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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.

Celebrating Pride Month

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

COMMUNITY.

Together with professionalism, integrity and adventure, community is one of our core values. To us, it means “a welcoming group of climbing enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and friends connecting through our shared interests in climbing, fitness, and fun”. 

This Pride Month we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done and still need to do for LGBTQ+ folks in our communities.

Why do we celebrate Pride Month?

We recognize that diversity fuels the spirit of our staff and community. Our commitment to equity and inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience builds a culture where difference is valued, innovation thrives and adventure is accessible to all.

What are we doing to support the LGBTQ+ community?

We are proud to be creating safe + inclusive spaces where all climbers of any gender, identity or sexual orientation feel accepted;  where you can challenge yourself, build your skills and know that this is a place where you belong.

What steps are we taking to accomplish this?

  • Listening + responding to the needs of our staff, members + community
  • Maintaining hiring practices to recruit + retain a diverse staff team
  • Advancing a staff-led diversity, equity + inclusion committee
  • Hiring experts to help identify + navigate our strengths/opportunities through discussion and trainings
  • Building action steps to hold ourselves accountable to changes we want to see

What does this look like to our community:

  • Pride Routes during the month of June
  • Period products in all bathrooms
  • Access to gender affirming bathrooms in all facilities
  • Gender inclusive categories for competitions
  • Redefining who a “climber” is, can and should be by removing “The Climbers Gym” tagline of SG’s past and building a better, more inclusive community for all

COMING SOON!

  • Progress Pride flags in all facilities (year-round)
  • Community partnerships + meet-up groups

We’re listening.

Click here to offer your thoughts, suggestions and feedback.

This Pride Month we will be supporting:

Please consider joining us!

Youth Program Scholarships

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

Edgeworks is committed to increasing equity and inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience; working to build a culture where difference is valued, innovation thrives and adventure is accessible to all.

As part of this commitment we’ve developed a scholarship program for participation in the following Youth Programs:

  • Mini Rockers (6 weeks)
  • Beginning Climbers (6 weeks)
  • Junior Climbers (1 year)
  • Club Climbers (1 year)
  • Team Edgeworks (1 year)

4 scholarships are awarded per location, each one includes:

  • 100% of program fees
  • Rental gear during program: shoes, harness, belay device
  • Edgeworks membership benefits for the duration of the program

Click the link below to learn more about the application and selection process.

Bike to Edgeworks Month

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

 

Excellent Parking + Raffle Prizes!

May 1 – 31, 2022“Bike like the mountain is out!”

Join the “Bike to Edgeworks” Challenge.

It’s simple. Each time you ride your bike to Edgeworks to climb, take a fitness class, or workout you’ll receive one raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing for prizes including Edgeworks swag, FREE day passes, and more!

The more you ride, the more chances you have to WIN! So get on your bike and RIDE.

Fine Print:
– Tickets are limited to 1 per person/day for rides that occur during the month of May 2022 only.
– Tickets must be collected at the time you and your bike are at Edgeworks; no “oops, I forgots”.
– Raffle is open to everyone and all ages, including members and non-members.
– Drawing will take place Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

Ride safe. Ride smart. And always securely lock your bike to one of our racks.

Member Challenge 2022

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

Earn Your Peaks!

February 1 – April 30, 2022
Put your membership to good use, add a little fun to your climbing sessions and earn a FREE t-shirt with our 6th annual members only 90-day challenge!

THE OBJECTIVE

Earn points by completing a list of challenges including over 100 different activities – from climbing, fitness and check-in challenges to attending socials, interacting with staff, fun training games/activities, dancing and more.

As points are achieved, 3 different levels of “peaks” are awarded and added to your FREE member challenge t-shirt. It takes 150 points to earn all 3 peaks; with over 300 points available!

First Peak: 60 points  |  Second Peak: 100 points  |  Third Peak: 150 points

THE LIST

New challenges are added every year including fitness, climbing games and skills based challenges with a distribution of points designed to engage both the over and under achievers among us. As proven in previous years, it is possible to earn all 3 peaks in one day (IAD) but there are also plenty of really fun challenges that are accessible to all skill levels and will keep you coming back for more points and peaks!

Now Available!
Get a sneak peek at the 2022 Challenge List for your home gym and start planning your strategies now.

THE SHIRT

Points will be tallied once a week by Edgeworks staff and T-shirts will be distributed upon achievement of the first peak (60 points). T-shirts will be labelled with the member’s name and added to a rolling cart to be located near the front desk. 

*Current stock/availability may delay the delivery of a t-shirt by 1-2 weeks.

Note: Feel free to wear and wash your shirt during the challenge but please refrain from using fabric softener until after all of your peaks have been added.

THE PEAKS

Iron-on peaks will be made available at the front desk along with simple to follow DIY instructions.

Or you can bring your shirt to the monthly Member Socials in March, April and May, when we’ll have staff available to add the peaks for you.

YOUR PROGRESS

Members are responsible for tracking their progress and checking the boxes on their challenge sheets as items are completed.

To entice those of us with an extra competitive spirit, we will update a public Challenge Board with everyone’s individual points – you know, just in case you want to see how you match up to the achievements of others.

Seattle Bouldering Challenge

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 8:00am-9:00pm

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After two looong years of pandemic, competition bouldering returns to Ballard! For 2022, SBC is going BIG!! We’ll have two sessions of modified redpoint climbing, a social in the parking lot, morning coffee and food trucks, and onsight-format Finals round in the evening. Come compete against others in your category, or just stop by to socialize and watch finals!

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COMPETITION DETAILS:

Location: Edgeworks Seattle
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Time: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Climbing Disciplines: Bouldering
Format: Modified Redpoint
Categories: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Masters, Open
Genders: Female, Male, Non-Binary
Ages: Competitors must be 16 years or older

SCHEDULE:

SESSION 1
Categories: Non-binary: All | Beginner: Men | Intermediate: Women | Advanced: Men | Open: Men
Competitor Check-in: 7:00am
Judges Meeting: 7:30am
Competitor Rules Meeting: 7:45am
Climbing: 8:00am-11:00am

SESSION 2
Categories: Masters: All | Beginner: Women | Intermediate: Men | Advanced: Women | Open: Women
Competitor Check-in: 11:00am
Judges Meeting: 11:30am
Competitor Rules Meeting: 11:45am
Climbing: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Awards: 5:00pm(outside)

Transition Walltopia Room to Finals:
Fun/Games + Food Truck: 3:00pm-5:45pm

SESSION 3: FINALS!
Finals Setup: 3:00pm
Iso Check-in window: 4:30pm-5:00pm
Competitor Rules Meeting: 5:45pm
Climbing: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Awards: 8:30pm

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WAIVERS:
When in doubt, fill one out! All climbers must complete a signed waiver or have one on file with Edgeworks in order to participate. Waivers must be renewed each year. Click here now!

AWARDS + RAFFLE PRIZES:
Instead of cash prizes, we choose to invest that money into some pretty sweet swag that everyone has a chance to win! The top 3 competitors in each category are guaranteed to walk away with a prize. Beyond that, our raffle prize system ensures that every competitor has a chance to win something too; competitors must be present to win. Raffle prizes will be given out after the Awards (approx 5pm)!

FREE AFTER PARTY! 3:00pm-9:00pm
Once the competition ends, competitors and guests who are 21+ are invited to join us for the after party! Please note: all climbing will shut down at the conclusion of the community comp session; post-comp climbing sessions will not be available during this time.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

Who can compete?

All climbers age 16 or older are welcome to compete; we’re planning to have up to 200 competitors split into 2 sessions.

What format is the competition?

Sessions 1 and 2 will be modified redpoint format — this means that we will set a collection of climbs in the grade range for that category, and competitors are scored based on their tops, zones, and attempts on that collection of climbs. The top six competitors in each of Open – Men and Open – Women will qualify for the Finals round.

Finals round will be onsight format for the 6 competitors in each category. Finals competitors will each have a 4 minute turn to attempt each climb.

Do you need help?

Yes, we’re looking for volunteers for all three sessions! Find out more about what we need and what perks we’re offering here.

How much does it cost?

Sign up early to save! Presale prices are $45 for members and $50 for guests; they end Wednesday, 4/27. Later signups will cost $55 for members and $60 for guests.

Can I watch but not compete?

Yes, please come by for our social starting at 2:30pm, and stick around for Finals at 6pm! We expect the two earlier sessions to be pretty full, which might make spectating difficult, but if you volunteer to judge, you’ll have a front row seat!

Where should I park?

Parking at the gym will be limited — we’re using several spots for coffee, food trucks, and gathering space. In addition to our lot and the gravel road behind the gym, there’s paid parking is available at the Hiram Chittenden Locks a hundred yards west, and free on-street parallel parking on the streets and avenues north of the gym (28th through 32nd Avenues, 54th through 58th Streets).

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WALL + GYM CLOSURES:

  • Monday, April 25: Walltopia Room Closed.
  • Tuesday, April 26 – Friday, April 29: Walltopia Room closed. Realm and Front Room partially closed. The Wave, Bulge, Roof, Vert are OPEN!
  • Saturday, April 30: All climbing closed to non-competitors
  • Sunday, May 1: Gym Re-Opens to Everyone!

Climbing will fully reopen on Sunday, May 1st with a large selection of all new competition style boulder routes for everyone to try!

CHALK UP: Community Comp

Saturday, March 26th, 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Edgeworks Members: $45 | Non-Members: $55 

Registration Includes:
BEST ROPE ROUTES of the year  •  AWARDS  •  RAFFLE PRIZES  •  After PARTY (21+)

Pre-registration closes at 12pm, Wednesday, March 23rd
IN-PERSON day-of registration may be available if space remains; $55 for everyone

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Chalk up and get ready for a fun, new community rope competition! Bring a belayer and all the stoke to send while putting your rope climbing skills to the test on an all new set of competition style routes.

3 comps. 1 day. We’ll start the day early with morning and afternoon USAC Qualifying Events and then roll straight into an evening session dedicated to our members and community. 

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COMPETITION DETAILS:

Location: Edgeworks Tacoma
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Climbing Disciplines: Top rope and lead climbing
Format: Redpoint
Belayers: Bring your own belayer!
Categories: Select your gender during sign up – you’ll be automatically placed into a category based on total score.
Genders: Female, Male, Non-Binary
Ages: Competitors must be 16 years or older

SCHEDULE:
Check-In: 5:00pm
Competitor Meeting: 5:45pm
Climbing Begins: 6:00pm
Climbing Ends: 8:30pm
Awards & Raffle: 9:00pm

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WAIVERS:
When in doubt, fill one out! All climbers must complete a signed waiver or have one on file with Edgeworks in order to participate. Waivers must be renewed each year. Click here now!

BRING YOUR OWN BELAYER:
Belayers must hold a current belay certification with Edgeworks Climbing. Top rope and lead tests can be taken at any of our locations at any time prior to comp day! The day is going to be quite busy and our Tacoma staff will not be available for belay/lead test on the day of the event.

AWARDS and RAFFLE PRIZES:
Instead of cash prizes, we choose to invest that money into some pretty sweet swag that everyone has a chance to win! The top 3 competitors in each COMMUNITY COMP category are guaranteed to walk away with a prize. Beyond that, our raffle prize system ensures that every competitor has a chance to win something too. Competitors must be present to win. Raffle prizes will be given out after the Awards (approx 9pm) and will include a sweet Grand Prize drawing!

AFTER PARTY! 8:30PM – 10PM
Once the competition ends, competitors and guests who are 21+ are invited to join us upstairs for the after party! Please note: all climbing will shut down at the conclusion of the community comp session; post-comp climbing sessions will not be available during this time.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competitors in each category will receive a sweet product prize from one of our event sponsors.

USAC Credit and Chalk UP: USAC Competitors CANNOT get credit for competing in the Chalk UP community comp. In the event that a USAC participant wants to compete for BOTH USAC credit AND prizes they must register for and climb in both sessions. Yes, that means they have to pay twice.

Climbing Time: Climbers will be allowed EXACTLY 2.5 hours to climb. All climbing will end at the 2.5 hour mark.

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WALL and GYM CLOSURES:

Monday – Friday, March 21st – 25th:
Wall closures will begin as competition setting takes place; closed areas will include all of the EAST BAY rope walls. The rope and boulder walls in the West Room will remain open to members and customers throughout the week!

Saturday, March 26th | Gym Closed 8am – 6pm
Because the morning and afternoon USAC Qualifying sessions will run as onsight competitions, the entire gym will be closed to all non-competitors from 8am – 6pm (including ALL of the climbing walls in the West Room, weight area, upstairs lounge, yoga and instruction rooms). All youth programs, climbing school courses and fitness classes will be cancelled. Our parking lot will be full so please plan ahead! Spectators are welcome in the competition area.

The West Bay and fitness areas will OPEN to MEMBERS ONLY after 6pm while the East Bay remains closed for the Chalk Up! rope comp.

Sunday, March 27th | Gym Re-Opens to Everyone
Climbing will fully reopen on Sunday, March 27 with a large selection of all new competition style rope routes for everyone to try!

Winter Holiday Sale

Friday, December 31st, 2021

GIVE THE GIFT OF CLIMBING!

November 28 – December 31, 2021

Shop small. Shop local. Save BIG! We’re offering specials and discounts on something for everyone – from punch passes and gift cards, to climbing gear! Edgeworks + Stone Gardens have something for all the climbers and adventure seekers on your list this year.


Buy a GIFT CARD, Get a FREE DAY PASS!

The perfect gift! 
Gift cards can be used to purchase anything in the gym – day passes, memberships, gear, instruction courses, and MORE.

Receive a FREE DAY PASS with purchase of Gift Cards valued at $50+
Day pass expires 01/31/2022 | 1 pass per gift card purchased

Offer not valid with online purchases.


PUNCH PASS + 1 FREE INTRO CLASS: only $180!

SAVE $70 on an experience the whole family can enjoy!
This package includes a total of 10 PASSES accepted at all 3 gym locations – Bellevue, Seattle + Tacoma; plus 1 FREE Intro to Climbing Course at the location of your choice. 

Transferable | Intro Course participant must be 14+ | 3-year expiration

PURCHASE ONLINE NOW!


30-Day INTRO PASS w/ gear rental: only $93!

Fun for new climbers!
This package includes climbing and fitness, an intro to climbing course and gear rental.
 Save 30% | a $132 value!

PURCHASE ONLINE NOW!


CLIMBING GEAR SALE!

Save BIG: up to 25-35% OFF climbing gear!

Harnesses + Helmets: 25% off
Petzl, Black Diamond

Climbing Shoes: 30% off
La Sportiva, Scarpa, Tenaya and Butora (kids)

Chalk Bags + Chalk: 30% off
Stock up on your outdoor chalk! (liquid chalk not included)

Accessories: 35% off
Boulder Brushes, Compact Clippers, Piranha Knife, Splitter Gloves, Talon Belay Gloves, Hand Repair Cream/Balm, Belay Glasses, Grip Savers, Crash Pads and more!

Edgeworks Logo Wear: 35% off
Tanks, Tees, Youth Tess, Hoodies, Hats and Buffs.

Training Items: 35% off
Project boards, Wood Grips, Training boards, Hang Boards, Grip Savers and more!

Offer valid on select, in-stock items only; excludes special orders. Quantities limited at varying locations; call in advance for specific items. Offer ends December 31, 2021.