PLANET GRANITE BLOG

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! 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! Read on to see pictures and scores!

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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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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
@ Noon
Free Admission

Planet Granite Portland

Wednesday, May 31
@ Noon
Free Admission

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/

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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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