PLANET GRANITE BLOG

This year, Planet Granite was lucky enough to be able to donate $5,000 to the SharmaFund, a non-profit who dedicates their time to giving underprivileged kids the experience of rock climbing. Lisa, one of the SharmaFund’s coordinators, shares her experiences with the group:

Planet Granite + SharmaFund from Planet Granite on Vimeo.

In the video, you will see a couple of different groups that we’ve been doing ongoing trips with this fall. One is a middle school group from Bishop (Home Street Middle School), and the other is a middle school group from Big Pine (Big Pine Middle School). You will notice the happy faces of the young climbers, who only recently got introduced to the sport through us. We take them to a few different spots around the Bishop area. In the video are the Fish Slough Boulders and the Happy Boulders. These kids had never been to either spot before.
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Earlier in July, USA Climbing held the 2017 Sport & Speed Youth Nationals and Planet Granite team kids were there to represent!

There are 10 categories in USA Climbing’s competitions and almost 50 kids in each category climbing to get from the qualifiers to semi-finals. From there, the top 20 in each category will climb for a spot in finals! Kids from  all over  the country come to compete, some on teams, some not. You’d probably recognize some of the names of the competitors – they are already big names in climbing like Ashima Shiraishi or Kai Lightner. 6 kids from PG’s climbing team or community competed during this comp and they all did  a great job! 3 of the climbers landed in the top 10 of finals!

Justin Cubbage, Planet Granite SV Head Coach was in attendance to help make sure the climbers were prepared and ready to compete. Most of the kids were from SV’s team but we also had a few climbers from PDX!

Nationals is a lot different than bouldering nationals. Each day you climb 1 route. 2 of those days are Qualifiers. It’s a flash format so you can watch other competitors climb – there is no isolation. They even have a rabbit to show you how to climb it [I asked what a rabbit was. Think Alice in Wonderland where you follow the white rabbit – it is a climber who shows how the route is done].

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On May 13th, 47 of Planet Granite’s climbing team headed over to Berkeley Ironworks for the Sport and Speed Regional Championships and they did great! Of our 47 climbers, 28 qualified to climb at Divisionals in June! After that, we expect a good number to be going on to Nationals in July! To top it off, Planet Granite won the Sport Team Championship AND the Speed Team Championship! Check out our results on USA Climbing’s website here!

To get some insight on the comp, we talked with Justin Cubbage, Head Coach of Sunnyvale, and Tim, a Sunnyvale coach and competitor who placed first in the Male Junior category!

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