Planet Granite To Match Up To $20,000 For Donations To ASCA


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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 20, 2014 - 11:46am PT
Planet Granite To Match Up To $20,000 For Donations To ASCA
PG Celebrates 20 Years Supporting Safe Climbing

October 15, 2014 – San Francisco, California: Planet Granite, the West Coast’s
leading climbing gym, today announced plans to match up to $20,000 in donations
made to the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA) during the months of October
and November. Since it’s founding in 1994, Planet Granite has supported this non-profit,
dedicated to replacing unsafe anchors and reducing the environmental impacts of
climbing, through its community donation program PG Gives Back. In the last five years
Planet Granite has helped raise more than $140,000 for the ASCA through direct
donations and matching fundraisers.

“Planet Granite has been instrumental in supporting the ASCA donating over half
of our entire income in the last few years. This benefits climbers nationwide by
helping maintain safe climbing anchors,” says Greg Barnes, Director of the
ASCA. “Bolts definitely break and this helps save lives.”

Since 1998 the ASCA has replaced more than 12,000 bolts nationwide. In 2013, an
army of volunteer rebolters worked in 19 states and two countries, including Thailand
and Mexico. This year, the ASCA has supplied almost 1600 bolts to crags in California
and Oregon, the two states where Planet Granite members reside.

While Planet Granite plans on matching donations that come in from across the nation,
it is also hosting two local events to benefit the ASCA. Planet Granite San Francisco will
program something for late November. Meantime, Planet Granite Portland will be selling
raffle tickets at its Grand Opening wherein all proceeds from the weekend benefit the
ASCA. More information on donating to the ASCA can be found here.

>>Click Here To Donate (There is a donation button in the upper right corner).

Trad climber
Was a
Oct 20, 2014 - 12:56pm PT
Cool. Last time I visited the forum (to check for new updates in the cat thread :p), I happened to see the related thread:The ASCA needs your help! . I just got the notification this morning that ASCA has been approved on our corporation's EasyMatch program. So, I hope my donation will be quadrupled with the company's match followed by Planet Granite's match. Hope more people make use of these matches. My passion has shifted from outdoor climbing to something else, but I as always applaud the good work that ASCA and countless climbers do to make climbing safer. Thank you!

P.S. To Moose below, I made the donation via this page:

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 20, 2014 - 01:42pm PT
Hmm, I need to figure out a new link. In the meantime, just go to the upper right corner of this page and click on the donate button.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 20, 2014 - 01:58pm PT
Does this link work?

Trad climber
Oct 20, 2014 - 01:59pm PT
worked for me!
Greg Barnes

Oct 20, 2014 - 02:58pm PT
Here's some motivation…the old summit anchor on the Charlatan at the Needles!


Trad climber
Was one
Oct 20, 2014 - 02:58pm PT
Oh, for people who need to submit a request to their company's matching program to add ASCA to the approval list, following is some information that you may be asked. Posting here to save others the search.

EIN 680419449
Common Name American Safe Climbing Association
Legal Name American Safe Climbing Association
Web Address
Address: PO Box 1814 , Bishop CA 93515-1814 United States
Contact Name: Mr. Greg Barnes , Director
Phone: (650) 291-4057
IRS Source IRSDB IRS Status Approved
Mission: Dedicated to making the sport of rock climbing safer by replacing unsafe bolts and anchors and by educating climbers, land managers, and the public about climbing and anchor safety precautions.

At least at our company, the donation match is paid out on a schedule (not right away), so it is important to get the request in ASAP so it doesn't miss the next payout and gets further delayed.

Social climber
Oct 20, 2014 - 05:38pm PT
hey there say, chris... is there anything, or even, like last year? that takes artwork, for using it for auction-off donations etc... ?

was wondering, as i know you had something like that, that we could do, last year, but did not know if it was for the same type cause??

Big Wall climber
Oct 20, 2014 - 07:31pm PT
Money sent.

Social climber
Oct 20, 2014 - 08:33pm PT
Funds sent!

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Oct 21, 2014 - 09:07pm PT
Link worked. Money sent.
Greg Barnes

Oct 29, 2014 - 08:50pm PT
For Bay Area folks, Planet Granite in San Francisco is hosting a big ASCA fundraiser on November 19th with Alex Honnold! Huge thanks to Alex for presenting a second time!

We're getting lists of prizes/auction items together, and we'll start posting pics of some items as we get them in.

Fixe already sent a sweet 80m 9.4 rope, Aliens, & quickdraws!

Here's some books for the event, donated yesterday by Jason Haas of Fixed Pin publishing, including 3 of the Anderson brothers' excellent training guides…and a couple exotic getaway guides to escape the endless rain-drenched winter that California so desperately needs (and probably won't get - again):

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 31, 2014 - 10:41am PT
SuperTopo is donating a few complete collections... and pretty sure i can get Alex to sign em

Planet Granite

Sunnyvale, CA
Nov 4, 2014 - 07:00pm PT

Join us Wednesday November 19th! It's going to be a blast plus Alex Honnold is the guest speaker!
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Nov 6, 2014 - 06:55am PT
It is really easy to make a cash donation too!

So if you donate 50 dollars it is really 100 because of Planet Granite's generosity.

Thanks to everyone who donates their time to the ASCA too!

eliot carlsen

Social climber
San Francisco
Nov 18, 2014 - 09:16am PT
Free beer by Fort Point!

Social climber
Nov 18, 2014 - 06:30pm PT
hey there say, ... bump...
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2014 - 02:27pm PT
FYI - this is the last day to donate to the ASCA and have it matched by Planet Granite

Please click here and then on the donate button -
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2014 - 08:41am PT
We got the full 20K Match from Planet Granite. All the details here. Almost 60K raised for the asca!


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