Summer season in NorCal = Granite!
Whether you’re staying local and heading to Tuolumne or driving up north to Squamish, granite climbing is on the agenda.
Since our staff routinely crush on the weekends, we asked them to share a few of their favorite pieces of climbing gear.
All items mentioned are in stock now! Get to your local PG Gear Shop and get prepped for a summer of climbing on rocks.
*Remember, PG Members receive 10% OFF in our Gear Shop!*
ELIOT – Manager @PG San Francisco
5.10 ANASAZI PINKIES – ($150 | $135*) – “The Anasazi Blanco’s have been my go-to shoe since they stopped making the Pinkie’s in the early 2000’s. They are a similar style of shoe but when I heard they were re-leasing the Anasazi Pinkies, I was psyched to get a pair! I remembered the Pinkies from years ago as one of my first pair of climbing shoes. They perform exceptionally well on granite which is one of my favorite styles of climbing, especially in Yosemite.”
“I broke in my first pair over the weekend and they were awesome! They’re great for low angle to vertical slab and face climbing as well as crack climbing. This weekend I got on Freeblast on El Capitan on the 11b roof move and they edged really well. On the higher 10d/11a R section I was able to smear my way through the slabby crux.”
YOSEMITE BIG WALLS GUIDEBOOK – ($29.95 | $26.96*) – “The new Yosemite Big Walls Guidebook is inexpensive and has great beta for your longer excursions in the valley! And many of the topos presented in the book are the first to come out about these routes.”
“Two PG members are also featured in the book which is really cool! Two of Lucho Rivera’s new free climbs – Romulan Warbird 5.12c on Fifi Buttress and Mahtah 5.12d on Liberty Cap (featured on the cover of Climbing Magazine’s April issue!) and Luke Stefurak’s new free climb on Liberty Cap Scarface 5.12.””
ABBEY- Assistant Manager at PG San Francisco
LASPORTIVA WOMEN’S MIURA – ($160 | $144*) – “The women’s Miura is my “send shoe”! These shoes fit my slim foot without the heel cup digging into my Achilles tendon like most men’s climbing shoes do. Also, they are perfectly aggressive without completely distorting my foot. Sportiva rubber is the best, and they last a surprisingly long time for how much I use them outdoors and indoors. The leather upper breaks in to mold to my foot perfectly and they wear really evenly. I’m on my 5th pair!”
“I’ve worn these for all types of climbing and I fit them pretty snugly so I haven’t had the best time on multi-pitch routes with them. Their best use for me is bouldering, and whenever I’ve done a heel hook on that Yosemite polished granite or am tip-toeing around on little slabby nothings I am singing their praises. That last tiny foot foot on “Funky Tut”? Trust it! Getting off the ground on “Green Wall Center”? Boom! Couldn’t do it without my Miura’s.”
STEPHANIE – Sr. Director of Bay Area and Marketing
STERLING FUSION NANO 9.2MM ROPE – (Prices range from $252.05 – $310.40 before Member discount.) – “For being a thin rope, the sheath is incredibly durable. This has been our go to rope for climbing at Jailhouse, used for projecting the double extensions that are about 150 feet long. We just took it on a 6 week climbing trip to Spain and it more than held up the entire trip. Just at the end, we needed to trim the ends since they showed some wear. It handles well and is great for sport climbing!
“While the 80m version is a bit long for most of our local areas, the 70m would be perfect for trips to Tahoe and the sport areas of Tuolumne. Due to its diameter, I would only recommend this rope for sport climbing. But when you need something light and compact, it’s a great rope!”
KALIE – Retail Buyer and Graphic Designer
WOMEN’S LORELLI BRA BY VERVE – ($32 | $28.80*) – “The Verve Lorelli Bra is hands down my favorite sports bra, and I confess to owning five…! Not only is it flattering, supportive and attractively designed, but it’s also handmade (by Grandma’s in CO) in the USA using organic cotton. It’s perfect for everything from climbing, to running and yoga and is a life saver for those hot bouldering days in Bishop and beyond.”
JAMILA – Instructor and Youth Team Coach at PG San Francisco
PATAGONIA ASCENSIONIST PACK 35L – ($149 | $134*) – “I bought this pack in orange and fell in love with it right away! The backbone curves nicely around my lower back which makes it super comfortable for long approaches. It was also one of the lightest packs out of the bunch that I looked at. There are a lot of places on the outside of the pack to secure gear, like the back or on the hip belt. And on hot days it doesn’t completely suffocate my back with sweat which is awesome! I ended buying one for my boyfriend because he fell in love with it as well.”
*Planet Granite Member’s price! Tax not included.