Welcome to Planet Granite Portland!

Welcome to Planet Granite Portland. Located in the Northwest Pearl District of Portland, this 30,500 square foot gym is a world-class training facility for beginners and elite athletes alike. PG Portland features custom Walltopia designs for roped climbing and bouldering! Route walls are up to 55 feet high, including 200 routes and 18 cracks, four of which are hydraulically adjustable. The bouldering area includes Walltopia’s signature 3D walls, 200+ problems, an 18-foot high ball boulder and a 40 ft. ramp.

OUR STORY

With a great community vibe, outdoorsy mentality and deeply engrained passion for climbing (the birth of sport climbing was just three hours away!), Portland, Oregon was the perfect spot for our newest gym! Our first ground-up build, PG Portland was more than four years in the making and once construction started, in spite of the snowy winter, we stayed relatively on schedule and opened our doors in November 2014! Bringing together the best aspects from each of our gyms, we’re proud of the Portland gym, whose every feature was designed by the people who made our Bay Area gyms great! It’s been called a leading step in “the next generation of gyms” by those in the know, so swing by and check us out! You won’t be disappointed.

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MEET OUR STAFF

Matt Hopkins

Gym Director
BIO

Matt Hopkins

Gym Director

matt@planetgranite.com

about me

Born and raised in Southern California, Matt moved to Portland after living abroad in Asia. He began climbing when he was seven, competing off and on into adulthood. When not climbing, or training hard, he can be found creating new workout routines, planning his next trip, and eating whatever sounds interesting.

Do Nguyen

Assistant Director, Operations & Training
BIO

Do Nguyen

Assistant Director, Operations & Training

do@planetgranite.com

about me

Do was born and raised in southern California and started climbing in 2004. He has taught climbing and personal training for 8 years. Do hopes to share his passion for training and the climbing community with his new home here in Portland. He can normally be found lurking in the gym area here at Planet Granite.

JOHN-PAUL Holub

Assistant Director, Retail
BIO

JOHN-PAUL Holub

Assistant Director, Retail

john-paul@planetgranite.com

about me

John-Paul grew up back country skiing and mountain biking in the mountains of Idaho. Upon moving to Portland five years ago he fell in love with climbing and the local climbing community. Life has been a mix of building homes, working in the outdoor industry, and studying electrical engineering, along with a stint living in Central America. The future holds many continuing travels and adventuring into climbing and mountaineering.

David

Marketing & Events Coordinator | Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

David

Marketing & Events Coordinator | Supervisor | Instructor

about me

An Oregon native, David was an original staff member when Planet Granite Portland first opened its doors. After leaving to live in Australia for a year, he’s happy to have rejoined the PG family. He’s been climbing for over 10 years now and has no plans of stopping. A former competition climber, he much prefers to get on ropes but you may see him struggling up a few boulders now and then.

Kiana

Administrative Lead
BIO

Kiana

Administrative Lead

about me

Kiana grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where she first discovered her love for the outdoors. Since moving to Portland and becoming employed at Planet Granite, she has become consumed with climbing and has decided to dedicate her life to it. Her goal is to constantly be improving her abilities with the intention of one day becoming a big wall climber. When climbing season is over, Kiana can be found hiking with her man and their pups or trying to stand on a snowboard.

Rachel

Head Coach
BIO

Rachel

Head Coach

About Me

Rachel started climbing in 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah and hasn’t stopped since. She loves to crack climbing and she thinks trad is rad. Her favorite climbing areas are Indian Creek, Yosemite Valley, and the Red River Gorge. When she isn’t climbing she likes to practice juggling, play with her puppy, work on her van, and ride her road bike.

Kenn

Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

Kenn

Supervisor | Instructor

about me

Originally hailing from the East Coast and the French/Swiss border, Kenn has lived in Portland for a whole year and has been climbing for 9 years and spending time outside for 23. He loves trad climbing in particular and willingly freaks himself out doing it. Holding a B.A. in Philosophy from Whitman College, Kenn’s still stuck thinking about the meaning of it all, although working in the outdoors and conservation entice him as potential career choices. He also enjoys cooking, art, an obsession with maps (potential clinical significance), rafting, skiing, backpacking and pretty much any outdoor activity.

ROBBY

Retail Coordinator | Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

ROBBY

Retail Coordinator | Front Desk | Instructor

About me

Robby was introduced to climbing through his boy scout troop back in Texas, and started climbing regularly when he moved out to Portland. He is psyched to be back in town after going down to San Francisco for grad school, where he started working for Planet Granite. He loves climbing in all its forms and is excited to explore more local climbing, having made trips out to Hueco Tanks, Joshua Tree, Yosemite and Arco, Italy, as well as having climbed a bunch in northern New Mexico while a climbing instructor for the Philmont Scout Ranch. When not climbing, he studies Classical Literature, and is interested in combining outdoor and academic education. He’s also interested in printmaking, bluegrass music and good beer. Personal Philosophy: ”All you need in life is Classics and Climbing.”

Brandon

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Brandon

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

Already an outdoor enthusiast, Brandon’s climbing passion began at the University of Oregon where he was introduced to climbing and immediately fell in love with it. Graduating with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Biology, he began his climbing experiences at Smith Rock and soon began exploring the crags around the Eugene area including Flagstone and the Columns. Since graduating and leaving Eugene he has made climbing a priority in his life, spending most of his savings on camping and climbing gear to make a post-graduation trip to Yosemite, Bishop and the Mammoth area. Besides making climbing excursions whenever possible, you can also find him enjoying the Game of Thrones novels, local IPA’s and other local cuisine.

Brennan

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Brennan

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Brennan started climbing in the summer of 2012 at Planet Granite Sunnyvale. Since his first day climbing in Sunnyvale, he was immediately hooked and was in the gym 5 days a week. He initially began climbing as a fun way to work out and it developed into the way he lives his life today. From traveling across the country for competitions to spending weeks outdoors climbing, or training for countless hours indoors, climbing has opened Brennan up to countless opportunities and adventures and it all started at Planet Granite.

Emily

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Emily

Front Desk | Instructor

ABOUT ME

Originally from Long Island, NY, Emily’s intro to the outdoors was hiking the PCT in 2014. Since moving to Portland post-hike, she picked up climbing from REI coworkers and was hooked. In her 3ish years of climbing, she has discovered that alpine rock climbing with a grueling approach is her discipline of choice, but is more than happy to clip bolts. She has embraced all aspects of climbing – the adrenaline rush of leading, the frustration of backing off of a summit, and the acceptance that she will never have pretty hands ever again. She is a recipient of the 2018 American Alpine Institute’s Guide Like Liz Scholarship, which will allow her to pursue her dream of becoming an AMGA mountain guide. She is a founding partner of Alpenglow Collective, a climbing community for women and underrepresented genders.

Daniel

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Daniel

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

Born and raised in California, Daniel has always been a lover of the wild. Deciding to try a new outdoor activity/sport every year, he finally came across climbing during his time in the Marine Corps. Though his introduction to climbing was very brief, he quickly picked it up again after his military service and hasn’t looked back since. Rope wranglers beware: he might ask if you want to boulder with him (but he is more than happy to rope climb too 🙂 ). When he’s not climbing, you might find him reading in his hammock, slacklining at the park, exploring (or even at the gym still….).

Claire

Coach | Instructor
BIO

Claire

Coach | Instructor

about me

Claire was born in Chicago, IL where she started climbing at the age of 7, she then moved to Munich, Germany and then Bordeaux, France. She currently attends Lewis and Clark college in Portland. She suffered a bad knee injury that prevents her from bouldering; good thing she liked ropes better anyway!

Graham

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Graham

Front Desk | Instructor

About me

Graham developed his affinity for climbing after watching the infamous climbing film Vertical Limit. In this feature film, a climber *sans rope* dangling from an over-sized mitten and a tiny crimp over thousands of vertical feet, dynos to a bomber cam placement to avoid being simultaneously crushed by an avalanche and vaporized by exploding nitroglycerin. After that, Graham knew this was his calling. Since that fateful day, Graham has been honing his skills in hopes that one day, he too may obtain this raw, death-defying bada**ery. Until then you can find Graham working at the front desk or wearing his helmet in the bouldering section.

Travis

Coach | Instructor
BIO

Travis

Coach | Instructor

about me

Travis started climbing when he began working at PG Sunnyvale in 2011. He loves the interesting movement, supportive community, and fun challenges that climbing brings. A pebble wrestler at heart, he also enjoys getting a little scared and roping up every now and then. When not at the gym or on a climbing trip Travis enjoys beatboxing, playing the ukulele, and longboarding around Portland.

Mary

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Mary

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

Mary is happy to be in Portland doing the Portland thing. Making friends, listening to music, climbing on rocks, and walking up mountains. In short, she’s an outdoor enthusiast (sin hiking).

Paige

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Paige

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

Paige grew up in North Carolina and has followed her adventurous spirit to Italy, Boston, San Diego, India and now Portland. Paige started climbing about a year and a half ago when she got a teaching gig at a rock gym in San Diego – yes, she is a yoga teacher also. She fell in love with climbing and finds it to be an art of mindful movement, strength and balance that she is eager to continue exploring. Paige loves being a part of the climbing community and is excited to dive into all that Portland has to offer. Through her teachings and life practices, Paige is interested in inspiring others to see the interconnectedness of all life, which is why she loves spending time in nature. Paige enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, long dinners with her love and friends, craft beer and anything that brings good people and good vibes into her life.

Andrew

Retail Coordinator | Front Desk | Instructor | Coach
BIO

Andrew

Retail Coordinator | Front Desk | Instructor | Coach

about me

Though his past remains a mystery, it is known that Andrew graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in English Literature* and Procrastination**. In his junior year, he took a rock climbing class through the University’s outdoor program, and something about heel hooks just made sense. When he isn’t working or climbing, he’s probably riding his bike, running, hiking, reading science-fiction novels, eating pizza, or not competitively swimming***.

*Ask for literary analysis at your own risk.
**Not an actual field of study.
***Seriously, NEVER again.

Tyler

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Tyler

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

Tyler was born and raised in Oakland, California until September of 2016, when he moved North to Portland. He joined Planet Granite days after the move and began climbing with the competitive climbing team. When he is not climbing, he can be found riding or working on his many bikes. Spending time in the mountains shredding the slopes on his telemark skis has become a new favorite sport while his adoration for his dog, Rocky, is ever present. The great outdoors are one of the best parts of living in the PNW and Planet Granite offers a great escape when the weather gets wet.

DAN

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

DAN

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

Dan Gaston – the most interesting man in the world*

Dirty Dan has been climbing for 6 years now and he eats, sleeps, breathes climbing. Just take his name for example- Gaston: a climbing move within itself! He enjoys trad climbing and sport climbing alike. The beard is fearless, but the man is not. His other hobbies include collecting bottle caps and long walks on the beach. Dan the man enjoys his sweat tea in the back woods listening to some good old country music. Come meet this charming specimen and don’t be afraid to ask him about climbing shoes if you feel like chatting for the next couple days or ask his opinion on technique if you feel like spicing things up a bit. All 50 shades of this DANimal are quite appealing. Warning: before setting out on an adventure climb with this daredevil, ask when the route was last climbed… He has a unique taste for choosing some dirty, dirtyyyy climbs.

*may not be factually proven

Riley

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Riley

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

Riley grew up at the beach in California and climbed everything he saw as a kid. He moved to Las Vegas when he was a teenager and learned about Red Rocks and fell in love with climbing gyms. He moved to Portland to attend PSU for a film degree and enjoy some rain. You’ll normally find him enjoying food trucks downtown, constantly downing Reese’s, or campusing any route possible.

Cat

Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

Cat

Supervisor | Instructor

about me

Cat, new to the Northwest, hails from NYC. Her home crag, The Gunks had a lot to give but her desire to travel landed her in PDX. Climbing for 4 years she favors sport climbing and loves being high up on multi-pitch classics. Need some killer beats while you climb?!…Cat will always sympathize, a DJ for 10 years playing all over the east coast as well as some European debuts she’s got an ear for what will keep your heart rate up while you send!

Emily

Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

Emily

Supervisor | Instructor

About Me

Emily has been playing in the outdoors since she was a kid. Born and raised in Portland, her main loves include backpacking, surfing in the freezing water, skiing and climbing all the things. Emily first found her way to climbing via an indoor gym, snagged her first outdoor lead in Vantage, and has most recently traveled to Spain for deep water soloing. When not climbing, she can be found on her sailboat home, eating delicious food, or laughing too loudly. Come and say hi to her – she loves new friends.

Nic

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Nic

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

Nic has spent his whole life in Portland, after being born in Salt Lake City, Utah. With his dad, Nic has grown up loving the outdoors and immersed in the climbing scene. When Planet Granite opened its doors, Nic promptly became a member; he has been prioritizing his progress as a climber ever since. His favorite places to climb are city of rocks and, of course, Planet Granite. When not climbing, you can still find Nic being active on the slopes and on the basketball court.

Frank

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Frank

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

Though relatively new to the sport of climbing, Frank is psyched to be part of the Planet Granite team. Prior to working at Planet Granite, Frank worked as a fly fishing guide. When not working at Planet Granite, Frank enjoys adventures in the woods, fly fishing, river floats, and backpacking around Mt. Jefferson.

Kara

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Kara

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

Born feeding off of adrenaline, Kara began climbing kitchen counters and trees as a child. In attempts to keep her on the ground, Kara’s parents buckled her into heavy ski boots. To their dismay, she became a park rat and powder hunter. They have since given up and adapted a more “hands off” parenting style. After college, Kara bounced around the world, taught kiteboarding in Hawaii, skiing in Colorado and environmental education in Hood River. As much fun as she had getting kids to lick slugs (super cool, it makes your tongue go numb), she has found her home and true passion climbing in the PNW. When not holding a book or hold, Kara tends to go “full Sasquatch” and disappear into the wilderness.

Gavin

Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

Gavin

Supervisor | Instructor

About Me

Gavin discovered his enthusiasm for climbing in the plains of Northern Illinois. Dissatisfied with the crags found among cornfields, he left in search of more vertical challenges and eventually found his way to Portland by way of Tucson, Arizona. In addition to climbing Gavin plays jazz trumpet and sings in/conducts choirs in the area. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, designing tiny homes, and spending quality time with his lady and their loveable pooch.

Jessamy

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Jessamy

Front Desk | Instructor

Jessamy got hooked on climbing at summer camp in 2005 and got to climb at Smith Rock and elsewhere in Oregon through middle school and high school. Sadly, she went away to Baltimore to study Mechanical Engineering and there weren’t quite as many nice rocks and mountains over there (she found some, though!). Now she’s happy to be back in Portland for grad school in Sports Product Design. Aside from Smith, some of her favorite climbing areas include the Red River Gorge, Joe’s Valley, and French’s Dome.

Emelie

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Emelie

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

Emelie started climbing in 2009, and while other sports have grown near and dear to her heart (i.e. backcountry skiing) she has always found her way back to her first love. Sport climbing is Emelie’s bread and butter, but she is easily distracted and also loves trad climbing and mountaineering. Emelie enjoy’s all things outside, filling her additional time with fly fishing, surfing, backpacking and rafting! Emelie came to Oregon by-way-of Colorado to study environmental justice law, and when she is not outside you can probably find her in the Lewis and Clark Law Library or at a local brewery.