Corporate Membership Sale

April marks our much anticipated Annual Corporate Membership Sale. We’re putting our Normally $545 Corporate Membership on sale, $100 off; we are reducing it to just $445! Here is the catch: You have to be a Corporate member. How do you become a corporate member?? Well that is easy. Here are the steps:

1.) All members of the Mountaineers are already corporate partners. Just show the front desk you current membership card and get signed up! Not a Mountaineers member? Get signed up today! http://www.mountaineers.org

2.) All members of the American Alpine Club are also already set up with a corporate partnership. Just show the front desk you current membership card and get signed up! Also not an AAC member? Get signed up today! http://www.americanalpineclub.org/

3.) Do you work for Franciscan Health Systems, Multicare, or REI?? If so, your company has already qualified you for a Corporate discount. Just show your ID card when registering at the front desk and enjoy!

4.) If your company is not currently a corporate partner, there is still a chance for you to receive a corporate discount and take advantage of our April special. Here are the options for you:
a.) Get 5 of our coworkers  together and get them all signed up for memberships (AutoPay or Annual) and you all will receive our corporate rates.
b.) Have your company sign up for a  Team-Building Event (on site or at Edgeworks) and that day anyone who signs up for a membership will receive our corporate discounts. Sign up for a Team-Building Event in April and take advantage of our special SALE!!!

UPDATE!!! – If you are looking to get signed up for our AutoPay option with your company, REI, Franciscan, or Multicare, during April your initiation fee is only $40!!! SAVE $35 off when you show your current ID card. 

So there you have it folks! If you are looking to become a corporate partner or have any questions, please contact Patrick at 253-564-4899 ext. 9105 or by e-mail patrick@edgeworksclimbing.com .

South Sound Summer Camp Fair

On Saturday, March 31st, we will be hosting a booth at this years South Sound Summer Camp Fair. We will be there from 11:00am to 3:00pm come by and see us (well… “us” as in Edgeworks, but it will probably just be me, Patrick). I will be registering kids for our summer camps and handing out discount cards for group events and parties. Hope to see you there!

Boy Scout Merit Badge

We are hosting a Boy Scout troop from Othello for a Boy Scout Merit Badge from 10am to 5pm on Saturday March 31st. Welcome boys!

Vegas Baby!

Justin and Ken woke up as we crested the final hill on Great Basin highway and coasted down towards the city. An ocean of gleaming lights spread out across the lowlands for miles in every direction, and at its heart, an unmistakable shimmering neon core – the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Sign Keychains 2011 Summer Vac by stevendepolo, on Flickr
image by  stevendepolo 

When I told people I was planning to spend 10 days in Las Vegas they would knit their brows and look at me with a mixture of confusion and distaste.  “Really?” they said, “Why?”  I guess the idea of me in a suit, martini in one hand, dice in the other, against a backdrop of glamour and sin doesn’t click for most people.  As it happens, it doesn’t click for me either.  10 days in Las Vegas and I didn’t gamble, never saw a cocktail, avoided the strip, missed all the shows, and failed to stay up past 10pm.  I slept in the dirt.

Just before we hit the city, we took an abrupt right.  Most cities have soft edges, becoming less and less dense, more and more spread out, until eventually they fade away into the rural areas that surround them.  Not Las Vegas.  It has edges so sharp it looks like a maniacal urban planner cut the heart out of some other city and dumped it in the middle of the desert.  We skirted the city’s edge, riding the dividing line between civilization and wasteland all the way to the west side where we turned right again, putting the lights of Las Vegas in the rearview mirror.  By the time we pulled over, the lights had disappeared around a bend in the road and the only evidence that Las Vegas, the world capital of whatever it is Las Vegas is the world capital of, was just over the hill was a single pillar of light from the tip of that casino that looks like a pyramid.

The campground was black, but you could make out the cliff walls where their edges blocked out the stars.  We had arrived.  We were just outside Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  We had made it to my Las Vegas.

We quickly fell into a routine.  Wake up just after sunrise, climb until just after sunset, eat, sleep, repeat.  The 3 of us climbed for 8 days straight, making 150 attempts on 40 separate routes at 10 different crags and we barely scratched the surface of what Red Rock has to offer.  Sport test pieces, trad epics, and boulder nightmares are everywhere.  Steep or slabby, long or short, easy or hard.  There’s something for everyone and you owe it to yourself to make it there someday.  These are the pictures from my Las Vegas.

 

Family Night

Bring the whole family and meet other climbing families! First adult family member pays full price ($16 day pass), additional family members pay just $5.

5-10pm, 3rd Friday of each month

Crushing Tip #8

 

 

When someone asks how to up their climbing game, we almost always reply, “climb more, climb harder.” It might sound horribly trite, but it’s true. Here’s the reason we’re quick to suggust more pull time.

Climbing 100 laps on routes at your current redpoint grade is great… for getting good at your current grade. Progressing further requires more. If you want to get stronger you have to try routes that are harder than your current best.

Remember that even as you’re falling off things you’re learning valuable lessons about what does and doesn’t work on harder routes. Sasha D said the change responsible for the explosion in her climbing ability that allowed her to redpoint 14d was trying routes she used to think of as out of her league.

 

Crushing Tip #7

 

This month’s Crushing Tip might be the HARDEST one EVER! For climbers, taking a break can be tough. We’re just so ready to push the route, ourselves, and our bodies to the next level. But remember, rest is your friend.

“Once you’ve figured out the moves on a boulder project, it’s easy to get excited and try over and over again without resting,” says Jon Manz. Inadequate rest will pretty much guarantee that you will fall off, kick your chalk bag in frustration and tell me you hate climbing.”

Fix it! Here’s what to do:

Once you’ve transitioned to redpoint burns, try resting 1 full minute for every move you made on your last attempt. Long problems might require as much as 10 minutes, while shorter problems or attempts may only require 2 or 3.

Taking a adequate breaks between burns (as well as climbing sessions) will help your body maximize it’s climbing ability.

Crushing Tip #6

Repeat Ascents

We like to think of our routes as ways to teach good climbing movement. Getting to the top of a route means that you’ve started to learn the lessons of a specific route. “But just like good movies deserve repeat viewings and good restaurants deserve repeat visits, good routes deserve repeat ascents.” Explains Jon Manz.

Trying to climb routes faster, smoother, quieter, or with a different sequence are all great ways to learn something new from a route you’ve already “finished”. Alex Huber once said you haven’t really mastered a route until you can climb it both up and down. He just might be onto something.

What to do? This month find a handful of routes near your climbing level and… CLIMB. Put up a few ascents on each until, “you can climb it both up and down.”