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].
A few weekends ago, PG staff headed up to Yosemite to climb, hang out, and volunteer! This year, staff painted an old railway turntable in El Portal. The turntable was in pretty bad shape but the park and Yosemite Conservancy have been restoring it and it needed a new coat of paint. Needless to say, in 100 degree heat, it was a hard job but with a beautiful river close by and some great camping and climbing leading up to and after the job, it was well worth it!Read More…
A Day at Columns of the Giants
By Josh Levin
Hello PG community! Josh Levin here. I’ve been a PG member for the past 13 years, and am here to share some of my climbing experiences with you all each month. I started off on the PG youth team as one of those exuberant children you see running around the gym, and have since graduated to coaching said children and earning my degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University. Oh yeah, I do that ninja warrior thing too.
This month, I figured I’d kick things off with a crag review of a local sport climbing area called Columns of the Giants. I took a day trip up to Columns the other week with my friend Chris Bellizzi to check out what the area has to offer. Columns is located in the Stanislaus National Forest, just north of Yosemite and about an hour further up CA-108 from the popular crags of Jailhouse and Gold Wall.Read More…
July 9th is your last day to help us protect public lands by speaking up. After that, the Department of Interior will be reviewing 27 of our National Monuments. Sunnyvale’s Justin Vitcov helps explain the importance and beauty of these lands. Head to Patagonia’s site to submit a comment to the Department of the Interior and to learn more about which monuments are in danger.Read More…
Come join Planet Granite in May to hear Tommy Caldwell speak about his new memoir, The Push. He’ll be talking about the challenges that lead to the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall. While he is here, he will also be answering questions, and signing copies of his book which will be available to buy at the gym!
Planet Granite Sunnyvale
Thursday, May 25
Planet Granite Portland
Wednesday, May 31
If you haven’t been to Planet Granite before or haven’t been in a while, please be sure to fill out a waiver online! Save time the day of the event: http://planetgranite.com/waiver/
The 2017 Friction Series has wrapped up and we had a great time! 25 fresh new routes were opened and hundreds of climbers tried their skill on progressively harder climbs. The routesetters definitely showed their creativity on these climbs, including a bi-colored lead climb #22 and a polka dot start on #21!