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A Man With a Vision: PG Belmont’s New Head Coach

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Apr 292015
 

by Jesse Shouboe

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Left: Just another psyched climber. Right: Sasha night-crushing Athletes Die Young in Yosemite.

PG Belmont has a new head coach, and his name is Sasha Schwartz! He just started and is already working hard with the team during practice, getting to know kids and coaches, and bringing a cheerful positive vibe to the gym floor. As a coach myself and as a fellow climber who is in awe of our team’s young crushers, I was excited to sit down with Sasha and hear about his vision for the team’s future. Here’s what he had to say…

 

Me: Sasha, can you tell us a bit about your climbing background?

Sasha: Definitely. My obsession for climbing started in 2008.  I was first introduced to climbing at Planet Granite Sunnyvale and have never looked back.  Soon thereafter I started setting and coaching at a small climbing gym in the Bay Area called Twisters, and I have been involved in the climbing industry, in some manner, ever since. I mostly spend my time bouldering, but have been known to rope up occasionally.

 

Me: What about coaching? What kind of experience do you have working with kids?

Sasha: My coaching background spans a variety of settings.  I worked in a traditional climbing coach role at Twisters. I’ve also worked in academic settings of all levels tutoring K-12 kids, and as a mentor and writing coach for undergraduate students. Climbing has given a lot to me, and I’m excited to give back by building up the next generation of strong young climbers.

 

Me: Alright, enough about the past. What are your first action items as the new Head Coach at PG Belmont?

Sasha: My first action item at Belmont is to establish an updated common curriculum for the different levels of team. I want to make sure all coaches and kids are working towards the same goals, and that we as coaches provide the instruction needed to help our kids break through personal barriers.  I’ll be working with our coaches to make sure we’re getting kids excited about climbing, and that we’re helping kids grow and develop personally through climbing.

 

Me: As you may have gathered, the PG Belmont community is close and some members may want to say hi. If we see you around the gym, what can we talk with you about besides climbing and coaching?

Sasha: I like to consider myself a connoisseur of fine sandwiches and sci-fi books.  So anything with food or obscure science fiction would probably not be a bad place to start.

 

So if you see Sasha around the gym, I hope you say hi. He is a down-to-earth, friendly guy who is passionate about the team and the PG Belmont community. And he clearly knows some tasty secret sandwich beta that you might want.

That’s a wrap! Friction Series Finale at PG Sunnyvale

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Apr 272015
 

Friction Series 2015 wrapped up for another year!

Check out Planet Granite Sunnyvale’s Facebook page for more photos!
Scores are posted here.

Enjoy these snapshots from the night and we’ll see you in the fall with the return of our Bloc Party!

Friction Series

Psyche was high!

Popular climbs of the night

Popular climbs from the comp

Our winners!

Our winners!

Finals showdown

Finals showdown

Access Fund came out!

Special thanks to the Access Fund and Bay Area Climbers Coalition for stopping by!

Workout of the Week – How to warm-up with Alex Iglecia

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Apr 272015
 

How to Warm-Up Efficiently with Alex Iglecia of Being Epic

An efficiently fun warm-up for climbing! Planet Granite Workout of the Week Logo
TIME: 2-5 minutes
DIFFICULTY:  All Levels
EQUIPMENT: None
FOCUS: Warm-Up joints and muscles


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IMPORTANT: Climbing and climbing training, such as the exercises in the WOW, are inherently dangerous activities.  Participation in these exercises is done at your own risk.  If you have any injuries, we recommend you do not attempt a WOW.  If you have any concerns about your abilities or the exercises, consult a qualified medical practitioner or athletic trainer. Before using the fitness area, equipment, classes or any other training at Planet Granite, it is your responsibility to read and understand the posted gym rules and Safety Guidelines found here: http://www.planetgranite.com/climbing/training/training_safetyguidelines.php

Workout of the Week: Bouldering 4x4s with Reinhard

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Apr 202015
 

BOULDERING 4x4s with Reinhard

A great workout to build power endurance Planet Granite Workout of the Week Logo
TIME: about an hour
DIFFICULTY:  All Levels
EQUIPMENT: climbing shoes & chalk…and maybe a towel.
FOCUS: power endurance


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IMPORTANT: Climbing and climbing training, such as the exercises in the WOW, are inherently dangerous activities.  Participation in these exercises is done at your own risk.  If you have any injuries, we recommend you do not attempt a WOW.  If you have any concerns about your abilities or the exercises, consult a qualified medical practitioner or athletic trainer. Before using the fitness area, equipment, classes or any other training at Planet Granite, it is your responsibility to read and understand the posted gym rules and Safety Guidelines found here: http://www.planetgranite.com/climbing/training/training_safetyguidelines.php

Planet Granite helps Save Donner Climbing with $40,000 match

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Apr 152015
 

Planet Granite has committed to match up to
$40,000 of donations made to
Save Donner Climbing.

Donate Now to save Donner Climbing!Between April 15th and May 31st, donations raised will be doubled by Planet Granite.  If our goal is reached, $80,000 will be donated to the Truckee Donner Land Trust to help keep Donner climbing open forever!

Donate now and double your donation!

Important!  Specify BLACK WALL to have your donation matched by Planet Granite.


The Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) has partnered with the Access Fund to purchase 10+ acres of land located on Donner Summit.  This land contains 5 quality climbing crags, including the popular Black Wall, Road Cut and Peanut Gallery and offers a variety of styles from multi-pitch trad to technical sport climbing.

“Climbing on Donner Summit has been a destination for our members since we first opened,” says Sr. Director of Bay Area & Marketing, Stephanie Pound. “As part of our commitment to work with the community to preserve and protect climbing areas both near and far, Planet Granite is proud to support the [TDLT] and Access Fund on this project.”

Currently, the TDLT holds a Purchase & Sale Agreement to fundraise and acquire the property by December 1st, 2015. They must raise $280,000 to finalize the sale.  The Access Fund holds a lease agreement to address liability concerns raised by the private landowners and assist in stewardship.

Of the $280,000 needed, about $60,000 has been raised so far.  With this potential $80,000 donation, the climbing community and Planet Granite will have donated over 30% of the remaining needed funds.  Join us and help Save Donner Climbing forever!

Once the land is purchased, the Access Fund and TDLT will work with the local climbing community to create a volunteer climber coalition to help implement a recreation and stewardship management plan for the Greater Donner Summit area.

For more information, visit the Save Donner website.

Donate Now to save Donner Climbing!

Crux of the Week: Purple & White V6 @PG Belmont

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Apr 132015
 

 

CRUX OF THE WEEK

Crux of the WeekPurple & White V6 @PG Belmont

LOCATION:  Lower Bouldering Room
SETTER:  Max Zolotukhin
CLIMBER:  Lucas Klein and Jesse Schouboe