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May 132015

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The Santa Clara Firefighters Local 1171 members bring their Better Together program to Planet Granite for it’s annual year-end event. The Better Together program is celebrating its 25th year; which is made possible by support from many entities including Planet Granite. Planet Granite has been hosting the Better Together program for almost 20 years.

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better together 5better together 4The program includes 6th grade students from the Santa Clara Unified School District. Approximately 40 students took part in this event. This was the first time most of them got to experience the sport of rock climbing. Planet Granite provides all the equipment, facility as well as training for the volunteer belayers for the event. The belayers are made up of off duty firefighters. This year E97 from Santa Clara Fire Department also took part in the event.
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Better Together is a mentorship program that concentrates on leadership, teamwork and communication skills as well as building self-confidence through different activities. Planet Granite serves as the perfect place for all these skills to be put into practice.

For more information about the Better Together program please visit their website at

Pushing Past a Plateau: 8 Ways to Break Through! By Erin Monahan

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May 062015
Pushing Past a Plateau: 8 Ways to Break Through! By Erin Monahan

Each climber’s journey is unique in its unfolding with the exception of one thing: plateaus. As beginner climbers we are absorbed, excited, enamored and enthralled with our new sport. We get stoked to see progression in such a short amount of time; however, climbing has a steep learning curve. At the end of last summer Read more…

Tenacity in the Toolbox

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Apr 292015
Tenacity in the Toolbox

Resting in a bomber, but core sapping and foot fatiguing, knee bar rest, I stared up at the last 20 feet of climbing. I was tired. I had made mistakes. My feet had cut where they shouldn’t have and my toes were numb from the cold. But, I had only one more bolt to clip, Read more…

SF Bouldering League off to Awesome Start

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Apr 282015

  By Ashley Vail Our first week of Bouldering League was very literally a massive success! On opening night, anyone lucky enough to watch would have witnessed an endless stream of bouldering teams crushing hard across the entire upstairs area. A mix of rookie and seasoned competitors have formed a whopping NINE teams for what Read more…

P:EAR Visits Planet Granite Portland

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Apr 242015
P:EAR Visits Planet Granite Portland

Project: Education, Art, Recreation. These are the tools that p:ear utilizes to help homeless youth exit homelessness everyday. p:ear, the Portland based non-profit, teamed up with Planet Granite Portland to provide a recreational activity: Climbing. As part of the PG Gives Back program, Planet Granite donated rentals, access and instruction to support p:ear’s use of the facility. Read more…

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

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Apr 152015
Planet Granite helps Save Donner Climbing with $40,000 match

Planet Granite has committed to match up to $40,000 of donations made 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 Read more…