The Niche: Redwood’s rock climbing community

Garet Jatsek

Suspended three stories in the air, gripping cliffs with chalk-covered hands, Juniors Zach Martinez and Garrett Straschnov endure the challenges of rock climbing. The two have taken on the sport due to its uniqueness and thrill. While Straschnov enjoys the adrenaline-filled heights and leveled difficulty of Planet Granite’s walls in San Francisco, Martinez furthers his difficulty and danger by bouldering the cliffs of Marin. Both have developed a passion for the sport in the time they have spent scaling rock faces, real or artificial, and have said they hope to continue their pursuit of the sport in the future.