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Feb 022015

Every year men and women from across the nation come together to compete on the same stage, at the American Bouldering Series (ABS) National Open. Competitors have commit months of hard work in training for this weekend. Thousands of miles are traveled. By car, by plane, the competitors will travel. Famous professionals and hopeful amateurs arrive all the same, hoping to defend a championship or to make a splash in the professional climbing pond.

This year Planet Granite Portland is sending off One of their Own. Alex Borst is a Portland native whose climbing career was born and raised in Oregon. This year will be his first time at the ABS National Open. Alex is a route setter at PG PDX, calls Portland his hometown, and is headed east to compete with the best.

We will be streaming the competition at Planet Granite Portland in both the high climbing and fitness areas. So come on down and support Alex with us while you climb or workout, the competition will be streaming all day February 6th & 7th. See you there!

Jan 112015
Training for Your Trip with PDX Asst Manager JB

Written by PDX Marketing Coordinator Alec Carrier I sat down with PG Portland’s Assistant Manager JB, who also happens to be an amazing personal trainer, to talk about the training he’s been doing for his upcoming climbing trip. He shared his weekly training routine, as well as how to approach fitness and curate it for Read more…

Jan 112015
Year in Review: 2014 @Planet Granite

Written by Jesse Schouboe, the Youth Program Coordinator at PG Belmont DEAR PLANET GRANITE MEMBERS & GUESTS, 2014 has been an awesome year @PG!  We’ve welcomed new managers to the team, launched community events, had successful youth climbing team seasons, opened a brand new location in Portland, and as always we have donated $1/member/month to Read more…

Jan 072015
The Muscle Behind the Hustle - By Walker Emerson

It’s March 2014, I have been living in Spain for the past three months, in the small Northern town of Oliana, a farm town at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains.  The mountains shoot out of the ground in long ridges capped with limestone spines for as far as you can see. And at the Read more…

Dec 262014
A Visit From St. Nicholas at PG San Francisco ~ by Reinhard Cate

Written by PG San Francisco Instructor Reinhard Cate  Twas the night before Christmas, when all through San Francisco PG, not a climber was stirring not even ‘EAC’. (Eliot A. Carlsen) Ropes were hung from the anchors with care, in hopes that psyched climbers soon would be there. The staff were bivvied all snug in their beds; Read more…

Nov 212014
Push-ups at the Belay - by Walker Emerson

Welcome to Yosemite – By Walker Emerson My first multi pitch climb was the Nose of El Cap; 3,000 feet of difficult climbing. While most seasoned climbers take three to five days to climb the route, we did it in just 29 hours! It was not because of me that we accomplished this; the show was entirely run Read more…