FREE! Tuesday Night Clinics

Tuesday Clinics BLOG 2016

September 19, 2017 – Beyond the Belay

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 19, 2017 – Beyond the Belay
Instructor: Jimmy Grant
Congratulations! You’ve graduated from our 101: Intro to Climbing course, passed the belay check at the front desk, and now have your eye set on that new 5.10 project in the Alcove. But before you hop over to that next route grade, join us for this clinic where you’ll learn more about the nuances of footwork, body position, and mental strategies for beginning climbers. We think you’ll thank us later!

October 17, 2017 – Falling While Bouldering
Instructor: Jimmy Grant
Every fall is a ground fall while bouldering and it’s important to know how to do it properly so that you can continue to climb hard and send your next boulder project this Rocktober.

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

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!

NEXT UP:

October 2, 2017 – BLB “Feature Routes”!
Help us forerun some “feature route” ideas for the Black Light Bouldering Comp! The possibilities are endless but we’ll need to test a few ahead of time to find out how well they’ll climb.

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.)

 

Expansion 2017

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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 new climbing wall 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?
After the new climbing wall is constructed (phase 1), the front desk and gym access will move to suite 100 and demo of the existing front entry space, fitness room, retail area, staircase, yoga studio, offices and upstairs mezzanine will begin. Making room for more cardio and strength equipment, a larger yoga studio, NEW party/instruction room, additional bathrooms, expanded locker rooms, larger retail, extended upstairs viewing area, and new instruction wall.

*Will you continue to offer fitness classes during construction?
Yes! We’ve worked with Westmark Construction to secure use of the ping pong room next door and plan to set it up as the designated Fitness Studio 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.

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?
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.

 

Team Update September 2017

Bouldering Season!

Bouldering season is here! Check the Team Family Roster/Schedule for updates to our schedule. Some local Region 101 competitions coming up:

10/14 – Seattle Bouldering Project

10/21 – Seattle Stone Gardens

10/28 – Edgeworks Climbing Gym

Coaches will be at the SBP comp on October 14, and the Edgeworks Blacklight Comp on October 28; one more comp is yet to be determined.  For info about the Roster/Schedule, see your Team Handbook. For access to the Roster/Schedule email lisa@edgeworksclimbing.com for the link.

Team Potluck

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Beginning of Season Team Potluck! It was great to see everyone again after a long summer vacation. Coaches, climbers, and families all enjoyed an array of food (including some really awesome salsa; thanks Nic!), some slacklining, socializing, tree climbing, and a brief presentation by coaches.

GroupMe

GroupMe is a group messaging app that team families use to communicate with each other for a variety of reasons; planning events, arranging carpools, etc. If you would like to join the conversation email lisa@edgeworksclimbing.com with your cell phone number and I will pass on your information to Tiffany Andrews who will add you to the group. Remember to reply to the invitation right away to activate your membership in the group.

NEW!

We now have a Team Handbook that contains everything you need to know about who we are, our structure, tryouts, practices, competition, our community, the schedule, and how to contact us if you have any questions. They are available at the front desk.

Upcoming Events

September 1

USAC Annual Membership registration open

Social Media

Check the lobby bulletin board, Facebook, and Instagram for Team Edgeworks news and information.

Next PCA Meeting

No meeting in September. The October meeting will be held early to prepare for the Blacklight Bake Sale. October 9 at 6:45p in upstairs lounge.

Member Spotlight: Sept 2017

Alex Nall

Member since 2016

How did you start climbing? 

Alex: I started climbing when I was a kid.  The most memorable summer of my life was after a hurricane hit my hometown in Alabama.  I  would visit my cousin and we would go into the woods and climb all the fallen trees.  Our parents probably would have killed us if  they knew how much fun we were-I mean-how dangerous it was.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks? 

Alex: What other gym helps you celebrate your first peeler?  The sense of community is fantastic, whether it’s the staff, regulars, or  people trying climbing for the first time; the encouragement and shared enthusiasm of this weird, beautiful, BA thing we do is as  inspiring as watching Meru (or The Sharp End) for the fifth time.  Also, the route-setting is baller. I’ve been to a few gyms, and I have  to say that the routes here are some of the most creative (and sometimes sadistic) I’ve encountered.  (Now hand over my five dollars.)

Where is your favorite place to climb outside? 

Alex: I’m new to falling outside, but I particularly like falling in North Bend due to its proximity to my bed.  Strip Clip was my first slab and  I still love it the most.  A Girl’s Best Friend is both aesthetically beautiful and wonderfully challenging; that’s the first climb I looked  back on and was like, “Oh, shit!  I did that!”

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Alex:  When I’m not climbing, I’m probably thinking about climbing.  Or girls.  Or wizards.  Or inequality.  The order kind of changes  depending on the day.  I bartend at DOA and find myself in awe of the fact that I get paid to make craft cocktails and basically throw  parties.  I love reading/writing/watching fantasy, physics, and solving puzzles.  I always thought my number one love would be  running until climbing topped out over that priority center in my brain.  It seemingly uses every aspect of the body, and although  fleeting because I’m still a beginner, the sense of flow is unparalleled whenever I’m lucky enough to have it.

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

Alex: That’s kind of a personal question.  I like top-roping because I can go all out.  I like bouldering because it scares and challenges  me.  I would probably have to go with lead though; there’s a very real sense of danger and calculation.  I sort of like the masochistic  cycle of “YUSSSSS, I GOT TO THE QUICKDRAW!!!!” to “I’M ABOVE THE QUICK DRAW I’M GONNA DIE”.

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

Alex: Fact: I can beatbox the Super Mario theme like whoa.  I love music and was in a few bands in East Nashville (one of which had over  20 people in it, and no, it was not the Polyphonic Spree).  Fact: Our solar system contains one star.  There are 100,000 MILLION  stars in our Milky Way Galaxy alone.  Lastly there’s an estimable one hundred BILLION galaxies in the observable universe (which is  technically expanding faster than the speed of light).  How cool is that?

What’s your go-to route grade?

Alex: The one that shuts me down, at the very least, temporarily.  That could be a 10+, 11, 12-, V3 or V4.  Anything that forces me to  learn a move or see the wall differently makes me very satisfied.

 

Crag Nights!

Summer 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 Crag Nights? 4 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, 18+ ONLY!!!

Dates:
– Tuesday, June 27, 2017
– Tuesday, July 25, 2017
– Tuesday, August 22, 2017
– Tuesday, September 26, 2017
*registration will open 8 weeks in advance of each trip*

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

Sign up online to reserve your spot.

Want more outdoor climbing options?
We also offer full-day outings with our Pitches & Pitchers and guided days to North Bend, Vantage, Smith Rock and more, with your choice of Intro/Sport Climbing or Trad & Multi Pitch.

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.

 

Family Night at Edgeworks

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Climbing with your kids just got that much better, easier, and more affordable!

Edgeworks’ Family Night offers $10 day passes with FREE gear rental for up to 2 adults and 3 children. 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 23, 2017. 

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.

 

Pitches & Pitchers

Full weekend day at the crag.

$89 for members; $139 for everyone else!

Reserve your spot today!

Interested in spending a day outside, climbing real rocks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and then relaxing and sharing stories from the day with new friends, great beer, and tasty food?

We are too! And, that’s why we’re bringing back Pitches and Pitchers. We’ll load up the Edgeworks van and head out to North Bend for a full day of climbing with our professional guides. Afterwards we’ll stop by a local watering hole for food and drinks AND the first drink is on us!

Dates:
– Saturday, June 24, 2017
– Sunday, July 16, 2017
– Saturday, August 19, 2017
– Sunday, September 17, 2017

Plan on leaving from Edgeworks at 7:00am and returning around 9:00pm. Bring a lunch, water, appropriate clothing, and an interest in climbing awesome routes.

Transportation is included but you can drive separately if you would like.
Sorry, 21+ ONLY!!!

Looking for other options to get outside this summer? Check out our full-day, guided trips to places like Mt. Erie, Leavenworth, Smith Rock, and even Red Rocks! Select from Intro/Sport Climbing or Trad & Multi Pitch.

Note: Signed liability waivers and outdoor program consent forms are required for all climbers before joining us at the crag. You can complete this on our website or in person at the gym.