Monthly Climbers’ Social


December 3rd, 2019 – TRIVIA NIGHT!

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.
$12 for AAC and Access Fund members
$20 for everyone else.

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

NEXT UP:

December 3rd, 2019 – Trivia Night!
Join us for our last Climbers Social event of the year where we’ll test your knowledge of ALL THINGS – including, but not limited to, climbing – and earn some extra spending money just in time for the holidays!

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.)

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019/20

Rialto Theater | Downtown Tacoma | 6:45pm – 10pm | Tickets On Sale Now

DATES: Monday, November 25, 2019 | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Monday and Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving.

Purchase Tickets:
Cost: $20/night

Additional fees and taxes apply.

Member Discount:

Ticketing fees are waived for members of Edgeworks, The Mountaineers and Puget Sound Outdoors! Discount available only at Edgeworks.

For the BEST PRICE, purchase your tickets at Edgeworks!
Member discounts are not available through Tacoma Arts Live.

Don’t wait! Both shows tend to SELL OUT days in advance so be sure to buy your tickets now.

Presented locally by*:

The MountaineersPuget Sound Outdoors, and Edgeworks Climbing

Be inspired, be energized, and celebrate the spirit of adventure when the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Tacoma with all new films for 2019/20!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre and is held every fall in Banff, Alberta.

Immediately after the annual festival wraps each November, a selection of the best films go on tour. The host organization(s) in each tour location chooses a program that reflects the interests of their community. Each community creates a unique celebration of local adventure and adventurers. The World Tour visits approximately 305 cities annually in 20 countries, reaching over 220,000 audience members. Tacoma is one of the very first stops of the tour!

Film selection occurs the afternoon of the events, and we will do our best to identify a range of activities to suit our varied local community.

NOTE: The film rating is Parental Guidance; films may contain coarse language.

Show times and seating:

Doors open at 6:00 pm  |  Shows start at 6:45 pm  |  Seats are festival style ~ first come basis

Location:

Rialto Theater, 9th and Broadway downtown Tacoma. Map it!

Contact:

For more information, contact Mindy Roberts (jefacita@gmail.com; 253-651-5483).

Stay Connected:

Follow Tacoma Banff on Facebook! It’s the best way to stay up to date on the events and special offers.

Winter Break Camps

Break the Cabin Fever!

Edgeworks’ climbing camps are a fun way for young climbers of all abilities to stay active & engaged during winter 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 and challenges that your child will never forget!

Sign Up Now

Details:

Age: 7 – 13 years
Cost: $60/members, $70/non-member
Duration: 5 hours/day
Skill Level: No experience necessary!

Dates & Times:

Sign up for 1 day or multiple days.
December 23, 2019: 9:30am – 2:30pm
December 27, 2019: 9:30am – 2:30pm
December 30, 2019: 9:30am – 2:30pm

January 2, 2020: 9:30am – 2:30pm
January 3, 2020: 9:30am – 2:30pm

Family Night at Edgeworks

Climbing with your kids just got that much better!

Edgeworks’ Family Night offers $12 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
(*For the month of October, it will be the THIRD SATURDAY, 10/21)

NEXT Family Night: Saturday, November 23, 2019.

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

November 19 – Crack Climbing

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!

NEXT UP:

November 19, 2019 – Crack Climbing Clinic
Crack climbing requires different techniques and movements from other face climbs, including finger locks, fist jams and footwork. Learn the basic techniques for mastering these hidden holds.

December 17, 2019 – Slopers
Loved, hated, feared, revered. No other type of hold evokes such a wide array of emotional responses as the sloper, until you find that crimpable sweet spot.

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

NEW: Fitness Classes w/ Lyra

About Lyra Pierotti

Being both an AMGA Rock Guide and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Lyra is uniquely qualified to design fitness classes and training programs that specifically target the needs of climbers.

The exercises she creates come from her careful study of movement, developed through academic study as well as observations of her own movement and that of her clients—from over a decade of guiding in the mountains.

Durability for Climbers | Tuesdays at 6:00pm

Focusing on a variety of functional movement patterns, this class will help you work on your posture and neuromuscular control—subtle but challenging work. This class will help you identify and focus on your areas of need—during class and in your everyday life—and collect tools to keep you healthy, happy, and mobile enough for your next “send”.

Participating in 5 consecutive sessions is recommended before expecting any changes or results.

Warm-up for Climbers | Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 5:30pm

Competitive athletes, dancers, and other movement artists don’t dare hit the field or stage without a careful warmup. This 30 minute class will introduce you to various movement patterns and appropriate types warm up activities for climbing. (hint: not stretching)

Additionally, this class will cover a exercises to aid in your cool down routine and help enhance recovery. Ultimately helping you cultivate a warmup and cool down routine that best suits your needs. 

Join this class weekly to learn new movement techniques and adopt tools to improve performance, reduce risk of injury, and most importantly have more fun in each and every climbing session.

Member Spotlight November 2019

Deb King

Members since October 2016

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in the Pacific Northwest?

Deb: I grew up in the Bay Area, and first moved to the PNW after living on the Big Island for 4 years with my husband Jeff. We left the PNW for a couple years to live in Oslo, Norway, but came back to stay in 2000.

What’s the story behind your becoming a climber? How did you end up at Edgeworks?

Deb: The first time I came to Edgeworks was with Jeff, our sons and their Scout troop. That day I only did auto-belays, but loved the challenge of climbing. Of course I was clueless on what I was doing, but I had a blast doing it! It wasn’t until January of last year that a friend of mine suggested we join EW to stay active in the winter. I’ve been coming ever since!

If you had to choose between bouldering, top rope or lead climbing as the only form of climbing you could do from here on out, what would you choose and why?

Deb: If I had to choose one form of climbing, it would be lead. I love the challenge it presents, and the total focus it requires.

What is one lesson you’ve learned as a climber that you would teach to your younger self who’s just starting out climbing?

Deb: In the two years I’ve been climbing, I’ve learned the importance of warming up before climbing hard, and not letting the route ratings dictate what I attempt, at least while on top rope!

Best part about Edgeworks?

Deb: Best part of Edgeworks is the people, of course. I love how friendly and laid back everyone is, both the employees and members. I am always impressed with the creativity and diversity of the routes – EW route setters do a great job keeping things interesting!

Could you tell us something about you that our community members might not know? What’s your jam outside of Edgeworks?

Deb: Something people might not know about me: I used to fly helicopters over active lava flows on the Big Island, and spent a summer flying over and landing on glaciers in Southeast Alaska. 

What’s your goal for the months ahead as far as climbing and fitness go?

Deb:  To become more experienced and confident in trad, learn multi pitch, and climb outside as much as possible. I had the chance to climb for a day in Joshua Tree in April, and would love to go back there next year and spend a lot more time exploring. I used to have the goal of climbing harder and harder routes in the gym, but now I realize that it’s not the number that counts the most, it’s enjoying whatever challenge the route has to offer. 

Black Light Bouldering 2019

Saturday, October 26th
2019 Black Light Bouldering Competition + Party

ADULT RESULTS ←(click the link)
YOUTH RESULTS ←(click the link)

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Edgeworks Members: $25 ($40 after 10/23)
Pre-Registration: $35
 ($50 after 10/23)

Pre-registration closes at 12pm, Wednesday, October 23rd
IN-PERSON day-of registration opens at 9:30am, Saturday, October 26

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Since 2004, Edgeworks has been incorporating the CHALLENGE and MOTIVATION of a climbing competition with the CREATIVITY, STOKE and FUN of black lights. Our stellar team of route setters craft 55 of the best problems of the year and our creative team of staff and volunteers decorate the walls to make them glow. No matter your skill level, you can’t help but feel the EXCITEMENT when the lights go out.

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 because we never stop looking for new or different ways to mix things up.

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 26, 2019

Competition Format: Red Point; No Finals.

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. 9th)  

SESSION 1:   Registration Full
• Categories*: USAC YOUTH
Check-In: 9:30am
Rules Meeting: 10:30am
Competition: 11:00am-2:00pm
SESSION 2:   Register Now!
Categories*: Adult Male/Female
Check-In: 1:30pm
Rules Meeting: 2:30pm
 Competition: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Call to be added to the waitlist for Session 1. (253) 564-4899

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

ADULT Categories: Male
Recreation (v0 -v3) | Intermediate (v4-v5) | Advanced (v6-v7)Open (v8+) | 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 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 ($30) 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 23rd – 25th:
Wall closures will begin as competition setting takes place; closed areas will include all of the bouldering walls as well as most of the top rope walls in the West Room. The top rope and lead walls in the East Room will remain open to members and customers throughout the comp!

Saturday, October 26th | Gym Hours 10am – 8pm
The entire right side of the gym will be open to competitors only (including ALL of the climbing walls in the West Room, weight area, upstairs lounge, yoga and instruction rooms). The cardio area and all climbing walls in the East Room will remain OPEN to members and customers throughout the day! All youth programs, climbing school courses and fitness classes will be cancelled. Our parking lot will be full so please plan ahead! Spectators are welcome in the competition area.

Even better news is the gym will fully reopen on Sunday, October 27th with a HUGE selection of brand new boulder problems for everyone to try!