PLANET GRANITE BLOG

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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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!

 

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We are only a few days out from Sunnyvale’s Friction Series and the series finals! In anticipation for this event, our routesetters will be working hard to set awesome routes for you to climb! This means that there will be closures throughout the week while we set up. Routes that are for the comp will be closed until after the event on Saturday (around 5pm).

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