Good morning, Planet Granite members!
We’re thrilled to share news that we think you’ll be as psyched on as we are – we’re opening a fifth location in Chicago! Windy City, here we come. ETA: 2018.
Here are all the exciting details for now—more news to come soon!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Planet Granite to Open New Location in Chicago in 2018
45,000-square-foot facility will be the largest climbing, yoga, and fitness gym in the U.S.
April 20, 2016 – San Francisco, California: Planet Granite is excited to announce our expansion to a fifth location in Chicago, Illinois! Slated to open in 2018 with a massive 45,000 square feet of space, it will provide the complete experience for which Planet Granite gyms are known, giving members and guests a tremendous variety of climbing alongside high-quality, diverse yoga classes and fitness offerings.
“We have a unique opportunity to build, from the ground up, a custom-designed and truly world-class facility, which will be the largest of its kind in the country,” said Micky Lloyd, founder of Planet Granite. “Chicago is a wonderful city full of athletic and outdoor folks, and we look forward to creating a superb gym for them to train in.”
The gym, Planet Granite’s first outside of the West Coast, will embrace the spirit we’ve cultivated since opening 22 years ago: we provide a home for new climbers and experts alike. That means our climbing routes, classes, and community cater to climbers of all ages and levels of experience.
At each of our gyms, Planet Granite offers about 50 in-house yoga and fitness classes weekly, which are included with our memberships and day passes. We’re proud to hire experienced yoga and fitness instructors to lead our classes, recognizing that our members are not only climbers—they are athletes, and are passionate about all types of activities.
The Chicago gym situated near the north side of the city will offer:
- Four-story facility
- Bouldering, top rope, and lead climbing
- Full schedule of studio-quality yoga classes
- Dedicated room for group fitness classes
- Open floor plan fitness space with extensive equipment, including weights and cardio
- Comprehensive climbing training areas
- Fully stocked gear shop
- Spacious locker rooms with additional amenities
Planet Granite Chicago will have about 50% more space than Planet Granite’s largest existing gym in Portland, Oregon.
“There are several good climbing gyms in town and we look forward to working with them to help grow the climbing community,” Lloyd said. “We are also excited for the growth of Planet Granite and the opportunity that this gives our great team.”
The new location will continue a tradition of innovation showcased in our most recent project, our multi-story flagship Portland location, which opened in November 2014 and has been praised in the industry as an example of the next generation of climbing gyms.
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If you’ve been feeling a strong sense of anticipation in the air lately, just know you’re not the only one. Our community is getting amped for the return of Bouldering League at Planet Granite San Francisco, and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic season! With a newly constructed wall to climb, clever team names emerging and a supportive competition, this is one community you’ll want to crush with!
Here to chat with us about the League is long-time Planet Granite member, Stanley Lui. Stanley has been involved in Bouldering League for three years running and has made an impressive impact on PG community events as a whole.
PG: How many seasons have you been a part of Bouldering League?
Stanley: Oh, this is a tough question…maybe season 3? Oh man, how time flies! I gotta think about my team names. Let’s see, there was “You don’t win friends with salad”. I would wager a guess that it’s been six seasons. Yea, I’m gonna say six seasons. For our first team 3 years ago, I decided that we needed to create a strong bond. So, I made us matching super hero League t-shirts! It worked!
PG: What do you think of the community that represents bouldering league?
Stanley: I think Bouldering League is a similar representation of the rest of the gym as a whole. We have amazing people, and I love everyone that climbs here! Climbing here has been the best decision I’ve made in a long time. Bouldering League is an extension of that feeling. You get an opportunity to open up to people you wouldn’t normally think of talking to. The best part is that you make lasting connections through Bouldering League.
PG: What can someone brand- new to the league expect from this event after they sign up?
Stanley: Well, the biggest barrier I’ve come across in recruitment, is the “what do people think of me?” mentality. And once we break past this point, we create an inclusive and fun environment. Also, there’s pizza!
PG: How intense is the competition? Does each participant need to be able to climb a V7?
Stanley: The competition is all casual; it’s not super serious. I feel that a lot of beginner climbers come in feeling self-conscious about their performance. But it’s important to note that everyone here is supportive. We all started from V0 and everyone is here to encourage you. As long as you try hard, that’s all any of us (veterans) could ask of you. If you can try hard, you’ll fit right in.
PG:What is it about Bouldering League that encourages you to keep coming back?
Stanley: I don’t think there’s anything quite like a nice slice of pizza after League! In all seriousness, it’s the environment and the competition style. I love having designated climbing areas just for League, where everyone can work on the same projects together. Whether it’s the same group of people from past seasons, new groups, and old friends, I love knowing that they will all be there Thursday night, ready to hang out, and share pizza and climbs. . *laughs* I keep wanting to come back to the pizza! I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this but, I love pizza. Most of all, I would want anyone on the fence about joining League to know that you are already welcome here.
PG: Which wall is your favorite to compete on?
Stanley: Hopefully it will be the new back wall. It looks really steep and the angles look outstanding! In fact, that’s what I am most looking forward to for this up-coming season. But for now, it’s the ramp. It really forces you to try hard. When you’re upside-down, you can be sure scoring points is a secondary thought here.
PG: Which team name is the best one you can remember out of all your past seasons?
Stanley: Well, there have been a lot of really great “chalk/rock puns” out there. But for me, “Chalk and Awe” is the one that’s highest up there! It’s the one that I remember the most. They actually ended up winning.
Thank you so much, Stanley!
For anyone interested in checking out Bouldering League, here are the important details!:
Bouldering League starts Thursday, March 24th and runs every other Thursday night for a total of 4 Thursdays.
Location: Planet Granite San Francisco @ 7pm!
Whether you’re signing up with a team or an individual, we want you here!
PG San Francisco B.L. Draft Night: Wednesday March 16th @ 6pm (but you can sign up anytime!).
Spring Break Climbing Camps are now accepting enrollment! (For that matter, we are accepting enrollment for our Summer Camps too!)
These five-day camps are filled with fun, learning and fitness – and are a camp that your kids will not stop talking about.
Call your local PG to sign up!
SPRING BREAK CAMPS – 2016
|Monday-Friday April 4- April 8th
|Monday-Friday March 28th – April 1st.
|Monday-Friday March 21-5th
($10 extra for climbing shoes)