2018 Black Light Comp

Saturday, October 27
2018 Black Light Bouldering Competition + Party

Registration: $35 ($45 after 10/22) | EW Members: $25 ($35 after 10/22)

PRE-REGISTRATION: Click Here   |  VOLUNTEER INFO: Click Here 
AWARDS – RAFFLE PRIZES – COSTUME CONTEST – MUSIC/DJ – FOOD TRUCK – AFTER PARTY

For 14 years our Black Light comps have been known as one of the MOST FUN climbing events in the region – this comp delivers CREATIVITY, STOKE and FUN unlike any other climbing competition in our area. From the route setting, black light tape decor, costumes and DJ to the pre-registation swag bags, awards and raffle prizes, each year keeps getting better.

And, if you haven’t been to Edgeworks in a while you can expect some other exciting changes as well… our expansion project will be complete just in time for the comp. So please pay attention to the signs directing you where to go, because some things will be different (better!) than in previous years.

While you’re here, be sure to check out the VIDEO from a previous Black Light comp!←(click the link to watch).
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COMPETITION DETAILS:
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Registration Includes:
 BEST ROUTES of the year   Black light FUN  •  AWARDS  •  RAFFLE PRIZES (Adult & Youth)  
•  COSTUME CONTEST  •  After PARTY (21+)  
  BLACK LIGHT Tee or Tank (add’l $15, must register by Oct. 10th)  

SESSION 1: 
• Categories*: ALL USAC YOUTH
Check-In: 9:30am
Rules Meeting: 10:30am
Competition: 11:00am-2:00pm
SESSION 2: 
Categories*: USAC CCS & ADULTS
Check-In: 1:30pm
Rules Meeting: 2:30pm & 2:45pm
 Competition: 3:00pm-6:00pm

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* Competitors must register for the assigned session for their category; i.e. youth in Session 1, adults in Session 2.
* Youth under 18 who wish to compete in session 2 must sign up for OPEN categories; no youth under 16 allowed to compete in the Adult session.
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Comp Format: Red point; no finals.

ADULT Categories: Male/Female
Recreation (v0 -v2) | Intermediate (v3-v4) | Advanced (v5-v6)Open (v7+) | Masters (45+ yrs)

AWARDS and RAFFLE PRIZES:
Instead of cash prizes, we choose to invest that money into some pretty sweet swag that everyone has a chance to win! The top 3 competitors in each ADULT category are guaranteed to walk away with a prize. Beyond that, our raffle prize system ensures that every competitor has a chance to win something too. Competitors must be present to win. Raffle prizes will be given out after the Adult Awards (approx 7pm) and will include a sweet Grand Prize drawing!

COSTUME CONTEST – 6:30pm
Compete dressed as your favorite super hero, celebrity or animal; or just decorate yourself in the best glow imaginable and be entered to win a fun prize in our Costume Contest.

MUSIC/DJ (all day) and FOOD TRUCKS (11am-4pm)
Enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Johnny Devine and grab a bite from the Sirius Wood Fired Pizza food truck between sessions. There’s a lot going on, we want make sure you stay fueled and entertained.

FREE AFTER PARTY! 6PM – 8PM
Once the competition ends, everyone 21+ is invited to join us in the upstairs for FREE beer/ciderComp registration not required.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competitors in all Adult Categories will receive a sweet product prize from one of our event sponsors.

USAC Credit and OPEN Category: USAC Competitors CANNOT get credit for the comp if they compete in the OPEN Category. In the event that a USAC participant wants to compete for BOTH USAC credit AND prizes they must register for and climb in both sessions. Yes, that means they have to pay twice.

Climbing Time: Climbers will be allowed EXACTLY 3 hours to climb. All climbing will end at the 3 hour mark.

USAC Membership/Number: All YOUTH competitors must have a current USAC membership or purchase a USAC Introductory Membership ($20) to compete. Memberships must be purchased online before the competition begins. Introductory Memberships can be used at multiple local events; you do not need to purchase a new one for each local event .

Waivers: When in doubt, fill one out! All competitors must have a current waiver on file and any waivers completed for last year’s comp are now expired. Click here now!

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WALL and AREA CLOSURES:

Wednesday – Friday, October 24th – 26th:
Wall closures will begin as competition setting takes place, including all of the bouldering areas as well as most of the vintage top rope walls. The new EP walls will remain open to members and customers throughout the comp!

Saturday, October 27th:
The right half to 2/3 of the gym (including the bouldering area, upstairs lounge, yoga and instruction rooms) will be open to competitors only. BUT, the new EP walls will remain OPEN to members and customers throughout the day! All youth programs, climbing school courses and fitness classes will be cancelled.

Even better news is the gym will fully reopen on Sunday, October 28 with a HUGE selection of brand new routes for everyone try!

Expansion Project

Expansion Project: Taller | Larger | Newer

NEW CLIMBING WALLS ARE NOW OPEN!

By now you’ve likely heard the news that Edgeworks has EXPANDED! And while we’ve made significant progress opening our new 45ft climbing walls, construction is still underway making even more room for that fresh, new and updated facility that will allow us to better serve the growing needs of the Edgeworks community.

Stay tuned here and on our social media accounts for updates about the details, construction progress, and the all new community and fitness spaces opening late FALL 2018!

PLEASE NOTE: Despite the interruptions, we will remain OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION!

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: September 2018

PHASE 4: SUITE 200 RENOVATIONS:  Our hard working construction crew is SO CLOSE to finishing out their final parts of the project (drywall, paint and finishing work) we are seriously itching to get into the new space and set it all up for you, and us!

Did we mention that we actually ended up making the weight/cardio room space even BIGGER? It’s true. We now have space for 3 treadmills, 2 ellipticals, 1 stand-up bike, 1 recumbent bike, and 2 rowing machines – PLUS, 14 person pull up rig with 4 bench/squat stations, 5 full size Olympic barbells, flat benches and incline benches, dumbbells 5 – 60, dettle bells 5 – 44, medicine balls 6 – 25, and plyoboxes 12″ to 24″ – AND, a new campus board and 16′ long double sided hangboard beam. 

Oh, and all you Moonboard campaigners out there… stay tuned! 😉

Thank you for your patience as we experience these interruptions.

Once complete, this final phase of construction will include:
 – Expanded and updated locker rooms.
 – 5x more space for cardio/weight equipment and strength classes!
 – NEW upstairs Yoga studio.
 – NEW upstairs instruction/meeting room.
 – Extended upstairs viewing area and community space.
 – NEW instruction wall, offices and stairs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the timeline for construction?
Phase 1: Project Planning
– 12 months (complete)
Expand into suite 100. Add nearly 7,000 sq ft of climbing surface (to our existing 10,000 sq ft). Climbing wall designed & constructed by Entre-Prise Climbing Walls. Raise the roof to 45 ft. Update existing spaces to better serve the Edgeworks community. 1 dream. 2 architects. 5 engineers. 8 different design/construction firms.

Phase 2: Raise the Roof – 2-3 months (complete)
The most complicated phase of the project. A 45ft building will be constructed inside of the existing building to house a taller climbing wall. Not only will this support the new roof, but also the existing building and new wall. 45 ft roof will offer the potential to set 50-60 ft long lines!

Phase 3: New Climbing Wall – 2-3 months (complete)
33 additional lines of roped climbing. Lead prow. Off-width flake. 2 cracks. Auto belay training wall. Multi-pitch instructional ledges. Existing climbing walls will remain intact with a pass-through to the new climbing area created in the corner, near anchors 5-7. New opportunities to expand bouldering to the existing lead cave with exciting features not currently available on the boulder wall.

Phase 4: Suite 200 Renovations – 6 months  (in progress)
NEW main entrance through suite 100. NEW improved front desk. NEW larger retail space. Expanded and updated locker rooms. 5x more space for cardio/weight equipment and strength classes! NEW upstairs yoga studio. NEW upstairs instruction room. Extended upstairs viewing area and community space. NEW instruction wall, offices and stairs.

What are the details and features of the new climbing wall; will it be taller?
– Designed and constructed by Entre-Prise Climbing Walls.
– Added nearly 7,000 sq ft of climbing surface (in addition to our existing 10,000).
– Raised the roof to 45 ft with the potential to set 50-60 ft long lines!
– Features include: 33 additional climbing lines, top rope, lead prow, flake, 2 cracks, auto belay training wall, and multi-pitch instructional ledges.

What will happen to the existing walls?
Our original walls will remain intact with the exception of the Stem Wall (anchors 4-8) which have been removed to create a pass-through to the new climbing area.

Are you adding more bouldering?
Building the new lead prow has opened up opportunities to use the old lead cave (OLC) to create stellar boulder problems with exciting features not currently available on our boulder wall. So while the new expansion won’t include a bouldering wall, we have added quite a bit more bouldering!

Will you continue to offer fitness classes during construction?
Yes! We’ve worked with Westmark Construction to secure use of their “employee entrance”/ping pong room next door which has been set up as the designated Edgeworks Fitness Annex during construction. We will also have cardio equipment available throughout construction.

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 notification to all members. Follow us on Facebook to receive updates throughout the project.

Will membership prices increase?
Most likely, but not due to expansion. Our membership rates are evaluated and adjusted every Fall based on operating costs and value. Small yearly increases are predictable for our customers and allow us to better serve members and invest back into our facility, programs and employees.

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

If you have additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or in the comment box located near the front desk. We’ll continue to add to this feed as more questions and details emerge.

 

Member Spotlight: Sept 2018

Kyle Sexton

Member since 2015

How did you start climbing?

Kyle: I started climbing for my daughters. It’s great exercise; building upper body strength and self confidence. I believe it will be easier for them to be kind and caring people if they are first confident people, secure in themselves. Climbing gives them self confidence and belief in themselves. It helps with learning about goals and the satisfaction of completing a challenge. Climbing is also something that we could do together, and provides some serious daddy/daughter time. Nothing builds trust between a parent and his/her kid like holding them up on a rope 30 feet off the ground.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Kyle: I climb to stay in shape, clear my mind, and attempt to stay ahead of my kids. It’s also a great community of people to be around.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Kyle: Yard work and work work. Sadly, I’m almost always working. I come to Edgeworks to get away from work for a second and clear my mind. I used to run to clear my mind, but my knees aren’t having that anymore.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Kyle: LOL. I’ve never climbed outside. Work keeps me super busy, so I climb recreationally indoors only (so far). You might find me climbing an escalator at the airport a couple times a week, but that’s about it.

Which do you prefer: top rope, lead, or bouldering?

Kyle: Bouldering. I could boulder forever. I like how bouldering can either be short and intense puzzles, or a continuous lap around the gym. I boulder until my hands say, “nope”.

What are some interesting facts that you’d like to share with the Edgeworks community?

Kyle: If you or a child ever get rock dust or chalk dust in your eye; cup your hand, fill it with water, lean forward with your eye closed into your cupped hand into the water and blink rapidly. The surface tension of the water along with the blinking motion will suck the debris right out. It’s the quickest, easiest way to remove a foreign body from your eye.

What’s your go-to route grade?

Kyle: 5.10. It’s difficult enough to provide a challenge and a workout, but generally easily enough that I don’t need assistance.

 

Monthly Climbers’ Social


October 2, 2018 – “Circus”!

Climbinggames, competitions, prizes, FREE BEER!, and social time with friends (old and new), it doesn’t get much better than this!

The FIRST TUESDAY of every month, we invite you to be part of the Edgeworks community: meet other climbers, share stories, get tips from our staff, and have fun.

These events are also an opportunity for us to support the awesome work of our friends over at the American Alpine Club and Access Fund by providing discounted day passes to the members of either group. If you’re not already familiar with the work these two organizations do to keep outdoor climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment we all enjoy, we invite you check them out and get involved. 

As always, our Climbers’ Social evenings are FREE! for Edgeworks members.
$10 for AAC and Access Fund members
$18 for everyone else.

Discounted day passes available after 6pm; social and activities begin at 7pm.
Join us for the FUN!

NEXT UP:

October 2, 2018 – “Circus”
Featuring comp-style, non-traditional routes and boulder problems. (No animals will be harmed in the making of this event.)

November 6, 2018 – Blackout Climbing
Yes, we pay our utility bills! But we’re choosing to cut the lights anyway and give climbers the chance to light the walls with headlamps. Not only is it fun, it also provides a great opportunity to test and refine the skills needed if caught climbing late at night.

FREE Beer! For those who are old enough, our monthly Climbers Socials also feature delicious pours from a local brewery. (Ciders and other non-alcoholic drinks also available.)

 

 

Endless Summer Climbing Camps

Summer break isn’t over yet for Tacoma Public Schools.

More Summer + More Climb Time = More FUN!

Edgeworks’ “ENDLESS SUMMER” climbing camps are a fun way for young climbers of all abilities to stay active & engaged during this extended school break.

Campers will spend time with our youth instructors and coaches learning the basics of climbing with a mix of activities and games keeping them engaged and learning. Each day is unique and will offer adventures that your child will never forget!

Sign up for 1 day or multiple days. Camp offerings and registration will remain open until the district negotiations are settled and the kids head back to school.

Details:

 •  Age Groups: 7 – 12 yrs  -or-  12+ yrs
 •  Times: Monday – Friday;  8:30am – 12:00pm  -or-  12:00 – 3:30pm
 •  Skill Level: No Experience Necessary!
 •  Cost: $40 per day
 •  Starting: September 7th – ??

Ages: 7-12 Sign Up Now             Ages: 12+Sign Up Now

Cancellations:
Payment is non-refundable.
In the event of the negotiations settling and school resuming, all subsequent camp days will be cancelled and fully refunded!

 

Student Membership Sale

Save $45 (or more) on your membership!

It’s “Back to School” time and we’re getting in on the action with our annual
STUDENT MEMBERSHIP SALE – September 1 – 30, 2018!

ALL STUDENTS and TEACHERS, regardless of age or full-time enrollment status, qualify for the
discounted $5 Start-Up Fee!

Here’s How It Works:

Just show us your valid Washington State Student ID and get a monthly AUTOPAY Membership with a $5 Start-Up Fee!
That’s a savings of $45 for students and $55 for teachers.

Here’s What You Get: 

• The most CLIMBING in Tacoma and the South Sound! Bouldering, Top Rope, Lead & Auto Belays
• Free! Intro to CLIMBING COURSES
• Free! FITNESS CLASSES: Yoga, Pilates, Strength, Core and more!
• 10% OFF Retail Pro Shop purchases, including a full assortment of climbing shoes and harnesses!
• SUPER FUN Monthly COMMUNITY EVENTS

Monthly Rates:

• Student*: $55/month EFT
• Individual: $69/month EFT

* Student rates are available to full-time students only. Student members must show proof of enrollment annually: undergraduate (min. 12 credits); graduate (min. 9 credits)

Remember, the SALE ENDS SEPTEMBER 30TH so be sure to take advantage of this deal!
We can’t wait to see you in here climbing. 

Want more info? Click here

Membership rates are based on ACH billing (direct debit to a checking account); credit cards are subject to a 2.8% convenience fee.

 

Family Night at Edgeworks

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Climbing with your kids just got that much better!

Edgeworks’ Family Night offers $10 day passes with FREE gear rental. Price includes access to 6 auto belays and lots of lower level bouldering for those with little to no experience.  Top rope climbing is available to those who pass our belay test. So come on in for some active and challenging family fun!

When? The FOURTH SATURDAY of every month from 5pm – 10pm

NEXT Family Night: Saturday, September 22, 2018. 

Fine print: 
– Adults must be accompanied by 1 or more children.
– Children must be under 18 years of age.
– Maximum 2 adults and 3 children.
– Youth 13 and younger must be directly supervised by an adult at all times.

 

FREE! Tuesday Night Clinics

Tuesday Clinics BLOG 2016

September 18, 2018 – Improve Your Bouldering

The 3rd Tuesday of every month our experienced, professional, and certified Edgeworks staff will lead a different clinic – from movement to gear and training techniques.  Schedules and topics will be posted monthly and online registrations will be made available in advance of each clinic.

Registration is FREE for members but space is limited so be sure to SIGN-UP early to claim your spot and take advantage of this cool member perk!

UPCOMING CLINICS:

September 18, 2018 – Improve Your Bouldering
Just in time for bouldering comp season to begin! Join Team Edgeworks’ head coach, Josh, and get the “how to” that will help fine tune your bouldering skills.

October 16, 2018 – Improve Your Bouldering
Because every fall is a ground fall while bouldering, it’s important to know how to do it properly so that you can climb hard and send that next project.

Space is limited. Sign up online to reserve your spot!