Member Spotlight: Feb 2018

Benjamin Brown & Kalista Shult

Edgeworks members since 2016 & 2017

How did you start climbing?

Ben: I started with The Mountaineers’ Basic Alpine Climbing course. That course included some rock skills, but I really fell in love with rock climbing after I took their Sport Climbing course.

Kalista: A friend invited me to go climbing with him at Exit 38 back in 2013. I did some bouldering after that but didn’t climb on a regular basis until I started climbing with Ben last year.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Ben: It’s close to home, has fun, varied routes, and I almost always see someone I know there. Stoked for the expansion!

Kalista: Everything that Ben said! I really like the environment at Edgeworks, and I think we are incredibly lucky to have it so close to our home.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Ben: Liberty Bell has been my favorite climb so far, and Exit 38 is probably my go-to because there’s decent variety and I can get there after work. Really looking forward to checking out Index this summer.

Kalista: I’ve only climbed outside at Exit 38, Vantage, and in Leavenworth. Of those, I’ve had the most fun at Vantage, but I am excited to do more outdoor climbing!

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Ben: I’m an instructional coach in a local school district, where I help teachers use effectively the technology that the district is bringing in.

Kalista: I am a full-time nanny, and I’ve also been involved with Jet City Improv for the last 9 years and occasionally house manage that theater.

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

Kalista: I had to take a break from climbing after accidentally stabbing my hand and severing a nerve while getting an avocado pit out. I am now extremely careful when removing avocado pits.

What’s your go-to route grade?

Ben: 5.11ish top rope, 5.10ish lead, trad!

Kalista: 5.8. I am working on harder stuff all the time, but that’s definitely my go-to.


Team Update: February 2018


USA Climbing: Bouldering Youth Nationals

The 2018 USA Climbing: Bouldering Youth National Championship will take place at Salt Palace Convention Center in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Three of Team Edgeworks’ competitors will be competing on the national stage along with some of the best climbers in the country. The event schedule and running orders can be found on The competition will also be streaming live on the website.

Nervous? Try Courageousness, Compassion And Competitiveness

Courage is embracing being uncomfortable. It is alright to accept that you have fear. Compassion is trusting yourself. You need to trust that your process and you as a person can overcome any obstacles in your way. Lastly, to deal with being nervous, be competitive. Get excited for whatever is about to happen. Get excited about being able to go out on a big stage and perform your best. All you can control is your effort and focus. Do not get worried about the results because they are out of your control. Get excited about the opportunity to compete.

Upcoming Events

National Championship
February 9-11 @ The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT

Team Gear Orders
Order deadline: February 12

February 23, 9:00p – February 24, 8:00a

Social Media

Check the lobby bulletin board, Facebook, Instagram, and the Team Blog at for Team Edgeworks news and information.

Next PCA Meeting

Feb. 19, 6:30p in the upstairs lounge.


Dirtbag Movie

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Saturday, February 3 2018 – 7pm
Schneebeck Concert Hall | University of Puget Sound

Show times and seating:
Doors open at 6:15 pm  |  Show starts at 7:00 pm  |  General admission seating – first come basis

Tickets: $15 (or $20 at the door)


Fred Beckey was the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake.

The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations of climbers to head for the mountains with his monumental first ascents and eloquent books, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film.

Learn more at:

Screening Sponsors: The Mountaineers, Puget Sound Outdoors, Edgeworks Climbing


Member Spotlight: Jan 2018

Stacia Glenn

Member since December 2012

How did you start climbing?

Stacia: When I moved to Washington state, I was blown away by the mountains and wanted to spend every free minute outside. A friend suggested I try rock climbing and drove me to Vantage for my first climbing session. I was hooked from my first Figure Eight.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Stacia: Edgeworks is basically the heart of Tacoma for me. It’s where I go to play on ropes, sharpen my skills and conquer challenges. It’s where I meet new friends, introduce people to the thing I’m most passionate about and train for the next big thing.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Stacia: Nothing beats Squamish for me. Though if you love sport and are looking to climb outside the PNW, I cannot recommend Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota or Ten Sleep, Wyoming enough.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Stacia: When I’m not climbing, I’m dreaming about climbing or planning a climbing trip. I also love trail running, hiking, traveling, cooking and curling up with a good book.

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

Stacia: Lead climbing, hands down.

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

Stacia: I climbed to 20,000 feet only five months after I started mountaineering. I broke my tibia and fibula when I fell on a route in 2013 and now have a metal rod stretching from my left ankle to my knee. I typically eat healthy but cannot survive without 1,000 calories of chocolate daily. I moved here from San Diego and count it as the best decision in my life (Really, I don’t miss the sunshine)

What’s your go-to route grade?

Stacia: 5.11 tends to be my sweet spot, but 5.12 is what gets my heart racing. They’re all 5.Fun though!



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Holiday Sale! 2017

Give the Gift of Climbing!

November 25, 2017 – January 15, 2018


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 01/31/2018 | 1 pass per gift card purchased
Offer not valid with online purchases

30-Day INTRO PASS w/ gear rental: only $84!

Save 30%! Includes climbing, fitness classes, intro to climbing course and gear rental.
a $124 value!

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 | 17yrs or younger | 1-year expiration


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 ALL Shoes & Harnesses
20% OFF Carabiners, Quickdraws, Slings & Chalkbags (with purchase of 2 or more)
25% OFF Entire Selection of Ropes, Rope Bags and Helmets

Offer valid on in-stock items only; excludes special orders.


Holiday Hours

2017 Holiday Hours

A handy guide to help you plan your holiday send schedule.


 December 24  Sunday  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 December 25    Monday      – – – CLOSED – – –
 December 26  Tuesday  12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

 New Years

 December 31  Sunday  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 January 1  Monday  12:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Member Spotlight: Dec 2017

Erin McGlothlin

Member since January 2015

How did you start climbing? 

Erin: I was looking for an activity for my niece and I to do while she was visiting from Houston.  I had some friends who  were members at Edgeworks and they gave us a good intro to climbing.  It was so much fun, I was a member within  a few visits.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks? 

Erin: I started because of proximity, but I keep going back for the friendly staff, the encouraging environment, the quality  route setting and the best climbing partner a person could ask for.  I’ve been to a few other gyms and that has given  me perspective, helping me better define what I like and don’t like through less quality route setting.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside? 

Erin:  I’ve only climbed outdoors a few times, so I can’t definitively say.  If I were to name a place I’d most like to return to,  it would be Vantage.

What do you do when you’re not climbing? 

Erin: Aside from the day-to-day adulting life requires of me, I keep busy with gardening, reading, cooking, roller skating,  and a new hobby of home brewing beer.  I travel quite a bit with my job, so I make it a point to visit breweries and  try out the local varieties.

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

Erin: Top rope because let’s face it, I’m terrified of heights and of falling.

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

Erin: I grew up climbing fir trees and building tree forts with my brothers, so rock climbing came naturally.  I love the sport  because it incorporates problem solving and I find myself having to constantly challenge my beliefs about what I can achieve.  Some days are better than others; I have felt high achievement and I have experienced much failure, but the  challenging aspects of the sport and the support of friends keeps me coming back and pushing against perceived limits.

What’s your go-to route grade?

Erin: Depends on the day and motivation.  5.10 range when I’m feeling  lazy or want an easy win, 5.11 range when I want a challenge, and  5.12 when I’m feeling masochistic.