Routesetting

Routesetters are at the core of what we do.

With a team of more than 20 setters who have experience ranging from V14 sends to USAC level 5 certifications, the Planet Granite team works hard to provide the best setting around.  Led by Bay Area Director of Setting Josh Hayes, we are proud to have one of the most skilled and talented groups in the country creating an impressive product for you to enjoy!

The Process

Every week, our setters travel to each gym on different days, strip a section of wall (take down the holds), wash the holds, re-set new routes/problems and then climb and grade each one.  On the weekends, they’re out there putting up first ascents, crushing El Cap and warming up on stuff most of us only dream of climbing.  Next time you see one of our setters, be sure to give them a hearty slap on the back!

The Schedule

In San Francisco, our setters usually set on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. You might see them setting or tweaking a few routes on Fridays too!

We love to hear feedback too! If you have feedback on grades or climbs, free to reach out. This helps us  keep our product the best!


UPCOMING SETS

Boulders: The Yoga Roof
Routes: Window Wall and Mickeys Corner


RECENTLY SET

Below are the most recently updated settings.

Date Set Location Routes Set Problems Set Grade Range
10/10 Circus Wall, Constant Wall 34 5.9 - 5.13c
09/28 Crissy Field Wall 26 5.6 - 5.12b
09/26 South Wall, The Training Wall 36 5.6 - 5.12c/d
09/14 Ramp, Upstairs 32 V0 - V11
09/07 10 Degree Wall 20 5.8 - 5.13a
09/01 Freestanding Boulder 39 V0 - V10
08/29 Red Wall, Yoga Roof 43 V0 - V12
08/23 Back 40 30 V0 - V11

ROUTESETTERS

JOSH HAYNES

Program Director
BIO

JOSH HAYNES

Program Director

josh@planetgranite.com

about me

I’ve been climbing for 12 years, and setting for 11 years. I lived in an old ambulance for several years, traveling all over the US, Canada, and Mexico.

I am also a ginger… #gingerpower

Skills

I love the STEEPS! The steeper the climb, the higher the psych.

Height: 5’10
APE Index: negative 1/2″

My Favorite climb, problem or area

I basically lived in Hueco Tanks for years, and will always feel at home there. It definitely has a special place in my heart. I also love Font. It is one of the most magical places I have ever been.

My setting style in three words

Flow, Sustained, Gingerific

Walker Emerson

Sunnyvale Head Setter
BIO

Walker Emerson

Sunnyvale Head Setter

Skills

Blocky compression and long routes.

Height: 6’1″
APE Index: +2

My Favorite climb, problem or area

El Cap
Walker Emerson’s background is in the arts. Route setting is a fine art; the wall a large canvas and the holds paint. Walker is well-versed in all styles of climbing from boulders to big walls, after 10 years of a die-hard climbing lifestyle his list of accomplishments is long. Walker also writes for the Planet Granite website. Check out his monthly contributions to the PG blog. On weekends you can find him clipping bolts at Jailhouse or placing gear in Yosemite.

My setting style in three words

Big holds/moves

MICK PETTS

San Francisco Head Setter
BIO

MICK PETTS

San Francisco Head Setter

about

Mick has been setting for fourteen years both in England and here in the states. The influence of granite and his home gritstone is apparent in his setting style; his routes are full of technical and balancy moves. He has been a part of the Planet Granite community since 2010, and he is psyched to push the level of creativity of our setters.

Favorite climb, problem or area

Squamish BC

Skills

Dynos, big jumps, flexibility. All things World Cup.

Height: 5’8″
APE Index: 0

Characterize your setting style in three words

Flowy foot driven

DANNY HARRIS

Belmont Head Setter
BIO

DANNY HARRIS

Belmont Head Setter

about me

Started climbing in 2002. I enjoy bouldering, sport climbing, and the occasional trad route.

Skills

Crimp

Height: 6’2″
APE Index: +2

What’s your favorite climb, problem or area?

Yosemite and Bishop

Setting style in three words

Flow, flow, flow.

ADRIEL

Routesetter
BIO

ADRIEL

Routesetter

about me

Climbing almost 10 years. Route setting for eight. I have enjoyed what climbing has added to my life.

skills

Being able to set fear aside and focus on movement when I need to. Compression.

classes

Lead 1,2 and 3. Private Lessons

height: 6’2
APE Index: +3

My Favorite climb, problem or area

The Bowling Pin Boulder

My setting style in three words

open handed goodness

ANTONIO

Front Desk and Instructor
BIO

ANTONIO

Front Desk and Instructor

about me

If you don’t see me at the gym, you can find me fishing the California delta, surfing the cleanest waves around or studying at the College of San Mateo. Since working at Planet Granite I have found a new love for climbing, indoors and outdoors, and helping others develop their own skills and passion for climbing.

I started climbing back in 2005. I love it because it gives me a reason to be happy and alive. And I want to share it to others through setting and coaching.

classes

Lead Class and Belay Lesson

Skills

If efficiency is a skill, that might be it. Strengths in climbing: compression and maybe shoulder-intensive type of climbing.

Height: 5’8″
APE Index: +4

My Favorite climb, problem or area

My favorite place to climb is Bishop,CA.

My setting style in three words

Flow and Tension

John

Routesetter, Staff/Instructor, Coach
BIO

John

Routesetter, Staff/Instructor, Coach

About me

John has always followed his bliss and loves how climbing helps him “get his sparkle on” in the same way as meditation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition, a teacher training cert. in Qigong, and is excited to see how all of his various passions come together to form the masterpiece of his life.

Skills

Power climbing! He really shines on the overhangs and if there’s pinches involved, he’s in Paradise.

Height: 6’0″
APE Index: 6’2″

Your setting style in three words

Challenging, Varied, Fun

Gavin

Routesetter
BIO

Gavin

Routesetter

about me

Introduced to climbing via his older brother, Gavin quickly became enveloped in the community. Hailing from the unique sandstone enclave of Castle Rock State Park, every facet of the climbing experience has now become a passion. These passions continue to develop and grow, bringing him to new places and familiar ones as well.

skills

Squeezing!

Height: 6′
APE Index: even

My Favorite climb, problem or area

There are too many to compile a list. However, with a trip to Fontainebleau next year, this could change.

My setting style in three words

Powerful, Tensional, Interesting

Cody Hanson

Routesetter
BIO

Cody Hanson

Routesetter

About me

Cody began climbing in Napa, California in 2011 and immediately became addicted to climbing. He soon started climbing outdoors every weekend at local crags and famous Californian climbing destinations. He started route setting in late 2015 and has been loving it ever since.

Skills

Bouldering, particularly steep dynamic climbing.

classes

In addition to routesetting, I work the front desk and teach BRC, Climbing Fundamentals, and Bouldering Fundamentals.

Height: 5’7″
APE Index: +0

What’s your favorite climb, problem, or area?

Fort Ross, Sonoma Coast

Setting style in three words

Your next project.

Sasha Schwartz

Routesetter
BIO

Sasha Schwartz

Routesetter

about me

I have been setting for just over six years. In the day-to-day scheme, the idea for me is to use setting as a way to teach movement skills and the basics of climbing. It is a great creative outlet, and another way in which I like to engage our climbing community. Also Head coach of the PG Belmont Youth Climbing Team.

skills

Sequencing, compression, and technical climbs.

height: 6′

My Favorite climb, problem or area

Smith Rock for sport climbing, and the Tahoe area for bouldering.

My setting style in three words

Flowy, technical, powerful