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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

Summer Memberships!

Summer Membership: $169

Available: June 1 – August 31, 2017

Only in town for the summer months? Then this is the Edgeworks membership for you! Purchase now to get the most out of this awesome deal – 3 months of climbing, fitness classes, and socials. Plus, unlike our 30-day intro passes, you’ll also get to enjoy all the great perks and benefits that come with being an Edgeworks member including discounts on our outdoor days!

Summer memberships expire August 31, 2017 regardless of purchase date.

 

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:

June 6, 2017 – Tyrolean Traverse & Sportiva Shoe Demo
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!

July 11, 2017 – Dyno Comp (NOTE: date adjusted for 4th of July)
Back by popular demand (and because we love it too), it’s the 4th Annual Edgeworks Dyno Comp. GET IT!

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.)

 

Staff Adventures: Dragontail

Climbing the Triple Couloirs on Dragontail

by Collin Jenkins

Earlier this month, I went out with fellow Edgeworks staffer, Andrew Powell, and climbed the Triple Couloirs on Dragontail Peak (early May 2017).  This route has intimidated me for over a year since it first got on my radar.  After being turned back once with a different partner due to avalanche concerns, Andrew and I went back with a 24 hour window.

At 3am, the route started off unexpectedly stout with a small bergschrund crossing and pitch of solid WI3 ice and I thought, “There’s no way I can finish this.” But in the spirit of adventure and “try hard” I took off on the first couloir.  In no time, my blood was up and we were in a rhythm. We encountered a little scary mixed climbing and temperatures much lower than we were expecting, but not stopping keeps you warm! We caught a sunny break on the summit ridge, bagged the summit and headed down Asgard Pass.

Twenty hours, 14,000ft of elevation change, and around 20 miles after we set out, we completed our car-to-car ascent.

This route revealed to me that the “in-a-day” mentality I’ve observed in so many Pacific Northwest Alpinists I respect isn’t as crazy–​or demanding of superhuman endurance–as I thought.  Believing in yourself, trusting your partner, and simply not giving up can go a long way.  Endless calories and good weather help too!

 

Member Spotlight: May 2017

The McCabe Family | Tim, Hayden, Gen and Frankie

Members since 2015

How did you start climbing?

Tim: Climbing has held a special place in my imagination since I was a child. I devoured every climbing book I could get my hands on as soon as I could read. I really wanted to be Reinhold Messner when I grew up. I did some peak bagging in my early teens with family but did not get my first pair of rock shoes until college and really did not start trying hard until 2 years ago when I brought my daughter Hayden to Edgeworks for our first time. We were hooked and have never looked back.
Hayden: On my 7th birthday my dad wanted us to a father-daughter thing so we went rock climbing at Edgeworks.
Gen: I had never been climbing before I started coming shortly after Tim & Hayden caught the climbing bug. Their enthusiasm is contagious. My only knowledge of rock climbing was the dramatic opening scene of Vertical Limit…which is hilarious to watch now (spoiler alert, except for the dying part, not funny)
Frankie: He was most likely climbing even before he started walking at 9 months old.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Tim: The Edgeworks community is amazing. The staff and the members have embraced us like family and are endlessly supportive. I have been to several other rock gyms and while some may have “better” facilities none of them can match the friendliness or sense of community at EW.
Hayden: I like climbing here because the people that work here are awesome and the routes are always fun.
Gen: Our fantastic community keeps me coming back. The staff and members all contribute to such a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. I love our adventurous climbing community!
Frankie: He absolutely adores the Edgeworks staff and his many friends he’s made at the gym.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Tim: I took up wood working a few years ago.  I make furniture and tables and other silly things.  Some of them are really good and some of them are really good firewood.  So far, I still have all 10 fingers.
Hayden:  I’m 9 years old so I go to school, hang out with my friends and family.  I also play softball and soccer.
Gen: Well besides my 9-5 job & keeping my family of four alive, I play indoor soccer regularly and I’d like to play more tennis.  I’ll play just about any sport for that matter.
Frankie: He loves dinosaurs, animals and cars, in fact next time you see him ask him if he is a t-rex or a tiger that day.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Tim: Leavenworth is for lovers and I love Leavenworth. There is world class bouldering, trad and alpine climbing just right outside our back door! Plus, all the German food and liters of beer you can handle! I love climbing outside. It is my favorite thing to do in the world and honestly I do not care where we are climbing as long as we are outside with good friends!
Hayden: I love going to Leavenworth, the feeling of the rock is amazing and the food is great too.
Gen: Smith Rock is such a magical climbing wonderland. It really is my favorite, but I’m happy to go climbing anywhere outside.
Frankie: Leavenworth is his favorite, in fact he has been putting up some FA on the toddler circuit.

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

Tim: We have a German Shepard named Bode. He is partially named after six-time Olympic Medalist Bode Miller and partially after Bode, the mystic/surfer/bank robber in the classic film Point Break who was played by Patrick Swayze.
Hayden: Did you know pioneer Job Carr was the founder of Tacoma, and that he was also the first Mayor of the city?
Gen: I’ll just leave you with some words of wisdom “there are plenty of ways to enter the pool, the stairs is not one of them”.
Frankie: Ernest Hemingway one said “There are only three sports: bullfight, motor racing and mountaineering: all the rest are merely games.”

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

Tim: Leading and high-ball bouldering.  Both test your resolve and push you to your limits.  I think it is important to explore the things that elicit fear inside of us.  Being able to control those feelings and push on right to the edge is life affirming.
Hayden: BOULDERING!
Gen: Sport climbing, the longer the route the better.
Frankie: He is still working on his top rope skills, only a select few of his favorite people can talk him into putting his harness on, so for now it’s all about bouldering.

What’s your go-to route grade?

Tim: Right now, it is 5.12a sport climbing and V6 outdoor bouldering.  I have been eating lots of salads and drinking less beer to try and make both those happen this climbing season!
Hayden: V3-V4 range with bouldering and like 5.10 range on top rope.
Gen: I’ve been venturing into 5.11 grades indoor which means I’m ready to push my limits this outdoor season, because so far the hardest I’ve lead outside has only been 5.9.
Frankie: Currently projecting 5.15d on gear.

Team Update May 2017

Team Outdoor Trip

Record numbers of kids made it to Vantage on April 29th for the team outdoor sport climbing trip. For some, climbing outside was a new experience.  Even though some kids had done this trip before, team coach and AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Jimmy Grant made sure new experiences were had all around.

Jimmy commented, “I think all of the kids had a great time! Lots of them experienced their first lead climb outdoors, and some even got to clean their first route (removal of the climbing gear from the wall)! Two of my favorite events of today were watching Kohle Andrews lead climb the hardest routes at ‘The Feathers’ pushing his personal boundaries and climbing with style. The second moment was watching Elizabeth Hume lead her first outdoor climb! Her smile was contagious and kept all of us smiling for the whole day. I can’t wait until the next trip!”

Championship Season

The end of April marks the end of the 2017 USAC Sport and Speed Local Season and the beginning of Championship Season. We had an amazing season watching twenty six different Team Edgeworks climbers competing in five different local competitions. Nineteen of those kids are eligible to compete at the Regional Championship in May.

Eligibility for the Regional is dependent on collecting a score in a minimum of two local competitions. The top ten finishers in each category at the Regional will qualify to compete at the Divisional in Anchorage, AK in June. The top six in each category at the Divisional qualify to compete at the National in Kennesaw, GA in July.

The team will be preparing for the championships by maintaining their excellent fitness levels, and concentrating on areas needing improvement that surfaced during the local season. Part of that includes training on higher walls. That means field trips to other gyms. Keep your eyes open for scheduled team trips, and if you can, take some independent trips of your own.

NEW!

Have you  heard of our new Team Parent Memberships? If you’ve been meaning to join, now’s your chance. Parent’s of Team Members can now have a membership at $47/mo. and the joining fee is waived. All the same benefits of a regular membership are included. This rate is not advertised on our website. Sign up at the front desk today!