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On your first visit to Planet Granite there are a couple of things you will need to do before you climb.

Complete a liability waiver AND present a government issued photo ID card.

For participants under 18 years of age…Please be sure that all minors have a WAIVER fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian.

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If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification) Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child’s waiver. To find out more about bringing kids into our facility, click here.

Experienced climbers. Must take a belay test. Those new to Planet Granite or returning members/guests who have not been in the facility for one year or more have to take a belay test. This is what lets you belay in our gyms!

New to climbing. We recommend signing up for our introductory belay lesson for your first visit. This class will teach you to manage the ropes. Have other questions, check out our FAQ page!

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About Climbing

First time climbing? No problem. Let’s start by going over a few basics.

How gym climbing works: There are two main types of gym climbing: bouldering and roped climbing.

Bouldering is climbing done on relatively low rocks, or “boulders.” Climbers who boulder don’t use ropes because the top of the bouldering routes are low enough for climbers to jump down. That said, remember that some of the boulders in our gyms are very tall (18 feet) so be careful about what you decide to climb. Only climb as high as you are comfortable.

Bouldering is a great way for climbers to hone their climbing skills and build strength. You do not need a climbing partner when you are bouldering, but can always find a fun group of people and a great bouldering community.

The second type of climbing you will find in gyms is roped climbing. To climb the tall walls, climbers must tie into a climbing rope and have a climbing partner on the ground managing the rope. This rope management is called “belaying”.

Every roped climber in our facilities needs a Planet Granite certified belayer managing his or her rope. New climbers who come to the gym with a certified belayer can try roped climbing without gym staff instruction, but they cannot belay.

New climbers with no belaying experience must take the Belay Lesson (schedule here) or Beginner Rock Climbing Course (schedule here) to learn rope management. Do you have prior belay experience? Great! You still need to take a belay test in order to belay at Planet Granite. Lead climbing and lead belaying require a separate lead test.

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Climbing With Kids

Kids are natural born climbers. At Planet Granite, we have developed a number of programs that allow kids to experience the benefits of climbing.

Our most popular kids’ event is birthday parties. If this will be both you and your child’s first time at Planet Granite, we recommend reserving a spot in our Parent/Child Belay Lessons. This lesson teaches you, the parent, how to manage the ropes for your child!

Other options to consider are our After School Programs, Winter, Spring and Summer Camps and Parents’ Night Off. Your child can climb during our drop-in climbing, where a staff member belays them and other children. Or if they’d like to climb non-stop with a staffer belaying, we are always happy to provide a private belayer for your child, please contact us at (415) 692-3434 for more information.

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Very Important!

*Please be sure that all minors have a waiver fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian. Complete a WAIVER HERE within 30 days of your visit.


Waiver


If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification).


*Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child’s waiver.

INTRO TO CLIMBING: BELAY LESSON

We offer top rope Belay Lessons every day. Class size is limited to four people to ensure personal attention, so please call (408) 991-9090 ahead for a reservation. Classes fill up quickly and we cannot guarantee spots will be available for walk-ins!

Once you finish the one hour course you are issued a temporary belay card meaning you can belay your partner for the rest of the day. Plus, first-time belay lesson participants are eligible for a one-time purchase of 5 visits for just $70. This 5-visit pack is good for 2 months after your lesson, giving new guests an opportunity to try out climbing in our gyms! Plus, if you sign up to be a member within the two months your 5-pack is valid, we’ll waive the $45 initiation fee!

On your next visit to the gym, you’ll take a final test to secure your permanent belay card.

New climbers can also jump right into a Beginner Rock Climbing Course (BRC). This 4-week course starts with belaying and continues into climbing movement and technique. The BRC is the ultimate introduction to indoor climbing and a great way to start a membership with Planet Granite.

Cost: $30/person

Schedule:

Planet Granite Sunnyvale
Monday – Friday: 6pm, 7pm and 8pm; Tues, Weds & Thurs also at 5pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. Saturday also at 4:30pm
To book a Belay Lesson, call us at (408) 991-9090.

GET THE BELAY CHECK

Experienced belayers new to Planet Granite or returning members/guests who have not been in the facility for one year or more will be required to get a belay check before they can belay in our gyms. Belay lesson and BRC participants will also be required to get a check on their first return visit after their class. Belay checks are free and given upon request.

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