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.

Kiana McDonald

Assistant Gym Director
BIO

Kiana McDonald

Assistant Gym Director

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.

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.

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.

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.

Patrick Aalto

Programs Manager
BIO

Patrick Aalto

Programs Manager

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.

Kirby

Front Desk | Coach
BIO

Kirby

Front Desk | Coach

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.

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.

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.”

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.