Tuesday Crag Nights!

Tuesday nights at the crag!

$25 for members; $50 for everyone else.
Reserve your seat today!

FACT: Climbing on real rock makes someone 77% more likely to become a lifelong climber than someone who does not.

So why not join us for Tuesday Crag Nights? 3 weekday evenings this summer we’ll gas up the Edgeworks van and head out to North Bend to enjoy the long summer evenings only the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Transportation is included but you can drive separately if you would like. Sorry, 16+ ONLY!!!

Dates:
– Tuesday, June 26, 2018
– Tuesday, July 24, 2018
– Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SIGN UP ONLINE to reserve your spot.

Trip Itinerary:
– 4:00 pm: Leave Edgeworks
– 5:30 pm: Depart the Exit 38 parking lot
– 6:00 pm – 9:00pm: Climbing
– 10:00 pm: Return to Edgeworks

Want more outdoor climbing options?
We also offer full-day outings with our North Bend Crag Day, Women’s Crag Day and featured climbing trips to Vantage, Mt. Erie and Smith Rock.

Important Notes:
Signed liability waivers and outdoor program consent forms are REQUIRED for ALL climbers so be sure to complete yours before joining us at the crag; edgeworksclimbing.com/waiver.
– Items to bring: shoes, harness, helmet, warm clothes (layers), headlamp, food and water.
– When registering online, be sure to let us know if you need shoes, a harness and/or helmet.
– We provide all the additional climbing gear needed for outside top rope climbing.
– Due to the nature and timing of the event, we ask that all participants are 18 years of age or older.

 

Expansion Project

Expansion Project: Taller | Larger | Newer

By now you’ve likely heard the news that Edgeworks is EXPANDING!

Construction is currently underway next door, in the corner suite of the building, making room for a 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 climbing wall opening in Summer 2018!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current status of the expansion project?
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 
PHASE 2: RAISE THE ROOF!
The structure for the taller roof is in and the excitement is building (both literally and figuratively)!!  Over the next 6 weeks (though mid-May) the work will include adding the exterior elements to the new roof structure while also working on HVAC, water pipes, electrical and drywall, as well as some initial construction of the new front desk. 

This has been what is expected to be the most complicated phase of construction: adding the new 45 ft building inside of the existing building to house a taller climbing wall. But we’re all still convinced that a 45 ft roof and the potential for 50-60 ft long lines is worth the work!

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 (in progress)
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 (projected to begin May 2018)
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 (projected to begin July 2018)
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 party/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.
– 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 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 and plan to set it up as the designated Edgeworks Fitness Annex as needed 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 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.

 

FREE! Tuesday Night Clinics

Tuesday Clinics BLOG 2016

May 15, 2018 – Women’s Climbing Clinic

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:

May 15, 2018 – Women’s Climbing Clinic
Instructor: Lisa Ferazza & Jayden Johnston
As women, we know that we can climb just as hard as men but we’re also faced with a host of challenges and expectations that tell us otherwise – from physical differences to beta spray and all the man-splaining. The goal of this clinic is to inspire women to achieve their personal goals and find/grow their community.

June 19, 2018 – Gym to Crag Clinic
Easing the migration of indoor gym climbers to outside crags. We’ll help 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!


Monthly Climbers’ Social


May 1, 2018 – Climbing Games

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:

May 1, 2018 – Climbing Games
Pretty much as awesome as it sounds because climbing games aren’t just for kids!!! We’ll be taking over the lead cave for an energetic game of “climbing ninja” with nerf guns and balls. In addition to helping to strengthen your core (laughing), the game is designed to also help improve your movement and technique on the wall as you work to avoid getting hit by your opponent.

June 5, 2018 – Mini Rope Comp
Because competitions aren’t just for boulderers! 1) Find a partner. 2) Compete: male/female; beginner, intermediate and advanced categories; members only. 3) WIN prizes!

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.)

 

Member Challenge 2018

Earn your peaks!

February 1 – April 30, 2018
Put your membership to good use and receive a FREE t-shirt with our 3rd annual members only 90-day challenge!

The Objective:

Earn points by completing a list of challenges including over 100 different activities – from climbing, fitness and check-in challenges to attending socials, interacting with staff, fun games, hula hooping and more.

As points are achieved, 3 different levels of “peaks” are awarded and added to your FREE member challenge t-shirt. It takes 175 points to earn all 3 peaks; with over 300 points available!

First Peak: 50 points  |  Second Peak: 100 points  |  Third Peak: 175 points

The List:

We’re pretty stoked on this year’s newly expanded list of challenges! You can check it out for yourself HERE or pick up a copy at the gym.

In addition to more fitness, climbing game and skills based challenges, the distribution of points has been adjusted to entice both the over and under achievers among us. We predict that it is possible to earn all 3 peaks in one day (IAD) but there are also plenty of really fun challenges that are accessible to all skill levels and will keep you coming back for more points and peaks!

The Shirts:

Points will be tallied once a week by Edgeworks staff and T-shirts will be distributed upon achievement of the first peak (50 points). T-shirts will be labelled with the member’s name and added to a rolling cart located in the back hallway near the bathrooms. 

*Current stock/availability may delay the delivery a t-shirt by 1-2 weeks.

Note: Feel free to wear and wash your shirt during the challenge but please refrain from using fabric softener until after your peaks have been added.

Earning/Adding Peaks:

Iron-on peaks will be made available at the front desk along with simple to follow DIY instructions.

Or you can bring your shirt to the monthly Climbers Socials in March, April and May, when we’ll have staff available to add the peaks for you.

Progress:

Members are responsible for tracking their progress and checking the boxes on their challenge sheets as items are completed. To entice those of us with an extra competitive spirit, we will update a public Challenge Board with everyone’s individual points – you know, just in case you want to see how you match up to the achievements of others.

 

Trip Report: Vantage

Springtime at Vantage

with Andrew Powell

Spring has arrived!

Or at least it has hinted at its arrival which makes this the perfect season for climbing at Vantage.

On March 26th, Andrew lead our first outdoor rock climbing trip of the season.

The destination: the freestanding basalt columns of Frenchman Coulee (also known as Vantage)
The goal: to tune-up their skills on crack climbs and trad routes and also have a good time.
The routes: ‘Party in your Pants (5.8 trad)’, ‘Easy Off (5.10c sport)’; then ‘Pony Keg (5.9 trad)’, ‘Crossing the Threshold (5.8 trad)’, and finally ‘Air Guitar (5.10a trad)’.
The outcome: A great day on dry rock with awesome people – success!

If you’re looking to get outside for the first time this season, our group climbing trips are the perfect introduction to climbing at Vantage, North Bend, Mt. Erie, and Smith Rock.

Upcoming Edgeworks Group Climbing Trips:

 –  Trad Lead & Multi-Pitch: April 27th-28th, 2018
 –  Vantage Crag Day: May 25th, 2018

Regardless of your experience level, our guides and instructors are available to assist with expertise and knowledge – from navigating climbing areas and finding the right routes for you to climb, to offering that additional level of confidence to help take your outdoor sport, trad, or alpine climbing to the next level.

Our personal guiding options can open the door to new adventures and new places including Leavenworth, Darrington, Morningstar Peak, Castle Rock, Smith Rock, Boston Basin, Forbidden Peak, Glacier Peak, Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, Terror Basin and the North Cascades.

Contact Andrew for more details: programs@edgeworksclimbing.com

 

Member Spotlight: April 2018

Tony Tran

Member since 2017

How did you start climbing?

Tony: It was early 2017 and I wanted to find an alternative to LA Fitness because I’ve always preferred functional fitness vs the classic weightlifting/cardio routine. After I climbed my first route at Edgeworks, I was hooked!

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Tony: Convenience since it’s only a few minutes from my home, variety of routes for both top-roping and bouldering, and of course, the staff and members are super cool and are always willing to share tips to help me improve my climbing!

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Tony: I’ve only climbed at Vantage so far so that would be my default but will try different places this year. I’m actually heading to Red Rocks Easter weekend for some bouldering!

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Tony: Most of my days are spent at work as a physical therapist, but in my free time I enjoy hiking, cooking, and checking out new restaurants/bars around Tacoma!

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

Tony: Tie between top rope and bouldering.

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

Tony: I’m a level 3 Muay Thai kickboxer and my instructor is fellow Edgeworks member Chris Pascual!

What’s your go-to route grade?

Tony: Lately 5.10 because it’s a good transition point where I actually have to incorporate more technique instead of muscling up routes.

 

Gear Review: April 2018

Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Shoes

by Abbie Madlem

Black Diamond’s Momentum climbing shoes have arrived at Edgeworks! This comfortable, entry-level model is perfect for the gym or the crag, finding that sweet spot where all-day comfort meets performance climbing. Don’t let the flat-last fool you! The Momentum won’t slow you down.

Check out some of the tech specs:

Knit Uppers: The knit fabric means that the Momentum requires less break-in time than its counterparts. The fabric is designed to stretch and breath where you most need it, which means less sweaty feet and easy on-off!

Microfiber Liner: The microfiber liner in the front of the shoe minimizes stretch, which means how you buy them is how they should continue to fit.

Neutral, Flat Last: The neutral, flat last of the shoe allows your toes to lie in a neutral position. This is more inviting to newer climbers (your feet won’t be killing you at the end of your session!). They’re also great for more experienced climbers that are looking for a high performance, high comfort shoe (perfect for long days of cragging and long gym sessions)!

Durable Rubber: The rubber on the Momentum is unique in that it’s molded instead of cut from one sheet of rubber. This was inspired by the way that BD forges their carabiners, and is their engineered solution to optimize the shoe’s rubber and rands for weight, consistency, and comfort.

This shoe is unlike any other beginner shoe out there. If you’re curious (we know we were!), don’t take our word for it. Come in and try a pair out!