Member Spotlight October 2019

Anna and Nick Crosby

Members since June 2019

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in the Pacific Northwest? 

Anna: Born & raised in the PNW. I grew up north of Seattle in suburb called Brier & moved to Tacoma when I met Nick. 

Nick: I am from Southern California & moved to Arizona in highschool. I came to the PNW in 2000 when I joined the ARMY & love everything about it here.

What’s the story behind your becoming a climber? How did you end up at Edgeworks? 

Anna and Nick: We both teach & practice yoga @ Expand Yoga & most of our fellow instructors are climbers & members of Edgeworks. We knew after the first time we came that we were hooked! We love that Edgeoworks is family centered and that we can bring our children.

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? 

Anna: I haven’t taken the plunge into lead climbing yet- I am still working past that fear! I am hoping to dive into that soon. So i would have to say top rope! 

Nick: Lead climbing-for sure.

Tell us your favorite music as of late. Who should we be listening to? 

Nick: Old school hip hop-always is always my jam. Lately I have been into Little Dragon-check em out. 

Anna: Lately I have been listening to a lot of Alabama Shakes & James Blake.

What is one lesson you’ve learned as a climber that you would teach to your younger self who’s just starting out climbing? 

Anna: Climbing is the first thing that I have done as an adult that I was completely scared of & that didn’t come naturally that I have stuck with. It has given me the courage to step outside of my comfort zone & I am learning to trust myself, my breath/body and the equipment! I would tell myself just to breath, its all good! Stick with it- you feel empowered! 

Nick: Just to go for it! Trust the process & set your feet up first lol!

Best part about Edgeworks? 

Anna and Nick: That we can bring our family! We love that we can bring our 1.5yr old & 4 yr old. Its been so cool to watch our son learn to be in his body & challenge himself. We love how welcoming the community & staff is. Bonus is that all of our best friends are members and we climb with them!

Could you tell us something about you that our community members might not know? What’s your jam outside of Edgeworks? 

Anna: I have been teaching yoga for 6 years in Tacoma & practice as often as I can! 

Nick: I retired from the ARMY after 18 years and now I am a full time student @ TCC getting ready to apply to nursing school. I also delivered our 2nd baby with the midwife over the phone!

What’s your goal for the months ahead as far as climbing and fitness go? 

Anna: I would love to take the lead climbing class and continue to move past limitations that are brought on by fear. 

Nick: Nick would like to successfully start lead climbing 5.12s and learn how to do multi-pitch routes. 

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga

Wednesdays & Fridays | 6:15am

A fitness based approach to yoga with a focus on linking conscious breath and a vigorous and mindful asana sequence. Students will build strength, flexibility and concentration, while cleansing the body and calming the mind.

Join certified yoga instructor, Sarahlynn Etta, for an invigorating early morning yoga session and enjoy these 5 benefits of an AM practice:

1. Improved focus for the day ahead
2. Boosted energy levels
3. Reduced stress levels
4. Awakened metabolism
5. Increased immunity

Details:

Starting Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Wednesdays and Fridays | 6:15 – 7:15am

Set your alarm and join us!

Cost:

FREE for Edgeworks Members
Drop-In Rate: $20/class

Acro Yoga

Wednesdays | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Join certified Acro Yoga instructor, Samitha Hendrickson, for the FUNdamentals of dynamic partnering and acrobatic balancing that is Acro Yoga.

A practice that blends elements of yoga, acrobatics and thai massage. You will learn to balance someone else’s body on your feet – called “basing” – to be balanced by someone else – called “flying” – and to spot. This practice plays with elements of control and letting go gracefully in coordination with someone else.

No previous experience or partner is required to attend, just bring a basic level of body awareness and a willingness to try new things. You will be amazed with what you can do!

Individual sign-ups are encouraged. We’ll find a partner for you!

Cost:

FREE for Edgeworks Members
Drop-In Rate: $20/class

SIGN UP ONLINE

 

Member Spotlight August 2019

Luis Salazar

Member since November 2018

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in the Pacific Northwest?

Luis: I’m originally from NYC. My wife is from Tacoma. We were living in Brooklyn before we moved out west for work. As much I miss Brooklyn and the climbing community there, I do love having the mountains so close. My backyard is the Pacific Northwest.

What’s the story behind your becoming a climber? How did you end up at Edgeworks?

Luis: It got a bit harrowing at times working in a NYC emergency room and taking the subway home every day was mentally exhausting so I wanted to find a place to clear my mind. I found peace in the outdoors and hiking up mountains eventually led to climbing. I started climbing at a gym in Brooklyn and it just expanded from there. Now, my wife and I plan our trips specifically for climbing and we’ve met so many people in the climbing community with amazing stories. We focus on rope climbing so when we knew we were moving here, Edgeworks was close by and loved the route setting here.

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?

Luis: Definitely lead climbing. It is a huge mental game going up a route and keeping your mental game in check. It can totally take away from the climb if you’re not managing your fear of falling even though you might be physically capable of doing a route. This is probably the bigger challenge for me than learning the skills, even though those are also pretty tough to execute at times.

Tell us your favorite music as of late. Who should we be listening to?

Luis: I’m kind of old school. Stevie Wonder on a good day and Miles Davis on a bad day. Talib Kweli when I’m climbing.

What is one lesson you’ve learned as a climber that you would teach to your younger self who’s just starting out climbing?

Luis: Don’t worry about how you look climbing. I learned a lot from trying different things on routes and just thoroughly enjoyed the process of messing up.

Best part about Edgeworks?

Luis: The community here is tight. I’ve met a lot of people through this gym and our relationships go beyond climbing. I am also a big fan of the route setting.

Could you tell us something about you that our community members might not know? What’s your jam outside of Edgeworks?

Luis: I work as a nurse and like to volunteer either through medical efforts or through photography. I currently volunteer with a non-profit organization called Climbers of Color based here in Washington . We have an event coming up August 9th here at Edgeworks. Check out our website to learn more about us! (https://www.climbersofcolor.org/)

What’s your goal for the months ahead as far as climbing and fitness go?

Luis: I hope to climb some more 5.11s outside and start projecting a 5.12. I also want to learn trad and expand my technical climbing knowledge. I need to start ticking off some of the bigger mountains like Mt. Rainier, as well. 

Summer Savings Continue!

The perfect time to become an Edgeworks member and save some money is now! For the month of August, if you sign up for an Edgeworks Membership you’ll get 50% off the startup fee (Regularly $60!). By becoming a member you’ll also be joining the Edgeworks community of climbers and friends. Fitness is included with membership, as well as fun events like socials, clinics and competitions that are often FREE! or discounted for our members.

Seriously, don’t miss out on this great deal!
– No coupons necessary!
– Offer valid August 1 – August 31, 2019.

Member Set Event

Monday, July 22, 2019

5:00pm – 9:30pm | 3 – 90 minute sessions

Want to learn what it takes to be a route setter?

Here’s your chance! Join Edgeworks’ head route setter, Joe Stangel, for an evening of pure route setting joy – Monday, July 22, 5pm – 9:30pm.

This is a beginner clinic designed to introduce climbers to the art of route setting. You will learn basic setting practices, have the opportunity to set your very own boulder problem, and get professional feedback.

This event is open to Edgeworks members only! (ages 16+)

Sign up online for your 90-minute setting session: 

 – Session 1: 5:00 – 6:30
 – Session 2: 6:30 – 8:00
 – Session 3: 8:00 – 9:30

6 spots available for each session; 18 total. 

Member Spotlight July 2019

Cole Cook

Member since March 2019

How did you start climbing?

Cole: A few months ago I was with my daughter and I heard about Edgeworks online and decided to try it out. We completely fell in love with it and have been going steadily ever since.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Cole: I love to climb at Edgeworks because it’s an amazing facility, all the staff are great and I’ve met a bunch of friends there. Everyone there is awesome and very helpful.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Cole: When I’m not climbing I’m usually working and spending time with my family and friends.

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Cole: I have not yet climbed outside but plan on making a trip to exit 38 very soon.

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

Cole: I love being outside. Other than rock climbing my favorite hobby would definitely be snowboarding. I like doing anything active; I can’t stand sitting around. 

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

Cole: I’ve only been climbing for about three months and I recently started lead climbing which I’m completely addicted to. 

Member Spotlight June 2019

Emily Anderson 

Member since January 2018

How did you start climbing?

Emily: My first experience climbing was when I was 17 and living in Colorado. I went with my brother and his friend to North Table Mountain in Golden. I immediately loved it, but didn’t start regularly climbing until I moved to WA several years later and decided to get a membership at Edgeworks.

Why do you climb at Edgeworks?

Emily: Edgeworks has a very special, welcoming community. I always tell people, I have never been to a gym where I have met so many friendly and genuinely awesome individuals. I also love all the unique spaces and different ways you can challenge yourself physically in addition to the walls, like the campus boards, weight rooms, and yoga studio. I also often do homework and work on my computer at the upstairs tables. Really, Edgeworks has become a bit of a second home.

What do you do when you’re not climbing?

Emily: When I am not climbing, you can probably find me at work or at school. I am a server at Stack 571 Whiskey bar and a student at the University of Washington-Tacoma, studying Psychology and Education. I also really enjoy playing acoustic guitar and singing, hanging out with my family and friends, and hiking/backpacking around the PNW!

Where is your favorite place to climb outside?

Emily: So far, I have only been climbing outside in three different places. Once in Golden, Leavenworth, and exit 38, so really I have just started to dip my toes in outdoor climbing. Although I love the scenery and atmosphere of climbing in Leavenworth, I would have to say as of now I really enjoy sport climbing and all the options for sport that exit 38 has for this. That being said I really want to take a trip down to Smith Rock soon!

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

Emily: I am actually currently conducting a research project on Women and Rock Climbing, and using Edgeworks as well as other climbing locations as field sites for observation. I’m nearing the end of my research, and have learned so much and met so many great people through the process.

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

Emily: Right now I love top roping, but leading is in the near future for me 🙂 My favorite projects would probably have to be stemming projects and routes with mostly crimps!