My Supertopo Thread (which did not receive much love). :p
We climbers in the Bay Area are fortunate to have access to the carefully crafted cracks at the three Planet Granite gyms: San Francisco, Sunnyvale, and Belmont. I've visited gyms outside of the PG Bay Area system. While some of them offer a few interesting ones, they do not have the variety you see here and most of the cracks I see else where are just straight edged crevices that may offer the technical challenge, but lack the aesthetic appeal (to my eyes anyway).
The photos below cover almost all the cracks (missing only three) from all three gyms. The numbers at the top are Grigri numbers. The location names are based on the wall map from each gym. The wall maps are linked in the spreadsheet embedded at the bottom of this post, a log sheet when I did PG Cracks in a Day on a very rainy day. In the spreadsheet, you can find a brief description of the cracks.
Planet Granite Cracks in a Day TR
Pulled off by the skin of teeth. Started climbing at PG SF at 10:25am, and finished my last crack at Belmont 8pm — the closing time. The bad: My PGiaD partne badly injured (not knowing when and how) his right ankle at the end of SF session, and after belaying me (thank you!) and pulling off a few impressive ascents using one foot only in Sunnyvale, he had to call it a day. The good: when I arrived at Belmont gym with only one hour 15 minutes left and no partner lined up, a public partner call turned up Brian who was psyched about my mission and cheerfully belayed me in blocks, which enabled the completion of my goal. Still cannot believe my luck.
(Edit: The weekend after, it was raining again, so I did it again, with another partner. With all the climbing area opened up, I got 54 laps in this time adding the fist crack in SF opened up after construction completion and the broken cracks by the Exit door in Belmont. There are a few –4 or 5–hangs and cheats, but over all, I felt strong. )
A nerd that I am.
P.S. Touchstone Berkeley Ironworks Cracks
- Hand and some wide hand and fist. Plenty of constrictions
- Mostly cup hand and fist. The incline actually makes leveraging easier.
- Rattley finger and thin hand. Just one short crux.