May 142014


Planet Granite Lead Supervisor Evan greets the kids and talks to them about the rules of climbing in our gym

This past week, the Santa Clara Firefighters made their annual trek to Planet Granite Sunnyvale for their Better Together program. For nearly 20 years, Planet Granite has hosted this amazing group who dedicate their time to better the lives of local 6th graders in Santa Clara.

Established in 1989, Better Together works to connect firefighters with youth to provide coaching and mentorship and other life skills.  Through a variety of different activities, the students focus on self-esteem, decision making, communication and teamwork.  This program is entirely funded by the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation, a non-profit that relies heavily on firemen volunteering as well as organizations such as Planet Granite to sponsor the events.  The program is free for the participating students.


A number of Santa Clara Firefighters donate their time to work with the Better Together Program.

Each year, Better Together brings about 50 6th graders to Planet Granite for a day of climbing.  As part of  PG Gives Back, Planet Granite donates belay lessons to teach the Firefighter volunteers to manage the ropes, and the day passes and equipment for the students.  Rock climbing, as Better Together Program Coordinator Zach McGhie noted, is the perfect activity for his program as it combines and reinforces the trust, communication and other life skills they have been teaching the students throughout the school year.   We’re proud to work with them and it’s been awesome to watch this program grow!


This year, as a special treat, the Santa Clara Firefighters brought along their fire engines!


Mar 312014
Planet Granite Supports the  'City Skyline Challenge'

  Planet Granite Sponsors Outward Bound as part of PG Gives Back! Last week, local celebrities, politicians, and nearly one hundred San Franciscans (and 4 Planet Granite Managers!), took part in the City Skyline Challenge – a free-hanging rappel 230 feet from the roof of the Hyatt Regency at 5 Embarcadero Center. Even for the most seasoned of Read more…

Feb 052014
Big City Mountaineers 2013 Recap

We’ve all experienced amazing moments that climbing has brought to us; whether it’s through the friendships we’ve made or the beautiful places it’s taken us.  That’s why we created the PG Gives Back Program. Our goal is to use our business as a means to have impact in the various issues that surround climbing, community and the environment. Read more…

Sep 232013
PG Belmont gives back to our community!

Recently, PG Belmont hosted  InnVision Shelter Network for a day of climbing, bouldering and all around fun!  InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) is dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. They provide safe, clean, and modern shelter, as well as nutritious food, Read more…

Sep 102013
Your PG Membership at Work - Planet Granite's Giving Program Supports the Yosemite Conservancy

As part of Planet Granite’s giving program, we’ve donated $5,000 to the Yosemite Conservancy to help fund trail building days in both Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows.  Just last month, PG Sunnyvale manager, Eliot Carlsen, headed up to Tuolumne and joined in the morning climber coffee.  In the past year, we have helped fund the Read more…

Aug 192013
Over $44,000 raised for the ASCA during the Planet Granite matching period!

On August 7th Planet Granite San Francisco hosted the 4th annual ASCA Live Auction Fundraiser.  To support the American Safe Climbing Association as part of our PG Gives Back program, Planet Granite pledged to match up to $20,000 of all donations made between the August 1st and 15th. When the night came to an end, Read more…