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
$18 for everyone else.

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


December 5, 2017 – Trivia Night
Test your knowledge of ALL THINGS – including, but not limited to, climbing – and earn some extra spending money just in time for the holidays! CASH prizes, free beer, and teams of 3.

January 2, 2018 – The Great Down Climb Challenge
“Now, this a challenge all about how our routes get flipped turned upside down. Just let us take a minute, hang on right there. And we’ll tell you how to avoid getting stranded in mid-air.” Because instead of the route challenge and grade being set with the intention of GOING UP, we’re flipping the set to be more challenging GOING DOWN.

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


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 is the current status of expansion?
We know you’re all itching to see construction begin and so are we!!! The good news is that we just entered our 3rd, and hopefully last, round of permit reviews with the city.

And while things may seem delayed, this is all part of the process when working to achieve 1 dream with 2 architects, 5 engineers and 8 different firms on an amazing, yet complicated, project that includes building a new climbing wall, raising the roof (while keeping the rest of the building intact), and upgrading the upstairs mezzanine (per code).

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.


1-Day Membership Sale

1-DAY ONLY! Friday, December 1, 2017 | 9am-10pm

You do not want to miss this opportunity because it only happens once a year — steep discounts on annual and 6-month memberships.

IN-PERSON and ONLINE SALES ONLY. No phone sales.

The Deals:

• Get 3+ months free!
• SAVE $237 | No Freeze
$199 youth add-on available with annual membership

6-MONTH MEMBERSHIP: only $335!

• Only available during the sale!
• Get 1-month free!
• SAVE $67 | No Freeze

Member Benefits:

Some of the BEST INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING in the Pacific Northwest is by far the biggest benefit, but we also offer so MUCH MORE!

CLIMBING! Rope, Auto Belay & Bouldering  FREE! Age 3 and Under Family Add-Ons
FREE! Fitness: Yoga, Strength, Pilates  Discounts! Pro-shop, instruction courses, and MORE
FREE! Intro to Climbing Courses  FREE! Fitness Consultation
FREE! 1st Time Guest Passes (2/visit)  FREE! Socials, Clinics, Outdoor Days, more!
FREE! Guest Pass Each Month (1/month)  AWESOME Community & WE’RE  E X P A N D I N G ! 


And don’t forget:

December 1, 2017 is also… MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY!

Check out the Schedule of Fun and sign up online. (coming soon)


Member Spotlight: Nov 2017

Steven Anderson

Member since 2013

How did you start climbing? 

Steve: Started climbing trees when I was very young.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks? 

Steve: I started climbing at Edgeworks because it is the closest gym to my house in Bremerton. I keep coming back because of the quality of the staff, the routes, and the fitness classes.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside? 

Steve: Leavenworth and Washington Pass.

What do you do when you’re not climbing? 

Steve:  Volunteer with the Kitsap Branch of the Mountaineers – Basic and Intermediate Climbing Programs.

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

Steve: Multi-pitch leading outside traditional protection.

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

Steve: I moved to Alaska in the 2nd grade and consider that my home.

What’s your go-to route grade?

Steve: 5.10 Indoor Sport. 5.9 Outdoor Sport. 5.8 Outdoor Trad.


Team Update: November 2017

Local Season Update

The 2017/18 bouldering local season ended with record numbers of Edgeworks youth participating in at least one competition.  Over 30 kids in our youth program, Junior Climbers as well as Team Climbers, competed in our own Black Light Bouldering Competition on October 28! The Regional Championship is coming up in December, and we have 29 eligible Team members, up from 21 last year.

Championship Season Is On The Way!

The Regional Championship is December 9th at Seattle Bouldering Project.
If your climber is eligible, you may register for the competition on the USA Climbing website, not the host gym website. The deadline to register is 11:59p MST on November 30th.
Eligibility to compete in the Regional is as follows:

      Must have competed in, and received a score, in at least two local competitions, and
     – Must have a current annual USAC membership.

Register here.

Championship comp formats are markedly different from local formats and require different strategy. A championship comp is a one or two day event following an “onsight” or “flash” format. This format is different in that viewing another climber on a route, thus gathering “beta” or insight about the route, is strictly prohibited. We will be practicing bits and pieces of this format daily until the competition. Expect more details in the coming month as we prepare. We will be talking to the kids about rest, nutrition, and how to manage nerves. Look for an email in the coming soon that has a list of things to pack in the competitors “comp bag”.

Effort As A Habit

The Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit organization dedicated to developing better athletes and better people through youth sports. Their website has lot’s of article and videos covering many facets of youth sports. Recently, they shared an excerpt from Jim Thompson’s book “Elevating Your Game” that discusses effort and effort goals. It emphasizes setting ‘effort’ goals over ‘outcome’ goals. They mention avoiding the Talent Trap. “Many athletes believe their abilities are fixed (based on the amount of talent with which they were born). This reflects a “fixed” mindset. We encourage you to take a growth mindset and approach ability with the belief that effort and hard work can increase your talent level.” To read the excerpt, click here.

Upcoming Events

“Practice” Regionals @ Climb Tacoma



Next PCA Meeting

Nov. 20, 6:30p in the upstairs lounge.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017/18

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

DATES: Monday, November 27, 2017 | Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2 nights with NEW and DIFFERENT films each night!

TICKETS: $20/night or $37/2 nights

Additional fees and taxes apply; ticketing fees waived for MEMBERS* when purchased IN-PERSON at Edgeworks. When purchasing through the Broadway Center, some fees will still apply.

For the BEST PRICE, purchase your tickets IN-PERSON at Edgeworks.
MEMBERS*: Check with your organization to get the promo code for ticket discounts.


IN-PERSON: Edgeworks Climbing | ONLINE: | PHONE: 800-291-7593

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 Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Tacoma with all new films!

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, and 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


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


For more information, contact Mindy Roberts (; 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.


Family Night at Edgeworks


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

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, November 25, 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.
– Youth 13 and younger must be directly supervised by an adult at all times.


FREE! Tuesday Night Clinics

Tuesday Clinics BLOG 2016

October 17, 2017 – Falling While 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!


November 21, 2017 – Finding Your Flow
Instructor: Jimmy Grant
And no, we’re not just talking to the yogis among us. Finding your flow will improve your climbing and improve your experience of your climbing. Whether you are a beginner or experienced climber, Jimmy will teach new ways to help find your state of flow quicker and easier.

December 19, 2017 – Ascending a Rope
Instructor: Jimmy Grant
Ascending a rope is a really important skill for all sorts of situations, including big wall and aid climbing. If you ever want to climb El Cap, you will need to know how to do it. Jimmy will get you started with the basics. (But maybe don’t book that road trip to Yosemite just yet!).

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