PLANET GRANITE BLOG

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!

 

Our emcee Derek took his job very seriously and made sure he was dressed to impress.

 

Some of the climbs required a creative rest in the middle in order to finish the climb.

After hours of climbing and socializing, it was time for a break to social and recharge on pizza, snacks, and drinks including beer from Fort Point Beer Co. Some pushed through and kept climbing right until the end.

   

At the finals,the top 5 competitors from all the gym comps competed for a cash prize! The crowd watched with bated breath while the climbers made their way up the wall.




 

We had a lot going on in our finals including our category winners (who won each category at our comp), our series finalists (who participated in the Onsight Finals including the top climbers from SF and Belmont), and our overall series champion who were the top scores between all three comps!

Category Rankings:

 

Women’s Open
Rank Score Name
1 2,780 CIARA RINAUDO
2 2,740 GWYNETH WONG
3 2,720 ALEX PLOTNIKOFF
Men’s Open
Rank Score Name
1 2,940 CONNOR HERSON
2 2,880 SAM MCQUEEN
2 2,880 ERIC SANCHEZ

 

Onsight Finals:

Women’s Onsight Results
Rank Name
1 MAYA HSU
2 CIARA RINAUDO
3 ALEX PLOTNIKOFF
Men’s Onsight Results
Rank Name
1 ROSS FULKERSON
2 SAM MCQUEEN
3 CONNOR HERSON

 

And our Overall Series Champions are below! Alex and Andrew, we’ll be reaching out to you with information on your prize!

Women’s Overall Series Champions
Rank Score Name
1 8350 ALEX PLOTNIKOFF
2 7990 BRIDGET ROELL
3 7760 MAYA HSU
Men’s Overall Series Champions
Rank Score Name
1 8050 ANDREW GAIDUS
2 7840 YANNICK GINGRAS
3 7380 KALVIN HOM

 

Check out all the scores here! And, check out our Facebook Album for more pictures!

A big shout out to all our tablers and other sponsors for the great prizes: Corporate sponsors who include our headline sponsor Petzl, Black Diamond, Fort Point Beer Co., and many more. A big thank you also to our local sponsors in our upcoming Sunnyvale comp including The North Face, Beach Coffee and Tea, Vitality Bowl, Arc’Teryx Stanford, Three Twins, Indian Street Cafe, and John Harrison Photography.

Thanks also to our photographer Max!