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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

Member Challenge 2020

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Earn your peaks!

February 1 – April 30, 2020
Put your membership to good use and earn a FREE t-shirt with our 5th 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 games, hula hooping and more.

As points are achieved, 3 different levels of “peaks” are awarded and added to your FREE member challenge t-shirt. It takes 175 points to earn all 3 peaks; with over 300 points available!

First Peak: 65 points  |  Second Peak: 120 points  |  Third Peak: 175 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! Get a sneak peek at the 2020 Challenge List and start planning your strategies now.

The Shirts:

Points will be tallied once a week by Edgeworks staff and T-shirts will be distributed upon achievement of the first peak (65 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.

Earning/Adding 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 Climbers Socials in March, April and May, when we’ll have staff available to add the peaks for you.

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.

Pretty Strong Screening + Discussion

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Can ‘Pretty Strong’ be the next big climbing movie?

PRETTY STRONG, the film that follows eight of the world’s strongest female climbers as they explore new climbing areas, send hard projects, and push the boundaries of the sport and themselves, is now available to stream on Vimeo!

Step 1: WATCH

Rent it this week (or anytime) for only $5!  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/prettystrong/402224933

Step 2: DISCUSS

Participate in a FILM DISCUSSION hangout session with others from the Edgeworks community on Friday, April 24 at 7pm!

Join us for the discussion here: meet.google.com/owt-ycxt-rin

Introducing Our New Logo!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

innovative:

in·no·va·tive /ˈinəˌvādiv/ adjective: introducing or using new ideas or methods; having new ideas about how something can be done

We’re proud to introduce our new logo and look forward to all of the additional possibilities that are yet to come! A sentiment that is more true today than ever before, in pre-COVID19 days.

Since the very beginning, the word “innovative” has been at the root of who we are as a business and for 15+ years we’ve been working to keep innovation at the forefront of Edgeworks’ vision for the future.

Structurally, our facility has evolved from a 10,000 square foot climbing gym with gravel climbing floors to our current modern facility that features the things we only dreamed about in 2004. Strategically, we’re always striving to stay ahead of industry standards and keep up with our own aspirations for growth and advancement.

With all that we’ve accomplished over the years, it was time for the Edgeworks logo to offer a better reflection of who we are today and also move us forward into the next 15 years of innovation.

We will always continue to celebrate where we came from… 1 of the first 250 climbing gyms in the US , 1st in the South Sound, 4th in the Puget Sound, and 5th in Washington State. And, we’ll never stop working to achieve all that we know Edgeworks can be and what our community (you!) wants us to continue to be well into the future. #WeGotThisTacoma

Special thank you to designer Jinger Hendricks for our awesome new logo!

Member Spotlight March 2020

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Aixa Ardín

Member since 2018

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in the Pacific Northwest?

Aixa: I grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I wanted to move out from Puerto Rico and chose the PNW as my destination because of its high rainfall, natural spaces and outdoor activities.

What’s the story behind your becoming a climber? How did you end up at Edgeworks?

Aixa: As soon as I moved here I made friends who suggested I try climbing with them. Initially I declined the invitation for a year. When I finally gave in.I was immediately hooked. I became a member within a week.

If you had to choose between bouldering, top rope or lead climbing as the only form of climbing you could do from here on out, what would you choose and why?

Aixa: Top rope, I want to keep climbing well into my 70s and I feel this is the best way to minimize the chances of getting injured.

What type of music are you jamming out to lately?

Aixa: I listen to a lot of jazz and latin american music. In jazz I recommend the new recordings from Anat Cohen Tentet, Triple Helix and from Joey Alexander, Warna. From Latin America look for Ilé’s Almadura and Kevin Johansen’s Algo Ritmos.

What is one lesson you’ve learned as a climber that you would teach to your younger self who’s just starting out climbing?

Aixa: Have patience and train slowly.

Best part about Edgeworks?

Aixa: Plenty of auto belay anchors and it’s friendly community. I really enjoy participating in the POC and Queer night events that promote more inclusion and diversity.

Could you tell us something about you that our community members might not know? What’s your jam outside of Edgeworks?

Aixa: I am a poet, photographer and LGBTQ activist. What’s your jam outside of Edgeworks? Hiking around Washington and biking in Tacoma looking for good eats.

What’s your goal for the months ahead as far as climbing and fitness go?

Aixa: I am training to complete the Member Challenge point for 3 pull-ups, complete my lead certification and break the 5.10 threshold into a 5.11- before summer.

Holiday Sale 2019

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Give the Gift of Climbing!

November 30, 2019 – January 15, 2020

Shop small. Shop local. Save BIG! We’re offering specials and discounts on something for everyone. From punch passes and gift cards, to gear and climbing shoes – Edgeworks has 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. Gift Card values start at $25

Receive a FREE DAY PASS with purchase of Gift Cards valued at $50+
Day pass expires 01/31/2020 | 1 pass per gift card purchased

Offer not valid with online purchases.

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

Save 30%! Includes climbing, fitness classes, intro to climbing course and gear rental.
a $132 value!

Buy Now! 30-Day Intro Pass

Youth PUNCH PASS: only $129!

Give the kids an experience that will help them build strength and confidence!
Includes 10 visits to Edgeworks Climbing Gym.
Transferable between youth | 17 yrs or younger | 1-year expiration

Buy Now! Youth Punch Pass

CLIMBING GEAR SALE!

Save BIG: up to 20-30% OFF climbing gear!

20% Off ACCESSORIES:
Piranha Knifes, Boulder Brushes, 8B+ Wristbands, Mtape, 1st Aid Cubes, Camp Booties and Camp Slippers. Plus, select chalk bags!

20% Off BAGS, HELMETS, CARABINERS and SLINGS:
Neon Light and Summit Light 15 packs. Wall Rider and Sirrico Helmets. Plus, select carabiners and slings!

25% off BELAY DEVICES:
Pilot Belay Devices, GriGris and Smart 2.0.

25% off PETZL & MAMMUT HARNESSES:
Sama, Adjama, Selena, Luna, Alnasca, Zepher, and Togir.

15% OFF EDGEWORKS LOGO’d ITEMS:
Sweatshirts, t-shirts, tank tops and silipints!

30% off CLIMBING SHOES:
Includes select styles from Scarpa, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Butor and Tenaya.

Offer valid on select, in-stock items only; excludes special orders. Expires January 15, 2020.

Member Appreciation 2019

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Join us ALL DAY for Treats, Clinics, Fitness Classes, and MORE.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Why? Because we really, REALLY like our members and want to say THANK YOU!
Stop by the gym for the 1-DAY MEMBERSHIP SALE and stay for the fun activities.

WAKE-UP with Edgeworks

Our new early morning hours offer a great way to jump start your day! 

6:15 am Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga with Sarahlynn! Ommm ♡
6:30 am FREE Coffee, Mimosas & Donuts: YUM!

FREE! Climbing Clinics

Designed to give you a glimpse into the possibilities, skills and progress that our Climbing School courses have to offer. Space is limited; sign up online!

 5:00 pm
 – and –
6:00 pm
MULTI-PITCH EFFICIENCY – 45 mins
When swinging leads on a multi-pitch route, the belay transitions are often the biggest time suck. Learn how to make swapping leads on a multi-pitch fast, efficient and fun.
(2) 45 minute sessions at 5:00 and 6:00 pm with 2:1 student/instructor ratios.
SIGN UP
 5:00 pm KNOTS & HITCHES – 45 mins
With these knots you are on your way to being an efficient trad and multi-pitch climber.
SIGN UP
 5:30 pm IMPROVE YOUR BOULDERING – 60 mins
Work with Team Edgeworks’ Head Coach, Josh, and help fine tune your bouldering skills.
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 6:00 pm SPORT ANCHORS – 45 mins
Know how to lead but not how clean your anchor? Take this clinic to learn how to clean sport anchors. This course will teach you how to get your gear back and avoid potentially dangerous mistakes.
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 6:30 pm ADVANCE YOUR TOP-ROPING 60 mins
Learn good habits, tackle your weaknesses, and advance your skills on the wall.
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 7:00 pm AVALANCHE AWARENESS – 90 mins
Designed to give you a basic understanding of avalanche hazards in back-country travel. If you play in the snow in any capacity, this is a good program for you to take!
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 7:30 pm LEAD FALLING – 90 mins
Learning how to take lead falls and catching them are some of the most important aspects of leading. Come to this clinic to become a better leader and belayer! Must be lead certified to attend.
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SPECIAL Fitness Classes

An awesome way to sample a selection of the FREE fitness classes included with your membership. Try out a new class, meet a new instructor, or simply add a bonus class to your week.

 6:15 am SUNRISE VINYASA YOGA w/ Sarahlynn– 1 hr
Join Sarahlynn for an invigorating early morning yoga session to build strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind.
SIGN UP
 12:00pm YOGA for CLIMBERS w/ Heidi K. – 1 hr
Heidi specializes in alignment based yoga instruction with a strong influence of the Iyengar, Vijnana, and Ashtanga tradition, perfect for climbers! 
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 5:00 pm DURABILITY w/ Lyra  – 1 hr
Focusing on a variety of functional movement patterns for climbers, this class will help you collect tools to stay healthy, happy, and mobile enough for your next “send”.
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 5:30 pm HIIT Training w/ Tina– 30 min
If you’ve never tried high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, it’s worth serious consideration. Why? In short, HIIT, which involves bursts of high-intensity cardio and strength exercises interspersed with brief periods of recovery, is a great way to get a big workout with multiple benefits in a small amount of time.
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 6:00 pm YOGA for CLIMBERS w/ Erica – 1 hr
Erica’s vinyasa sessions are a blend of athleticism, dance and spirit. She crafts an intense flow-based practice rich in yoga philosophy, sweaty with hard work, and celebratory in tone.
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 6:15 pm WARM UP for CLIMBING w/ Lyra– 30 min
This 30 minute class will introduce you to various movement patterns and appropriate types warm up activities for climbing. (hint: not stretching)
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 7:00 pm ACRO YOGA w/ Samitha– 1 hr
Join Samitha for the FUNdamentals of dynamic partnering and acrobatic balancing that is Acro Yoga. Beginners welcome and individual sign ups are encouraged!
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MEMBER SOCIAL!

Community is the thing that keeps people coming back to Edgeworks. It happens naturally among climbers and through the monthly events, clinics, socials and meet up groups that help bring everyone together. 

We invite you to come find “your people”… because they’re also “our people”.

8:00pm MEMBER SOCIAL! w/ free beer & cider

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019/20

Rialto Theater | Downtown Tacoma | 6:45pm – 10pm | Tickets On Sale Now

DATES: Monday, November 25, 2019 | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Monday and Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving.

Purchase Tickets:
Cost: $20/night

Additional fees and taxes apply.

Member Discount:

Ticketing fees are waived for members of Edgeworks, The Mountaineers and Puget Sound Outdoors! Discount available only at Edgeworks.

For the BEST PRICE, purchase your tickets at Edgeworks!
Member discounts are not available through Tacoma Arts Live.

Don’t wait! Both shows tend to SELL OUT days in advance so be sure to buy your tickets now.

Presented locally by*:

The MountaineersPuget Sound Outdoors, and Edgeworks Climbing

Be inspired, be energized, and celebrate the spirit of adventure when the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Tacoma with all new films for 2019/20!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre and is held every fall in Banff, Alberta.

Immediately after the annual festival wraps each November, a selection of the best films go on tour. The host organization(s) in each tour location chooses a program that reflects the interests of their community. Each community creates a unique celebration of local adventure and adventurers. The World Tour visits approximately 305 cities annually in 20 countries, reaching over 220,000 audience members. Tacoma is one of the very first stops of the tour!

Film selection occurs the afternoon of the events, and we will do our best to identify a range of activities to suit our varied local community.

NOTE: The film rating is Parental Guidance; films may contain coarse language.

Show times and seating:

Doors open at 6:00 pm  |  Shows start at 6:45 pm  |  Seats are festival style ~ first come basis

Location:

Rialto Theater, 9th and Broadway downtown Tacoma. Map it!

Contact:

For more information, contact Mindy Roberts (jefacita@gmail.com; 253-651-5483).

Stay Connected:

Follow Tacoma Banff on Facebook! It’s the best way to stay up to date on the events and special offers.