Guides

  • Berndt Bittlingmaier

    Single Pitch
    Climbing School Instructor, Guide

    American Mountain Guide AssociationBerndt grew up in Alaska and lived in Guam for 7 years before settling in Washington for college. He began rock climbing in 1999 at Mt Erie and loves going back for the views and variety of routes.

    A career Firefighter/EMT, Berndt has a passion for learning and instructing. He has instructed at local community and technical colleges since 2005, as well as for local Mountain Rescue groups. He is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and completed the Alpine Skills Course. As an Instructor with Edgeworks, he hopes to increase the size of the Tacoma climbing community, while having fun and mitigating risks in the outdoors.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

  • Owner, General Manager, Climbing School Director, Head Guide

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationTod Bloxham was born and raised in Washington State, spending his adolescence exploring the mountains of the North Cascades. By the age of 18 Tod had logged well over 500 miles of North Cascades trails and backcountry and had hiked 2,700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, becoming the youngest solo through-hiker to travel the entire PCT from Canada to Mexico. As a climber, Tod has been climbing and skiing the backcountry since 1991, logging hundreds of ascents of rock, ice and ski routes in North America and abroad.

    Life in the outdoors and work must coexist for Tod; professionally, Tod has been guiding since 1999, and as the owner of Edgeworks Climbing, Tod is either helping his beautiful wife show the wonders of the outdoors to their two girls, sharpening his skills on the alpine and trad climbs he pursues, or helping people discover that the outdoors and climbing can be a lifelong pursuit that is inspiring and invigorating.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
    AMGA Certified Rock Guide
    AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
    Wilderness First Responder
    AIARE L1 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE L2 Avalanche Instructor
    AIARE L3 Avalanche Forecaster

  • Andy Davis

    Rock Instructor
    Program Manager, Climbing School Instructor, Guide, Route Setter

    American Mountain Guide AssociationWilderness Medicine InstituteUSAC Route SetterWhen Andy Davis graduated in 2004 with a degree in music performance from the University of Puget Sound he was searching for work and stumbled upon a climbing gym under construction. A couple days later he was the first employee hired by Edgeworks and the rest is history.

    When he is not working here he leads month long climbing and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School, takes inner city kids on outdoor adventures, and teaches Backpacking courses at UPS. Other interests include backcountry skiing, sailing, playing the clarinet, kayaking, running, slacklining, practical jokes, and good beer.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
    Wilderness First Responder
    USAC Level 2 Route Setter
    Leave No Trace Master Trainer

  • Jimmy Grant

    Single Pitch
    Front Desk Supervisor, Climbing School Instructor, Team Edgeworks Coach, Guide

    American Mountain Guide AssociationJimmy was born and raised in Kansas City and has been outdoor obsessed since he was 12 years old. He has been all over the United States participating in a multitude of different outdoor activities from canoeing to adventure races.

    While earning his degree at Kansas State Jimmy began climbing as an alternative to his traditional workout routine but soon it was an addiction. Jimmy went on to set multiple climbing records at K-State including the first ever to reach the one mile mark (132 ascents) and the High Flyer award earning the highest overall altitude reached at roughly 1.5 miles or 170 ascents. Soon after college Jimmy became a certfied PCIA Climbing Instructor and booked the earliest flight to Washington where he could pursue his dream of becoming a guide.

    If you see Jimmy in the gym make sure you say hi or give a really hard high five because he loves meeting new people, sharing climbing stories, and giving away top secret beta.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
    PCIA Certified Climbing Instructor

  • Cassandra Marohl

    Single Pitch
    Front Desk, Youth Instructor, Climbing School Instructor, Guide

    American Mountain Guide AssociationCassie began climbing during her time as a Student Ambassador with her local College Climbing Club. After a handful of day trips and some overnight alpine ascents, she began discovering a swelling sense of inner strength, empowerment, and freedom. Her passion for climbing was ignited. Cassie began working as an instructor for Edgeworks in the fall of 2015 and plans to become a guide!

    You may have seen Cassie climbing with her 4 year old son from time to time, he often shouts down at other climbers, "wow look at me!" Cassie's favorite aspect of teaching is being able to facilitate the joy and self growth that comes from climbing. Cassie also loves trying new things! Cycling has been a channel for a special cause that hits close to home for her: The Courage Classic Bicycle tour fundraiser for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital abuse intervention center. Keep on the lookout for an Edgeworks cycling team for this nonprofit!

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • Guide

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationIan has a never-ending stoke to be out sharing the experience of the mountains with people; whether on rock, glaciers or on skis; and this passion has been known to spur people to greater heights.

    Ian is an internationally licensed IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide, meaning he is certified as an Alpine, Rock and Ski guide through the AMGA. Some of Ian's experience ranges from having established over a half-dozen first ascents in his home range of the Cascades as well as opening new routes in farther-off regions such as the Waddington Range, Patagonia and the Alaska Range. Ian is works as a Professional Observer for NWAC (The Northwest Avalanche Center), authored a local climbing guidebook entitled SuperTopo: Washington Pass Climbing, and is a long time writer for OutdoorGearLab and occasional contributor to Climbing Magazine. Ian is AIARE Level III certified, is an AIARE Level 1 and Level 2 Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Respondeder, and a LNT Trainer.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide
    AMGA Certified Mountain Guide
    AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
    AMGA Certified Rock Guide
    AMGA Certified Ski Guide
    Wilderness First Responder
    AIARE L1 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE L2 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE L3 Avalanche Forecaster

  • Andrew Powell

    Single Pitch
    Climbing School Instructor, Guide, Maintenance

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationAndrew is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor with a passion for sharing rock climbing with people of all ages. He started rock climbing on a whim in 2004 and has worked hard to become a well-rounded climber. In 2011, on a trip to the Red River Gorge, he tried his hand at “trad” climbing and has since begun a pursuit of longer, traditionally protected lines. He has a true affinity for all things traditional; such as well-placed stoppers, a map and compass (vs. GPS), and shaving with a straight razor.

    Andrew spends as much time as possible in the mountains and backcountry; climbing, skiing, and adventuring with friends. You'll find him cragging at Index, climbing around the Washington Cascades, or going to as many new destinations as possible when he is not teaching or leading trips for Edgeworks.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    Wilderness First Responder
    AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor