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…

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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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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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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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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The perfect team shares your psyche, pushes you to be your best and helps you laugh at all the silly little things that life throws at you. They make you more creative, more compassionate, more connected. Together you dream up cool adventures, embark on fascinating journeys and stand on distant summits. A great team makes the climb even more rewarding.

With that, we are very proud to announce our newest addition to the Planet Granite and Earth Treks family, Robert Cohen! Robert is joining as our new CEO and will be the perfect teammate to guide us as we continue to create incredible places for our communities to gather.Read More…

Happy New Year’s PG community!

To wrap up the year, here’s one last quick update from 2017:

For most of this month, I focused on recovering my broken hand from the injury I sustained at the end of November. Most of the recovery process involved spending 4 weeks in a cast, then doing some simple finger movements once I’d gained some basic mobility. It was hard to once again be forced to take time off of training and climbing, but I was able to fill the time productively with some fun activities.

One of the more unique opportunities I had in December was to visit my friend Daniel Gershin at University of Nevada – Reno (UNR). I’d met Daniel a couple years ago at the Red Rock Rendezvous while taking a wilderness first aid course, and kept in contact with him over the years to help him develop the school’s climbing team/club. Earlier this year, Daniel reached out to me to see if I was interested in doing a speaking event at UNR, to which I gladly accepted! It was super cool to see the club Daniel had started himself have such an incredible impact on the community, with dozens of students participating in both the competitive team and the recreational club. I had an amazing time sharing my climbing experiences with the club and leading a mental training clinic with their competitive team. We also got to do a bit of hiking in the Reno/Tahoe area and check out some Escape Rooms while in town (new favorite hobby!).Read More…

It’s the New Year and with that comes a time to look at the possibilities that 2018 presents. Whether your New Year’s resolution includes trying something new, getting in shape, or improving on your hobby, a Planet Granite membership can help!  Through January 31st, you can get a Planet Granite Membership while paying $0 Initiation!

Don’t wait! On February 1st, initiation returns to $45!

My goal is to try something new!

Awesome! Trying something new is a great way to challenge yourself in various ways – mentally, physically, emotionally. Climbing can be intimidating but there is a reason so many people love it – it can be an exhilarating experience for people of any age! Once you have a membership, you can come in whenever we are open and boulder or rope climb! Plus, with a membership, you can sign up for 2 free Belay Lessons per day – one for you and one for a friend or bring two friends in if you already know how to belay!

Already climbing? Try out our group classes – we offer Yoga and Fitness classes daily that are included in your membership!

I want to take my climbing to the next level!

One of the great things about climbing is that there is always another challenge – a new grade, a new type of climbing, a new technique – that you can do. With our climbing classes, you can work on beginner skills in our Fundamentals or Beginner Rock Climbing courses or learn drills and techniques in Balance and Technique. Want to try a different type of climbing? Lead climbing and Crack climbing can open up a lot more terrain to climbers looking to challenge themselves! While these classes available for everyone*, as a member, you receive a discount our regular classes and clinics!

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