South Beta Podcast

One man's journey to untangle the knot that is the climbing community in the south bay, with his co-host who occasionally knows the answers to his climbing related qeustions.

Welcome to the South Beta Podcast

There is a long and glorious story behind this podcast but instead of sharing it here, we will just make you listen to all the episodes to figure it out. This is two friends talking about their passion for climbing. Discovering what is so special about the climbing community in the south bay.

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Season 3

South Beta Season 3, Episode 3: The GREAT AR!

This episode has been in the making for years. On this episode, our good friend and head route setter at Planet Granite Sunnyvale, Adriel Rodriguez, joins us to talk about his passion for all things climbing. We talk about how he designs his own training, how coaching one sport translates to another, and what still drives his passion for Climbing after starting over 12 years ago. Evan continually calls this: "maybe our best episode yet." Come check it out!

MON, 06 Apr 2020 14:04:07 PDT


South Beta Season 3, Episode 2: P.O.P. The Point of Podcast Episode

In this episode we unpack what this podcast means for us and where we want to take it in the future. Evan has been trying to convince Zack for ages that the podcast could be better and in this episode, Zack almost listens.

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 07:42:07 PDT


South Beta Season 3, Episode 1: Joshing Around Episode

We were guests in a friends house so we decided to record an episode. This being our first episode of 2020 and our first episode in nearly a year of recording, we spent much of the time getting back into the swing of things. Hope you all enjoy it.

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 10:15:07 PDT


Season 2

South Beta Season 2, Episode 2: Zack Joins El Cap

This was recorded in Febuary 2019 during SF Beer week. We talk about Zack joining the El Cap team and the new Belmont acroyoga class. Super exciting. Was supposed to be shared back then. Sorry for the delay.

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 08:41:07 PDT


South Beta Season 2, Episode 1: Recap

This is almost like a year recap episode. We get back to chatting about various climbing related topics. Enjoy at your own risk.

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 11:22:07 PDT


Season 1

South Beta 15: Projecting

In this episode we welcome back our special guest Bridget to ask Dr. Evan Pearce some super special questions about how he projects a climb. Humor ensues.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 7:15:07 PDT


South Beta 14: Earth Treks Episode

Earth Treks and Planet Granite merged late last year and we finally have a chance to ask our questions and Evan does his best to answer them.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:23:07 PDT


South Beta 13: Big Walls 2018

After a long break between episodes we talk about what it would take to do the bill wall project we have been planning for 2018. There is also a bunch of PG news and some other catch up stuff.

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 10:23:07 PDT


South Beta 12: Special Guest Justin Vitcov

We invite our friend Justin to come in and talk about how he has progressed in a multi decade long climbing career. How has he kept himself engaged in the sport? How has goals shifted over time? Listen and find out.

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 12:23:07 PDT


South Beta 11: The Catch Up Episode

We had no real content to talk about in this episode so we just bantered for an hour and half about random stuff, concluding with a giant discussion about LeBron James and Steph Curry. Listen at your own risk.

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:21:07 PDT


South Beta 10: The Push and talking with climbers

In this episode we talk about Tommy Caldwell and the book he just released called the push. We talk about the event at Planet Granite where Tommy came to speak and talk about the polite way to talk to professional climbers, though I'm not sure we reach any definitive conclusion.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:10:07 PDT


South Beta 09: Pushing Limits on Sport Climbing W/ Bridget

In this episode we talk about the staff competition and how great it was. We also have a special guest Bridget that explains how she was able to push through her personal fears and improve her level on sport climbing.

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:53:07 PDT


South Beta 08: Lead Climbing Part 0

This episode is a little bit ranty. We start with the idea of talking about lead climbing but end up hitting a very wide range of topics from our spirit animals to acro yoga and back to climbing again. There is som trash talking about the upcoming staff competition as well as talking about the Ohm, a new resistive climbing device to help compensate for my weight.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:30:07 PDT


South Beta 07: Utah

A random road trip happened over the President's Day weekend. Evan and I talk about our adventure in Utah. We continuely mock the audience size of our podcast.

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:30:07 PDT


South Beta 06: Bouldering

In this episode we delve into the particular aspact of climbing known as bouldering. We talk about history of boulder, training, and provide some tips for improving your bouldering abilities.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:05:07 PDT


South Beta 05: Finger Issues

It's been a long time since we've uploaded an episode, but here's a new one. We have decided to shift the format up a bit and talk a bit more about finger issues and various other climbing performance suggestions before we go into our climbing updates. Hopefully the new format will provide a bit more structure and maybe fewer tangents.

Sun, 28 Dec 2016 14:03:07 PDT


South Beta 04: Types of climbing part 1

In this episode we first introduce Claire VanGo, where we host this episode. The intro has been updated to better stress what we cover, this is a personal exploration through the climbing community and climbing lifestyle. We start covering the different types of climbing but run out of clock. Consider this episode to be continued.

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:31:07 PDT


South Beta: 03

This is our third installment of our South Beta podcast. We talk about various topics including our outdoor climbing adventures, the three stitch pitch, and seeing Alex Honnald from a far.

Sun, 6 Nov 2016 15:03:07 PDT


South Beta: 02

Episode Number 2 of the new South Beta Podcast.

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:00:07 PDT


South Beta: 01

Introduction to the podcast series.

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:00:07 PDT


About this page

This podcast started when Zack discovered Evan's first podcast, the PadBros podcast. Evan had a great podcasting voice, but Zack, a non gamer, did not keep up with the game and much of the podcast was wasted on him. He asked Evan if he would do another podcast. They decided to do one about the climbing community in the South Bay (of San Francisco). Evan came up with the name, Zack found the space, and built the website and does most of the editing. If it feels like the podcast is only funny to Zack, that is mostly by design.