Planet Granite San Francisco Staff

Eliot Carlsen - Manager
eliot@planetgranite.com

Eliot is originally from Sonoma, CA but currently calls San Francisco his home. He originally started climbing mountains in his teens but it wasn’t until much later that he discovered rock-climbing. Since that time Eliot has been consumed by the sport and he would not know what to do without it. Eliot is the new manager at PG SF having recently moved up from the same role at the SV gym. He brings 10+ years of climbing experience with him. Eliot is an avid crack climber and can sometimes be found flailing on the PGSF finger crack but he also really enjoys bouldering and sport climbing too. Currently, his top five favorite places to climb are Yosemite, Zion, Indian Creek, Bishop and Squamish, in no particular order. Currently his top five favorite climbs are Moonlight Buttress, Astroman, The Rostrum, Freerider and Equinox. When he's not out rock climbing or spending time at the gym, he enjoys playing chess and eating.

Abbey

Abbey Leroux - Asst Manager
abbey@planetgranite.com

Abbey's climbing journey began when she first moved to San Francisco, sight unseen, from the East Coast in 2007. Her passion for climbing and outdoor adventures soon took over her life and led her to Planet Granite. After spending a year climbing and skiing all over North Lake Tahoe she returned to SF extra stoked to train hard, play on rock whenever possible, and share her love for climbing with the PG community again. Biking and making music account for most of the other joy in her life.

Patty T

Patty T

Patty T. Nowak is an energetic and friendly soul who has been climbing for just over a year.  He makes it his personal goal to brighten everybody’s day whether they’re in the gym or out in the world.  Taking great pride in the fact that his car only moves to avoid parking tickets, you will often see him zipping through the city on his bicycle when he isn’t running around, practicing his parkour skills (or lack thereof).  He dreams of someday being able to juggle.

Ivan

Ivan

Ivan, a native of the Philippine Islands, is a senior at San Francisco State University and a sophmore at the school of hard knocks. Always the one-man wolf-pack, Ivan is known to roam the mean streets of the sunset district on his 49cc moped looking for trouble and excitement in this brick-laced, gutter-lined origami we call life. Ivan started out at Planet Granite at the original Santa Clara gym as an event staff employee, bringing joy and meaning to young peoples' lives and has since worked his way up to the current position of Supervisor. In contention this year for the coolest guy in the Presidio award, Ivan hopes to up his game by hunting down snow leopards on a regular basis, living on a strict diet of steel screws and lugnuts and finally exposing the elusive Higgs Boson. 

Stephanie

Stephanie

Stephanie bleeds orange&black and is a hella proud San Franciscan. 

Jason

Jason

Tattoos, bourbon and granite. These are a few of my favorite things.

Arsalan

Arsalan

Tie dye enthusiast, lives on a boat, seen Pearl Jam 19 times, climbs and surfs.
*please note, just like Big Foot, Arsalan is blurry.

Kalie

Kalie

Kalie is originally from Washington State but spent most of her childhood in London and Southern California before moving to San Francisco to study at Fine Art USF. Apart from climbing her hobbies include: Epic tourism, eating and cooking brunch, reading, all things Harry Potter, tromping, baking, nail painting and jewelry making. 

Mike

Mike

Mike is a San Francisco native and a kid at heart. Outside of the gym, you'll most likely find Mike inside an ice cream parlor, biking around the city, or falling asleep on Muni. 

Damien - Front Desk Staff and instructor at Planet Granite San Francisco

Damien

Born and raised in La Verne California, I am currently studying kinesiology at San Francisco State University. When Im not climbing you can find me slacklining, watching movies, and taking long walks on the beach.

Jack - Front Desk Instructor at Planet Granite San Francisco

Jack

A lover of all things outdoors Jack started climbing his freshman year of college at UCSC. While most at home in the bouldering area, you can find him working on his technique and endurance on the tall walls at Planet Granite’s San Francisco location. When not working on his latest project you might see Jack around town picking up ingredients for his latest food experiment or looking for new and interesting beers and cheeses to sample.

Primo - Desk Staff at PG San Francisco

Primo

Primo is a Bay Area native who's always been active and loves playing all sports. When it comes to climbing he loves the problem solving, and power moves of bouldering. When Primo's not in the gym he is either bouldering outdoors over the weekend, or hanging out with his daughter, Hailey, who you might also catch hanging out at PG.

Megan - Front Desk Staff at Planet Granite San Francisco

Megan

With her canine co-pilot Jasper, Megan has lived and explored locations throughout her native East Coast and West. Most recently, she has found herself working on an MFA in Photography at Academy of Art University. When shes not climbing or taking photographs, Megan can be found thinking up excuses to host theme dinners. She ALWAYS saves room for desert.

Justin - Front Desk Staff at Planet Granite San Francisco

Justin

Having moved from North Carolina two years ago, Justin is joining Planet Granite after an 8 year stint from climbing. He started at the ripe age of 8, and is excited to crush all boulders and big walls in his hawk-like gaze in the coming year. When not training like a madman you can find Justin having a go of it on the Soccer (Football to our far-east neighbors) pitch. Justin also enjoys a great book and home-brewed beer with his cat George Washington.

Jamila

Jamila

Jamila, a San Francisco native, is an avid climber and time piece aficionado. Outside of the climbing world, you can find her designing clothes and accessories as a self-taught seamstress, embellishing canvas with a brush, or manically studying to become your future Dietician.

Martin

Born and raised in the city of San Francisco, Martin was introduced to climbing through his older brother, Mike. From the moment his hands touched the wall, Martin was hooked on climbing. You'll probably find him working on his projects in the bouldering area while he constantly smiles for no reason. In his free time, Martin enjoys making ugly faces while he lifts weights and eating mass amounts of food he calls snacks.

Andrew

A native of Southern California, Andrew started climbing soon after moving to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University. Currently conducting EEG research in the Cognitive Psychophysiology lab at SFSU, Andrew is in his last semester of undergraduate studies in Neurological Psychology. A lover of literally all sports, he was initially drawn to the world of climbing by it's problem solving aspect, the strong connection to the outdoors and its endless possibilities for growth and improvement. Aside from climbing, Andrew enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible as well as being with friends and family, riding his bike throughout the city, cooking, beach/park days (when warm) and "geek-ing out" on the latest Neuroscience research.

Jonathan

As a child, Jonathan was petrified of heights, but in the fall of 1999 a cranky Englishman conned him into taking a trip to the local climbing gym and he has been smitten with the sport ever since. When he is not climbing, Jonathan can be found playing guitar in his pirate band, working volunteer ER shifts and being an insufferable smartass. He is no longer afraid of heights.

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Mike
Mike

 

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