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…

by: James Nurse

 

Lead climbing is what I love most about this sport. While climbing can primarily be described as an individual sport, there is almost nothing more important to a lead climber’s success than trusting their belayer. This trust allows the climber to focus 100% on their climb and to commit to those harder and scarier moves. On the flip side, the fastest way to erase that trust is to give your climber a hard catch or, even worse, spike them.

There are many tips, tricks and techniques that climbers learn and develop over the years to make themselves the best belayer possible in all scenarios.

Here are three tips to giving your climbing partner a soft catch.

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We are very excited to announce a new Planet Granite location coming to the South Bay!

Planet Granite Santa Clara is slated to open 2019 and include 30,000 square feet of bouldering, yoga, and fitness. In addition to the world-class bouldering terrain, members and guests will find amenities including a yoga studio, functional fitness and cardio zones, F10 weights areas, fitness and climbing classes and a gear shop.

The Santa Clara gym will be located at 801 Martin Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050, with convenient access to Central Expressway and 101. This location offers gym goers easy access from the highways and plenty of parking.

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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…

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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