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Core: What is it good for? Absolutely everything!

By: Jesse
September 17, 2020

An Introduction into Core Tension What Is Core Tension?

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Rock Climbing | Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips

How To: Mental Training On and Off the Wall for Peak Performance

By: Jesse
August 06, 2020

(Warning: This article discusses curriculum for a new class. Whether you're interested in this class or not, please free to read on and enjoy the information!) 

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More Determined Than Ever

By: Tori Barnett
June 18, 2020

Actively working to change systemic racism and inequity. For the last few years, we have leaned on a trusted group of individuals from a variety of positions within the company to guide our DEI efforts. During this pivotal moment, they dedicated time to encourage conversations and listen to our entire workforce – this statement is a collection of voices from across every region, gym and position within our company and we are proud to stand behind every word below. Robert Cohen, CEO Renee DeAngelis, COO Charlotte Bosley, CMO Chris Jenkins, CSO Scott Yeager, CFO We support an inclusive society and condemn racial injustice. We stand in solidarity with the Black community, our staff, members, and partners, in the fight against systemic racism, inequity, and the historic oppression of the black community. Black Lives Matter.

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Climbing Tips | Climbing Gear | outdoor climbing

How To Clean Your Climbing Rope (Without Ruining It)

By: Krista Nickerson
May 04, 2020

If you’ve ever walked away from a crag with black, dirty hands, it might be time to wash your climbing rope.  

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Upcycling Projects for Earth Day

By: Elisabeth Williams
April 27, 2020

Twenty million Americans took to the streets to celebrate the very first Earth Day 50 years ago. We may not have been able to gather the masses together for Earth Day this year, but that doesn't mean that our staff didn't find some creative ways to have fun at home. Reduce, REUSE, Recycle Is there a child alive who came out of schools systems in the 1980s and 1990s school system who doesn't know of the 3 Rs? Reduce, reuse, recycle.  In any case, a lot of our staff came up with creative ways to reuse all kinds of materials to create drip irrigation systems, raised beds, and even watercolors! Take a look:  

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Training for Climbing | Fitness and Yoga

Strength and Stability Exercises for Bulletproof Ankles

By: Quentin Cornelius, Fitness Program Manager at Earth Treks
April 21, 2020

When one thinks of areas of your body to strengthen and stabilize, many focus on shoulders, hips, etc, but strong ankles are an incredibly important foundation for many of the movements we make with our bodies. Lack of strength or stability in the ankles can lead to instability or overcompensation in the knees or hips, which can lead to bad running technique and climbing technique. Think about it, weak ankles make standing on small holds difficult, which makes controlling your body position harder to control.  So let’s strengthen those ankles! We’ve got three warmups and three exercises that help improve ankle strength and ensure that your ankles are strong and stable for activity and use down the road.  

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Climbing Community

15 Would You Rather Questions That Make You Go Hmmm

By: Anna Seals Marketing Coordinator for Planet Granite San Francisco + Nick Rucci, Marketing Coordinator for Earth Treks Golden
April 14, 2020

Do you remember your childhood memories and your ability to have innocent fun?  Yes?  Pick a number.  1-2-3.  Pick a color. B-L-U-E.  Pick another number.  1-2-3-4.    We understand that adulting is sometimes difficult. The “real world” is challenging, but it does ironically expose a wonderful truth, which is that being an adult can be overrated.  Picasso’s even on our side for this one (so you know it’s true): “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”.   Reclaiming our innocence and the ability to break down our own barriers for fun is daunting. The first step is to get in the right mindset--rewind to your youth.  Do you remember the old games of yore?  Kick the can, the stick with a wooden circle rolly thing, pong, truth or dare, spin the bottle, creepy crawlers, the water level in Zelda?  (Insert pause for melancholic sigh of remembrance).    Recently, we’ve noticed our online community going bonkers for a silly, little game of “Would you Rather” and we thought we’d share the ones that seem to be getting downright heated. (To be fair, choosing between eating mayonnaise for the rest of your life or sweating mayonnaise for the rest of your life tends to do that). Enjoy! 

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beginner climbing | Training for Climbing | Climbing Tips | Start Climbing

Slacklining Basics and Benefits

By: Rachel, Planet Granite Sunnyvale
April 06, 2020

The key to a good life is to have balance and what better way to test your skills than walking along a suspended length of flat webbing tensioned between two anchors, also known as slacklining? If you’ve never heard of slacklining or would just like a few extra tips, we’re here to help! 

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Training for Climbing | Fitness and Yoga

Foam Rolling Tips To Help Your Aches and Pains

By: Siena, Planet Granite Portland
March 21, 2020

Foam rolling is a type of myofascial release. Fascia are the connective tissue surrounding your muscles and over time, fascia can become unhealthy due to overuse or injury. The goal of foam rolling is to try to release tension in your muscles and fascia. Foam rolling stretches and loosens the muscles and connective tissue in the area being rolled, releasing tightness and tension that has built up from use or stress.

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Earth Treks Adventures

Staff + Pup Spotlight: Keely and Iggy

By: Keely Kleman
January 06, 2020

Meet Iggy.  This young, sassy adventurer isn’t afraid to tell it how it is.  Iggy can often be found taking long walks on the beach, climbing in the mountains, getting sunburned in the desert, or dancing to a funky Brazilian beat.  This feisty pup seems to constantly be asking, I love the outside, why doesn’t it love me back?? 

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