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Dec 182014
 

Golf Night collage
Thanks to all who attended Golf Night last Tuesday, December 9th at PG Belmont!

Over 40 members participated and tried their hands at climbing using as few holds as possible. Many climbers scaled our toprope walls using 2, 1, or 0 handholds, and between their arête-hugging, stemming, slab balancing, and creative use of naturals the gym felt more like an outdoor crag than an artificial wall.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to try the golf routes, there is still time!

Here are all routes from the Belmont Golf Night toprope course and their corresponding par values. Come try this new approach to gym climbing, and let us know what you think.

PG Belmont Golf Night Toprope Course

Hole 1: Rope #49/Orange/5.6      3/5/7       (advanced/intermediate/beginner pars)

Hole 2: Rope #33/Blue/5.8           5/7/9

Hole 3: Rope #73/Green/5.3        0/2/4

Hole 4: Rope #69/Pink/5.10c       1/3/5

Hole 5: Rope #66/Pink/5.7           3/5/8

Hole 6: Rope #65/Blue/5.4           1/3/5

Hole 7: Rope #32/Green/5.6        1/3/5

Hole 8: Rope #45/Pink/5.8           5/7/9

Hole 9: Rope #4/Green/5.9          5/7/9

 

THE GOAL:

  • Climb, staying on one route, using as few handholds as possible.

 

THE RULES:

  • Each different plastic hold you touch with your hands counts as a stroke.
  • Climbers must start at the start hold and end on the finish hold. The start and finish holds do not count towards strokes.
  • Retry routes as many times as you want with no penalty, but the score you record must be from a clean attempt (no falls).
  • Climbers may not crimp bolt holes or jam cracks. Other than that all naturals are on and do not count as holds even if grabbed with the hands.

See ya next time at Golf Night!  

Dec 042014
 
Mission Accomplished! Event Recap - ASCA Fundraiser with Alex Honnold

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Nov 202014
 
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Nov 062014
 
PG Portland Opening Weekend Grades

This weekend marked the Grand Opening of Planet Granite’s newest gym in Portland, Oregon. It was an amazing weekend that saw thousands of people from the greater Pacific Northwest converge onto our newest world-class facility. The resounding response was A+ for the facility, staff, route movement and quality. We did, however, definitely receive one less than stellar grade… Read more…

Nov 032014
 
Alex Honnold Coming to PG for the 4th Annual ASCA Live Auction Fundraiser

For the months of October and November, Planet Granite has pledged to match up to $20,000 of funds raised for the American Safe Climbing Association – this means your $1 will become $2! Plus, join us on Wednesday, November 19th at 7pm at PG San Francisco for a LIVE AUCTION FUNDRAISER with special presentations by well-known soloist Read more…