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“Better Together” firefighters teach climbing and life skills to Sunnyvale and Santa Clara students

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May 242016
 

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“Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, Sarah!”
Sarah’s classmates chanted her name as the 6th grader struggled to push through the final section of an overhanging wall sprinkled with stingy 5.10 holds.
“Come on, you’re so close!”
“Don’t give up!”
“You got this!”

These weren’t PG team climbers with a regional championship under their belt, but what they were was impressive in its own right:  12-year-olds cheering each other on and pushing through their fears as they climbed for the first time.

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The group initiation was part of “Better Together,” a program that matches 6th graders from several area schools with Santa Clara Firefighters to learn trust, teamwork, and self-confidence.

“It’s a leadership program. We work on leadership skills, communication skills, and self-esteem,” explained Firefighter Beverly Molina of Truck 92. “Planet Granite is a culmination of communication skills and trust…it’s very cool for us to come here.”

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Planet Granite is proud to support Better Together by contributing the use of our Sunnyvale gym for climbing.  We’ve done so for more than 15 years, dating to the days of the original PG location in Santa Clara.

The Better Together kids took their time working on the cruxes of the climbs they were on.

“When I got higher up, I looked down and it was really nerve-wracking,” said Steven, 12, a student at Don Callejon School. “I kept going. I wanted to complete the climb.”

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On Tuesdays throughout the school year, the firefighters and middle-schoolers bond over activities that include visiting senior complexes, as they did on Valentine’s Day this year.

“We talked to them about how things used to be,” said Wiktor, 12, also from Don Callejon. “One person was even born before World War II.”

Spending the day at PG  climbing  is “a natural fit” for the skills Better Together works on throughout the year, said program coordinator Zachary McGhie.

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“Climbing has unique challenges.  It is also a sport that many of these students would not have an opportunity to experience,” McGhie said. “We would like to thank Planet Granite for making this event possible.”

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Check out Better Together’s website  or Twitter profile for more information about the organization!

Restoring Castle Rock: PG staff help Bay Area Climbers Coalition, and you can, too

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May 162016
 
Restoring Castle Rock: PG staff help Bay Area Climbers Coalition, and you can, too

Where coastal redwoods overlook the valley, and breathe-taking views inspire, you’ll find some of the Bay Area’s best local climbing at Castle Rock.  As with other parks and forests, human visitors make a mark.  Nature has knack for bouncing back on its own, the Bay Area Climber’s Coalition (BACC) helps to restore it, at Castle Read more…

Outward Bound California Takes PG Reps on a Rappel to Remember

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Apr 272016
 
Outward Bound California Takes PG Reps on a Rappel to Remember

When you get to the top, you rappel down.  As climbers, we know this. But there was a couple hundred feet of difference when “the top” was the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, and our staff and a member rappelled with Outward Bound for their annual fundraiser that’s sponsored in part by the Planet Granite Read more…

YOU Could Rappel From the SF Hyatt Regency, With Just One Share…

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Mar 022016
 
YOU Could Rappel From the SF Hyatt Regency, With Just One Share...

Here at Planet Granite, we are passionate about climbing, community, and like you, our members, we care about doing good in the world.  That passion is at the core of our $1/member per month charitable giving, and it’s why we’ve contributed more than $80,000 to Outward Bound in the last five years, supporting their work of bringing Read more…

BACC and PG Clean Up at Indian, Mortar Rocks plus the Biddles

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Jan 192016
 
BACC and PG Clean Up at Indian, Mortar Rocks plus the Biddles

In the waning days of 2015, the Bay Area Climbers Coalition (BACC) organized stewardship days at Indian Rock and Mortar Rock, two popular crags in Berkeley with a rich climbing history, and again at the Biddles, a lesser-known outcrop nearby. The BACC is a non-profit with a local focus of protecting and caring for the Read more…