PLANET GRANITE BLOG

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!).

Another exciting recent development is the release of the Ninja Warrior Indonesia TV series we filmed earlier this year in Jakarta. Along with four other Americans, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in Indonesia’s first-ever international ninja warrior tournament! The event itself was a blast, and I even documented the experience in a vlog series which can be viewed here:

bit.ly/ninjasindonesia-e1

bit.ly/ninjasindonesia-e2

bit.ly/ninjasindonesia-e3

bit.ly/ninjasindonesia-e4

Full course runs are here:

Stage 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG1u3TIFW_A

Stage 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51wteBeJX9E

Stage 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tO1_yR71-I

Stage 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBCSOI7Z4A8

Although no one walked away with the victory in the

end, it was still super fun to participate, and I got to meet a lot of awesome people from all over the world!

With the 2017 wrapping up, I’m looking forward to sharing more adventures with you all in 2018 as I pursue my passion for climbing throughout the world. Thank you again for reading, see you all in the New Year!

Josh Levin