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Oct 212014
 
Steck Salathe - Squeezing in Another Classic

Squeezing in Another Classic A Route Description of the Steck Salathe by Walker Emerson  — (A WORD OF CAUTION: Before you embark on this adventure, please do your research! Review both online sources and printed guidebooks. This route is notoriously challenging and should not be taken lightly. Be both confident and comfortable climbing 5.10 cracks Read more…

Oct 162014
 
Rapping Off Sketchy Bolts: Why PG Gives Loads Of Money To The ASCA

If you’ve been climbing long enough you’ve probably heard a story about rapping off a sketchy anchor or clipping a spinning bolt. The American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA) wants that to stop and has made it its mission to replace bolts worldwide. For a fourth straight year, Planet Granite has committed to matching up to $20,000 for Read more…

Oct 012014
 
Six Days on El Cap - An Interview with Sam Elias

An Interview with Sam Elias by Walker Emerson JUNE 25th 2014: Sam and Mike shiver on a small rock ledge two thousand feet above the ground. They huddle around a small single burner stove for warmth. Burning their precious fuel, they pray the storm breaks before they run out of supplies or freeze to death. Read more…

Sep 042014
 
Tuolumne First Night ~ A Poem by Charles Jasper

  TUOLUMNE FIRST NIGHT: An Appreciation Poem By PG San Francisco Yoga Instructor Charles S Jasper I don’t know where or how to start A sacred bow of appreciation. Maybe For these woods varied and quiet An essential stillness and a cold night Arriving sudden as a bear standing; For the coyote clutch of young Read more…

Aug 272014
 
Flight of the Falcon - by Walker Emerson

  Walker Emerson is an avid outdoor climber, PG routesetter and monthly contributor to the Planet Granite blog. Last week I got attacked by a peregrine falcon. Cowering on a small ledge a thousand feet in the air. The bird flew straight at us, its talons and wings outstretched, moving with incredible speed. A long day Read more…

Aug 222014
 
Yosemite Climber Stewards by John Connor

  Planet Granite prides itself on the PG Gives Back Program. You might remember when you signed up for membership, you were asked to choose a category for us to donate to in your name: Climbing, Community, or Environment.  With support from the PG Gives Back Program and additional sponsors, the Yosemite Climber Stewards (along with the Climbing Trails Read more…