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Member Black Light Event

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Sunday, October 28 | 6pm – 9pm

Member Black Light Event

Competitions not your thing but still want to experience the fun of climbing in the black lights?

Invite your friends, wear your best GLOW, and join us for an after-hours, kid-friendly, member event. As a way to say thank you to our members, we’ll turn out the lights one more time before the work begins Monday morning to return things to “normal” around here.

*Some competition routes will come down prior to the member event and the climbing area will be open to the outside side lights from the front desk and 2nd floor. To experience the full effect of the black lights, be sure to join us for the 2018 BLB Comp on Saturday, Oct 27!

Roped Climbing on the shorter walls will be closed during the event but the new/taller walls will be business as usual with normal lights and access.

FREE! for members! Regular day pass rates apply for guests of members.

Endless Summer Climbing Camps

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Summer break isn’t over yet for Tacoma Public Schools.

More Summer + More Climb Time = More FUN!

Edgeworks’ “ENDLESS SUMMER” climbing camps are a fun way for young climbers of all abilities to stay active & engaged during this extended school break.

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 never forget!

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

Details:

 •  Age Groups: 7 – 12 yrs  -or-  12+ yrs
 •  Times: Monday – Friday;  8:30am – 12:00pm  -or-  12:00 – 3:30pm
 •  Skill Level: No Experience Necessary!
 •  Cost: $40 per day
 •  Starting: September 7th – ??

Ages: 7-12 Sign Up Now             Ages: 12+Sign Up Now

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!

 

Gear Review: August 2018

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Metolius Upshot Belay Glasses

by Abbie Madlem

Our newer, taller walls bring better endurance training, new styles of routes, and all new projects! Unfortunately, this can also mean serious neck pain for your belayer.

Feeling the strain of the new wall and looking for a little relief?

Metolius’ Upshot Belay Glasses have got your back! These belay glasses are an updated take on the original, with a field of vision that aims higher on the wall, sports-style temples with low profile nose pads that fit better over glasses/sunglasses, and increased peripheral vision. They also come with a durable case that will protect them when you throw them in your bag for a day of climbing in the gym OR at the crag.

Next time you’re in the gym, ask about trying them out. Your neck will thank you!

 

Member Spotlight: July 2018

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

LaCrystal Wooten-Wisse

Member since 2016

How did you start climbing?

LaCrystal: I started climbing when I was younger at various camps however it wasn’t until two years ago when I decided that I wanted a new hobby that I returned to climbing.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

LaCrystal: I climb at Edgeworks because of the community. I love how friendly everyone is at Edgeworks. It really helps that Edgeworks is close to home so it makes it convenient.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

LaCrystal: I really enjoy climbing at Exit 32. Little Si was already one of my favorite places to go hiking for a quick hiking trip with my friends and family but climbing there has made it even more special.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

LaCrystal: I’m often doing yoga; especially hot yoga because I love the warmth. I also really enjoy going hiking and reading in my spare time.

Which do you prefer: top rope, lead, or bouldering?

LaCrystal: I prefer top rope but am currently trying to push myself into leading more.

What are some interesting facts that you’d like to share with the Edgeworks community?

LaCrystal: I’ve been a vegetarian for the past 13 years.

What’s your go-to route grade?

LaCrystal: It depends on the day but I really enjoy the 5.11 range normally.

 

Members Only Access | June 26

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Members Only Access | June 26

Taller | Larger | Newer

It’s been 14 years since we had a set so fresh as this!!

New roof. New walls. New holds. New floors… And our members get to enjoy first access to it all. Join us Tuesday, June 26, for an ALL DAY “members only” access event.

This is our way of saying thank you. Thank you for your patience during construction. Thank you for helping us build these awesome new walls. Thank you for being a part of the Edgeworks community.

When: Tuesday, June 26 | 9am – 10pm
Who: Edgeworks Members & their guests (standard guest passes apply)
What: All access to new and old climbing walls; as well as regularly scheduled fitness classes

Guests of members are also welcome, so bring your friends!
Guests who sign up for EFT memberships will receive 50% OFF the Start-Up fee and a free Edgeworks silipint* for themselves and one for their member buddy too.

This is a day dedicated to our members.
You must be a member, or the guest of a member, to receive access to the facility on this day. (Hint: this could still be you; head to gym and sign up today!)
The gym and all new climbing walls will open to the general public on Wednesday, June 27.

Sorry, no day pass, punch card or walk-in customers on this day.
*While supplies last. One day only. June 26, 2018.

 

Tuesday Crag Nights!

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Tuesday nights at the crag!

$25 for members; $50 for everyone else.
Reserve your seat today!

FACT: Climbing on real rock makes someone 77% more likely to become a lifelong climber than someone who does not.

So why not join us for Tuesday Crag Nights? 3 weekday evenings this summer we’ll gas up the Edgeworks van and head out to North Bend to enjoy the long summer evenings only the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Transportation is included but you can drive separately if you would like. Sorry, 16+ ONLY!!!

Dates:
– Tuesday, June 26, 2018
– Tuesday, July 24, 2018
– Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SIGN UP ONLINE to reserve your spot.

Trip Itinerary:
– 4:00 pm: Leave Edgeworks
– 5:30 pm: Depart the Exit 38 parking lot
– 6:00 pm – 9:00pm: Climbing
– 10:00 pm: Return to Edgeworks

Want more outdoor climbing options?
We also offer full-day outings with our North Bend Crag Day, Women’s Crag Day and featured climbing trips to Vantage, Mt. Erie and Smith Rock.

Important Notes:
Signed liability waivers and outdoor program consent forms are REQUIRED for ALL climbers so be sure to complete yours before joining us at the crag; edgeworksclimbing.com/waiver.
– Items to bring: shoes, harness, helmet, warm clothes (layers), headlamp, food and water.
– When registering online, be sure to let us know if you need shoes, a harness and/or helmet.
– We provide all the additional climbing gear needed for outside top rope climbing.
– Due to the nature and timing of the event, we ask that all participants are 18 years of age or older.

 

Trip Report: May 2018

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Spring has arrived!

by Andrew Powell

We can’t let these longer, warmer days of sunshine go to waste and the Edgeworks Guides have been out making the most of it – climbing and guiding at our local PNW crags and beyond! It is the “beyond” that this month’s trip report will focus on. More specifically, rocks colored “Red” and called “Smith“.

Because while mountainous states like Washington and Colorado are experiencing finicky weather with cleansing spring showers, other areas are getting warm and dry sunshine, springtime in the desert and high desert areas of the western US are amazing for climbing.
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RED ROCK:

In early April, Andrew met up with Edgeworks’ patron, Neil, for a couple of days of training in the “alpine” like areas deep within the canyons of Red Rock State Park in Nevada. They climbed some stellar classic routes, including Crooked Crack, and had great success exploring unknown climbing deep in Pine Creek Canyon. It was a fun couple of days moving in the warm dry environ!
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SMITH ROCK:

2 weeks later, Edgeworks all-stars, Erin and Ryan, joined Andrew at Smith Rock State Park for two days of climbing and got the full tour of the park located in Central Oregon. They climbed a handful of classic routes such as Cinnamon Slab, and some lesser known classics like Trezlar.

With Andrew as their guide, Erin and Ryan, enjoyed 2 full days exploring the park and climbing in areas that most people never visit.
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This is the time to get out to the dry parts of the world, like Vantage, to hone your skills and brush up for the fast approaching season. Edgeworks guides have expertise in the climbing areas we visit and can show you a place like you have never seen it before!

Upcoming Rock Trips:

Vantage Crag Day w/ Andrew & Jayden –  May 26
– Weekend Crag Day at North Bend w/ Berndt & CoreyJune 23

MORE INFO

Upcoming Summit Climbs:

Mount Rainier w/ Tod & AndrewJuly 15 – 18
Mount Baker w/ Andrew & TodAugust 5 – 8
Mount Shuksan w/ Andrew & TodAugust 19 – 21

MORE INFO

 

Gear Review: May 2018

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

The Petzl Sirocco – Guide Approved!

by Abbie Madlem

If you find yourself in need of a new helmet this season, look no further: the Petzl Sirocco is here!

It’s ultralight design is made to be the perfect combination of protection and comfort. The new design offers increased protection against lateral and rear impacts, and carries Petzl’s top and side protection product labels.

Our most handsome and well read guide, Andrew Powell, has this to say about the Sirocco:
“I use the Petzl Sirroco helmet for my ice, alpine, and rock climbing objectives because of its excellent lightweight durability. The majority foam exterior prevents the cracks, dents, and dings that other helmets acquire, and still provides adequate protection. Its lightweight construction is easy on my neck when looking up, day in and day out on the long climbing pursuits that I love.”

Tech Specs:

– Weighs in at only 170 g!
– Hybrid construction with a shell in EPP (expanded polypropylene) foam and a rigid crown injected with EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam
– Fully adjustable with magnetic buckle closure
– Two hooks and rear elastic for attaching a headlamp