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COVID Health + Safety

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Important Health + Safety Information

As we slowly begin to re-open, there are a few important changes and details you’ll need to be aware of before you arrive.

Please WATCH our re-opening video above and READ all of the following information BEFORE heading to the gym for your next climbing/fitness session.

  • Please complete a NEW WAIVER online before arriving; everyone needs to have a new waiver on file and our waiver stations are not available at this time.
  • If you arrive before your reserved time slot, please follow the queues to line up along the sidewalk until the doors open for your reserved time; climbers will not be allowed in early but may choose to exit at any time prior to the end of their session.
  • Maintain physical distancing and a single file line when entering. To reduce crowding at the front desk, the line to enter may move slowly. Please be patient.
  • Every person inside the gym must have a reservation, including children and non-climbers. Please do not bring additional people with you, they will not be allowed inside.
  • Guest passes are not allowed at this time.
  • Per state guidelines, our showers + lockers must remain closed; bathrooms are open.
  • Reservations are for the 1 area only. Reservations may be moved to other areas as space permits. To move your reservation, please ask at the Front Desk.
  • Please be respectful + kind as we all learn to navigate these new safety guidelines.
  • Face masks or coverings are required to be worn properly + at all times by everyone inside the facility.
  • Check-in + check-out are required when entering/leaving the facility; simply swipe your membership card as you enter/exit.
  • Please enter through the front door + exit through the new side door exit.
  • Sanitize hands when entering + exiting the gym; wash/sanitize frequently during your climbing session. Because liquid chalk contains alcohol, its use is encouraged.
  • Please bring a reusable water bottle. The water bottle filler will be available, but drinking from the fountain is not allowed at this time.
  • Physical distancing must be practiced in the gym at all times; maintain 6 feet of space between yourself + others; adhere to distance/capacity markers located on the climbing floor + around the facility.
  • Climb only on ropes/anchors that are open + available.
  • Stand, sit and rest only in areas designated on climbing floor.
  • Respect zone capacities as marked in the bouldering area.
  • When lead climbing, allow at least 1 line of draws between you + another climber.
  • Respect zone capacities as posted in cardio, weight, + hangboard areas; maintain 10 feet of space between yourself + others while in these areas.
  • Wipe down all fitness equipment + auto belay clips with disinfectant spray/wipes before + after use.
  • Avoid gathering in groups of 5+ people.

Please DO NOT ENTER the facility if you have:

  • been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not recovered or are still within the required 14-day quarantine,
  • been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days,
  • experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 24 hours; cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue,
  • had a fever in the last 48 hours,
  • had a loss of taste or smell,
  • had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours.

Sustaining Member Climb Times

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

We are excited to begin welcoming sustaining members back to the gym! 

In accordance with the state’s Phase 2 guidelines for fitness facilities and indoor gyms we are continuing to slowly re-open the gym to members at very limited capacities.

In addition to opening retail, private instruction + personal guiding, we are now able to re-open our climbing + fitness areas to small groups of sustaining members – up to 5 per area and by reservation only.

Due to these limitations, we’re opening climb time reservations for SUSTAINING MEMBERS ONLY.

This includes those who did not freeze or terminate memberships during the closure and is one way we’re choosing to say THANK YOU, because our doors would not be open to today without them.

Monthly Autopay:
Members who did not freeze or terminate memberships during the closure.
Unfreezes will not be allowed at this time.

Annual Prepaid Members:
Members who did not freeze or request an expiration extension.
Annual prepaid members who choose to use the gym during this time will be considered “sustaining members” and will not receive extensions of their membership expiration dates.

Limited to one 2-HOUR time slot per day

Monday – Friday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reservation instructions have been emailed to sustaining members. If you have not received information, please contact climb@edgeworksclimbing.com.

Reservations are specific to 1 area only for the full 2-hour time slot but may be moved to other areas as space permits. Please ask at the Front Desk before moving to a new area.

1. Roped/Lead Climbing (east room only) | max 5 people
2. Bouldering | max 5 people
3. Weight/Cardio Area | max 5 people
4. NEW! Kilter Board | max 2 people

Sustaining members only, please check your email for reservation information or contact us at climb@edgeworksclimbing.com.

As we slowly begin to re-open, there are a few important changes and details you’ll need to be aware of before you arrive.

Please watch our re-opening video AND click here to read ALL of our new health + safety information BEFORE heading to the gym for your next climbing/fitness session.

We know not all of you will agree with our approach to re-opening; however, mitigating risk for our employees + members is our top priority. Therefore, we will require full compliance with our processes + rules.

Comments are welcome via our suggestion box or email us at: climb@edgeworksclimbing.com

Phase 2 Re-Opening

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

Welcome to Phase 2, Tacoma!

After 3 long months, we’ve made some big strides. Here’s an exciting list of all things Edgeworks can (and can’t) do in Phase 2: 

LIMITED CLIMBING 

We have reopened the gym to VERY LIMITED climbing for SUSTAINING MEMBERS only. For more information click here.

OPEN FOR RETAIL! 

The outdoor crags are calling and it’s time to stock up on your outdoor climbing gear needs – ropes, belay devices, quickdraws, packs, helmets, climbing + approach shoes. We’ve got it all! 

Shop online with curbside pick-up or come inside the gym! As an added bonus, we’ve increased our member discounts to 15% OFF any retail purchase for the duration of Phase 2. (sorry, offer not available online)

Retail hours: Monday – Friday | 10:00am – 9:00pm

Face coverings required for everyone entering the gym + must be worn at all times. 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION 

We can now offer small group, private instruction for up to 5 people in the gym! 

Ready to take your climbing to the next level? This is a great time to schedule a private Movement + Technique or Lead Climbing class. Need to brush up on your outdoor climbing skills? Our Rappelling and/or Anchor Clinics offer the perfect opportunity to do just that! 

Schedule the instruction that is right for you at a time that is convenient for you! Click here for more information.

PRIVATE YOGA + FITNESS

Whether you’re looking to improve flexibility, increase strength or reduce stress in your life, our private yoga + fitness options are the perfect next step. Each session can be entirely personalized to fit your specific needs. 

It’s easy to get started! Simply fill out our online interest form today and we’ll connect with you the instructor who’s right for you.

PERSONAL GUIDING 

Let’s admit it, we’ve all been cooped up for too long. It’s time to get outside + accomplish something big! Whether you have a specific goal or trip in mind or you’re looking for ideas, we’ll work with you to plan a trip that meets your personal interests, style and need for adventure. 

20% OFF personal guiding trips scheduled to occur between now and July 31, 2020. 

Let us work with you to plan an adventure that meets your interests and needs! Click here for more information.

PERSONAL TRAINING

Our personal trainers are focused on your athletic development. When you train with us, you’ll improve your fitness, strength, and stamina and you’ll get the best, personalized training specific to your goals. 

Contact us to restart your training program or kick start something new!

GROUP FITNESS

We remain unable to reopen for group fitness at this time.

We’ll keep you updated!

2020 Summer Camp Update

Tuesday, June 30th, 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 use a little light at the end of this uncertain tunnel.

REGISTER FOR CAMP!

Planning ahead

As we have now entered Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan, we’re slowly beginning to reopen parts of our business. With the progress, Edgeworks remains optimistic that we will 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 + staff will continue to be paramount in our decision-making. For that reason, we’ve reduced the number of participants in each of our camps from 12 participants to 5 or 6.

We have also implemented an all new set of community health guidelines to help mitigate health risks for our employees + campers.

More Time Outside

Additionally, we’re anticipating state guidelines that will 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 been 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 has been the opportunity to develop a new curriculum that will continue to engage and inspire the kids to keep climbing and exploring the outdoors. Our staff have been brainstorming some really fun ideas that may just result in better than ever experiences for our campers!

Keeping You Updated

As news from Governor Inslee continues to develop throughout the coming weeks + into the summer, we will be sure to keep you updated with any changes or necessary adjustments to our programming.

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!

Online Fitness Classes

Tuesday, June 16th, 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!

Online Climbing Clinics

Friday, June 12th, 2020

Wednesday + Friday Evenings

Just because we have to practice social distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t also teach some climbing skills. Every 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:

Wednesday 6pm | June 12, 2020: Multi-Pitch Rope Management w/ Andrew
Ledge stack or lap coil? Come find out! We are going to be demonstrating and discussing rope management practices.

Suggested equipment: Anchor, Harness, Belay/rappel device, PAS or 120cm sling, 3 locking carabiners, Prussik loop or 60cm sling, Rope

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

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!

Route Setter Beta

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

Am I doing this right?

by: Joe Stangel

It’s a word you will hear all the time when you’re hanging out with climbers – beta.

The word comes from a long time ago; in a galaxy far, far away. It references a time when climbers used to film their climbs on beta max tapes. People would ask each other for the beta tape of certain climbs to figure out how they did the climb. Nowadays, the word is thrown around everyday by climbers big and small. What is beta? What’s the beta? What’s your beta? There is often a big difference between those questions. 

Beta is a shorthand way to reference the sequence of movements that someone used to climb their way through a route or problem. It can apply to an entire climb or even a single, specific move.  As route setters it’s our job to create sequences that appropriately challenge climbers of all skill levels. A 5.12 climber has a different bag of tricks and tools of the trade than the ones a 5.10 climber does. Experienced climbers know how to use body positioning to solve more complex sequences rather than just relying on pure strength. One of our goals as route setters is to teach these more complex sequences to less experienced climbers. By positioning and ordering hand and foot holds just right, it’s possible to lead people into unique and different body positions. This is often what is called the intended beta. Our objective is to make sure that the intended beta is appropriate for the grade and to be the easiest way to complete the climb. But, it may not be the simplest or most obvious way. For newer climbers this is where the beta is often ‘broken’

In a climbing gym, route setters have nearly complete control of what hand holds and foot holds a climber can use. Because of this we have more control of the consistency of grades, both in relation to climbs of the same grade and climbs of the grades directly above and below that one. This leads to situations you won’t see outdoors. The most obvious example of this is foot holds on easier climbs (think 5.5 to 5.10-). At Edgeworks, the feet on these climbs are often nearly as big as the hands, only less incut and positive. Often they are sloped or flat. The goal is for them to be not as nice to grab onto than the nice, positive jug right next to it. This is how we ‘force’ sequences on the lower grades. This is often also where people create the habit of grabbing whatever they can and muscling their way to the top. After a few months, hand strength increases and climbers start to feel more comfortable using smaller edges and crimps. Next, those climbs that ask for more technique to get to the top become a little easier to get, think 5.10- to 5.10+.

This is when grabbing and pulling isn’t always the easiest way to do a sequence.  This is where the route setters are trying to teach climbers the different capabilities of their bodies. This is where we are trying to lead you into doing something a little different. It might feel insecure or awkward or require you to do something you haven’t before, but it should feel ‘right’. It should also make you want to naturally move through the sequence. Once you are used to it, it should feel easy. Easier than grabbing on that tiny, sharp foot chip, stepping up and getting fully stretched out to grab then next good hold. Which oftentimes will put your hands out of sequence for the next move. So a clumsy hand match on an obviously single handed hold is required to keep moving. I don’t know about anyone else but that doesn’t sound like a fun climb to me. Just because you can reach something doesn’t mean you should. 

These types of situations are when we see the most complaints about a route or problem being reachy, awkward, hard for the grade or just bad. It’s tough to hear and deal with. Not because it’s a negative review of our work, but because there’s no easy way for us to address it. We can’t offer the beta. We can’t help or talk you through the difficulties. We can’t offer little tips or tricks. We can only set the challenge and then hope climbers will accept it and be open to learning new ways to work through the tough spots. 

Modern climbing isn’t about just getting to the top, it’s about the journey you take to get there. Route setters create a maze, a puzzle for your body and mind, and we are rooting for you to get to the other end.