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Corporate Membership Sale

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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Save money on your membership!

Corporate Membership Sale:
$5 Start-up Fee with $49/month EFT – save up to $199!
$519 Annual Membership (prepaid) – save $273!
Offers Valid: August 1 – 31, 2015

Participating Companies & Organizations:

1.) All members and employees of the Mountaineers and the American Alpine Club. Just show the front desk you current membership card/welcome e-mail and we will get you all set up! Not a member of the  Mountaineers or AAC? Get signed up today!

2.) All employees of the following companies:
Franciscan Health Systems
– MetroParks
– REI*
– Pacific Lutheran University

Sound Physicians
– Tacoma Community College
– Tacoma Public Schools
– University of Puget Sound
– University of Washington
and Washington State employees.

Just show your ID card or proof of employment when registering at the front desk and enjoy the sale and your membership!

*REI employees qualify, however REI members do not.

If your company is not currently a corporate partner, here are some other ways for you to take advantage of our special:

a.) Get 5 of your coworkers to sign up for memberships (EFT or annual prepaid) and your whole company will be eligible to receive our corporate discounts!

b.) Have your company purchase a Corporate Gold Pass. This is a fully transferable membership pass that the company can handout to employees for any length of time; including full membership benefits. Additionally, employees who want to sign up for their own membership can do so at our corporate rates and they too will receive a FREE start-up fee. Corporate Gold Pass packages also include a 2 hour Team Building event for up to 12 employees.

c.) Have your company sign up for a 12 month Corporate Sponsorship. With a $300 investment, your company’s employees will be able to receive our corporate membership rates including FREE start-up fees for the next 12 months.

Questions?  Please contact Andy at 253-564-4899 or by e-mail at


Crushing Tip #24

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


Climb Better with Metabolic Training

by: Marissa Lyons

The term “metabolic training” is thrown around quite a bit in the fitness industry but what does it mean, how does it work, and what does it have to do with climbing?  In simplest terms, metabolic training or conditioning refers to exercise methods that will improve or enhance the body’s two main energy systems: aerobic and anaerobic. Use of different work-to-rest ratios during training can call upon these energy systems and cause specific adaptations to improve performance; climbing is a sport that requires use of all three metabolic systems.

Most often when a trainer refers to metabolic training they are referring to high-intensity intervals which target the anaerobic system. While climbing in itself is an effective anaerobic workout it is sometimes difficult to climb routes hard enough, due to technique barriers, to fully challenge your metabolic system and improve your strength and power. Further, the harder and more powerful the route the more often your anaerobic system is needed. Therefore, it is necessary to train your anaerobic system in order to improve your climbing.

Not only is metabolic training important for performance goals, but high-intensity interval training is also the most effective way to burn calories and stay slim. Exercise physiologists have discovered that the traditional long sustained cardio workout only improves the aerobic system while a medium to high-intensity anaerobic workout improves overall metabolism and continues to work long after you leave the gym; often burning extra calories up to two days post workout. By adding full-body interval training to your schedule you will slim down, increase power and endurance. So next time you are thinking of going for a jog, tryout one of our strength classes or ClimbFit workouts instead.

Crushing Tip #23

Friday, February 7th, 2014


Wear better shoes

by: Marissa Lyons

There are a lot of ways to climb better, faster and stronger, but one thing that improves climbing without any training is a good pair of shoes!

Beginners typically choose loose-fitting comfortable shoes. But no matter what grade you climb, I recommend you get a high-end pair of shoes that are snug , but not miserably tight. Higher end shoes give you much more precision, and do a better job of allowing you to use all parts of your foot. This is the one and only piece of gear that can actually make a difference in your climbing! Get the best fitting pair of high-end shoes you can find!

Here is a detailed article on how to pick out your first pair of climbing shoes.

Also, for more information on shoes and gear, check out our Tuesday Night Clinic on February 18th with our in-house staff gear guru, Mike Dove, and our friends from Petzl.

Edgeworks is Hiring!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Edgeworks is hiring! Check out our job listings, and if you know someone who is qualified, tell them!

Boy Scout Climbing Event

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The Boy Scout Climbing Event is designed for Scouts who just want to climb and hang out with their friends. Maybe you already have your Climbing Merit Badge; or, maybe you’re unable to make it to the full-day Merit Badge Jamboree or you just want to work on beefing up your climbing skills.  Either way, the Boy Scout Climbing Event will give new merit badge class participants an opportunity to put their climbing knowledge to use and other Scouts the opportunity to climb and meet new friends.

The next event is Saturday, December 14th 2013, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

(Following the Rock Climbing Merit Badge Jamboree earlier that day)

The cost is just $25 per climber and includes all of the climbing gear needed (shoes, harness, etc.).


  • Tons of climbing, any rental gear needed
  • All necessary equipment provided
  • Belayers and staff support


Duration: 3 Hours 6:00pm – 9:0opm

Cost: $25 +tax per climber

Minimum Requirements: No climbing experience required

Reservations: See above for dates and registration forms. Pre-Registration is recommended but not required. Day of registrations are always welcome.

 Important!  Climbers under the age of 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian sign a liability waiver.

Call 253-564-4899 for more details.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Jamboree

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Edgeworks Climbing is proud to offer a program designed specifically for Scouts interested in earning their BSA Climbing Merit Badge. With your troop or on your own, our Rock Climbing Merit Badge Jamboree is just the program you need to be successful. This fun day is designed to cover all of the BSA Climbing Merit Badge requirements and is offered to any individual Scouts and/or troops that are interested in obtaining this merit badge but might not have the full five students needed to reserve a time for them. There are no minimum registrations needed and individual Scouts are welcome to join us!

The next event is Saturday, December 14th 2013. Cost is $50 per Scout.  Space is limited so register early.  Book Now!

Program Schedule:

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Check-in, waivers, and rules

10:15 AM – 1:00 PM: First Session

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch Break (Please bring your own lunch; lunch will not be provided.)

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Second Session


Special Notes:

Minimum Requirements:

• First Aid Merit Badge

• Read Climbing Merit Badge Handbook

Be Prepared/What To Bring:

• Rappelling Gloves (such as leather work gloves)

• Proper Clothing (rugged, lose fitting – not baggy)

• Lunch



Crushing Tip #22

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Eat Yummy Food

by: Jessica Berg

One of the easiest and arguably the most enjoyable ways to improve your crushing capabilities is to eat yummy food! Nutrition can be a confusing topic, but one thing that is clear is that eating a recovery meal after exercise is an important part of  training  and necessary for achieving optimal performance.

Nutritionists, say that eating a recovery meal no longer than 30 to 45 minutes after exercising will boost metabolism, replenish nutrients and build muscle. Ideally, the body needs about a 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to proteins after exercise to effectively replenish glycogen stores and to stop the body from producing cortisol, the bodies stress hormone, which can actually cause muscle atrophy.

So every time you climb or work out, try rewarding the body with some tasty food to help rebuild your muscles. While we recommend that you eat something wholesome and delicious after crushing, a recovery meal can be as simple as a protein bar, chocolate milk or a classic PB&J or deli sandwich.

 Treat yourself! Your muscles are tired and ready to replenish so you can get crushing.

Veterans Day

Friday, November 8th, 2013

 Monday is a holiday, and we are open normal hours! In honor of the holiday we are offering $9 day passes to anyone with a military ID. Come celebrate your day off with some climbing and our wonderful fitness classes: Core30 at 9:30AM and Cycling at 6:00PM.  There will also be a special 12pm and 3pm belay class; register online to save a spot.