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Seven Solutions to Fast Track Success : Traditional Climbing’s Big Come-Back by Walker Emerson

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Mar 252015
 
Seven Solutions to Fast Track Success :   Traditional Climbing's Big Come-Back by Walker Emerson

Lucho Rivera 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor, jugs out the final pitch of the Muir on El Capitan, after a long day. There is nothing I can say that will fast track you to climbing El Cap this season. I hate to give the game away right here at the beginning, but nothing Read more…

Steck Salathe – Squeezing in Another Classic

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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…

Flight of the Falcon – by Walker Emerson

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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…

Staying calm at 3000 feet – Free climbing the Golden Gate

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Dec 192013
 
Staying calm at 3000 feet - Free climbing the Golden Gate

It’s been ‘splitter’ weather here in Yosemite, and I’ve been taking full advantage of it. Every Friday I make the 4 plus hour drive to the valley and bang my head against some small part of the massive monolith that is El Capitan. This is my 3rd season climbing on El Cap and I’m finally Read more…

Your PG Membership at Work – Planet Granite’s Giving Program Supports the Yosemite Conservancy

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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…

Riding Giants: How I Climbed Freerider Free.

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Jun 122013
 
Riding Giants: How I Climbed Freerider Free.

A post by contributing writer & PG Route Setter Walker, aka SMASH. “I hate this!” Screams a voice in the dark. Its 12am and I haven’t slept in two nights. An aid team is making their way up the monster off-width, a 200 foot gash in the rock that intersects directly with our bivy at Read more…