PLANET GRANITE BLOG

Workout of the Week: Controlled Hangboard Toe Touches

Do you hangboard? Even if you already use the hangboard in your climbing training, this week’s workout offers a tip on how to increase your core strength and leg and foot control by working out with a partner. 

 TIME: 20DIFFICULTY: All Abilities EQUIPMENT:  Hangboard, foam roller, and a workout buddyFOCUS: arms, hands, and core

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Meet Larissa! Larissa is one of our Yoga Instructors in San Francisco.

Who are you? What do you teach?

I was born and raised in Marin County, but made a home for myself in Santa Barbara where I lived for the past seven years before moving back to the Bay. I moved there for UCSB & the beach, but stayed for the yogi community. My Power Yoga teacher training led to a huge perspective shift, and a deeper understanding of my Self. I have been teaching anywhere from one to fifteen Power or Vinyasa classes a week since the day I got my certification, and fall a little deeper in love with yoga every time.

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A few weekends ago, PG staff headed up to Yosemite to climb, hang out, and volunteer! This year, staff painted an old railway turntable in El Portal. The turntable was in pretty bad shape but the park and Yosemite Conservancy have been restoring it and it needed a new coat of paint. Needless to say, in 100 degree heat, it was a hard job but with a beautiful river close by and some great camping and climbing leading up to and after the job, it was well worth it!Read More…

A Day at Columns of the Giants

By Josh Levin

Hello PG community! Josh Levin here. I’ve been a PG member for the past 13 years, and am here to share some of my climbing experiences with you all each month. I started off on the PG youth team as one of those exuberant children you see running around the gym, and have since graduated to coaching said children and earning my degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University. Oh yeah, I do that ninja warrior thing too.

This month, I figured I’d kick things off with a crag review of a local sport climbing area called Columns of the Giants. I took a day trip up to Columns the other week with my friend Chris Bellizzi to check out what the area has to offer. Columns is located in the Stanislaus National Forest, just north of Yosemite and about an hour further up CA-108 from the popular crags of Jailhouse and Gold Wall.Read More…