8 Top 5 Finishes at Local Comps!

team backs

We are super psyched, and proud, to recognize all of the EW team kids who have been absolutely crushing it this comp season.  At our own Blacklight Comp, 7 kids placed in the top 5 in their category with two 1st place finishes.  The weekend before, at Northwest Boulderfest, 3 kids placed in the top 4 – again with a 1st place finish. And, just this past weekend at the South Sound Pull Down, another 1st place finish was achieved. Congratulations to all the kids who are climbing and competing!

Northwest Boulderfest, Seattle
Alex Petty: 1st place, MYD
Kylee Beam; 2nd place, FYD
Sophia Terrill: 4th place, FYD

Edgeworks Blacklight Comp, Tacoma
Alex Petty: 1st place, MYD
Kylee Beam: 1st place, FYD
James Corbett: 2nd place, MYA
Hal Warren: 3rd place, MYC
Grace Wilkerson: 4th place, FYD
Elliott McDonald: 4th Place, MYC
Terah Gruber: 5th place, FYD

South Sound Pull Down, Olympia
Kylee Beam: 1st place, Youth


Youth Program Family Night


Are you looking for a way to connect with other families and friends that are in our youth programs? New this year we are adding a Youth Program Family Night.  Every First Friday of the month we will be offering day passes for only $5 for youth program guests and family. As always, kids that are currently in our youth programs already have a membership and climb for free. If you are new to our programs or new to climbing in general, these events will include a free “climbing with children: safety class.” This event is a great opportunity to meet other program families and a chance to experience what your child does during our programs. This event is also a great way to introduce other interested families and future climbers to our programs and gym. The first event will be Friday, November 1st. We hope to see you there!

Crushing Tip #21













Stand Up

You’ve undoubtedly heard the advice: keep your arms straight! But, of course, you can’t keep your arms straight the whole time or you wouldn’t be able to flex them to pull yourself upward.

When you’re hanging on holds, indeed, it’s a good idea to keep your arms straight. But the second part of this advice that’s left out is how to begin initiating your upward movement. Typically, beginners will initiate the move with their arms, pulling themselves up. Instead, try to always initiate your upward movement with your legs. Keep your arms straight and move yourself upward by pressing with your feet. Eventually, you’ll have to flex your arms, but try to do so only after you’ve initiated the upward movement with the legs–even if it’s just a little bit.

Teach yourself what this feels like by climbing easy routes in the gym. Hang from straight arms and try to drive yourself upward as far as you can by high-stepping your feet and using only your leg muscles to stand up on every hold.


Blacklight Bouldering Results

Thanks to everyone who competed.  Awesome job and we are psyched to see some incredible routes being sent by the best of the northwest.




Blacklight Bouldering 2013


2013 ABS 15 Blacklight Bouldering Competition + Party

Join us for the 9th annual Blacklight Bouldering competition – also known as, one of the biggest and best climbing events in the region!  This unique event combines the fun of blacklights with the excitement and energy of a climbing competition.

You can sign up for BOTH competing and volunteering on the website!

Session 1 Times:
Check-In Opens: 10:00am
Rules Meeting: 10:30am
Competition: 11:00am-2:00pm
Session 1 Categories: Any
Session 2 Times:
Check-In Opens: 2:00pm
Rules Meeting: 2:30pm
Competition: 3:00pm-6:00pm
Session 2 Categories: Any


Date: October 26th, 2013
Entry: $35 ($40 after Oct 16th)
PreReg Deadline: October 16th
Edgeworks Members: $20
Open to: ALL Ages/Abilities
-Best routes of the year
-Blacklight fun
-$1500 cash purse (OPEN Categories)
-Prizes and Raffle (Adult and Youth)
-After Party (21+)


1) Sessions/Categories: Any category can register for either session (first come, first served).
2) Prizes:
Open Category Prizes: 1st-$450, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100. (Male & Female OPEN Categories)
-1st Place in any other adult category will get a product prize.
3) USAC Credit and OPEN Category: Youth CANNOT get USAC credit for the comp if they compete in OPEN Category for prize money. In the unusual case that a youth participant wants to compete for BOTH USAC credit AND prize money, you must register for and climb in both sessions. Yes, that means they have to pay twice.
4) Climbing Time: Climbers will be allowed EXACTLY 3 hours to climb. All climbing will end at the 3 hour mark. (This is a change from previous years when we allowed climbers to finish the climb that they were in line for at the buzzer.)

Yes!  We need you!  Volunteer to be a competition judge (no experience necessary).
Benefits of volunteering:
-Single Session Volunteers: (10:15am-2:00pm OR 2:15pm-6:00pm)
$25 EW Gift Card, comp shirt and Karma points.
-Double Session Volunteers: (10:15pm-6:00pm)
$50 EW Gift Card, comp shirt, pizza and DOUBLE Karma points.


We will need painting volunteers Thursday and Friday prior to the comp. If you are interested, please talk to Andy directly.

Edgeworks Team is Crushing


Congratulations to the team kids who crushed it this past weekend at the Stumptown Throw Down Youth ABS competition at the Portland Rock Gym; taking home 4 of 6 ribbons in the Female Youth D division. Next, the team will compete at Northwest Boulderfest in Seattle before taking the home field advantage at our very own Blacklight Bouldering Competition. Good luck, everyone!

New Fall Fitness Schedule


Starting October 1st, 2013 we will be rolling out a new fall fitness schedule.

We are adding back in your old rainy weather favorite… Cycling!!! This class is just under an hour of upbeat funky music mixes, lost of sweat, and is great for any level of fitness. Come and take an indoor cycling class with Partick on Mondays at 6:00 pm.

Looking for a great metabolic boosting workout? Marissa will be teaching a new class designed around the concept of small group personal training. Her class Meta-Training is on Fridays at 6:00 pm. Swing by and see what some fun progressions and regressions can do for your strength and metabolism.

Lastly is our new morning class. We are trying out a new class and a new time slot. Our CORE-30 class is a half an hour (30 minutes) of fun core exercises for those looking to work hard and challenge themselves. This fast paced class will get you moving and feeling your core for days to come. This class is not recommended if you have any injuries or movement restrictions.

Check out our schedule here to see what classes are when and what works with your schedule.

Don’t forget. We also offer Personal Training and Private Pilates sessions available for those of you looking to go farther with your fitness and health. Give us a call to schedule a meeting or first session today!


Student Membership Sale

2013 Student Membership Sale

Save $45 on your membership!

It’s that time of year again… it’s about time to go back to school and we’re getting in on the action with our annual Student Membership Sale!

All of September, if you’ve got a valid student ID in the state of Washington, then you can get in on this deal. Just show us your ID and you can get a monthly AUTOPAY Membership with a $5 Initiation Fee! Save $45!  That’s just $46/month for all the unlimited climbing and fitness you can handle.  Yup, that means you get to climb AND you get unlimited access to all our Yoga, Pilates, Cycling and Bootcamp classes too!  Plus you get all the perks of membership, like a 15% discount on climbing school classes, a 10% discount on product (shoes, harnesses and such) in the pro shop, free first time guest passes so you can get your friends addicted to climbing too… and more! Don’t miss out!

Remember, this ENDS September 30th so take advantage of this deal!