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

JEFF CECCACCI

Facility Director
BIO

JEFF CECCACCI

Facility Director

jeff@planetgranite.com

about me

Jeff was introduced to climbing in his late 20’s while living in Michigan. He got the bug and it bit hard! In 6 short months he and his wife moved to the west coast to follow all of their outdoor adventure dreams. Soon, weekend trips to Yosemite and Tahoe still weren’t enough so Jeff quit his corporate job to be immersed in all that he loved at PG. When not at the gym you’ll find him at one of Portland’s many parks playing with his son or, if the time of year is right, having a tasty burrito at the farmers market and fighting his son for the last bite.

Matt Hopkins

Assistant Manager
BIO

Matt Hopkins

Assistant Manager

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.

Bobbie

Supervisor
BIO

Bobbie

Supervisor

about me

Bobbie recently retired and decided it was time to work at a job that matched her passions. Although finding climbing later in life, she made up for lost time with trips to Potrero, Mexico, Kalymnos, Greece, and Red Rocks. Bobbie also enjoys snowboarding, wakesurfing, and traveling with her family. At home she spends time with her wife, Morgan, and kids Carter and Taylor.

Viviane

Lead Supervisor
BIO

Viviane

Lead Supervisor

about me

Viviane learned to climb in 2007 and has dedicated her life to the sport ever since, working as a guide in the summer and climbing as much as possible the rest of the year. Her favorite climbs are long easy alpine routes, but you’ll see her on sport climbs as well, and her friends occasionally trick her into bouldering. She often startles other climbers at the crag by pulling out a camp chair and a ball of yarn, and knitting things that look much more complicated than they actually are. In her downtime, she likes trail running, exploring all the quirks of Portland, and enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

JOHN-PAUL

Retail Coordinator | Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

JOHN-PAUL

Retail Coordinator | Supervisor | Instructor

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.

Tiffany

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Tiffany

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

As a home grown Oregonian, Tiffany has grown up as a lover of the outdoors. In her spare time she I enjoys snowboarding, wake surfing, yoga, singing, and “Dad jokes”! She began climbing 4 years ago after going out with friends to a bouldering gym and falling in love with the life! She came to PG in early 2015 As one of our climbing team coaches and a member on our front desk staff later that year. Her favorite joke is: “What do you call a pile of kittens? A Meowntain!”

Cheri

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Cheri

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

Cheri grew up in the good ol’ Nor Cal, as a fashionable wine country punk kid. She enjoys shredding the gnar on various boards, blades, ropes, and waves. She loves learning new things, is always game for a good challenge and is definitely a hugger, so watch out. Cheri teachs various fitness classes from Yoga, Pilates, Step, Spin, Circuit, and even Zumba! She’s a “PHAT NERD” who loves sharing what she knows with anyone who’s seeking knowledge and working towards progress. Love & Applied Wisdom is truly the beta of life!

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.

Zac

Facilities Coordinator | Instructor | Front Desk
BIO

Zac

Facilities Coordinator | Instructor | Front Desk

About me

Zac grew up in Montana and after several years traveling the country fighting fires, he landed permanently in Portland in 2007. Zac has a very broad spectrum of hobbies, including wood working, building, gardening, hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing and swimming. A friend invited him to go rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park. That was all it took. The beauty of the park and being outdoors doing something physical just felt right. Although having a healthy fear of heights (and sharks) has limited his ability to reach new heights. When not working or working in his yard and house, you may pass him at one of Portland’s fine brew pubs, see him up on Mt. Hood riding the fluff at Meadows on stormy fresh days or find him on a windy mountain road on his motorcycle.

Joel

Head Coach
BIO

Joel

Head Coach

About Me

Joel originally hails from the Bay Area and has called the Pacific Northwest home for over 10 years. He started climbing on the sandstone boulders of the Santa Cruz Mountains and has never looked back! He’s been working in the climbing industry for over 8 years and loves sharing his passion for the sport and lifestyle with others. His biggest goal for the team is to foster a growth mindset that will guide climbers through a lifetime of climbing and continuous improvement in every aspect of life. He loves to nerd out on the ever-growing body of knowledge around training for climbing and applying it to the team and to his own climbing. Joel’s background in Environmental Studies has taught him that building community is good for people and the planet. Coaching allows him to marry his love of climbing and the outdoors with the joys of sharing his passion and fostering young stewards of our community. He’s always up for adventures and visiting new climbing spots. On most long holidays you can find him running his west coast bouldering Circuit in Bishop, CA, Leavenworth, WA, and Squamish, BC.

ROBBY

Front Desk | Instructor | Coach
BIO

ROBBY

Front Desk | Instructor | Coach

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

Coach | Instructor
BIO

Brandon

Coach | 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.

Jackson

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Jackson

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

Jackson was born and raised in Southern California, and grew up riding the waves in Huntington Beach. Jackson made the move to Portland to pursue his passion for graphic design at PSU. He’s been climbing for about five years and can’t wait to get involved in the PG community. Before his move, Jackson worked as a professional balloon artist, twisting creations for patrons at Disneyland. In his free time he enjoys roasting coffee, camping, and buying expensive backpacks.

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!

Travis

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Travis

Front Desk | 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).

Lindsay

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Lindsay

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

Originally from the east coast by way of the DC area, Lindsay is new to Portland as of June 2016. She moved here to complete her Master’s Degree in Social Work and she has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest. Although she’s only been climbing for a couple years, she thoroughly enjoys all aspects of being outdoors and doesn’t mind a little rain! In between graduate school, an internship, and her duties at Planet Granite, she loves to get outside and hike/backpack, and hone her sport climbing skills. Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she’s excited to learn more about the landscape of the mountains in the PNW. When she’s not adventuring, Lindsay loves to spend her downtime reading, cooking, visiting her best friend in Washington, exploring the city, or searching for stray cats to pet.

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

Front Desk | Instructor | Coach
BIO

Andrew

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.

Do

Supervisor | Instructor
BIO

Do

Supervisor | Instructor

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.

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

Steely

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Steely

Front Desk | Instructor

about me

Apart from dinky climbing walls in shopping malls, Steely first started climbing while studying at CU-Boulder; whereby he often skipped classes to go trad climbing. He eventually stumbled his way to Portland by way of Thailand and New Mexico, where he learned to appreciate bouldering at Hueco Tanks. He now owns a knee pad and spends way too much energy looking for kneebars that aren’t there. Occasionally he dabbles in other masochistic activities such as mountain biking and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Cat

Front Desk | 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!

Kiana

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Kiana

Front Desk | Instructor

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

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Rachel

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

A childhood of climbing on countertops, trees, watertanks, and fences prepped Rachel for discovering rock climbing three years ago. Rock climbing continues to enrich her life through outdoor adventures, good community, and self progression. As a recent graduate, Rachel is enjoying more free time connecting with friends, music, cooking, forests, the surf, and of course rock walls.

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

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Gavin

Front Desk | 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.

Emily

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Emily

Front Desk | 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.