Comp: 2012 T-Town Pulldown

Get ready for the 8th Annual T-Town Pulldown!  This USAC sanctioned competition happens once a year; 100’s of climbers from around the region flock to compete.  Some of the best routes of the year are put up for this competition, the energy is phenomenal and the raffles prizes from climbing brands like Black Diamond, Petzl, and Evolv are awesome!

8th Annual T-Town Pulldown
April 28th, 2012

Format: Redpoint – Sport
Categories: Male/Female – Youth/Adult/Masters

Entry Fee: $35 (pre-registration deadline April 18th)

Session A:
All Female Categories
Check-In: 9:00am
Rules: 10:15am
Competition: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Session B:
All Male Categories
Check-In: 1:00pm
Rules: 2:15pm
Competition: 2:30pm – 5:30pm


Speed Comp:
5:45pm


Rock, Climb, Serve from Metro Parks Tacoma

On Friday, April 20th, 2012 Metro Parks Tacoma’s Outdoor Adventures is going to be taking over our gym from 4:00pm until 10:00pm. We will be closedFor more info about Outdoor Adventures (MPT) visit:

http://www.facebook.com/MPTOutdoors or http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/page.php?id=96

 

Women’s Night

Ladies!  Come in on the 1st Friday of each month and get a $9 day pass!  Bring your friends, or meet other women who love to climb.

5-10pm, 1st Friday of each month

Crushing Tip #9

For new and experienced climbers alike, a quick reminder to focus on precise footwork is always worthwhile tip. “Focus on watching your foot all the way to the hold,” explains Jon Manz. “A lot of people see a hold and before they’ve placed their feet, they’re already looking at the next move.” Is that you?

Watch your foot on each and every hold! That means more than seeing it. Follow your foot to the best position on the hold and watch until you’re applying pressure. That, ladies and gents, is precise footwork. Go to it!

Looking to further improve your climbing? Check out our Private Lessons or ProRock Coaching programs

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.