Planet Granite has held fundraisers for a variety of organizations, including the Access Fund and Portola & Castle Rock Foundation to help save climbing access near and far! These events are on top of our commitment to donate money and resources to organizations such as Big City Mountaineers, Outward Bound, Yosemite Conservancy, and the Access Fund.
For four straight years Planet Granite has committed to matching up to $20,000 for donations to the ASCA via various fundraisers hosted at our facilities. Our PG team plans and coordinates these live auctions which feature professional climbers such as Alex Honnold, Ethan Pringle, Chris Sharma, and more. Since 2009, Planet Granite efforts have helped the ASCA raise more than $220,000!
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We're excited to announce we exceeded our goal! In just one night, we raised nearly $1500 for the Jailhouse Gear Fund!
With Planet Granite's $1000 match, almost $2500 was donated to purchase the much needed gear to replace the fixed gear at Jailhouse.
Correction to newsletter! Jailhouse Rock Fundraiser will be at PG SUNNYVALE! And all donations at this event will benefit Jailhouse Rock's Fixed Gear Fund! 4 years ago, Planet Granite helped raise over $23,000 for the Access Fund to keep Jailhouse Rock open to climbing forever. As a result of this huge achievement, climbers from all over have been able to experience Jailhouse, which was a previously unpublished crag on private land. A steep columnar basalt crag with over 90 routes ranging from 5.12-5.14, Jailhouse offers the largest concentration of hard sport climbing on the west coast, just 2 hours from the Bay Area. Many steep sport crags have fixed draws, as it can be incredibly difficult to remove draws on that terrain. As result, gear that's left for months or years can get worn down: draws fray or carabiners develop sharp edges. Usually, the understood responsibility is that the climber projecting or climbing who finds poor gear should replace it. However, as climbing at Jailhouse has gained in popularity, the amount of gear needing replacement has increased drastically. Knowing that a lot of our members climb there, and having been involved in making Jailhouse permanently accessible, we are excited to help! Planet Granite will match up to $1000 of all donations received for the Jailhouse Gear Fund. All proceeds will go directly to purchasing new draws, carabiners, bolts and hangers. To donate visit www.cragfund.com/jailhouse.
PLUS SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT! Join special guest speaker, James Lucas for a fun night and help us raise money! Tuesday June 23rd @7:30pm PG Sunnyvale
For a fourth straight year, Planet Granite committed to match up to $20,000 for donations to the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA).Well, we’re thrilled to announce that for a 4th time, thanks to the generous support of our members and the wider climbing community, we have surpassed our goal! In fact, total donations to the ASCA totaled more than $38,000 over two months!! Including the PG Gives Back match, that means the ASCA has almost $60,000 to put towards replacing bolts worldwide and making outdoor climbing safer for everyone! We are so thankful for everyone that attended our two main fundraisers and donated to the online auction. Below find out how professional climber (and local) Alex Honnoldgot involved, plus how Planet Granite Portland kicked it all off!
For a fourth??straight year, Planet Granite committed to match??up to $20,000 for donations to the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA).Well, we're thrilled to announce that for a??4th time, thanks to the generous support of??our??members and the wider climbing community, we have surpassed our goal! In fact, total donations to the ASCA??totaled more than $38,000??over two months!! Including??the PG Gives Back match, that means the ASCA has almost $60,000 to put towards replacing bolts worldwide ??and making outdoor climbing safer for everyone! We are so thankful for everyone that attended our two main fundraisers and donated to the online auction.??Below find out how professional climber (and local) Alex Honnold got involved, plus how Planet Granite Portland kicked it all off!
Alex Honnold was running late. But he couldn't really complain, at least it was raining. Drought-plagued California needed the torrential downpour. Even if it meant the notoriously impaired San Francisco, "I-don't-know-how-to-drive-under-anything-but-sun-and-fog," drivers were making traffic a nightmare. HONK!!!!!!! Alex jumped. "Dude! Aren't you late for your Planet Granite presentation!" yelled the guy in the car next to him. "Oh, and nice op-ed in the New York Times," the man finished as he passed Alex's car. "I'm writing my notes for the presentation now!" Alex protested. After showing up wet as a dog (and late), the ever-modest climber??kicked off our 4th Annual ASCA Auction??by sharing that story with the crowd gathered to hear him speak about his latest adventures in Yosemite. A shout??from behind the San Francisco top-out boulder suddenly??split the air,??"Hey, that was me!" [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Left: A wet Alex Honnold signs Supertopo books for the auction. Right: Planet Granite Auctioneers are psyched to have Alex join them![/caption] Such is the life of the globally renown, yet??beloved local (and slightly stinky - hey he just got off El Cap!)
auctioneer...err, free soloist. Planet Granite was honored to have Alex and Supertopo founder Chris McNamara help auction off some of the??more than 150??items donated to PG for the??ASCA fundraiser. The two expertly rattled off numbers, bidding up everything from McNamara's Tahoe home rental to El Cap speed fiend (and Alex's record-holding partner) Hans Florine's Yosemite home.??"I've stayed there, I promise it's cool," affirmed Alex. When it came to auctioning off a day of climbing with another pro-climber, local Ethan Pringle, Alex acknowledged Ethan always beat him at youth comps when they were kids. "He's, like, really strong." Other??auction highlights included the Bay Area designed, folding Oru Kayak, which Alex graciously modeled and gear from Goal Zero, Patagonia, Prana, and dozens of other local and national sponsors (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!). Planet Granite Manager (and Chief Auctioneer) Eliot Carlsen got??especially flustered when??when his employee and co-auctioneer attempted to win the Half Dome in a Day with Jim Herson. Unfortunately, the $100 in her bank account was no match for the $800 Mr. Herson??ultimately??commanded. All in all, thanks to the AMAZING community that showed up, the??live auction raised more than $10,500 in ONE NIGHT! After the auction shenanigans, Alex gave a compelling presentation on his recent adventures ranging from climbing expeditions to the work he is doing with his non-profit, The Honnold Foundation, for instance bringing solar energy to remote areas of the Navajo Nation. The ever-professional Alex, then stayed for an extra hour and a half simply??answering questions, signing books, and taking hundreds of??selfies with community members.
The auction in San Francisco may have brought in the big bucks, but it was our Portland community that kicked it all off! Planet Granite Portland opened the first week of November and scores??of people from the greater pacific northwest came to??check our our latest gym for free and learn more about the ASCA impact in Oregon. Volunteer re-bolters from Oregon manned the booth and answered questions, while Stumptown Coffee provided the drinks. Dozens of raffle tickets were sold raising more than $1300 over two days. Importantly, new and experienced climbers alike learned more about the valuable work being done by the ASCA and their army of volunteers in making sure beloved local areas like Smith Rock and Broughton's Bluff ??stay safe.
??To our HUGE Planet Granite community. We are so thankful for all of your time, donations, and excitement over the last two months in raising??money for this organization that we believe is so vital to our sport. CONGRATS YOU ALL - $60,000 IS NO CHUMP CHANGE!
For the months of October and November,??Planet Granite has pledged to match up to $20,000 of funds raised for the American Safe Climbing Association ??? this means your $1 will become $2! Plus, join us on Wednesday, November 19th at 7pm at PG San Francisco??for a LIVE AUCTION FUNDRAISER with special presentations by well-known soloist and local climber, ALEX HONNOLD??and CHRIS MCNAMARA??of SuperTopo and founder of the ASCA. The ASCA is responsible for much of the rebolting projects that have occurred in the West and have even contributed as far east as Thailand! Largely a volunteer-run organization, the ASCA depends entirely on donations to purchase bolts. These bolts are the reason we can still climb at many of our favorite crags! As more and more 'early sport climbing' areas move into wholesale replacement of all bolts, this year the ASCA sent out far more than ever before - over 5,000 bolts! *Here's a??short version list of bolts sent out so far in 2014, by state: ??
- California - 1244
- Colorado - 1100
- Wyoming - 800
- Nevada - 450
- Oregon - 350
- Kentucky - 250
- Arizona - 214
- Utah - 200
- Tennessee - 200
- Alaska - 150
- Washington - 100
- North Carolina - 50
- West Virginia & Virginia - 50
- Pennsylvania - 150 links/rings
*Learn more about this year's projects HERE.
Have items to donate to the auction?
*Wondering why PG is able to donate $20,000 towards a company match??? This is a part??of our PG GIVES BACK program. Planet Granite has committed to donating $1 for each member every month to one of three areas: climbing, community and the environment. SO??this is all made possible??because of YOU, our amazing members, that we???re able to support these essential organizations.
If you've been climbing long enough you've probably heard??a story about rapping off a sketchy anchor or clipping a spinning bolt. The American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA) wants that to stop and has made it its mission to replace bolts worldwide. For a fourth??straight year, Planet Granite has committed to matching up to $20,000 for donations to the ASCA.
But what exactly does the ASCA do? We sat down with Director Greg Barnes, to get a little history on the organization.
VOLUNTEERS [caption id="attachment_3750" align="alignright" width="150"] A young Greg Barnes on top of DNB in 1999.[/caption] In 1994, Greg Barnes was getting his PhD in Biology when some friends invited him to go climbing in Yosemite Valley. It was an invitation that changed his life. Shortly after that experience he quit to become, in his words, a Valley dirtbag. ???At least I had enough credits for a Masters in Biology,??? laughs Barnes. In those days, he notes, anything you climbed in the Valley required rapping off rusty quarter inch bolts. So when Chris McNamara approached him about replacing some of those anchors, he heartily agreed. "It was pretty simple," he remembers, "I didn't want to die on the way down. Plus, I was a climbing bum so I had a lot of time." An army of volunteers forms the backbone of what the ASCA does: replacing scary, manky bolts (if you can call it that) like this one![/caption] And thus, began Barnes'??early days of volunteering for??the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to replacing unsafe anchors and reducing the environmental impacts of climbing. The ASCA???s impact on our sport cannot be underestimated. Since 1998 the ASCA has replaced more than 12,000 bolts nationwide. In 2013, an army of volunteer rebolters worked in 19 states and two countries, including Thailand and Mexico. This year, the ASCA has supplied almost 1600 bolts to crags in California and Oregon, the two states where Planet Granite members reside. Since its founding Planet Granite has supported the ASCA through its community donation program PG Gives Back. In the last five years Planet Granite has helped raise more than $140,000 for the ASCA through direct donations and matching fundraisers. PROCESS So just how does the ASCA operate? First off, it depends entirely on volunteers that understand the ethics of the local crags. ???Generally speaking most of the rebolters are well-established climbers. They are guidebook authors, professional climbers, route developers, local guides, etc.,??? explains Barnes, who is now the ASCA's Director. [caption id="attachment_3735" align="aligncenter" width="500"] ASCA volunteers re-bolting in Yosemite with hand drills.[/caption] These rebolters contact Barnes about certain crags and ask him for a specific number of bolts. The ASCA then ships the hardware to the local organization doing the work. For instance, this year, volunteers at Smith Rock have been cranking! Barnes has already sent 150 bolts their way. It is NOT easy work. ???At Smith you???re talking about severely overhung routes. The only way to even get to some of them is with a tension traverse. You have to haul a power drill, glue, supplies, an extra rope, etc. It can take a really long time.??? And if you think this is just about updating old, obscure routes. Think again. Take a look at what a rebolter at Smith found last month on one of the most popular 5.13???s in the area. Would you lower??off of that? [caption id="attachment_3733" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Left: An ASCA volunteer replaced this top anchor bolt on Aggro Monkey (5.13b) at Smith Rock last month. Right: Smith's White Wedding (5.14a) hardware pre-rebolting[/caption] Or consider the support the ASCA has offered in Thailand. ???It???s an insane amount of work,??? notes Barnes. ???The bolts are just breaking left and right on overhung sport climbs. The bolts we have to use, titanium glue-ins, are REALLY expensive. But the volunteer organization doing it there, the Thaitanium Project is doing a great job and we just keep sending them the bolts they need.??? At the end of the day, the work of the ASCA is a labor of love BY climbers, FOR climbers. ???Bolts definitely break and this helps save lives,??? says Barnes.
Planet Granite will match up to $20,000 of funds raised
between August 1st and 15th.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Get rid of these bolts and replace them with shiny new ASCA bolts! Your donations goes directly to purchasing new hardware! Climbing volunteers from all over switch out these old unsafe bolts with new steel. Help make our crags better!![/caption]
And now...for a sneak peek at some of the awesome prizes you can pick up on Wednesday!! ??Every dollar you donate will be come $2 PLUS you can win some amazing gear!! ??Thank you to all of our sponsors! ??We couldn't host this event without you! ??
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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320"] Flashed Messenger Bag
http://flashed.com/accessories/shoulderbag/[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="257"] Hood River Coffee!
http://www.hoodrivercoffeeco.com/store/pc/mainIndex.asp[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"] LIFETIME supply of every single Supertopo Guidebook signed by the author himself!! Receive every past copy AND get every new edition as it's released!
http://www.supertopo.com/topostore.html[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="228"] Petzl Xion Rope!
http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/verticality/dynamic-ropes/101-xion[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="233"] Alex Matus has donated a 1 hour tattoo session!
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320"] Get a custom one of a kind Planet Granite Timbuk2 bag!! No one else has these!
https://www.facebook.com/timbuk2[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320"] Mojo Shorts and Quinn top!! Thank you Prana SF! https://www.facebook.com/prAnaSanFrancisco[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="150"] Two Black Hole bags and W's Knifeblade jacket and M's Knifeblade Pullover! Thanks Patagonia! https://www.facebook.com/PATAGONIA[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320"] Metolius Hangboard!
http://www.metoliusclimbing.com/wood-grips_training_boards.html[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320"] Lululemon Yoga Package! Thanks Lulu Union Street! https://www.facebook.com/lululemonCowHollow[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320"] GoPro Hero 3! http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero3-black-edition[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="226"] 3 day trip in Escape Camper Vans!
http://www.escapecampervans.com/[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="179"] Lola Kay wine! Did you know Lola, of Lola Kay wines, was an avid mountaineer? This is her pushing the limits of what women could do in the 1930s. Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France
Earlier this year, the local and national climbing community came together to support our local sport climbing crag, Jailhouse Rock.??In just 15 days, we raised over $23,000 with Planet Granite???s $10,000 match! Now it's time to put some of that money to use! ??On Saturday, November 12th, join the Access Fund and many local climbers as we build a parking lot, lay down fencing and prep the old climber's access trail for regrowth. ??Everyone is welcome - let's do this! --- The below was taken from the Access Fund's Jailhouse page. Please join us for an??Adopt a Crag at Jailhouse November 12, 2011. Starting November 12, 2011, parking and access will change. See below for a new map, driving directions, and the gate code. The Access Fund acquired a conservation easement and access easement on the Jailhouse Rock property in 2010 when access was threatened by an impending housing development. Although the property is still privately owned, the Access Fund-held easements guarantee climbing access into perpetuity. Jailhouse Rock boasts up to 200 feet of overhanging amphitheater on the western face of a basalt lava flow known locally as Table Rock. Jailhouse Rock is a major resource for the Bay Area, Yosemite, and Sacramento climbing communities during the fall, winter, and spring months when other sport crags are covered in snow. history Although popular, climbers had previously kept a ???no guidebook, no publicity??? policy at the request of the private landowners, who have quietly allowed climbing access over the last 12 years. In 2010, an impending subdivision which included the trailhead and initial approach trail threatened future access to Jailhouse. Plans to further subdivide the land adjacent to Jailhouse could have blocked access even further, since the trail would need to cross multiple new lots purchased by private landowners who may be less inclined to grant public access. With??the future access to Jailhouse at risk, local climber and long-time access supporter Tom Addison contacted the Access Fund and the landowner for help. After several months of working with the landowners, the Access Fund reached an agreement to protect Jailhouse Rock through a complex conservation development partnership. A short-term $100,000 Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign loan secured a conservation and access easement, ensuring permanent protection and access to Jailhouse Rock. location Located near Sonora, California, Jailhouse Rock is in western Tuolumne County above the Stanislaus River between Lake Tulloch and New Melones Reservoirs. It is approximately two hours east of the Bay??Area, and about an hour and a half west of Yosemite.??An access easement??provides access to the 75-acre conservation easement, which includes the developed cliffline, a half mile of waterfront, and a buffer along the top of the mesa. ??For directions, please see the Access Fund Jailhouse Page.
|Conservation Easement||>Download PDF|
|Rules & Restrictions||??? No dogs on the property ?????Close all gates (typically there are over 200 head of horses on the property, and it is critical that they do not escape) ??? No??amplified music ??? No fires ??? No camping at the cliff, trailhead, or anywhere in the vicinity ??? Access allowed only from sun-up to one hour after sundown ??? No littering ??? Seasonal raptor closures on a portion of cliff line may be posted if there is active raptor nesting. ??? Do not park outside the gate alongside O???Byrnes Ferry Road|
Between April 15th and 30th, Planet Granite has pledged to match up to $10,000 of funds raised for the American Safe Climbing Association ??? this means your $1 will become $2!?? Plus, join us on Wednesday April 27th at PG San Francisco for a Fundraising Auction with special presentations by well-known soloist and local climber, Alex Honnold and Chris McNamara of SuperTopo and founder of the ASCA. The ASCA is responsible for much of the rebolting projects that have occurred in the West and have even contributed as far east as Thailand! Largely volunteer-run organization, the ASCA depends entirely on donations to purchase bolts. These bolts are the reason we can still climb at many of our favorite crags. In 2010, the ASCA provided the following to these areas:
Wondering why PG is able to donate $10,000 towards a company match? This is part of PG Gives Back ??? our new giving program. Planet Granite has committed to donating $1 for each member every month to one of three areas: Climbing, Community and the Environment. It???s because of our members we???re able to support these amazing organizations. To donate, please visit http://www.planetgranite.com/asca. ?? ??