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Covid-19 Response

Monday, June 15th, 2020

TEMPORARY CLOSURE

It was with great weight and responsibility to our community that we announced our temporary closure, effective Saturday, March 14.

The health and well being of our members, guests, and employees weighed heavily on our decision to be part of the solution, not the problem. #flattenthecurve.

EDGEWORKS COMMUNITY

We are immensely grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from you, the Edgeworks community! Your kind words and ongoing financial support have been crucial in helping us get through one of the toughest times we have ever gone through. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you! #WeGotThisTacoma

OUR STAFF

Our staff and our community mean the world to us, now and always. For this reason, we are choosing to hold our commitment to ALL of our employees and continue to pay them 100% of their regularly scheduled hours for as long as we can.

Choosing to maintain your membership will further our ability to ensure their jobs and wages for as long as possible. We hope your experience at Edgeworks has been excellent and you will stay with us through this time. Thank you for your consideration.

MEMBERSHIP RESOURCES

For more information about membership options, updates and free freezes, please head over to our new Member Resources page.

UPDATES + MESSAGES

April 17 | Your Membership Dollars + Reopening Info
March 25 | Update For Our Members
March 16 | Gym Closure Update #2
March 13 | Temporarily Suspending Operations
March 9 | Community Health Information

STAY CONNECTED

Because social distancing and a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order doesn’t have to mean isolation, we’re continuing to work on a number of different ways to continue serving our members (you!).

If you’re not already following us on Facebook and Instagram, we invite you to join us there!

WHEN WILL WE REOPEN?

While we’re anxious to reopen our doors and climbing walls as soon possible, that decision is currently out of our control.

Once the “Stay Home. Stay Healthy” order is lifted for indoor gyms (phase 3) we will refer to the state, CDC and WHO guidelines for event and group gatherings. You can expect to receive updates from us regarding our reopening date and plans going forward.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT + PATIENCE

Thank you for your patience while we navigate this new, unprecedented situation.

Please take care of yourselves and your families, check in with your friends and neighbors and follow the advice of the World Health Organization:

– Wash your hands frequently
– Maintain social distancing
– Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
– Practice respiratory hygiene
– If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Online Fitness Classes

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Streaming live and online!

We’re excited to announce an all new way for you to still get those much needed (and missed!) Edgeworks Fitness’ Program fixes – we are now offering LIVE, STREAMING yoga + fitness classes with all your favorite instructors!

Because social distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation! The Edgeworks Fitness team is still here for you – helping you stay connected and active.

YOGA CLASSES

Head on over to our new Edgeworks Fitness Facebook page to get direct access to all of our yoga classes taught by the instructors you know and love, offered LIVE and ONLINE.

Yoga classes are offered every weekday with no registration required*. Simply set up your mat, pull up the Facebook page and follow along!

Miss a class or want to take it again? No problem! All yoga classes will remain on our Edgeworks Fitness page, available for you to participate whenever is convenient for you.

*Note: Restorative Yoga, Saturdays at 11am with Mary will not be available through the Edgeworks Fitness page and instead requires advance registration to participate. See below for instructions.

FITNESS CLASSES

Edgeworks members can also participate in their favorite fitness classes!

Strength + Conditioning, Core 45, Circuit 60, and Durability for Climbers are now being offered LIVE and ONLINE through Google Meet! Unlike the classes offered on our Facebook page, Google Meet allows our fitness instructors to engage and interact, live with members – an important element when working on strength and conditioning exercises.

How to join a fitness class:
Head on over to the online schedule and register for class. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a link and easy to follow instructions to join the Google Meet session. It’s that easy!

Fitness class reservations are available to MEMBERS ONLY and will open 24 hours prior to the start of each class. If no times are available, then the reservation window has not yet opened. Please check back 8 hours prior to the start of the class, or refresh your browser.

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

EDGE OF SANITY

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

The ALL NEW Member Challenge!

Report your weekly challenge points here.

Because we’re all missing the climbing gym, our friends and the member challenge … and because we can all do our part to #flattenthecurve while still having some fun …

We’re excited to announce an ALL NEW LIST of 140+ social distancing approved member challenge items to help keep everyone active, engaged and SANE during this time of community health isolation.

We present to you: EDGE OF SANITY!

Here’s how it will work:

1. New challenge sheets can be found HERE. Print one out and join the fun!

2. Each box = 1 point; unless otherwise marked with an # on the form.

3. Members are responsible for recording and reporting their points each week.

4. This link will be updated weekly for members to log in and report their points; it will also be shared on Facebook and Instagram.

5. While we’re curious to track these points separately, points will be added to existing Member Challenge tallies.

6. Anyone not already participating in the member challenge is invited to join us now and start Earning Your Peaks!

7. The same points and peaks will apply.

8. FREE t-shirts and iron-on peaks will be awarded when we re-open*.

9. Timeline to be extended as needed!

And, don’t forget to share your photos and/or videos with us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts! Because if a challenge is done at home and no one is there to see it, does it really happen?

*Challenge REWARDS are for Edgeworks MEMBERS only!

Online Climbing Clinics

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Monday, Wednesday + Friday Evenings

Just because we have to practice social distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t also teach some climbing skills. Every Monday at 8pm, Wednesday at 6pm and Friday at 7pm, we will host free online clinics for our members.

Our experienced, professional, and AMGA certified climbing instructors will lead a different clinic – from clipping and un-clipping quickdraws to hauling and raising systems. These clinics will be taught virtually via Google Meet with sign-in links and instructions emailed with registration.

Clinics are 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!

Registration for each clinic will be made available 6 days in advance of the scheduled date.

Cancellations + No-Shows

Because the response to these clinics has been very popular, we ask you to do your absolute best to show up for the clinic you register for. If you cannot make it, please cancel as soon as possible so that we can open up the space for others.

NEXT UP:

Monday 8pm | May 25, 2020: Belaying + Lowering From Above
When climbing multi-pitch routes, or top accessed single pitch routes, it is important to know how to efficiently belay your partner up and how to let them down.
Suggested equipment: anchor, rope, guide style belay device, gri gri, prusik loop, assorted carabiners, assorted slings

Wednesday 6pm | May 27, 2020: Rappelling
Learn how, why and when to set up extended rappels.
Suggested equipment: harness, belay/rappel device, PAS or 120cm sling, 3 locking carabiners, prussik loop or 60cm sling, rope

Friday 7pm | May 29, 2020: Equipment Check
Are you ready for climbing season? Eventually we will go back outside, and we want to give you the tools needed to get your gear ready to go!
Suggested equipment: a pen, note taking materials and your climbing gear

Don’t have the listed equipment? Feel free to watch and contribute with questions.

Complete Schedule:

Mondays at 8pm :
May 25 | Belaying + Lowering From Above  w/ Andrew Powell

Wednesdays at 6pm :
May 27 | Rappelling  w/ Tod Bloxham

Fridays at 7pm :
May 29 | Equipment Check  w/ Jayden Johnston

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

Hangboard Tips + Technique

Friday, May 29th, 2020

Calluses gone and finger strength waining? Time to dust off the old hangboard and start re-building your strength. But where do you start?

Join route setter and Team Edgeworks new head coach, Michael, for a weekly live video series all about HANGBOARDING – Fridays at 7:15pm on the Edgeworks Fitness Facebook page.

Each week, Michael will focus on different tips n’ tricks of hangboarding, and each week will have a different theme; starting with the basics of hangboarding, who should hangboard, how to safely hangboard and more.

Miss a session or want to take it again? No problem! These videos will remain on our Edgeworks Fitness page, available for you to participate whenever is convenient for you.

I just wanted to climb

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

An open letter to the Edgeworks Community

written by: Hal Warren

To my Edgeworks family,

In light of the pandemic that we all have been affected by, I would like to speak as an athlete whose lifestyle is inherently intertwined with training at the gym and getting outside to climb. But most importantly, I would like to speak as a member of the Edgeworks community. A community that has practically raised me since I was 11 years old.

Things are difficult. And for most of my life I have dealt with difficult things by going climbing. Over the years, the sport became an outlet like no other, a perfect mindfulness practice, and a place where I could freely and unapologetically express my personality. Edgeworks, alongside the local climbing areas in WA, became my sanction. In the same way Washington’s wild beauty serves many members at Edgeworks, I felt the happiest when out in the forest climbing.

When my school shut down and Edgeworks didn’t, my first response was psych that I now had 30 extra hours in my week to be at the climbing gym. Then Edgeworks closed. And I got ecstatic that I would finally have time to put down some of my sport projects at exit 32 and to finally send my projects in Index. With that excitement for all the climbing I was about to do came the statewide “Stay Home Stay Safe” initiative by Gov. Inslee, an act to keep Washingtonians safe and make sure those who need the resources we do have can receive the care they need.

At first, I was confused and had trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I was going to have to spend the near future at home. Not in the climbing gym, not at the crag, and not with my people. Confused about why my happy place in the forest was suddenly not where I was supposed to be and why it would have any effect on others if I just made my little escape to the rocks. My privilege slapped me across the face. I was worried about my little escape to the forest more than I was worried about people’s family members dying. And how could I not? I was only acting out of instinct and doing what I’ve always done. I just wanted to climb. As climbers, smart Washingtonians, and humans, we have an obligation. An obligation to help our climbing, state, and human communities stay safe. We can’t let our personal desires get in the way of doing what is right.

With the closures of areas like Bishop and Moab, I started to think about our own areas here in Washington that need protection. If we flood the crags and boulder field parking areas at first chance once they reopen, we are at risk of access becoming limited, restricted all together and/or worst case, we risk our reputation as climbers. We must think holistically and proactively as to how we are going to continue to help our own community and at risk communities with limited resources. We must be aware of the impact our recreation and sport has on smaller communities and we must take initiative to ensure that we as climbers are helping, not making things harder.

I am committed myself and encourage you as a community to think about how your actions as climbers and outdoor enthusiasts will affect the places you love. Before you launch out of the house at first knowledge that areas are opened again, reflect on your impact and how you will reduce it. This is a defining moment for us as climbers to do a small bit of good in the world. And the world needs as much good as it can get.

With love,
Hal Warren
Team Edgeworks coach and athlete

2020 Summer Camp Update

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Smaller camp sizes, more time outside and creative thinking.

We know these are trying times for everyone, including parents. With schools closed through the end of the school year, the pressures of homeschooling and a growing need to keep kids entertained at home; we could all just use a little light at the end of this uncertain tunnel.

Planning ahead

While it’s too early to know exactly what our summer months will bring, Edgeworks remains optimistic that we will still be able to provide Summer Camp programming – it just might look a little different from what we’re all used to.

Reduced Camp Sizes

The health and well-being of our members, guests and staff will continue to be paramount in our decision-making. For that reason, we’ve already made the decision to reduce the number of participants in each of our camps from 12 participants to 6. Once the current social distancing order is lifted, we will refer to state, CDC and WHO guidelines for event and group gatherings and make further adjustments if necessary.

More Time Outside

Additionally, we’re anticipating a government mandate that could limit the number of people allowed inside the gym at one time. The good news is that so much of our Summer Camp programming, fun and adventure can be done outside! Our amazing Youth Program and Outdoor Guide staff are already researching a variety of outdoor locations, from local areas in Tacoma to North Bend and anywhere in between. There is a very good chance that ALL of our camps will include an element of outdoor adventure this summer!

Silver Linings

The other silver lining of these changes is the opportunity to develop a new curriculum that will continue to engage and inspire the kids to keep climbing and exploring the outdoors. Again, our staff are brainstorming some really fun ideas that may just result in better than ever experiences for our campers!

Keeping You Updated

As news from the government continues to develop over the coming weeks, we will be sure to keep you updated with any changes on our end as well. We also invite you to check our website, Facebook and Instagram accounts or drop us an email at climb@edgeworksclimbing.com.

We’d be happy to hear from you!

Industry Deals During COVID

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Get deals on holds, hangboards, shoes, apparel and more!

Based on the number of requests we’re receiving, we know you’re all staying busy building home woodies and dusting off your hangboards.

Unfortunately, the used hold sale that we had “pre-COVID” wiped us out of any more climbing holds to sell BUT you’re in luck… many hold companies have stepped up to offer “Support Your Gym” discounts.

What this means is that you receive a % off your purchase and/or Edgeworks receives a % of the sale – it’s a WIN, WIN!

So iLL

We have partnered with So iLL, in order to benefit our gym community and generate revenue for the gym during the upcoming weeks while our operations are closed. Your Win Is Our Win #TAKEHOLD

Here’s how it works:
You shop the So iLL website, use your unique gym coupon code – and you’ll receive 10% OFF all available/in stock products*. What happens after that? You get your goods and So iLL provides a kickback to our gym. It’s that simple.

Remember to use code “EDGEWORK10” at checkout! In order for Edgeworks to benefit, this unique code provided must be used on your purchase for tracking purposes.

Trango, eGrips + Tenaya

We’re also partnering with the Trango, eGrips + Tenaya retail support program where you can get a deal on new gear and support Edgeworks at the same time!

How It Works
Visit www.trango.com or www.e-grips.com and place your items in the cart.

Use the discount code “EDGEWORKS-SUPPORT” when ordering Trango, or place the code in the Customer Notes Field on eGrips website. Trango will fill and ship the order directly to you and then provide us with proceeds, just like you bought directly from our gym!