Bellevue Expansion Project

Bringing MORE Climbing + Fitness to the Bellevue Community!

With a MAJOR expansion project soon to be underway, we’re excited to share with you our plans to make Edgeworks Bellevue bigger, better, more inclusive and more modern.

Building a community where all climbers feel welcomed, challenged + engaged. 

Our gyms are shared spaces for climbers of all ages, all sizes, and all abilities – from new climbers and fitness enthusiasts to elite/competitive climbers training for their next big goal or adventure. 

Our focus with this expansion project is to build a space where:  

  • Seasoned climbers know they’ll still find the best, most challenging and fun boulder problems and routes. 
  • Weekend warriors can maintain their endurance and train in the off season when they can’t get outside. 
  • New climbers feel welcome and unintimidated as they walk through our door. 
  • Kids can be integrated into a sport and community that builds respect, confidence, communication skills, responsibility, teamwork and a healthy dose of calculated risk. 
  • Community happens, built upon a shared interest in climbing, fitness, and fun (and sometimes beer!)

All in all, we aim to create a setting that feels active, vibrant and welcoming. Where people choose to hang out even if they aren’t climbing because they know that this is where they will find their people and it’s where they belong. 

PROJECT TIMELINE + DETAILS:

Phase 1: Project Planning

3 years (almost complete; final permits still pending)

In partnership with Crossroads’ overall expansion and development plans, we will be adding an additional 8,400 square feet to the south side of our building, featuring 10,400 sq ft of new climbing surface with walls designed and constructed by EP USA. ← The same folks who created the competition walls for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. This new addition will bring us to a total of 31,400 sq ft of climbing!

Phase 2: Building Expansion

Summer 2022 – Winter/Spring 2022/23

First, we need to expand our footprint to make room for the more exciting additions and updates. We’ll do so by busting through the south end of our building and extending out into the parking lot. 

In addition to the new climbing walls, this building expansion will make room for:

  • All new women’s locker room with sauna 
  • Single occupancy bathrooms
  • 2nd floor mezzanine with a training area that includes Kilter boards, training boards, a campus board and a great view of the new walls.

Phase 3: Climbing Wall Construction

Fall/Winter 2022

Designed and constructed by EP USA, we’re excited to provide our community with more roped terrain, featuring: 

  • 49 additional lines of top rope and lead climbing
  • Lead prow
  • Off-width flake 
  • Free form hand/finger crack 
  • Multi-pitch instructional ledges
    … and more! 

Phase 4: Renovations + Updates

Fall/Winter 2022 – Spring 2023 

  • Updated and improved front entry with larger retail area
  • Expanded and updated men’s locker room with sauna
  • Dedicated group fitness area
  • New weight training and cardio spaces
  • Improved cubbies and storage options
  • Community space for remote work, socializing and re-energizing

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What are the details and features of the new climbing wall?

  • Designed and constructed by EP USA.
  • Adding nearly 10,400 sq ft of climbing surface (to our existing 21,000) 
  • 45 ft tall with an overhanging lead prow creating the possibility for 50 ft long routes 
  • Features include: 49 additional climbing lines, top rope, lead prow, flake, free form crack, and multi-pitch instructional ledges

Are you adding more bouldering?

Not at this time. Though we will be adding additional training features including (2) Kilter boards, a campus board and training board. Future plans for more bouldering are included as part of a separate project; stay tuned for those details!

What will happen to the existing walls?

South Bay Bouldering Walls
The majority of our existing walls will remain intact with the exception of The Cave in the South Bay. With its current design and steep overhang, these walls have always presented difficulties for our setting team and members. Therefore, this area will be opened up to create a pass-through to the new climbing area as well as a social gathering space.

While it’s never fun to take anything away, we feel confident in our plans to provide something more accessible and usable in its place. Including, community work spaces for remote work or studying and a comfortable area to rest, recharge and connect before, during or after your climbing sessions. 

Pirate Ship + Youth Zone
It’s time to “scuttle” the Pirate Ship. Removing it and updating this zone will allow space to create an all new weight training and cardio area.

Are there any plans to resurrect the development of a Tukwila location?

We really like the idea but the original Stone Gardens Tukwila project and plans are no longer available. In the meantime, our existing partnership with Crossroads – coupled with their overall plans for expansion and development – are helping to make the Bellevue project possible.

Will you need to adjust business hours or close during construction?

It is our goal to maintain normal operating hours as much as possible during all phases of construction. If for any reason we need to open late or close early on certain days we will do our best to provide advanced notice to all members. Please check your email and be sure to follow our social media accounts to receive updates throughout the project.

Will membership prices increase?

Yes, but not just due to expansion. Since the very beginning, it’s been Edgeworks’ theory and practice that small yearly price increases provide transparent predictability for our members and allow us to continue our commitment to invest back into our facilities, programs, and employees.

Each year, we evaluate the following criteria that typically results in a monthly membership rate increase: 

  • operating costs and staff wages 
  • increases in membership value, benefits, access, and offerings
  • future improvements and expansions

Thank you for your excitement and support! We’re stoked to share this with all of you.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or send them via our online Member Feedback form. 

We’ll continue to add to this feed as more questions and details emerge.

Outdoor Gear Rentals

Rent the gear needed for your next outdoor climbing adventure!

Check out our ALL NEW outdoor gear rental program, including:

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Crash Pads
  • Climbing Helmets (adult + youth)

For more details, stop by the front desk or give us a call.

  • Bellevue: (425) 644-2445
  • Seattle: (206) 781-9828
  • Tacoma: (253) 564-4899

Route Setting Clinics

Curious about the professional pathways to becoming a route setter?

These clinics will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of route setting. Participants will learn best practices for safety and tool use, and will have the opportunity to set and forerun boulders in a variety of grades and styles.

We will discuss what a standard day of commercial setting entails, and the ways in which interested people can become more involved. Participants can expect to leave the clinic with a greater understanding of the route setting process and the avenues available to those interested in pursuing a setting career.

SIGN UP ONLINE!

LOCATIONS + DATES

TACOMA
August 12 (women only)
August 13

SEATTLE
August 19

BELLEVUE
August 26
August 27 (women only)

SCHEDULE

10am – 3:30pm with a 1 hour Q/A lunch break (lunch not provided)

COST

$85 / member
$100 / non-member

WOMEN ONLY CLINICS

Welcoming all who identify as a woman in a way that is significant to them (cis, trans, genderqueer + non-binary). These sessions will be led by women from our setting teams.

Family Night

Climbing with your kids just got that much better!

Don’t want to give up climbing now that you’re a parent?
Want to meet other climbers with kids who understand the challenges?

We get it! Being a parent doesn’t mean you need to stop climbing but it does mean you may need to climb differently and that’s what Family Night is all about.

  • Meet and learn from other parents.
  • Make connections and share the responsibility of supervising the kid(s) while you climb.
  • Shift your climb times to when it’s less busy in the gym.
  • Manage expectations because sometimes the kids just won’t cooperate.

4th Saturday of every month | 5pm – 10pm
$12 day passes w/ FREE gear rental

Price includes bouldering access for those with little to no experience.  Top rope climbing is available to those who pass our belay test.

Important Notes:
– Adults must be accompanied by 1 or more children.
– Children must be under 18 years of age.
– Maximum 2 adults and 3 children per group.
– Youth under 14 must be directly supervised by an adult at all times.
– Please see our Climbing With Kids tips for more information.

Global Climbing Day | 2022

Walls are meant for climbing.

August 20, 2022 | 10am – 4pm

Global Climbing Day is a celebration of the climbing community and the opportunities we find in every obstacle on the wall. Join us on 8.20.22 and we’ll them climb together

Promoting community building events focused on increasing access and inclusivity in climbing. The North Face is partnering with gyms around the world for a day of celebration that has inclusivity at its core.

Edgeworks is proud to join this partnership again this year by offering opportunities that reduce the barriers to entry and increase access for new climbers.

FREE CLIMBING!

Sign up in advance for 1-hour of FREE CLIMBING + gear rentals including staff support, belay services and tips for getting to the top. Space is limited and reservations are required so remember to sign up early!

FREE GUEST PASS FOR MEMBERS!

Share climbing with your friends. Separate from the monthly guest passes already included with membership, we invite our members to join us in making climbing more accessible by bringing 1 FREE GUEST (new or returning) to our Global Climbing Day event. This offer is only available during the event so don’t miss out!

Monthly Member Socials

Because our members help build our community and we are intentionally working to build a welcoming space for all. One TUESDAY every month, we invite our members to branch out from their normal climbing sessions and engage with the Edgeworks’ community.

Meet other members, share stories, get tips from our staff, and have fun.

DETAILS:

Climbinggames, competitions, prizes, free drinks for members, and social time with friends (old and new), it doesn’t get much better than this!

1st Tuesdays = Tacoma
2nd Tuesdays = Seattle
3rd Tuesdays = Bellevue

As always, our Member Social evenings are FREE for Edgeworks members.
Social and activities begin at 7pm.

NEXT UP: TACOMA

SUMMER PARTY | Tuesday, August 2
Sun’s out! Time for lawn games and time with friends. Join us for a fun summer-themed party in the parking lot with games, beverages, climbing, and happy summer vibes.

Partner Organizations:
Tacoma Mountain Rescue and Washington Anchor Replacement Project (WARP) working to advocate for responsible outdoor recreation.

NEXT UP: SEATTLE

BACKCOUNTRY COOK-OFF | Tuesday, August 9
Have a 5-star recipe for a tasty backcountry meal? Come share your best culinary skills! Breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.

We’ll provide some basic food items including: ramen, canned food, easy mac, and seasonings. Plus, the fine folks at Patagonia have provided a selection of their “Provisions”, everyday food solutions for people + planet.

Bring your backcountry stove or jet boil and join us for the fun! Cooking begins at 6pm.

*Prizes will be awarded to the top team in each division.

Vendor in attendance:
Injury screening W/ RocDocPT | Dr. Andrew Chen | 5:30PM-7:30PM (meet at the TR area) 

NEXT UP: BELLEVUE

JOIN THE REBOLT! | Tuesday, August 16
We’re hosting the folks from Washington Anchor Replacement Project (WAPR) for an opportunity to learn more about their work to replace aging and unsafe climbing anchors throughout Washington State, how to get involved and what can you do to support their mission.

College Night

Students climb for just $12!

The 2nd Saturday of every month, round up your roommates, classmates, and friends for College Night at all Edgeworks locations!

$12 day passes w/ FREE gear rental.

5pm – 10pm. Valid student ID required.

Bouldering… Roped Climbing (certifications required) … Systems Boards … and more equals LOTS of climbing. It’s that simple. So bring your friends, pull some plastic, and have FUN!

As always, all Edgeworks members climb for FREE!

Team Edgeworks Tryouts

Interested in joining our youth climbing team? Here’s your chance! Team tryouts are being held next month and all climbers between the ages of 7-17 are invited to tryout.

TEAM EDGEWORKS

We recently finished our first season as a unified team and it was a blast! Team Edgeworks placed 2nd in the Region and 4th in our Division. As the new season approaches, we’re looking forward to continuing the growth and development of the Team and we need your help!

We’re looking for youth climbers, ages 7-17, who want to improve and are willing to work hard to do it! Remember, attitude is more important than age or present ability, so don’t be scared to come and try out for the team.

REGISTER TODAY!

Registration is required and tryout participation is free for members; $16 for non-members.  
Participants are welcome to choose any 1 of the available tryout dates + locations.  
To do sosimply SELECT YOUR PREFERRED LOCATION + DATE and follow the links provided.

LOCATIONS + DATES:

TACOMA: Friday, July 15
BELLEVUE: Friday, August 5
SEATTLE: Friday, August 12

MORNING SESSIONS:
9:00am – 11:30am
Categories C+D

AFTERNOON SESSIONS:
1:00pm – 3:30pm
Categories A, B + Jr

CATEGORIES:

All athletes must fill out a WAIVER prior to attending

If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach, Michael Madison, at michael.m@edgeworksclimbing.com or feel free to contact your respective gyms directly.  We look forward to seeing you at tryouts!