2020 Summer Camp Update

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 just use a little light at the end of this uncertain tunnel.

Planning ahead

While it’s too early to know exactly what our summer months will bring, Edgeworks remains optimistic that we will still 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 and staff will continue to be paramount in our decision-making. For that reason, we’ve already made the decision to reduce the number of participants in each of our camps from 12 participants to 6. Once the current social distancing order is lifted, we will refer to state, CDC and WHO guidelines for event and group gatherings and make further adjustments if necessary.

More Time Outside

Additionally, we’re anticipating a government mandate that could 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 are already 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 is the opportunity to develop a new curriculum that will continue to engage and inspire the kids to keep climbing and exploring the outdoors. Again, our staff are brainstorming some really fun ideas that may just result in better than ever experiences for our campers!

Keeping You Updated

As news from the government continues to develop over the coming weeks, we will be sure to keep you updated with any changes on our end as well. 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!

Industry Deals During COVID

Get deals on holds, hangboards, shoes, apparel and more!

Based on the number of requests we’re receiving, we know you’re all staying busy building home woodies and dusting off your hangboards.

Unfortunately, the used hold sale that we had “pre-COVID” wiped us out of any more climbing holds to sell BUT you’re in luck… many hold companies have stepped up to offer “Support Your Gym” discounts.

What this means is that you receive a % off your purchase and/or Edgeworks receives a % of the sale – it’s a WIN, WIN!

So iLL

We have partnered with So iLL, in order to benefit our gym community and generate revenue for the gym during the upcoming weeks while our operations are closed. Your Win Is Our Win #TAKEHOLD

Here’s how it works:
You shop the So iLL website, use your unique gym coupon code – and you’ll receive 10% OFF all available/in stock products*. What happens after that? You get your goods and So iLL provides a kickback to our gym. It’s that simple.

Remember to use code “EDGEWORK10” at checkout! In order for Edgeworks to benefit, this unique code provided must be used on your purchase for tracking purposes.

Trango, eGrips + Tenaya

We’re also partnering with the Trango, eGrips + Tenaya retail support program where you can get a deal on new gear and support Edgeworks at the same time!

How It Works
Visit www.trango.com or www.e-grips.com and place your items in the cart.

Use the discount code “EDGEWORKS-SUPPORT” when ordering Trango, or place the code in the Customer Notes Field on eGrips website. Trango will fill and ship the order directly to you and then provide us with proceeds, just like you bought directly from our gym!

Member Challenge 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

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!

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

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.

FREE! Tuesday Night Clinics

March 17, 2020 – Womxn’s Dyno Clinic

The 3rd Tuesday of every month our experienced, professional, and certified Edgeworks staff will lead a different clinic – from movement to gear and training techniques.  Schedules and topics will be posted monthly and online registrations will be made available in advance of each clinic.

Registration is 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!


NEXT UP:

March 17, 2020 – Womxn’s Dyno Clinic
Dynos aren’t always big, crazy, impossible moves! Given proper technique, anyone can learn to make awesome dnyamic climbing moves. During this womxn’s specific clinic taught by Coach Jayden, you’ll learn techniques for vertical dynos, lateral dynos and down dynos.

Space is limited. Sign up online to reserve your spot!

College Night

Students climb for just $12!

The 2nd Saturday of every month, round up your roommates, classmates, and friends for College Night at Edgeworks!

$12 day passes w/ FREE gear rental.

5pm – 10pm. Valid student ID required.

Bouldering… Auto Belays… Top Rope (belay certification required)… Lots of climbing and NO age restrictions. It’s that simple. So bring your friends, climb on, and have FUN!

Next College Night: As a community health precaution, all meet-up groups and discount nights will be temporarily unavailable.

As always, Edgeworks members climb for FREE!