Welcome to Planet Granite Sunnyvale!

Welcome to Planet Granite Sunnyvale! With over 28,000 square feet of climbing, PG Sunnyvale has up to 60-foot high walls with over 200 top rope and lead routes, including steep lead terrain and hand-carved cracks. In addition to offering a full yoga program, cardio and fitness, PG Sunnyvale also has an outdoor bouldering area, F10 Fitness and cycling classes.

OUR STORY

Planet Granite Sunnyvale opened in 2006, when we realized we had outgrown our first Santa Clara facility. Dreaming big, and recognizing a new need for even more fitness and yoga facilities alongside climbing, we planned Sunnyvale as our largest gym to date! When it opened with 25,000 square feet of terrain, Planet Granite helped usher in a new era of gym climbing.Since then, we’ve continued to expand our offerings, adapting to the needs of our members. On Sunnyvale’s first birthday, we expanded our top rope terrain to include a chamber (now a members’ favorite) known as the Ice Box. Two years later, we ripped out the outside bouldering and replaced it with fun stemming terrain and steep hard walls, bringing our total climbing space up to 28,600 square feet. More recent improvements focused on our interior: adding skylights, reducing our energy footprint, and most recently, creating additional lifting space for our F10 athletes and members.

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MEET OUR STAFF

Nick Gerrard

Gym Director
BIO

Nick Gerrard

Gym Director

nick@planetgranite.com

about me

Fun Facts

  1. I’ve been climbing since ’98
  2. A favorite pastime of mine is Jiu Jitsu.
  3. Yosemite is my happy place.

Primal Astrology: Koala

Position: Gym Director

Kyle Hernandez

Assistant Director
BIO

Kyle Hernandez

Assistant Director

khernandez@planetgranite.com

Fun Facts

  1. I have a +6 wingspan.
  2. My best friend is a dingo.
  3. I helped open Planet Granite Portland.

Primal Astrology: Jellyfish

Position: Assistant Director

Lucas

Assistant Director - Retail
BIO

Lucas

Assistant Director - Retail

Fun Facts

  1. I was born at Planet Granite.
  2. I don’t have any siblings.
  3. My favorite food is sushi.

Primal Astrology: Seal

Position: Assistant Director of Retail

Max Stuart

Supervisor | Instructor | Retail Coordinator
BIO

Max Stuart

Supervisor | Instructor | Retail Coordinator

Fun Facts

  1. My favoirte climbing area is Squamish, BC.
  2. I’m not as serious as my face shows.
  3. I either am turning into a coffee snob or its already happened.

Primal Astrology: Llama!

Position: Retail Coordinator, Supervisor, Instructor

Roxanne

Marketing Coordinator & Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Roxanne

Marketing Coordinator & Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

I got hooked on climbing sophomore year of college in Santa Cruz. At the gym I found a supportive community that helped push me to become a more powerful climber. Many of the climbers I met shared my passion for the outdoors. I love hiking, camping, and laying on the beach (or anywhere the sun is shining).
Outside of climbing and the outdoors I like to draw, paint, and check out different art exhibits. I also enjoy baking bread, attempting to solve riddles, and hearing new jokes!

Skills

I enjoy working with others and encouraging climbers up whatever route they’re working on. Personally, I like stemmy routes. They make me think and they challenge my balancing skills.

JJ Jancek

Supervisor
BIO

JJ Jancek

Supervisor

Fun Facts

  1. Real good at melee.
  2. Real bad at yoga.
  3. ZoMg LoVe OuTdOoRs AnD sPoRtS!.

Primal Astrology: Cricket

Position: Supervisor, Front Desk, Instructor

Jess

Youth Programs Coordinator
BIO

Jess

Youth Programs Coordinator

Fun Facts

  1. Mangoes.
  2. Has a Border Collie German Shepherd baby.
  3. Thinks watercolors are challenging but rewarding.

Primal Astrology: Seagull

Position: Youth Programs Coordinator, Coach, Instructor for BRC & Crack fundamentals

Joey

Supervisor | Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Joey

Supervisor | Front Desk | Instructor

Fun Facts

  1. I have a terrible sense of smell.
  2. I’m not bendy, can’t touch toes.
  3. If I laugh, then my joke my successful.

Primal Astrology: Tasmanian Devil

Position: Supervisor, Instructor of everything but crack climbing

James

Lead Supervisor
BIO

James

Lead Supervisor

Fun Facts

  1. I started climbing and skiing at the age of two.
  2. My two favorite bands are the Grateful Dead and Tool.
  3. I’ve stopped four lanes of traffic to save two dogs.

Primal Astrology: Axoltl

Position: Lead Supervisor

Derek

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Derek

Front Desk | Instructor

Fun Facts

  1. I encompass and I eclipse.
  2. I once rode a pterodactyl through the Taj Mahal.
  3. I met the one penguin in Alaska.

Primal Astrology: Firefly

Position: Front desk/Instructor

Gerald

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Gerald

Front Desk | Instructor

Fun Facts

  1. I have my own video game character.
  2. I spent a year cooking and bartending in Europe.
  3. I made it to Jeopardy tryouts twice! I love science and words and science-y words.

Primal Astrology: Moose

Position: Front Desk/Instructor

Riley

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Riley

Front Desk | Instructor

Fun Facts

  1. Besides climbing, I love hiking and have done many trails throughout the west coast.
  2. I am an Eagle Scout and have taught climbing at Boy Scout camps for many years.
  3. I love telling stories, so much so that I run multiple Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

Primal Astrology: Cricket

Position: Front Desk, Coach, Instructor: Climbing/Bouldering Fundamentals, Beginner Rock Climbing, Balance and Technique, and Private Lessons

Rachel

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Rachel

Front Desk | Instructor

About me

Nature inspires me! From big rocks to microbiology I love it all. As a kid I use to climb around the outside of school jungle gyms and rock climbing was a natural progression from that. Now I find my days are spent trad climbing and slacklining.

Skills

Great at working with people who have a fear of heights. Also have a lot of experience working with kids and enjoy getting them up the wall.

Arjay

Front Desk | Instructor | Coach
BIO

Arjay

Front Desk | Instructor | Coach

Fun Facts

  1. I’ve never finished a stick of chapstick, ever!
  2. If I were a pasta noodle I’d be a Cavatappi.
  3. I don’t get sunburnt.

Primal Astrology: Salamander

Position: Front Desk, Instructor, Head Rock Monkey’s Coach

Melissa

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Melissa

Front Desk | Instructor

Fun Facts

  1. My sister and i have names that rhyme
  2. A meme of me once made it to the front page of the r/funny page on reddit
  3. I can list all of the Spanish speaking countries and their capitals…in song.

Primal Astrology: Camel

Position: Front Desk/Instructor

Potter

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Potter

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

I go by Potter- yes, just like Harry Potter. I am currently a full-time student, part-time worker. I am working towards a BS in Industrial Technology: Manufacturing Systems with a minor in Business at SJSU. At first I am a relatively quiet person, but once you get to know me I open up and have a chill personality.

Skills

I wouldn’t say I’m a great climber, but I love to boulder. I used to have an extreme fear of heights, but climbing has really helped me out with that. I am very easy to talk to about anything.

Robin

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Robin

Front Desk | Instructor

Fun Facts

  1. I’m a science nerd.
  2. I can’t stand cooked salmon, but I LOVE salmon sashimi.
  3. I dance every chance I get.

Primal Astrology: Penguin

Position: Front Desk/Instructor

Brendan

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Brendan

Front Desk | Instructor

Fun Facts

  1. In my free time I like to climb big walls.
  2. I have a border collie named Sammy.
  3. I like type 2/3 fun a.k.a sufferfests.

Primal Astrology: Tortoise

Position: Front Desk/Instructor

Justin E.

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Justin E.

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

I started climbing because nothing really accentuates the wavy nature of my hair like chalk does. Harnesses don’t fit me very well, so bouldering is kinda my thing.

Skills

I think my strongest skill in climbing is actually going climbing! I’m fairly new to this sport so it wasn’t the easiest thing to make new friends and go to new places. I’m just glad I found such an accepting community in the realm of climbing.

Jay

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Jay

Front Desk | Instructor

Fun Facts

  1. Jay is a roller-coaster fanatic and his favorite coaster is X2, followed closely by Superman:Escape From Krypton, both of which are located at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  2. At 20 years old, he has moved 18 times to places all over California.
  3. He believes that lemon-lime Gatorade is green but he seems to be the only one.

Primal Astrology: Walrus

Position: Front Desk/Instructor: BRC, Fundamentals, and Lead I

Troy

Front Desk | Instructor
BIO

Troy

Front Desk | Instructor

About Me

I’m just a philosophy student who likes to climb things, stay active, go outside, play video games, and eat good food. Ask me about my kimura 😉

Skills

I think bouldering is my strong suit and I especially love powerful dynamic moves. I love teaching and meeting different people, so don’t be afraid to approach me at the wall!