Monthly Climbers’ Social


October 1st, 2019 – The Setter’s Cup

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!

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October 1st, 2019 – The Setter’s Cup

A friendly competition to see who is the best routesetter. Tacoma area route setters will compete in three rounds of competition that will test their ability to adapt to challenges in order to set the most creative and fun boulder problems. Winners will be decided by judges and community voters.

November 5th, 2019 – Blackout Climbing with Headlamps

Being caught climbing as the sun sets can be dangerous– without a headlamp. Come to this social to have fun and practice headlamp climbing!

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.)

Student Membership Sale

Save $45 (or more) on your membership!

It’s “Back to School” time and we’re getting in on the action with our annual
STUDENT MEMBERSHIP SALE – September 1 – 30, 2019!

ALL STUDENTS and TEACHERS, regardless of age or full-time enrollment status, qualify for the
discounted $5 Start-Up Fee!

Here’s How It Works:

Just show us your valid Washington State Student ID and get a monthly AUTOPAY Membership with a $5 Start-Up Fee!
That’s a savings of $45 for students and $55 for teachers.

Here’s What You Get: 

• The most CLIMBING in Tacoma and the South Sound! Bouldering, Top Rope, Lead & Auto Belays
• Free! Intro to CLIMBING COURSES
• Free! FITNESS CLASSES: Yoga, Pilates, Strength, Core and more!
• 10% OFF Retail Pro Shop purchases, including a full assortment of climbing shoes and harnesses!
• SUPER FUN Monthly COMMUNITY EVENTS

Monthly Rates:

• Student*: $57/month EFT
• Individual: $71/month EFT

* Student rates are available to full-time students only. Student members must show proof of enrollment annually: undergraduate (min. 12 credits); graduate (min. 9 credits)

Remember, the SALE ENDS SEPTEMBER 30TH so be sure to take advantage of this deal!
We can’t wait to see you in here climbing. 

Want more info? Click here

Membership rates are based on ACH billing (direct debit to a checking account); credit cards are subject to a 2.8% convenience fee.

Family Night at Edgeworks

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Climbing with your kids just got that much better!

Edgeworks’ Family Night offers $10 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

NEXT Family Night: Saturday, September 28, 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

September 17 – Improve Your Bouldering

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:

September 17th, 2019 – Improve Your Bouldering

Work with Edgeworks’ team head coach and learn to fine tune your bouldering skills as well as proper top out and falling techniques.

October 15th, 2019 – Cross Training for Climbers

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

College Night

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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, September 14, 2019 – 5pm – 10pm

As always, Edgeworks members climb for FREE!

Black Light Bouldering 2019

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

REGISTRATION: OPEN NOW! |  VOLUNTEER INFO  

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

SESSION 1:   Register Now!
• 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

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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: Male/Female
Recreation (v0 -v2) | Intermediate (v3-v4) | Advanced (v5-v6)Open (v7+) | 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 begins to take 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 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)  but 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!

Member Spotlight September 2019

Julie and Mike Pinske

Members since June 2019

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

Julie: I grew up in Sebastopol/Santa Rosa, California and Mike grew up in a small town named Oliver in British Columbia, Canada.  We have lived all over (including California, Canada, Hawaii, North Carolina, and in an RV). We moved to the Tacoma area so I could attend PLU’s Master of Science in Nursing program, and Mike was able to transfer and keep his job as a biomedical technician.

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

Mike: We had each done a small amount of climbing over the years.  After moving here, Julie’s friend told her about Edgeworks. She came and sent me a picture of the tall walls, which excited me. We went climbing later that day and signed up the day after that.

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?

Julie: We both prefer top rope climbing.  We both enjoy climbing high because it’s fun and always feels like a big accomplishment, and I appreciate the security of being roped in.  I am a very static climber and Mike has a more dynamic climbing style and we enjoy finding routes that support and challenge our climbing styles.

Tell us your favorite music as of late. Who should we be listening to?

Mike: I enjoy Tool, Rush, Le Castle Vania, and Johannes Sebastian Bach to name a few.  Julie’s taste is all over the place, but a few artists she likes are Cat Stevens, Bon Iver, and Regina Spektor.  She also not-so-secretly loves ‘90s pop and hip hop.

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

Julie: I’d say: have tenacity.  If something is challenging, keep at it and try approaching it differently each time.  Mike would say just go for it- don’t worry about falling.

Best part about Edgeworks?

Mike: We both love the tall walls, the abundance of auto belay routes, the amount of bouldering, and how there is always new stuff to try.  Plus, there is the bonus of the gym equipment as well.

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

Julie: Our story of how we met was pretty cool- it was in 2013 on a dive boat on the Great Barrier Reef.  Mike was working on the boat and I came on for three days as a tourist. When we’re not climbing or SCUBA diving, we enjoy playing games (board games, pc games, escape rooms, etc).  Mike is also the DM for a D&D group that has been going for a year, and I swim and play volleyball whenever possible.

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

Mike:  Be a better climber, attain greater fitness.

Julie:  In the next few months, I would like to complete a 5.11 and maybe even a 5.12.  I’m also trying to overcome my fears and do a handstand.

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga

Wednesdays & Fridays | 6:15am

A fitness based approach to yoga with a focus on linking conscious breath and a vigorous and mindful asana sequence. Students will build strength, flexibility and concentration, while cleansing the body and calming the mind.

Join certified yoga instructor, Sarahlynn Etta, for an invigorating early morning yoga session and enjoy these 5 benefits of an AM practice:

1. Improved focus for the day ahead
2. Boosted energy levels
3. Reduced stress levels
4. Awakened metabolism
5. Increased immunity

Details:

Starting Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Wednesdays and Fridays | 6:15 – 7:15am

Set your alarm and join us!

Cost:

FREE for Edgeworks Members
Drop-In Rate: $20/class