Planet Granite

Aug 112014



Crux of the WeekRed V5 @PG Belmont

LOCATION:  Lower Room
SET BY: Mitch Newman (MN)
CLIMBER: Matthew, Climbing Team Member @PG Belmont

Aug 072014


We’re pleased to announce Planet Granite Portland’s Grand Opening is just around the corner! Check out the 30,000 square feet of world-class climbing wall space, 2 top-notch yoga and fitness studios and custom training equipment for yourself at our launch in late October, early November.

Wondering about rates? We’re happy to announce that too!

For a limited time only you can become a member for zero initiation cost and only $67/month or $737/year. Here’s the full, limited-time only price list.

Family of 2

Additional Family Members (must be under 18)

Remember all of these rates are temporary so be sure to get them while they last!

Want to get into our gym before the opening? No problem!
We are going to host several, sneak peeks ahead of that opening. So sign up for our newsletter here to find out when you can get in on the action!

We can’t wait to meet you!


Aug 042014



Crux of the WeekBlack V2 @PG Sunnyvale

SET BY: John Dennery (JD)
CLIMBER: Justin, Instructor @PG Sunnyvale

Jul 282014



Which Shoe is Right for You?

CATEGORY:  Climbing Gear – ShoesTIP OF THE WEEK - white background
BY: Shannon Joslin

Jul 242014

The San Francisco Marathon is happening this weekend, Sunday July 27th.  This will affect traffic to our San Francisco location until about 11am.    They are expecting upwards of 30,000 participants, so please plan your access to our gym accordingly!   Please read the below information for more details about parking and access.   The SF Marathon has also posted this traffic advisory on their website:

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RACE ROUTE: Route enters the Presidio at the Marina Gate and follows Mason to Crissy Field Ave., Lincoln Blvd. and out the 25th Ave Gate.

PARKING: All street parking and parking lots along the route will be closed during the course of the race.

ROAD CLOSURES: Mason Street from Marina Gate to the Warming Hut, Crissy Field Ave. + Lincoln Blvd to the 25th Ave. will be closed. Gates and roads intersecting Lincoln Blvd. will be closed.

900 BUSINESS ACCESS (includes Planet Granite): Access will be temporarily suspended during the course of the race. Parking will be at McDowell Stables. See this LINK for location of the Stables Parking.  

CROSS PARK TRAFFIC: Cross park traffic will use the following streets: Kobbe Ave., Washington Blvd. and Arguello Blvd. to the east side of the Presidio or reverse if coming from Arguello Gate/Presidio Gate or Lombard Gate.

GGB ACCESS: There will be NO automobile access from the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge during this event.

TRANSIT: PresidioGo and MUNI will operate altered schedule during race times.

BICYCLISTS: All recreational bicyclists will be have access during the race, but with assistance of the USPP.

Jul 222014

We are psyched to share one of our member’s Michael Dorame’s dream project.  Currently an Indiegogo campaign, this inspiring film touches on how climbing has affected the lives of 5 individuals, including himself and another PG Member, Stacey Collver.

In 2003, Stacey Collver was diagnosed with a rare lung cancer called, “Lymphangioleiomyomatis.” At that time, she was competing in bouldering, and coaching a youth climbing team. Unfortunately, there was no cure for this disease. The only hope was to get a double-lung transplant.

In 2004 Stanford Hospital was the miracle she needed. Planet Granite graciously offered to host a fundraiser, the “Mount Everest Climb-a-thon” to help defray some of the medical cost. It was so popular it became an annual event!

Her passion for climbing & the community that came to love her got her through her illness, and on the road to recovery. While in the hospital Stacey dreamt of climbing again, which gave her the strength and hope she need live again. She eventually went back to coaching kids at Planet Granite.

This November will mark Stacey’s 10th year of survival, thanks to her donor & the local climbing community at Planet Granite. While is rock climbing with an oxygen tank she yearns for more life, and more climbing.  She hopes to get the chance at a rare second double-lung transplant in the near future.


This is just one of the inspirational stories you will hear about in “Rock-A-Holic,” an inspiring film about how rock climbing saved the lives of 5 individuals who have struggled with addiction, lung cancer or the loss of a limb from an accident. It is moving, courageous, and offers hope to anyone dealing with a life challenge. The story will make you laugh, make you cry, give you thrills, chills, and maybe change your life in a profound and meaningful way.

Like Stacey there are others who have overcome personal challenges:

*Craig Demartino – He survived a 100 foot fall, lost his leg & now wears a prosthetic leg & climbs again. He teaches disabled people to climb through Paradox Sports. He is also a pro climber for Evolv (climbing shoes etc)

*Maureen O’Reilly – She struggled with drug addiction & lost everything but got clean & sober in 1988.  She was a heli-vac search and rescue nurse helping many hurt climbers. She now works with other struggling addicts as well as continuing her nursing at a San Francisco bay area hospital.

*Ben Polanco – He discovered climbing at 14. Then started competing in climbing comps, winning in state and national levels but drug addiction grabbed him for a few years until he got sober.  Now he is a route setter at a climbing gym.  He is 10+ years sober

*Michael Dorame – After a life threatening overdose he stumbled into climbing gym, went in, took a class, got hooked, then got sober, climbed 5 days a week, was inspired to create & manages the #1 climbing group in Northern California. As a Sr Recruiter he helps addicts get jobs. Through his group he met other climbers with similar stories, & wanted to tell their stories to the world. He is 2 years and 7 months sober.


Executive Producer Michael Dorame & award winning filmmaker Chris Alstrin of “Wide Boyz” fame started an Indiegogo campaign to bring audiences everywhere a feature film about an amazing community of people who found that a dangerous sport like rock climbing could save lives. It’s about the mountains we all have to climb in our lives. It’s about the importance of community and support in a times of struggle. It’s about the strength needed to overcome impossible obstacles. It’s about the triumph of the human spirit. Climbing saved our lives. Maybe it will saved another life or two or three.

To help make this project a reality, visit the Rock-A-Holic Indiegogo campaign here:

Guest post by Michael Dorame.