PLANET GRANITE BLOG

As climbers, most of us have felt the awesome impacts that climbing can have on us as individuals and on our local communities. Ideally, the continued growth in climbing and the development of new climbing areas in new communities will continue to have a positive impact and foster our community. That is our goal for Loreto and Comundu, two small communities in the incredible Sierra Giganta Mountains in Baja California Sur.

What started out as a trip to discover a remote climbing area has developed into something much greater. A few locals from both towns were very interested in what we were doing, so we offered to take them out climbing. As local interest grew we decided to help kick-start a local climbing community. With the help of Sebastian Del Valle, a La Paz Area climbing guide, we arranged community climbing days that were open to the public.Read More…

It’s true! Planet Granite has had its eye on Chicago for the past few years, and while our plans are a bit different than when we started, we are very excited to announce that we will be opening Planet Granite Wrigleyville and Planet Granite Lincoln Park over the next two years.

Planet Granite Wrigley Field Exterior

Planet Granite Wrigleyville will feature three floors and 40,000 square feet of bouldering, yoga and fitness and is slated to open late 2019. Read more about our newest Chicago climbing gym in the press release below.

 

Planet Granite Lincoln Park Exterior

Planet Granite Lincoln Park will boast 40,000 square feet of roped climbing and bouldering terrain, and is expected to open early 2020. Read more about our new Lincoln Park climbing gym in the press release below.

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The weather is beautiful and it is hard to stay inside! Grab your pack, rack, rope or bouldering pad and head to the great outdoors!

It’s the perfect time to round out your gear collection before heading out with our Gear Up for the Adventure Sale!

15% off when you spend $100+ 
20% off when you spend $250+
25% off when you spend $375+

Sale runs through May 31st!

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It was a busy day at Sunnyvale last Saturday! While our youth competitors were crushing it at Youth Regionals in Berkley, we had over 300 competitors crushing it at the gym for the final installment of our 2018 Friction Series! Check out our video recap.

We started off the day nice and steady with people coming in, warming up, and trying out the brand new routes that the setters worked on putting up all through the week! Once things got ramped up, you could feel the energy even though our emcee, Derek didn’t get his usual awesome costume in time so had to improvise (He had bleached his hair in preparation and everything! Oh well – we will see what he is next time!). Later in the day, people cooled off and refueled with some pizza, snacks, soda, and delicious beer from Fort Point Brewery. After everyone had turned in their scorecards and grabbed a shirt, they set up to watch the finalists – 5 men and 5 women climbing some of the hardest routes that have been set for finals yet! While no one got to the top, the finalists put on a great show with one-arm clips, dynos, and hand jams! It was a sight to see! Lastly, our sponsors and partners for Friction Series helped us end the day in a giant raffle where people won packs, gift cards, gear, and more! Thank you so much to our sponsors especially our headline sponsor, Petzl!

A huge thank you to everyone who came and we hope you had a great time and got some awesome prizes!

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Are you a student who’s back at home just for the summer? We know the school year doesn’t start or end at the first and last day of the month so we offer summer students flexible Summer Student Memberships! Start anytime and pay for 1, 2, or 3 months at a time. It’s a great way to get some climbing, yoga or fitness in over the summer months!

Pricing varies by home gym. Keep reading for more details.

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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…