Member Spotlight: July 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.

 

Summer Memberships!

Summer Membership: $169

Available: June 1 – August 31, 2018

Only in town for the summer months? Then this is the Edgeworks membership for you!

Purchase now to get the most out of this awesome deal – 3 months of climbing, fitness classes, and socials.

PLUS, unlike our 30-day intro passes, you’ll also get to enjoy all the great perks and benefits that come with being an Edgeworks member including guest passes and discounts on our outdoor days!

Summer memberships expire August 31, 2018 regardless of purchase date.

 

Members Only Access | June 26

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!

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.

 

Member Spotlight: May 2018

Kayla McCue

Member since 2017

How did you start climbing?

Kayla: Before I moved from Boston to Seattle a little over 2 years ago, I knew I needed a new hobby to take up since I didn’t know anyone on the west coast. I bought shoes and a chalk bag and a membership to SBP in my first week out here. Then my handsome new co-worker (now beloved partner), James, said he would take me outdoor climbing sometime. We haven’t stopped since.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Kayla: James and I moved from Seattle to Tacoma in February of 2017 and Edgeworks was the first place we wanted to check out. I love all the classes and the tangible sense of community here, the staff is super friendly and I’ve learned and grown a ton as a climber here, and made wonderful friends in the process.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Kayla: We went out to Red Rocks in Las Vegas in October and I was *enamored* with the sandstone faces and feel of the rock. Everything about those canyons is so inviting, just begging to be climbed. It was my first time in the Southwest, but I can’t wait to go back and get more climbing in. I’m actually writing this from a plane on my way to LA to climb Devils Punchbowl now.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Kayla: Probably throwing a tennis ball for my dog Jackson, my time at the gym is actually the only time of the day we are apart. He’s with me all day at work, helping me manage a 25 acre dog camp. (A heckin good crag dog, too.)

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

Kayla: Leading outdoors is my absolute favorite, it’s the terrifying thrill I’ve been looking for my whole life.

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

Kayla: I’ve seen the band Umphrey’s McGee 39 times, it would be a lot more if climbing didn’t completely take over my life.

What’s your go-to route grade?

Kayla: In the gym I always head for the 5.12 range, outdoor is anything in the 5.10 range and flirting with 11’s.

 

Trip Report: May 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

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

 

Bike to Edgeworks Month

Excellent Parking & Raffle Prizes!

“Bike like the mountain is out!”
Edgeworks is getting in on the fun of Tacoma-Pierce County’s “Bike. Everywhere.” Challenge

It’s simple. Each time you ride your bike to Edgeworks to climb, take a fitness class, or workout you’ll receive one raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing for prizes including Edgeworks swag, FREE day passes, and more! The more you ride, the more chances you have to WIN! So get on your bike and RIDE.

Fine Print:
Tickets are limited to 1 per person/day for rides that occur during the month of May 2018 only.
Tickets must be collected at the time you and your bike are at Edgeworks; no “oops, I forgots”.
Raffle is open to everyone and all ages, including members and non-members.
Drawing will take place Friday, June 1, 2018.

Ride safe. Ride smart. And always securely lock your bike to one of our racks.