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Sep 162013

Facelift Flyer

The following information can be found on the Yosemite Climbing website!  Hope to see you there – be sure to look for PG Sunnyvale’s manager Eliot, he’ll be around all week!

The 10th annual Yosemite Facelift will start with an evening program at 6:30 p.m. on September 24th, 2013 and will end at midnight September 29th, 2013. Registration for the event will be held at the booth in front of the Visitor Center from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm every day starting September 25th and ending September 29th.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday 9/24/13 Reel Rock 2013. East Auditorium doors open at 6:30pm.

Wednesday 9/25/13 Assault on El Cap, Chris McNamara, Mark Hudon. East Auditorium doors open at 6:30pm.

Thursday 9/26/13, Jason Torlano, Pamela Shanti Pack, Doug Robinson. East Auditorium doors open at 6:30pm.

Friday 9/27/13, Bud Keene, Mayan Smith-Gobat, Tommy Caldwell. East Auditorium doors open at 6:30pm.

Saturday 9/28/13, Outdoors at the Elementary School 6:00 – 9:00pm. Live music by Graham Smith-White followed by Little Brother.

Sunday 9/29/13, Dinner followed by a raffle and dancing to Little Brother. East Auditorium doors open at 6:00pm.


There is free camping available during the event from the 24th through the 29th. Sites available are in Porcupine Flat for the folks that want to clean in Tuolumne Meadows. Yosemite Valley campground choices are Yellow Pines, Camp 4, and Upper Pines. We will start taking camping requests April 1st, 2013.
Requests can be sent to

We will need the following information:
First and Last names of all those requesting camping
Email Address for confirmation
Arrival Date
Departure Date



Sep 122013


Planet Granite San Francisco is ramping up for one of our biggest celebrations yet! Most PG climbers, yogis, and fitness enthusiasts know that we typically close our doors at 6pm on Sunday evenings, but this Sunday we are keeping them open for members only to enjoy some after-hours fun! This summer we’ve hosted two other after-hours nights to show our appreciation and we’ve had a lot of fun hosting members on these nights. Whatever you prefer — top-roping, lead climbing, bouldering, happy hour yoga class, and good old-fashioned socializing – they are all on the agenda. And this time we have something more to celebrate!

In September of 2008 Planet Granite opened its SF facility and a fantastic community came flooding in… and it keeps growing!  Whether you’re a brand new member or a long-time PG regular, come celebrate our 5 years in the Presidio while we, in turn, celebrate you and the community!

Some of the local businesses participating in pleasing your palate Sunday night are Flux Coffee, Honest Tea, and The Melt food truck. Mark your calendar! We look forward to seeing you there!

Sep 102013

Restoring Popular Climbing Trails – Planet Granite is a proud sponsor! And your membership to PG helps us support these guys!

As part of Planet Granite’s giving program, we’ve donated $5,000 to the Yosemite Conservancy to help fund trail building days in both Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows.  Just last month, PG Sunnyvale manager, Eliot Carlsen, headed up to Tuolumne and joined in the morning climber coffee.  In the past year, we have helped fund the rebuilding of climbing trails leading up to Royal Arches, Bishop’s Terrace and more!   If you’re interested in helping out, contact the Yosemite Conservancy for their next trail building dates!


PG Manager Eliot with Climbing Ranger Jesse at the Climbers Coffee

Every summer, I head to one of my favorite climbing destinations, the idyllic Tuolumne Meadows.  With its beautiful alpine environment, spectacular vistas and remote feel, the Meadows always inspires my sense of adventure and passion for climbing.  Because of this, it is no wonder why Tuolumne continues to grow in popularity.  Over the years it has seen an increase in climbers and therefore foot traffic leading up to our favorite domes and crags.  In response, and with the help of sponsors such as the Yosemite Conservancy and Planet Granite, the Yosemite Climbing Rangers Ben Doyle and Jesse McGahey, have been working on improving and maintaining these trails.  Along with many climbing stewards and volunteers, this beautiful weekend saw one of the many trail building days in Tuolumne.  On this day, they were working on the trails leading to Medlicott Dome.  Pictures by Joseph Denicola.









Sep 052013

For the last 3 years I have enjoyed running the Singles and Swingers night at Planet Granite Sunnyvale.  We have such a great time that I look forward to the event every month. Singles & Swingers

This isn’t a pick up program or dating service;  it’s an event to meet new climbing partners!  We provide a game/competition environment to climb with as many people as you can in 2 hours.

First, let’s address the details:
Singles & Swingers is every 2nd Thursday of the month.
Sign-up is between 6:30 and 7:30
Climbers receive a wrist band  to designate their participation (and later free soda!) in Singles and Swingers.
Once two climbers are present, I start pairing everyone up!

To keep it fair and fun, there are a few simple rules: You can only climb with each person one time.  Everyone must be PG Top Rope Belay Certified.  All participants  must climb at least 3 climbs and sign ups stop at 7:30pm.

During the summer months, I like to mix it up.  We have theme nights: red white and blue, western night, night at the zoo, and night at the beach.  If a participant shows up dressed in the theme, they receive an extra raffle ticket!

This year, our new manager, Eliot, picked the first theme night “Retro.” That sounds like fun, but honestly, retro is not my favorite.  So I went shopping thinking that other people would dress up since it was such a fun idea.  Did I mention Eliot said he would dress up too?  I showed up in my retro top and pink wig.  Turns out Eliot wasn’t around that night.  Hmmmmm, I think he lost his right to pick themes (just teasing, Eliot!)   No harm, a climber and the PG  staff played along and the night was super fun!

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I had a little more trouble with “Night at the Zoo,” so I brought in a climbing monkey.  Everyone had a great time climbing with Mickey, the monkey.  Every week, climbers ask me to bring him back to climb with.

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September is our annual PG Gear theme.  I have encouraged participants to wear their PG Gear.   Again, anyone wearing their PG Ts will earn an extra raffle ticket!

I have really enjoyed running the program for Sunnyvale and I hear from the participants that come from other gyms talk about the good times they have at Belmont and San Francisco!  What I enjoy most is the friendships I have made and the friendships I have seen grow in front of me.  Many of the participants climb together now and take classes together.  It is so rewarding to see this program grow!



Next Singles & Swingers is at every Planet Granite Thursday September 12th!





After an adventure rappelling on the moaning caverns tour in 2007, Karen decided, “I want to work at a climbing gym.” A rookie at climbing, she joined the team and was immediately appreciated for her great attitude, friendly smiles and humor. Karen has been the champion of the Singles and Swingers night at PGSunnyvale, coming up with themed events and super fun times. When not climbing she is playing the tuba, reading, or knitting; you can find her training for half marathons.
Life is full of surprises and adventure. Do both with your eyes wide open.


Sep 032013

 Sessions with the Setters Flyer

PG is excited to announce a new series beginning this month at PG San Francisco: Sessions with the Setters!   Ever wondered who those initials belong to at the bottom of your favorite climbs?  Well here’s your chance to meet and climb with the setters themselves!

Twice a month representatives from the route-setting team will be stationed in the bouldering area to discuss two climbing related topics, answer any individual questions participants may have, and offer up some tips and suggestions. And most importantly, setters will come psyched to climb with the group!

This is a unique chance for the Planet Granite community to get to know the crew that coordinates and creates the routes and boulder problems we’ve come to know and love.  The series came about from the setters wanting to get more involved in the community of PG!  They wanted to create a window of time when both setters and climbers are at PG but drills aren’t buzzing and the setters aren’t dangling from the walls or working in a roped-off area.

The PG crew is a collection of some of the most experienced setters in the country.  With over 30 years of route setting between them and well over half a century of climbing, they’re a formidable force of rock knowledge to be reckoned with!  Use the experience they’ve gained from climbing around the world (at grades up to 5.14 and V14!) to improve and progress your climbing ability.  Feel free to ask questions on the topics of that week, ask beta on a specific problem, or simply have a great climbing session with some of the most talented climbers and setters in the nation!

In its opening month, Session with the Setters will be kicking off the series with the main setters at San Francisco:

Brian “Cuz”, Max “MZ”, Charles “CM”, Mark “MH”, Chris “Askew”, Simon “Si”.

Dates and Topics:

Sept 10 – Reading like a Route Setter and Crimping

Sept 24 – Slopers and Heel | Toe Hooks

Aug 272013

Warrior's Way Clinic Sept 2013

We are excited to offer another round of Warrior’s Way Clinics taught by Warrior’s Way instructor, Jeff Lodas! This clinic addresses fear of falling and improving commitment. We’ll do falling, movement, and resting exercises and apply all learned skills to a challenging route. We’ll do this in small increments creating appropriate progressions for each student. You’ll leave with a structured method for taking appropriate risks with diminished fear.  For testimonials, a sample audio track and a video of one of Arno’s clinics, check out this link here!

When/Where: Planet Granite
Saturday, September 28 (10am-2pm): Sunnyvale
Sunday, September 29 (10am-2pm): San Francisco
Monday, September 30 (6-10pm): Belmont

$99 gym members / $119 non gym members
Premium: All participants will receive a free copy of Espresso Lessons and a laminated reminder card, a $24 value.

To Register:

Contact Arno or questions: 615-406-3404,
Max number: 6 / clinic

1-WarriorsWaylogo®CLASS COVERS

  • To fall safely
  • To give a cushioned belay
  • To distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones
  • How to engage no- and yes-fall zones
  • To break a climb into smaller risk events
  • Better risk assessment
  • How to rest effectively
  • To improve breathing
  • To trust the body
  • To create flow and momentum
  • To commit more deliberately
  • To reduce fear


  • Prerequisites:
    • Minimum 6 months climbing experience
    • Climb a minimum of 5.8 in the gym without falling
    • Being able to lead climb is not required
    • If students want to lead during the clinic they must get lead certified at the gym PRIOR to the clinic date.
  • Medium:
    • For climbers who rope climb
    • Most exercises are on toprope
    • Instructor will determine which students can lead based on our risk matrix and whether or not students are lead certified at the gym.
  • Student goals:
    • Improve commitment
    • Diminish fear of falling
  • Equipment Needed:
    • Harness, shoes, rope, and belay device
    • A helmet is recommended, if you have one
    • A rope if the gym doesn’t provides lead ropes