PLANET GRANITE BLOG

Bouldering

By: Jon Meltzer

BOULDERER IS A WORD

It’s true, rock climbing requires some technical knowledge. We need to know how to tie a variety of knots, as well as ways to manage slack and get down from the summit safely. We need to have gear (many of us tend to go overboard with racks upon racks of carabiners, slings, cams and other various baubles). We need marathon endurance to tackle gigantic, wandering routes that disappear into the clouds. Right?

… Well, not exactly. There are several other ways to climb. One type is distilled down to all but the most rudimentary parts – (wo)man versus rock. We remove the need for gear and ropes, and forgo long, wandering routes that take hours, even days, to complete. We climb shorter things – called “problems” as opposed to “routes” –  usually under 15 feet and without ropes.  These problems can require more nuanced, precise and oftentimes, powerful movements. We call this bouldering, and it’s a sport, activity and lifestyle all its own.
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Plan Your Climbing Trip

By: Ty Baxter

‘Tis the season! Whether your heart is set on Red River Gorge, Indian Creek or Red Rocks, it’s officially climbing season somewhere. You’ve watched the weather, acquired all the gear and downloaded the crags on your app…now what?

Make sure your t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted by checking out these quick tips for planning your climbing trip.Read More…

Van Life

By: Kim Tellez

When I’m in Rifle, all I want to do is climb. From the moment I wake up, I’m ready to take off and jump on the warm-up routes. I sleep with the guide book next to my pillow. On a sheet of scratch paper sticking out of the book is the list of routes I carefully chose the night before. I’m still a bit impatient, like a kid at Disneyland, but I’m working on it.  As the sun creeps over my van, I get out and walk around and pace around my climbing partner’s car, who is usually still fast asleep. I might even bump into his car a few times to get the ball rolling.

Sometimes though, it’s still pretty cold outside, which means the rock is also probably still cold and not quite ready to climb. So how should I best use this time to prepare for the ensuing Rifle training day? I know that once we start climbing and exchanging belays, there won’t be time to eat a whole meal.Read More…