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Outdoor Gear Rentals

Monday, October 31st, 2022

Rent the gear needed for your next outdoor climbing adventure!

Check out our ALL NEW outdoor gear rental program, including:

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Crash Pads
  • Climbing Helmets (adult + youth)

For more details, stop by the front desk or give us a call.

  • Bellevue: (425) 644-2445
  • Seattle: (206) 781-9828
  • Tacoma: (253) 564-4899

Virtual Blood Drive

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Lead by example. Make an impact.
Give blood for our community.

Edgeworks is partnering with Bloodworks Northwest to host a virtual blood drive across all three locations!

Blood banks have been hit hard this year and they are always looking to find ways to encourage folks to donate. Members and staff are invited to join us in reaching our company goal of 25 donors for September.

Help us reach our goal of 25 donors by following these simple steps:

Step 1:

Schedule an appointment to donate whole blood or apheresis (platelets/double reds/plasma) donation with Bloodworks anytime between September 1st and September 30th.

Same-day appointment is often available, call 1-800-398-7888 for an opening.

Step 2:

On the day of your donation, mention Edgeworks or the donor code “EDGE” when you are getting checked in so that we can keep track of our impact. Thank you for being a life-saver!

Eligibility questions? Please visit bloodworksnw.org/eligibility.

Those who are ineligible to donate or prefer to make an impact in a different way can consider the following: Make a financial gift. Be a Volunteer. Participate in our research program. Even if you can’t give blood for patient care you can give blood for medical research.

Local Donors. Local Patients.

Student Membership Sale

Friday, September 30th, 2022

It’s “Back to School” time!

Which means the return of our STUDENT (and Teacher) MEMBERSHIP SALE!
September 1 – 30, 2022

ALL STUDENTS and TEACHERS, regardless of age or full-time enrollment status, qualify for the discounted $0 Start-Up Fee.

How It Works:

Just show us your valid Washington State Student ID and get a monthly AUTOPAY Membership with a $0 Start-Up Fee!
That’s a savings of $40 for students and $50 for teachers.

Membership Perks + Rewards: 

Members receive ALL ACCESS to our 3 gym locations in Bellevue, Seattle + Tacoma! Plus, the greatest variety of climbing, fitness, instruction, guiding and community in the region.

CLIMBING! Bouldering, Top Rope + Lead
COMMUNITY EVENTS! Comps, Socials + Clinics
FREE! Intro to Climbing Courses
GUEST PASSES, YOGA, FITNESS and more!

Monthly Rates:

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

Bellevue Expansion Project

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Bringing MORE Climbing + Fitness to the Bellevue Community!

With a MAJOR expansion project soon to be underway, we’re excited to share with you our plans to make Edgeworks Bellevue bigger, better, more inclusive and more modern.

Building a community where all climbers feel welcomed, challenged + engaged. 

Our gyms are shared spaces for climbers of all ages, all sizes, and all abilities – from new climbers and fitness enthusiasts to elite/competitive climbers training for their next big goal or adventure. 

Our focus with this expansion project is to build a space where:  

  • Seasoned climbers know they’ll still find the best, most challenging and fun boulder problems and routes. 
  • Weekend warriors can maintain their endurance and train in the off season when they can’t get outside. 
  • New climbers feel welcome and unintimidated as they walk through our door. 
  • Kids can be integrated into a sport and community that builds respect, confidence, communication skills, responsibility, teamwork and a healthy dose of calculated risk. 
  • Community happens, built upon a shared interest in climbing, fitness, and fun (and sometimes beer!)

All in all, we aim to create a setting that feels active, vibrant and welcoming. Where people choose to hang out even if they aren’t climbing because they know that this is where they will find their people and it’s where they belong. 

PROJECT TIMELINE + DETAILS:

Phase 1: Project Planning

3 years (almost complete; final permits still pending)

In partnership with Crossroads’ overall expansion and development plans, we will be adding an additional 8,400 square feet to the south side of our building, featuring 10,400 sq ft of new climbing surface with walls designed and constructed by EP USA. ← The same folks who created the competition walls for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. This new addition will bring us to a total of 31,400 sq ft of climbing!

Phase 2: Building Expansion

Fall 2022 – Winter/Spring 2022/23

First, we need to expand our footprint to make room for the more exciting additions and updates. We’ll do so by busting through the south end of our building and extending out into the parking lot. 

In addition to the new climbing walls, this building expansion will make room for:

  • All new women’s locker room with sauna 
  • Single occupancy bathrooms
  • 2nd floor mezzanine with a training area that includes Kilter boards, training boards, a campus board and a great view of the new walls.

Phase 3: Climbing Wall Construction

Fall/Winter 2022

Designed and constructed by EP USA, we’re excited to provide our community with more roped terrain, featuring: 

  • 49 additional lines of top rope and lead climbing
  • Lead prow
  • Off-width flake 
  • Free form hand/finger crack 
  • Multi-pitch instructional ledges
    … and more! 

Phase 4: Renovations + Updates

Fall/Winter 2022 – Spring 2023 

  • Updated and improved front entry with larger retail area
  • Expanded and updated men’s locker room with sauna
  • Dedicated group fitness area
  • New weight training and cardio spaces
  • Improved cubbies and storage options
  • Community space for remote work, socializing and re-energizing

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When will construction begin?

Being the first of many projects included in Crossroads’ overall expansion and development plans has definitely come with its challenges. Namely, city permits. 

In August, the building team received another set of comments from the City of Bellevue. While all look relatively minor, a revision of the construction drawings and a resubmittal was required. The City has 6 weeks from resubmittal to get back to us and the builders are currently hoping for an October 1 start date. Materials are already on site, ready to start immediately once the city issues a permit.

While the delay of the project has been frustrating for everyone involved, our plans for expansion remain unchanged. We have some of the best architects (MG2) and construction team (Foushee Construction) in the Puget Sound handling design, permitting and construction. From the new climbing wall design to building upgrades and improved customer amenities, our vision for the final product will still bring you more climbing, more fitness and more training options than ever before. 

We appreciate your patience and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

What are the details and features of the new climbing wall?

  • Designed and constructed by EP USA.
  • Adding nearly 10,400 sq ft of climbing surface (to our existing 21,000) 
  • 45 ft tall with an overhanging lead prow creating the possibility for 50 ft long routes 
  • Features include: 49 additional climbing lines, top rope, lead prow, flake, free form crack, and multi-pitch instructional ledges

Are you adding more bouldering?

Not at this time. Though we will be adding additional training features including (2) Kilter boards, a campus board and training board. Future plans for more bouldering are included as part of a separate project; stay tuned for those details!

What will happen to the existing walls?

South Bay Bouldering Walls
The majority of our existing walls will remain intact with the exception of The Cave in the South Bay. With its current design and steep overhang, these walls have always presented difficulties for our setting team and members. Therefore, this area will be opened up to create a pass-through to the new climbing area as well as a social gathering space.

While it’s never fun to take anything away, we feel confident in our plans to provide something more accessible and usable in its place. Including, community work spaces for remote work or studying and a comfortable area to rest, recharge and connect before, during or after your climbing sessions. 

Pirate Ship + Youth Zone
It’s time to “scuttle” the Pirate Ship. Removing it and updating this zone will allow space to create an all new weight training and cardio area.

Are there any plans to resurrect the development of a Tukwila location?

We really like the idea but the original Stone Gardens Tukwila project and plans are no longer available. In the meantime, our existing partnership with Crossroads – coupled with their overall plans for expansion and development – are helping to make the Bellevue project possible.

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 or close early on certain days we will do our best to provide advanced notice to all members. Please check your email and be sure to follow our social media accounts to receive updates throughout the project.

Will membership prices increase?

Yes, but not just due to expansion. Since the very beginning, it’s been Edgeworks’ theory and practice that small yearly price increases provide transparent predictability for our members and allow us to continue our commitment to invest back into our facilities, programs, and employees.

Each year, we evaluate the following criteria that typically results in a monthly membership rate increase: 

  • operating costs and staff wages 
  • increases in membership value, benefits, access, and offerings
  • future improvements and expansions

Thank you for your excitement and support! We’re stoked to share this with all of you.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or send them via our online Member Feedback form. 

We’ll continue to add to this feed as more questions and details emerge.

Monthly Member Socials

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Because our members help build our community and we are intentionally working to build a welcoming space for all. One TUESDAY every month, we invite our members to branch out from their normal climbing sessions and engage with the Edgeworks’ community.

Meet other members, share stories, get tips from our staff, and have fun.

DETAILS:

Climbinggames, competitions, prizes, free drinks for members, and social time with friends (old and new), it doesn’t get much better than this!

1st Tuesdays = Tacoma
2nd Tuesdays = Seattle
3rd Tuesdays = Bellevue

As always, our Member Social evenings are FREE for Edgeworks members.
Social and activities begin at 7pm.

NEXT UP: TACOMA

TRIVIA NIGHT | Tuesday, September 6
Returning with an all new set of topics and questions to test your knowledge and wit about ALL THINGS – including, but not limited to climbing. Cash prizes for 1st place!

NEXT UP: SEATTLE

CLIMB WITH STAFF NIGHT | Tuesday, September 13
Who’s ready for the September Member Social night?! It’s Climb with staff night featuring fun games and prizes! Plus, Tenaya will here offering shoe demos and Patagonia will once again be joining us for another repair night from 6pm-9pm.

Patagonia Repairs:
Small clothing repairs on-site: patching, nicks and tears, and minor zipper work. For larger repairs: Drop off your Patagonia items at the station (sorry, no shoes or wetsuits). So get your winter coats, ski and alpine gear fixed up and prepped for next season!

NEXT UP: BELLEVUE

BLINDFOLDED CLIMBING | Tuesday, September 20
Test your senses. Climbing blindfolded adds a whole new challenge to your normal climbing routine by improving awareness and sense of touch for hands and feet on the wall. Compete against your friends to see who can complete the climb.

Extended Summer Climbing Camps

Friday, September 16th, 2022

Supporting Seattle Families + Teachers

Our “Extended Summer” Climbing Camps are being offered as an outlet for kids (and parents) during the current Seattle Public Schools teacher strike.

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 that your child will want to tell their friends about!

Sign up for 1 session or multiple days. Camp offerings and registration will remain open until the district negotiations are settled and the kids head back to school.

DETAILS

DATES + TIMES:
• Starting September 12 – ?

Monday – Friday
• Morning Session: 8:45am – 12pm
• Afternoon Session: 12pm – 3:15pm

AGES:
• 7-12+, no experience necessary!

COST:
• $60/session for non-members and $50/session for members
• Campers can sign up for a single session, back-to-back sessions and/or multiple sessions throughout the week.

Cancellations:
Payment is non-refundable.
In the event of the negotiations settling and school resuming, all subsequent camp days will be cancelled and fully refunded!

College Night

Saturday, September 10th, 2022

Students climb for just $12!

The 2nd Saturday of every month, round up your roommates, classmates, and friends for College Night at all Edgeworks locations!

$12 day passes w/ FREE gear rental.

5pm – 10pm. Valid student ID required.

Bouldering… Roped Climbing (certifications required) … Systems Boards … and more equals LOTS of climbing. It’s that simple. So bring your friends, pull some plastic, and have FUN!

As always, all Edgeworks members climb for FREE!

Military Night

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

The first Saturday of every month, Edgeworks offers “Military Night” discounts for military service members and their families.

$12 day passes w/ FREE gear rental.

5pm – 10pm | Valid military ID required.

Price includes access lower level bouldering for those with little to no experience. Top rope climbing is available to those who pass our belay test.

Click here for more information about our belay certifications and gym rules.