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

 Belmont, Blog, PG Gives Back, San Francisco, Staff, Sunnyvale  Comments Off on Restoring Castle Rock: PG staff help Bay Area Climbers Coalition, and you can, too
May 162016
 

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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 Rock and other local crags.

In April, it was Castle Rock’s turn to benefit from an Adopt-A-Crag event. An outstanding turnout of 40+ volunteers worked hard to clear trash, remove graffiti from cave walls, and repair and replace damaged fences and signs.

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Above, PG San Francisco’s Lead Supervisor, Joey Paris is pictured working to remove graffiti from cave walls.

Eager to get in on the group effort, PG San Francisco’s Lead Supervisor, Joey Paris and PG Belmont’s Assistant manger, Simon Hill stepped up to help restore Castle Rock to its natural beauty.

BACC fence repair

Above,  PG Belmont’s Asst. Manager, Simon Hill, works with BACC’s Matt Ulery.

The BACC’s mission is a worthy one: they seek to keep public access to local spots open for crag enthusiasts to enjoy, and they clean and maintain trails. Alas, keeping public access is not free–it takes sweat and donations.

The best way to ensure open access to climbers is by educating visitors on good crag etiquette and stewardship. A big thank you to the BACC and all of the volunteers who came out to support the cause!

BACC team

Missed this last Adopt-A-Crag? Great news: you can still be involved! On May 22nd, the BACC is hosting an Adopt-A-Crag for Indian Rock.

The event will include Boulder Creek pizza for lunch and a demonstration of the climbing accessory, Whipper performance tracker. And of course, plenty of time to climb after the clean-up. Bring your own ropes and climbing gear and be ready to crush after clean!

Sign-ups for the Indian Rock clean-up on May 22 are now open at the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indian-rock-south-bay-adopt-a-crag-registration-25074619863
Spots are filling quickly, so register soon and save the date!

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Instructor of the Month: Frank Hallstrom, PG Sunnyvale, F10

 Blog, Classes, Community, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Staff, Sunnyvale  Comments Off on Instructor of the Month: Frank Hallstrom, PG Sunnyvale, F10
Feb 102016
 
Instructor of the Month: Frank Hallstrom, PG Sunnyvale, F10

Planet Granite is known not just for our climbing, but for our variety of fitness and yoga offerings.  Our fitness classes include the flagship program F10, which offers intense, diverse workouts to help build strength for a variety of activities. The success of the F10 program in Sunnyvale is due to all of the talented coaches, 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…

How to find a climbing partner – by Amy Verret

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Sep 142015
 
How to find a climbing partner - by Amy Verret

The first question new climbers ask when they arrive at Planet Granite is how to find someone to climb with. Some people are introduced to climbing by a close friend or significant other who provides a convenient first partner. Many people who are new to the climbing gym, however, don’t have the luxury of a Read more…

Sep 102015
 
Car camping 101 by Walker Emerson

I haven’t slept in a tent for four years. Until last week I had the luxury of taking shelter each weekend in the comfort of my minivan. But, in the blink of an eye, I hurtled through a red light and was T-boned by another vehicle. Fortunately, I came out of the incident physically unscathed. Read more…