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.
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. When you’re starting an adventure, you’re sure to have a lot of questions. Come in and take a tour of our facility
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We also 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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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.
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.
*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.
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.
Our Intro to Climbing lesson ($30) is an essential first step when starting out climbing. This one hour class teaches students how to belay (manage the ropes for a person climbing) and comes with gear and a day pass to continue climbing after your class!
Plus, with every Intro to Climbing Lesson, you have the option to purchase a one-time 15 day access pass to our gym for just $30. This amazing deal gives you access to all of our locations to try out climbing, yoga classes and our fitness offerings, and it includes gear rentals and FREE initiation if you decide to join (savings $45!).
Looking for something more in-depth? We offer our Beginner Rock Climbing Course (BRC). This 4-week course starts with learning to belay, an continues into climbing movement and technique. The BRC includes 4 classes (once per week), 4 weeks of access to our gym, free gear rentals and FREE initiation if you decide to join.
Must be 13 or older to enroll in classes.
$30 – Intro to Climbing Lesson (1 hour course to learn to belay)
$30 – Intro Plus add-on (15 days of access to gyms, free gear rentals and free initiation. Can only be purchased with Intro Climbing Lesson.
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$149 – Beginner Rock Climbing Course (4 week course with 4 weeks of access, free gear and free initiation.
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.
All participants need to fill out a waiver and bring a government issued photo identification. The waiver is the most important piece of information. Minors must have a minor’s waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian. If the parent or legal guardian is unable to accompany the child, we must receive a photocopy of the signing parent/legal guardian’s government issued photo ID. Legal guardians must bring proof of their guardianship.
Check out our About Climbing page! And please call us if you have any questions!
Welcome! Wear comfortable, loose clothing. We rent all the equipment needed for climbing in our facility. Kids can wear athletic shoes on the wall. Helmets are always available free of charge. In addition, each facility is equipped with lockers, a sauna, showers and restrooms. We provide a complimentary towel service.
As described in About Climbing, there are two types of climbing: high climbing, which requires the use of a rope and a person who can manage the rope and bouldering. Bouldering does not require any previous knowledge, and our staff are more than willing to teach you about bouldering.
If you have not belayed before, you’ll need to reserve a spot in our Belay Lessons, which teach you to manage the ropes! These classes are offered at specific times, and we strongly recommend a reservation as classes fill up quickly! To find out times, click here:
That’s great! We do require a Planet Granite belay card, which you can get anytime during our business hours. If you are coming with a group of people and plan on belaying for them, we would highly recommend coming in on an earlier day to ensure you can belay for your friends.
We do not maintain extra staff to belay, however, you can always call in advance and set up a “Private Belayer” and our staff would be more than happy to help out. Please call your local Planet Granite for pricing information. Reservations required.
Parents are responsible for their child’s safety. We do not recommend this and are not responsible for watching your child.
You now have with the skills to come back to our facility and climb, but first you need to take the belay test. This is a short test that reviews your belay skills. Belay tests are available anytime during business hours free of charge.
Don’t forget every minor needs a completed waiver!
Planet Granite offers a variety of climbing classes for beginners of all ages and disciplines. Below you’ll find descriptions for the classes PG Sunnyvale offers.
If you don’t see an upcoming date for a class you’d like to take, or if you’d like to suggest a new class, give us a call!
Climbing on a rope requires two people: a climber and a person on the ground managing the ropes called the belayer. This one hour class will teach you the basics of belaying and climbing at Planet Granite. It’s the quickest way to start climbing the walls and includes a day pass + gear rental! Reservations recommended.
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Add on 15 days of access for just $30! The Intro Plus adds on 15 days of unlimited access after your lesson to all of our locations! Package includes free gear rentals and free initiation ($45 value).
Cost: $30 – only available as an add-on to the Intro Climbing Lesson.
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An in-depth, 4-week introductory course to rock climbing. Our very popular BRC consists of four lessons, the first of which will teach you how to belay. In the weeks that follow, you’ll learn efficient climbing techniques, bouldering, rope management, climbing terminology and more.
BRC also includes access to our gyms for the duration of the 4-week course. Plus, if you decide to join, we’ll waive your initiation fee. Click to see dates for our next course.
Pre-req: Must be 14 years old
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A perfect follow up to the belay lesson. This class covers the essential techniques, hand and body positions to build a foundation for climbing. This class also teaches you how to fall correctly and spot your fellow climber. Click to see dates for our next course.
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A perfect follow-up to the belay lesson! This class covers the essential techniques and body positioning to build a foundation for climbing. This class includes how to fall properly to minimize injury and how to spot fellow climbers.
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Looking for greater ease in your climbing? This 4-week course focuses on finding balance through precise footwork and optimal body positions, sequencing, and how to find rests. This class provides a solid foundation of technique, enabling a climber to move efficiently on the wall. The skills taught in this class are essential to every climber, from beginner to advanced. It is also the perfect class for anyone wanting to take their climbing to the next level or interested in lead climbing.
Balance & Technique also includes access to our gyms for the duration of the 4-week course.
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Are you looking to refine your skills? Are you having a hard time breaking through a specific grade? Maybe, you’re looking at becoming a crack fiend. These classes are for you! From crack climbing to balance and technique, Planet Granite offers a variety of lessons to help you grow as a climber or boulderer.
Looking for greater ease in your climbing? This 4-week course focuses on finding balance through precise footwork and optimal body positions, sequencing, and how to find rests. The skills taught in this class are essential to every climber, from beginner to advanced. This class benefits the climber who wants to learn better climbing technique, establish good climbing for for lead climbing, and those pushing harder grades. Students also get access to the gym during the course!
Pre-req: TR belay certified, climbing 5.9 and V1
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Learn how to crack climb in our two hour clinics focused on techniques specific to different crack widths.
Start with our Fundamentals Clinic where you will learn the foundations of crack climbing: How to tape, hand jam, and place your feet.
Perhaps you are looking to suffer? Move onto Advanced Crack Clinic to discover the joy of thin cracks and the grunt-fest of off-width! This class will give you the essential tools to climb all other sizes found in crack climbing from thin fingers and ring locks to fists and hand stacks!
Pre-req: TR belay certified, climbing 5.9. For the advanced class, you must have a strong grasp of the fundamentals (hand jams, foot work, etc.) and be able to climb 5.9 cracks.
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Learn the basics of slacklining! We’ll go over stablilization, foot placements, posture, setting up lines, and more in this two-hour clinic!
Pre-req: 14 years of age or older
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Looking for personalized instruction geared toward your needs? We have the perfect solution. Our advanced instructors can provide a customized training program to suit your climbing goals. Purchase 10 private lessons, receive 10% off! (Offer cannot be shared with multiple people, 10 pack purchase is non-refundable.)
Call us up to arrange private lessons:(415) 692-3434
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Ready to become a lead climber? Great! We have all the classes you’ll need to help you advance into the sport of lead climbing.
First things first, please sign our lead assumption of risk.
Learn all you need to know how to lead climb and lead belay in the gym. This is a two part class that meets for three hours per session. Click to see dates for our next course.
Pre-req: TR belay certified, onsight 5.10a, climb 10 routes per session
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The next step after our Intro to Lead class. Applicable for all levels, this class covers essential skills to improve your lead climbing. Topics covered include how to give soft catches, belaying with a Grigri, technique drills and personalized feedback to help you break through plateaus.
Pre-req: Must be Planet Granite Lead Certified for at least 6 months
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Move from your ATC to the Petzl GRIGRI! This class is perfect for anyone who just graduated from our Intro to Lead class and are looking to get some experience with a GRIGRI.
Pre-req: Must have current Planet Granite lead certification. Must be 13 years or older to take this class. Cancellations are allowed for a full refund up to 48 hours before the class. GRIGRI, carabiner and rope will be provided. Bring your own harness and shoes.
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Have a big climbing objective in mind? Maybe you are just ready to optimize your gym time. If you are looking to push your body & mind and take your climbing to the next level, these classes are for you.
If you’re frustrated by a project, this class can help, whether you’re pushing for a sustained powerful route or an epic 12-move boulder odyssey. Power and Endurance has two three-week modules to improve your explosive power and help you break through an endurance plateau.
The program can be taken multiple times and is customized to each participant’s abilities. The curriculum focuses on adapting training to your personal needs, whether you are a newer climber who is looking to push harder, or an advanced climber seeking to hone strength.
Please note, this is not a technique class. Students are highly encouraged to have a basic background in Balance & Technique and meet the prerequisite climbing level. Guests: this course also includes access to our gyms for the duration of each of the three-week classes. Click to see dates for our next course.
Pre-req: TR belay certified, climbing 5.11+ and V3
Two classes are available:
Power and Endurance Class Part 1:
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (once a week for three weeks)
Week 1 Heavy endurance
Week 2 Heavy endurance
Week 3 Power/Endurance
Power and Endurance Class Part 2:
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (once a week for three weeks)
Week 1 Power Endurance
Week 2 Heavy Power
Week 3 Heavy Power
This training addresses falling directly to help improve commitment. We do progressive falling practice, followed by movement, breathing, resting, and body/mind awareness exercises. Finally, students apply everything to a goal route. Students leave understanding how to take appropriate risks, reduce fear, and how to commit to those risks.
Warrior’s Way visits all of our PG gyms quarterly. Please visit the Warrior’s Way website for the schedule and registration. For inquiries or to sign up: email Arno email@example.com
Pre-req: TR belay certified for at least 6 months, climbing 5.8
Have a big climbing objective in mind? Maybe you are just ready to optimize your gym time. If you are looking to push your body and mind and take your climbing to the next level, we have options beyond our classes—expert coaches are ready to work with you one on one.
We have many experienced staff who are able to provide personalized training and instruction for your climbing! Call to book a session today: San Francisco | (415) 692-3434
*Purchase 10 private lessons, receive 10% off! Offer cannot be shared with multiple people, 10 pack purchase is non-refundable.
Simon Moore – Climbing Coach
Everyone can get better at rock climbing. The nature of the sport is to progress, push our bodies, get fitter and enjoy the action. Maybe you have hit a plateau or you’ve been slowed by minor injuries or maybe you simply don’t have the time to focus as much energy as you would like? I can help you!
I began climbing as a child in the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland. Over the years I have specialized in all aspects of the sport from bold 5.13 trad routes and V13 boulders to climbing first ascents on remote alpine big walls.
Having trained and climbed alongside some of the world’s best climbers over the last two decades I have created a coaching and training system that is extremely personalized and athlete specific. It incorporates many subtle variables leading to success in the sport from a technical, physical and mental perspective. Climbing is a relatively young sport with limited resources. Time and time again I see a pattern of chronically plateaued and/or injured climbers. I use a structured approach based on sport science and technical coaching to overcome these common problems.
I work with clients of all levels from those just getting started and climbing 5.5 right through to those trying to climb their first V13 or 5.13. My approach incorporates not only instruction but encourages discussion regarding physiological ‘cause and effect.’ I want my athletes to understand not only ‘how we train’ but also ‘why we train in this particular way’ – leading to more educated climbers who can develop the techniques to not only push themselves in the future but to do so in a fun and sustainable manner.
Please contact me for more details or say hi if you see me in the gym! I’m always interested in hearing about your climbing issues or your latest send!