Expansion 2017


Expansion 2017: Taller | Larger | Newer

By now you’ve likely heard the news that Edgeworks is EXPANDING! We’ve signed the lease on the space next door at the end of the building (previously occupied by RUI) and we’re partnering with Entre-Prises Climbing Walls on the new wall design and construction. While the specific details will change, above is a sneak peek at the current design.

Stay tuned for updates about our timeline for construction and grand opening in 2017!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

What will happen to the existing walls?
Our current walls will remain intact with a pass-through to the new climbing area created near the Stem Wall (anchors 5-7).

Are you adding more bouldering?
Building the new lead prow will open up opportunities to use the existing lead cave 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 will be able to add quite a bit more bouldering.

Will there be longer lead routes?
Yes, with a 45 ft roof and lots of overhang, we will have the potential to set 50-60 ft long lines.

What will you do with the rest of the space?
The new space presents us with many opportunities to expand our weight room, fitness equipment, and retail. There are also options to reconfigure the entrance and front desk, office spaces and more. Currently our focus is on constructing the new climbing wall; details on facility upgrades will be forthcoming.

Any chance you might add some ninja warrior pieces, like a warped wall?
We spent a lot of time working with Entre-Prise to design the best climbing wall possible, maximizing the space and incorporating a lot of great traditional climbing features such as a flake, cracks, overhangs, etc. Less traditional non-climbing features, like a warped wall, were not included in the design. 

Will we be adding space for childcare?
While the design for additional facility upgrades has not been finalized, we have not included dedicated space for childcare as of this time. 

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.


Bike to Edgeworks Month

Excellent Parking & Raffle Prizes!

Edgeworks is getting in on the fun of Tacoma-Pierce County’s Bike Month,  Bike. Everywhere. campaign.

It’s simple. Each time you ride your bike to Edgeworks to climb, take a fitness class or workout you’ll receive one raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing for prizes including Edgeworks swag, free day passes, and more! The more you ride, the more chances you have to WIN! So get on your bike and RIDE.

Fine Print:
Tickets are limited to one per person per day during the month of May 2017 only.
Tickets must be collected at the time you and your bike are at Edgeworks; no “oops, I forgots”.
Raffle is open to everyone and all ages, including members and non-members.
Drawing will take place Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Ride safe. Ride smart. And always securely lock your bike to one of our racks.


FREE! Tuesday Night Clinics

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The 3rd Tuesday of every month our experienced, professional, and certified Edgeworks staff will lead a different clinic – from movement to gear to 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!


April 18, 2017 – Gear Placement
Instructor: Jimmy Grant
Being able to place solid protection is the foundation for safe rock climbing.

May 16, 2017 – Gym to Crag
Instructor: Jimmy Grant
Easing the migration of indoor gym climbers to outside crags. We’ll help you jump-start your transition to outdoor master with topics and activities that cover outdoor etiquette, leave no trace principals, route finding, where to go/what to climb, and more!

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

College Night


Students climb for just $10!

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

$10 day passes w/ FREE gear rental.

5pm – 10pm. Valid student ID required.

Bouldering… Auto Belays… Top Rope (belay certification required)… Lots of climbing and NO age restrictions. It’s that simple. So bring your friends, climb on, and have FUN!

Next College Night: Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 5pm – 10pm

As always, Edgeworks members climb for FREE!

Monthly Climbers’ Social

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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
$17 for everyone else.

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


May 2, 2017 – Mini Rope Comp
Competitions aren’t just for boulderers! Find a partner. Compete (male/female categories). WIN prizes! Celebrate with a tasty beer.

June 6, 2017 – Tyrolean Traverse
Flying high around the gym is not only fun but also a helpful skill to know if you climb in the great outdoors. Plus, La Sportiva will be here offering free shoe demos!

FREE Beer! For those who are old enough, our monthly Climbers Socials also feature delicious pours courtesy of our friends at The Harmon Brewery.
(Ciders and other non-alcoholic drinks also available.)


Fitness: Online Registration

Plan ahead and get the fitness classes you want!

How to:
– Online registration opens 4 hours in advance of ALL fitness classes
– Go to https://www.edgeworksclimbing.com/fitness_schedule.html
Log in or create an express booking profile.
– Select your class in the calendar and click the ‘Information and Dates‘ link
– Select your participant type and hit SELECT
– Complete the Booking Details and click CONTINUE
– Confirm your information and click COMPLETE BOOKING

You’ve now claimed your spot in class! What’s next?
– Arrive for the class at least 4 minutes early
– Check-in at the front desk and collect your participant card
(YES, this step is still necessary – please don’t skip it!)
– Head upstairs and enjoy the fitness class.

Things come up. We get it! Cancellations made at least 30 minutes prior to the start of class, will not be charged a No Show Fee. Non-members may also call to cancel with at least 30 minutes notice to receive a refund on their day pass.

Why do online registration?
1. The popularity of our fitness classes is increasing, some are full beyond capacity; this system will help guarantee a spot in those classes.
2. Help instructors anticipate and plan for class sizes; i.e. if they can foresee a larger class, they can help direct how/where to place mats to accommodate everyone and/or adjust curriculum to better suite the size of the group.

Team Update April 2017

Team Training Notes

by Josh Bennett

In the last few weeks Team Edgeworks has seen HUGE increases in Teamwork and overall fitness. The biggest and most noticeable difference is in their flexibility.

There are many reasons that flexibility is key in climbing. The biggest and best reason is that it enables our climbers to use their feet more efficiently!  Coaches are seeing the kids using their bodies in ways that they haven’t been able to before, and it’s really exciting because it opens the door to more creative and  technical beta.

We are  so stoked to be seeing these gains and it seems like the kids really enjoy it too!

2017 Sport and Speed Regional Registration

Registration for the 2017 USA Climbing: Sport & Speed Youth Regional Championships is now open! Please make note of the registration deadlines and eligibility requirements below and register today!

Important Registration Dates 

April 1 – April 30, 2017

USA Climbing: Sport & Speed Youth Regional Championships registration is now open and will continue until 11:59 PM MST on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

May 1 – May 2, 2017 | Registration Extension Period ($100 late fee)

On May 1st, USA Climbing will post a roster of currently registered competitors and reopen registration to allow all eligible members an additional 48-hours to register for Regionals at an additional $100 fee.

May 2, 2017 @ 11:59pm MST | Registration CLOSES 

Registration for Regionals will officially close on May 2nd at 11:59pm MST and USA Climbing will NOT accept any late or missed registration appeals if a competitor fails to register by this final registration deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

Sport & Speed Youth Regional Championships are open only to USA Climbing Competitor Members who:

•  hold a current USA Climbing Competitor membership

•  have competed in a minimum of, and received credit for, two Local competitions as a USA Climbing Competitor Member or USA Climbing DAY-Member

•  met all registration requirements and/or deadlines

•  have a Bye to the event

The two competition minimum participation requirement will be waived for competitors that wish to compete in SPEED ONLY.

**This is a summary of requirements. Please see the RULEBOOK for more details**

How to Register

Click the link in the email you received from USA Climbing, or go to www.usaclimbing.org


Mark your calendar! The Olympic Peninsula Climbers and the Access Fund’s Conservation Team are holding a trail development event on April 15th, 2017 to develop a formal and safe trail to the Elwha Crags eastern climbing area, Waka Beach. Trail building will include things like brush clearing, digging, lots of manual labor, laughter, and a lot of fun (hopefully). More information is coming regarding how Team Edgeworks will be involved in this service event.

Scarpa Force V

Scarpa Force V Gear Review

by Abbie Madlem

The Fit: To put it simply, the Force V is designed to be a high performance shoe with an all-day comfort fit (think Helix 2.0 or a performance-oriented Mythos). 

     •  Stiff sole, a snug heel cup, and padding throughout the tongue and upper heel.

     •  Flat lasted with a slight asymmetry, which makes it a more technical shoe than cheaper models. You can think of the Force V between the Inti and the Mythos.

The Technology: The Force V was designed by Heinz Mariacher (who is known most notably for his design of the La Sportiva Mythos). It is constructed of partially-lined leather suede.  From the ball of the foot forward, the shoe is unlined, allowing the leather to conform to the particular bend in a customer’s toes. From the heel to the ball, the shoe has a synthetic liner that ensures a consistent fit throughout the life of the shoe. It also uses 4mm Vibram XS Edge rubber, making it a stiff shoe with optimized traction and lasting durability.

What really makes this shoe stand out is Scarpa’s use of Lightly Charged V-Tension Active Randing. Active Randing as a concept was created by heinz of Mythos fame. At its most basic, Active Randing employs rubber rands that wrap around the shoe in different configurations in a way that is designed to support climber’s feet, and store tension in certain directions to release energy in other directions.  Still confused? That’s okay, Scarpa has an awesome resource to better learn about the Active Randing process here: http://blog.scarpa.com/heinz-mariacher-and-active-randing-in-scarpa-rock-shoes/.

How it Compares: It has a less aggressive heel than the Inti, and is designed more for all day comfort and performance than the Inti, though has a slightly more aggressive toe than the Mythos, not to mention that active randing will allow for more precise foot placements than the Mythos.  It is stiffer and more precise (again due to randing and asymmetry) than the Helix or Origin.

The Cost: At a price point of $130.00, the Force V is cheaper than the Mythos while offering a trade off of comfort for performance. The price is the same as the Tenaya Inti, but will fit a different style of climber… because it’s a different shoe…

Make sure to check the shoe out and, more importantly, try it on! Know how it fits and feels, and who knows, you might just end up falling in love with it!