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
I love the STEEPS! The steeper the climb, the higher the psych.
APE Index: negative 1/2″
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.
Flow, Sustained, Gingerific
Sunnyvale Head Setter
Blocky compression and long routes.
APE Index: +2
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.
Climbing almost 10 years. Route setting for eight. I have enjoyed what climbing has added to my life.
Being able to set fear aside and focus on movement when I need to. Compression.
Lead 1,2 and 3. Private Lessons
APE Index: +3
The Bowling Pin Boulder
open handed goodness
Routesetter, Staff/Instructor, Coach
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.
Power climbing! He really shines on the overhangs and if there’s pinches involved, he’s in Paradise.
APE Index: 6’2″
Challenging, Varied, Fun
San Francisco Head Routesetter
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.
If efficiency is a skill, that might be it. Strengths in climbing: compression and maybe shoulder-intensive type of climbing.
APE Index: +4
My favorite place to climb is Bishop,CA.
Flow and Tension
Head Coach | Routesetter
I started climbing 8 years ago and haven’t stopped since. Primarily focused on sport climbing and bouldering, I’ve been as far as Thailand in pursuit of my love for the sport. Originally from Monterey, I am new to the area and always happy to meet new people.
My climbing style has evolved into an even mix of dynamic and static movements and I’m always looking to increase the efficiency of my technique and movement. I have a lot of experience adapting sequences to different body types and skill levels so feel free to ask for help!
Lead I: Intro to Lead and Belay Lessons
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.
APE Index: even
There are too many to compile a list. However, with a trip to Fontainebleau next year, this could change.
Powerful, Tensional, Interesting
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.
Bouldering, particularly steep dynamic climbing.
In addition to routesetting, I work the front desk and teach BRC, Climbing Fundamentals, and Bouldering Fundamentals.
APE Index: +0
Fort Ross, Sonoma Coast
Your next project.
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.
Sequencing, compression, and technical climbs.
Smith Rock for sport climbing, and the Tahoe area for bouldering.
Flowy, technical, powerful
Front Desk | Instructor | Rock Monkey/Advanced Team Coach
Primal Astrology: Squirrel
Position: Coach, Instructor, Setter