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.

JOHN-PAUL Holub

Assistant Director of Retail
BIO

JOHN-PAUL Holub

Assistant Director of 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.

Kiana McDonald

Assistant Director of Operations
BIO

Kiana McDonald

Assistant Director of Operations

kiana@planetgranite.com

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.

Patrick Aalto

Assistant Director of Instruction
BIO

Patrick Aalto

Assistant Director of Instruction

patrick.aalto@planetgranite.com

about me

Patrick moved to Portland from Florida, via Idaho and a year in Costa Rica. He discovered climbing in 2005 and loves steep sport routes, and not-so-steep trad lines. When not climbing or working, Patrick is usually in the ocean free-diving, shooting underwater photos, spearfishing or surfing.

Kenn

Facilities | Instructor
BIO

Kenn

Facilities | 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.”

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

Tessa

Front Desk | Event Staff
BIO

Tessa

Front Desk | Event Staff

about me

Tessa grew up in the Bay Area and finished undergrad in San Diego before moving up to Portland. She got into climbing with her close friends in college and has been hooked ever since. You can find her on the slopes skiing, on the coast hitting the waves, and traveling around Oregon and wherever the wind blows.

Jacqui

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Jacqui

Front Desk | Instructor

About me

Growing up overseas, Jacqui was born into a life of adventure. A biology major at Lewis and Clark College, she grabs every chance she can to be outdoors. Jacqui started climbing in Joshua Tree and has since traveled around the country visiting other crags. She worked as a climbing camp counselor this summer in Virginia and is excited to be a part of the Portland PG team. While she is currently moving towards her goals of working in the conservation field, you can find her crying at videos of dogs wearing boots, scouring local food trucks, and on the ropes at the gym.

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 | Membership
BIO

Cat

Supervisor | Membership

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!

Kara

Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

Kara

Supervisor | 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.

Otmar

Front Desk | Event Staff
BIO

Otmar

Front Desk | Event Staff

about me

Born at a very young age, Otmar began climbing in his third year at the University of Oregon where he studied Trombone Performance and General Science and plans on going to medical school. A native to Oregon, Otmar can often be found outside climbing, hiking, mountain biking and swimming at the Oregon Coast. As a musician, Otmar has dabbled in jazz but predominantly plays classical trombone and has had the pleasure of performing as far east as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Frank

Coach
BIO

Frank

Coach

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.

William

Front Desk
BIO

William

Front Desk

about me

William grew up in Miami FL, where climbing does not exist. Growing up in Florida he mainly spent his time skateboarding and playing the drums in marching band through the day as well as through the night in a garage with friends. He spent the past few months traveling in a van that later broke down here in Portland OR, making it his new home to stay. Although he has only been climbing for a little over a year now, he was lucky enough to spend some time living and climbing in Chattanooga TN, Clear Creek Canyon CO, Cottonwood UT, Yosemite CA and many other places in between. William is also an avid slackliner and enjoys surfing on hot summer days as well as going on adventures with his pup Astro. You can typically find him parked down by a river near you.

Kirby

Youth Program Coordinator
BIO

Kirby

Youth Program Coordinator

about me

Kirby is brand new to the Portland area. She lives on a farm in Washington surrounded by animals of every shade and variety. She moved here from Houston, Texas and prior to that lived the life of a military brat and has lived all over the world. Texas will always have her heart (no really, she has a Texas tattoo over her heart) but the call of the mountains was too strong so she packed up her dog, 2 cats and lizard and drove across the country to live closer to the great outdoors. She loves multi-pitch climbing most of all and loves nothing more than long days and being high off the deck. When she’s not climbing, Kirby is an artist whose favorite medium changes often. Acrylics have always been a staple but she often dabbles in large crafting projects, beading, ceramics, refinishing furniture or whipping up skincare products. When she’s not engaged in those endeavors, she can be found drinking copious amounts of tea while doing farm work, writing for TakeHoldLV, taking photos, editing photos and hanging out with her myriad of animal friends.

Chris

Coach
BIO

Chris

Coach

about me

Born in ATL and raised in SLM, Chris has been climbing for 8ish years, coached for 6 and has previous experience as a Head Coach, a Program Manager, a UPS Dock Worker, a University Instructor in China, a Name-Tag Editor and a Student of Literature. He also loves reading, writing, playing board games, his dog Stuart, and spending time with family and friends. Favorite places to climb include Squamish, CAN., Bishop, CA, Red Rocks, NV, and never Carver Crag, OR.

Jeremy

Event Staff
BIO

Jeremy

Event Staff

about me

Jeremy grew up in Connecticut, before moving to Portland at the end of 2019. He began climbing in college, and has been absolutely hooked since then. From bouldering to ice he loves it all. When not climbing he likes to spend time running at Forest Park.

Polina

Front Desk | Event Staff
BIO

Polina

Front Desk | Event Staff

about me

Polina was born and raised in Eastern Russia (right across the ocean from Seattle and only 20 miles from China). Before moving to Portland, she lived in Anchorage, Alaska where she absolutely fell in love with the mountains. She got into climbing a few years ago because she wanted to spend more time outdoors and to make more cool friends. She does not enjoy bouldering but she wishes she could spend all of her free time hanging on ropes or tango dancing. Polina also loves going backpacking and baking pies.
She is currently in school for civil engineering and her dream is to make Portland more bikeable and walkable.

Braelynn

Front Desk
BIO

Braelynn

Front Desk

about me

Braelynn is originally from Connecticut where there aren’t too many rocks to climb, but she made do with trees. The past few years have taken her out to Hawaii, then to San Francisco, and back to Hawaii. Her love for the ocean will always be number one, but climbing is a close second. She started working as Event Staff and fell in love with climbing back in 2017 at PGSF where the views can’t be beat. She is now settled in Portland to pursue her Master’s degree in nutrition. You can occasionally find her upstairs at the gym, but let’s be real…bouldering is just cross training for sport climbing. When not behind the front desk or on the wall, Braelynn is probably either making almond milk, practicing her handstand, or finding a body of water to swim in.

Deb

Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

Deb

Supervisor | Instructor

About me

Originally from NJ, Deb was introduced to the world of outdoor climbing in 2011 while living in Israel, and instantly became addicted. Fast forward to 2016 – it was finally time for Deb to leave the east coast. After a whirlwind backpacking trip through SE Asia, Deb finished off her travels with a road trip around the US. She found herself in Smith Rock and fell in love with the entire area, and decided to make the move to Oregon. When she’s not climbing, you can find her salsa dancing or trying to chase the sun outside.

Andrew

Retail Coordinator | Supervisor | Coach
BIO

Andrew

Retail Coordinator | Supervisor | 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.

Max

Marketing Coordinator
BIO

Max

Marketing Coordinator

about me

Born and raised in Hawaii, Max moved to Portland in 2005 and has been here ever since. Max started climbing in 2018 when he was unemployed and desperately needed an excuse to leave the house. Besides climbing, his hobbies include camping, being bad at video games, and hanging out with his kids.

Chelsea

Event Staff
BIO

Chelsea

Event Staff

about me

Chelsea moved to the great Northwest in 2013 to begin graduate studies in marriage, couple and family counseling. After two years practicing as a therapist, Chelsea joined the Planet Granite team to pursue her interest in climbing. She is currently in a 2 year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certificate Program where she is learning the art and skill of teaching the practice. She savors her quiet time by drinking a hot cup of tea curled up on a couch reading books and listening to podcasts pertaining to philosophy, spirituality, Buddhism and meditation. On her off hours you can find Chelsea out in nature, stretching in a sauna, lifting weights and climbing at Planet Granite and other local climbing gyms.

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.

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.

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.

Jono

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Jono

Front Desk | Instructor

About me

Jono grew up on the coast of New Zealand playing soccer and competing in triathlon. After a year-long backpacking stint in Asia, Jono followed a Tinder match to Los Angeles where he discovered bouldering. Since moving to Portland (the Tinder love story continues), he’s picked up the rope bug and can regularly be seen cutting loose on the Iceberg. When he’s not exploring local crags, Jono is working on growing Portland’s adaptive climbing community, and nerding out on specialty coffee.