in our Fundamentals or Beginner Rock Climbing courses or learn drills and techniques in Balance and Technique. Want to try a different type of climbing? Lead climbing and Crack climbing can open up a lot more terrain to climbers looking to challenge themselves! While these classes available for everyone*, as a member, you receive a discount our regular classes and clinics!

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Tommy Bell was part of the Earth Treks Rockville family for more than six years hosting birthday parties, teaching climbing classes and much more. Best known for his ever-present smile and seemingly endless supply of positivity, Tommy embodied the best in all of us. Our community lost Tommy far too soon when he passed away in a bicycle crash in the Spring of 2017.

 


IN HONOR OF TOMMY BELL

We hope to honor his memory and three of his deepest passions: photography, spreading happiness and rock climbing with the annual Tommy Bell Photo Contest! Post your most happy, passion-filled climbing pic on Instagram using the#CanIFocus, #EarthTreks and #PlanetGranite hashtags for a chance to have your photograph displayed in Earth Treks Rockville on a majorly large scale for the entirety of 2018. After that, the winner’s large print will be displayed at a different Earth Treks or Planet Granite gym and a framed smaller print will live in Rockville indefinitely on the Tommy Bell Gallery Wall.

One day, we will fill this gallery with photos of, or by, folks in our community doing what they love—rock climbing.

 


TO ENTER

It’s easy to enter, simply post your most happy, passion-filled climbing pic on Instagram using the #CanIFocus #EarthTreks and #PlanetGranite hashtags. Post as many times as you want and your best pics from previous climbing trips are allowed! Contest runs January 1, 2018 – January 31, 2018.

Why #CanIFocus? It is Tommy’s Instagram handle!

 


WINNERS WILL RECEIVE

  • Their image reproduced on a large scale and displayed for one year in Rockville and then will move to other gyms.
  • After one year, a smaller version of the image will remain in Rockville on the Tommy Bell Gallery Wall.
  • In addition, 1st place will receive $200 Earth Treks/Planet Granite gift card, 2nd place will receive $100 Earth Treks/Planet Granite gift card and 3rd will receive $50 Earth Treks/Planet Granite gift card.Read More…

Giving back to the community that makes us who we are is one of our core values and we strive to live that core value throughout the year through fundraising, clean ups, partnerships, and donations of time, access to the gym, and money.

Since the start of our Give Back program in 2010, we have given 1% back to the community and will continue to give back in 2018. We focus on 3 different areas for our donations – climbing, the environment, and under-resourced youth.

Overall, we donated over $105,000 in 2017. We would love to share the stories from some of the organizations that our Giving Back partnered with. Read More…