Planet Granite

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.

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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.

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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: igg.me/at/rockaholic

Guest post by Michael Dorame.

Jul 212014
 

 

PUSH UP PYRAMIDS with Elise

This WOW features a fun easy core exercise to do with friends!

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DIFFICULTY:  All levels
EQUIPMENT: None
FOCUS: Core, Stability

 

 


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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
Jul 142014
 

 

CRUX OF THE WEEK

Crux of the WeekWhite V7 @PG San Francisco

LOCATION:  Red Wall
SET BY: Mick (MAP)
CLIMBER: Damian, Instructor & Routesetter @PG San Francisco

Jul 072014
 

 

CRUX OF THE WEEK

Crux of the WeekGreen V3 @PG Belmont

LOCATION:  Upper Room
SET BY: Danny (DH)
CLIMBER: Dylan Williams, Lead Supervisor @PG Belmont

 

Jun 302014
 

 

CRUX OF THE WEEK

Crux of the WeekWhite V6 @PG Sunnyvale

LOCATION:  Prow
SET BY: Adriel (AR)
CLIMBER: Evan Pearce, Instructor @PG Sunnyvale

 

Jun 232014
 

 

CREEPERS & CRAWLERS with Aiden

This WOW features 2 of PG San Francisco Climbing Team’s favorite core exercises!

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DIFFICULTY:  All levels
EQUIPMENT: None
FOCUS: Core, Stability

 

 


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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