PLANET GRANITE BLOG

We are very excited to announce a new Planet Granite location coming to the South Bay!

Planet Granite Santa Clara is slated to open 2019 and include 30,000 square feet of bouldering, yoga, and fitness. In addition to the world-class bouldering terrain, members and guests will find amenities including a yoga studio, functional fitness and cardio zones, F10 weights areas, fitness and climbing classes and a gear shop.

The Santa Clara gym will be located at 801 Martin Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050, with convenient access to Central Expressway and 101. This location offers gym goers easy access from the highways and plenty of parking.

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Bouldering

By: Jon Meltzer

BOULDERER IS A WORD

It’s true, rock climbing requires some technical knowledge. We need to know how to tie a variety of knots, as well as ways to manage slack and get down from the summit safely. We need to have gear (many of us tend to go overboard with racks upon racks of carabiners, slings, cams and other various baubles). We need marathon endurance to tackle gigantic, wandering routes that disappear into the clouds. Right?

… Well, not exactly. There are several other ways to climb. One type is distilled down to all but the most rudimentary parts – (wo)man versus rock. We remove the need for gear and ropes, and forgo long, wandering routes that take hours, even days, to complete. We climb shorter things – called “problems” as opposed to “routes” –  usually under 15 feet and without ropes.  These problems can require more nuanced, precise and oftentimes, powerful movements. We call this bouldering, and it’s a sport, activity and lifestyle all its own.
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Plan Your Climbing Trip

By: Ty Baxter

‘Tis the season! Whether your heart is set on Red River Gorge, Indian Creek or Red Rocks, it’s officially climbing season somewhere. You’ve watched the weather, acquired all the gear and downloaded the crags on your app…now what?

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Van Life

By: Kim Tellez

When I’m in Rifle, all I want to do is climb. From the moment I wake up, I’m ready to take off and jump on the warm-up routes. I sleep with the guide book next to my pillow. On a sheet of scratch paper sticking out of the book is the list of routes I carefully chose the night before. I’m still a bit impatient, like a kid at Disneyland, but I’m working on it.  As the sun creeps over my van, I get out and walk around and pace around my climbing partner’s car, who is usually still fast asleep. I might even bump into his car a few times to get the ball rolling.

Sometimes though, it’s still pretty cold outside, which means the rock is also probably still cold and not quite ready to climb. So how should I best use this time to prepare for the ensuing Rifle training day? I know that once we start climbing and exchanging belays, there won’t be time to eat a whole meal.Read More…

As climbers, most of us have felt the awesome impacts that climbing can have on us as individuals and on our local communities. Ideally, the continued growth in climbing and the development of new climbing areas in new communities will continue to have a positive impact and foster our community. That is our goal for Loreto and Comundu, two small communities in the incredible Sierra Giganta Mountains in Baja California Sur.

What started out as a trip to discover a remote climbing area has developed into something much greater. A few locals from both towns were very interested in what we were doing, so we offered to take them out climbing. As local interest grew we decided to help kick-start a local climbing community. With the help of Sebastian Del Valle, a La Paz Area climbing guide, we arranged community climbing days that were open to the public.Read More…

It’s true! Planet Granite has had its eye on Chicago for the past few years, and while our plans are a bit different than when we started, we are very excited to announce that we will be opening Planet Granite Wrigleyville and Planet Granite Lincoln Park over the next two years.

Planet Granite Wrigley Field Exterior

Planet Granite Wrigleyville will feature three floors and 40,000 square feet of bouldering, yoga and fitness and is slated to open late 2019. Read more about our newest Chicago climbing gym in the press release below.

 

Planet Granite Lincoln Park Exterior

Planet Granite Lincoln Park will boast 40,000 square feet of roped climbing and bouldering terrain, and is expected to open early 2020. Read more about our new Lincoln Park climbing gym in the press release below.

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The weather is beautiful and it is hard to stay inside! Grab your pack, rack, rope or bouldering pad and head to the great outdoors!

It’s the perfect time to round out your gear collection before heading out with our Gear Up for the Adventure Sale!

15% off when you spend $100+ 
20% off when you spend $250+
25% off when you spend $375+

Sale runs through May 31st!

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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! Check out our video recap.

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!

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Are you a student who’s back at home just for the summer? We know the school year doesn’t start or end at the first and last day of the month so we offer summer students flexible Summer Student Memberships! Start anytime and pay for 1, 2, or 3 months at a time. It’s a great way to get some climbing, yoga or fitness in over the summer months!

Pricing varies by home gym. Keep reading for more details.

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Post by Danielle, a personal trainer and fitness instructor in SF

Climbing is a challenging sport. It requires a great deal of technique, strength, flexibility, endurance and power. I see a ton of climbers at our gym who have so much technique and skill – but sometimes, there’s one part of the puzzle that is holding them back from those bigger more challenging climbs.

First off, I want to clear the air about one misconception – just lifting weights will not cause you to get bulky or gain weight (though, if that is your goal, it is possible with the right diet and routine!). With the right choice of reps and weight, an athlete can get stronger, denser muscle but not put get bulky. In turn, having more dense muscle in the body will cause the metabolism to increase – allowing us to burn more calories throughout the day without any additional exercise – which translates to less body fat. So by adding denser muscle – we will get stronger AND we will lose weight! That’s a win-win for our sport!

Most climbers do a lot of upper body PULLING and usually have a good base of slow twitch muscle fibers; the muscle fibers that are necessary for endurance sports like long distance running or yoga. While climbers have exceptionally strong backs and biceps, there are a few exercises we can add to give them an extra edge on their abilities. The movements I’ve found that translate to better power and strength for climbing are those that build fast twitch muscle fibers, improve overhead mobility and increase stability through the core. So let’s get into it. Which exercises are the best compliments for climbers – and WHY should I add them into my training?Read More…