Bel-Red Boulders “BRB”

EDGEWORKS’ ALL NEW BOULDERING GYM!

We’re “making more happen” at the Staples location at Evergreen Village in Bellevue! Announcing our newest project: “Bel-Red Boulders” … or “BRB” for short, because we know you’ll want to “be right back”.

Located just a few blocks away from our current Crossroads location, this all new 26,400 sq ft bouldering only gym will help fill the growing need for more climbing, training and fitness on the Eastside and for our greater Edgeworks community.

With the vision and intention to create a warm, modern, casual space that appeals to the Eastside community, this project is designed to meet the needs of urban climbers and weekend warriors alike.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES: MAY 2024

Build a bouldering gym“, they say. “It’s easy,” they say. The initial “raise the roof” phase of the project proved more challenging that originally anticipated but we’re stoked to say that WE HAVE A ROOF and big things are happening:

WALL CONSTRUCTION: It’s starting to look like a climbing gym! The team from @epusaclimbing is on site now framing and building the new climbing walls and transforming the space into the bouldering gym we’ve all been dreaming of.

COMPLETION DATE: Summer 2024. It’s too soon to announce an official opening date but things are currently moving along on all fronts and we promise to keep you updated as things progress.

HIRING: We are currently working to fill the Gym Operations Manager position. Once complete, we’ll begin hiring for all other positions.

STOKE LEVEL: Increasing daily!

Follow us on Instagram for more progress updates, comments from our growing community and more: @edgeworks_brb

PROJECT DETAILS

E/P USA CLIMBING WALLS 15,100 sq ft

Designed and constructed by E/P USA with flooring by Flashed, these new walls were designed to compliment and balance the wall features, angles and training components currently offered at our Crossroads location.

The walls at BRB will include a balance of slab, vert, and overhung terrain, featuring:

  • 9,200 sq ft of climbing surface
  • Up to 19 feet tall
  • 95’ long Gallery Wall
  • (2) 19’ Overhanging Features
  • (5) Alcoves between 13’ and 16’ tall
  • (2) Dedicated spray walls to enhance training opportunities, 30 degree and slab

Full-Fitness TRAINING AREA + Yoga Studio

Training is a focus here! Wanting to allow for strength training at many different levels of climbing and fitness, Bel-Red Boulders will offer a full training area with climbing-specific features, such as:

  • (2) adjustable training boards
  • Campus board
  • Hangboard frame, with up to (12) hangboards and rails
  • (2) Spray walls
  • Free weights and racks
  • Cardio machines
  • Yoga Studio + Group Fitness Space

FACILITY FEATURES Locker Rooms + Saunas

In addition to gender neutral bathrooms that offer more usable, accessible space for everyone, BRB will also feature open access to sinks for easy handwashing between sessions and full locker rooms with showers, benches and saunas!

COMMUNITY Gathering Spaces

With every project we set out with the same goal, to build a space where everyone feels welcomed, challenged + engaged. Including features that promote downtime between sessions and accommodate remote work options, BRB can be your home away from home, work or school.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are you building another gym in Bellevue? Why not somewhere else?
Good question. Our best answer is opportunity and available space. Demand is still high on the eastside; our Bellevue Crossroads location is crowded and will be losing some bouldering due to expansion and Vertical World Redmond has closed.

This is also not our last project and we’re always excited when people ask us to bring Edgeworks to their communities! We’re also proud to be the only gym in the Seattle-area market to serve any portion of the south sound; Tacoma is in fact where we started and our gyms span the largest area between Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. But this is not our last project. We’re always seeking our next opportunity to expand the Edgeworks community to new areas.

Are there any plans to resurrect the development of a Tukwila location?
We really like the idea of the original Stone Gardens Tukwila project but those plans are no longer available. The project was started by Stone Gardens before the Seattle and Bellevue gyms joined Edgeworks and the Tukwila plans were not included as part of the transition. The building has since been sold and leased to other businesses.

Will access to Bel Red Boulders [BRB] be included with my Edgeworks membership?
[Yes] Adding BRB to the Edgeworks community will offer our members a greater variety of climbing terrain, training options, fitness classes and more!

Will you offer more youth programs?
[No] Kids are always welcome at Edgeworks and we remain committed to helping young climbers discover, learn and excel at climbing but the programming focus at Bel Red Boulders [BRB] will be a little different.

With the addition of BRB and the expansion project at Bellevue Crossroads, it is our overall vision to better serve our community as a whole, including climbers of all ages, all sizes, and all abilities – bringing more climbing to the eastside and making space for programming where and when it makes the most sense for everyone.

While you won’t see regular youth programs offered here at BRB, there’s a good chance you’ll see small groups from Team Edgeworks here from time to time – sharing the space, working problems and practicing for bouldering season.

Will membership prices increase?
Prices are adjusted every year, but not due to expansion. Since the very beginning, it’s been Edgeworks’ theory and practice that small yearly price increases provide transparent predictability for our members and allow us to continue our commitment to invest back into our facilities, programs, and employees.

Each year, we evaluate the following criteria that typically results in a monthly membership rate increase:

  • operating costs and staff wages
  • increases in membership value, benefits, access, and offerings
  • future improvements and expansions

Thank you for your excitement and support! We couldn’t be more stoked to share this with all of you.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to leave them send them via our online Customer Feedback form. 

We’ll continue to add to this feed as more questions and details emerge.

Adaptive Climb Nights

Join us for Adaptive Climb Nights at Edgeworks!

Interested in experiencing rock climbing and joining a supportive community of adaptive climbers? These nights provide space and support for adaptive climbers to come together, build community, and explore climbing. We’ll have staff members, belayers, and adaptive equipment on hand.

Open to adaptive athletes of all ages and abilities. No prior experience is necessary.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up now as limited spots may be available!
$12 day passes + free equipment rentals (free admission for veterans + members).

Check our online event calendars for specific dates and times.

Queer Climb Nights

Join Queer Mountaineers, a PNW based inclusive community of hikers, climbers, alpinists, skiers, just overall awesome humans, for Queer Climb Nights at Edgeworks.

This night of climbing and community is driven by a desire to create a safe, welcoming, and fun atmosphere for those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. All skill levels are welcome!

$12 day passes + free rentals available.

Check our online event calendars for specific dates and times.

BIPOC Climb Nights

We’re proud to partner with Climbers of Color to bring Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Climb Nights to Edgeworks!

Interested in learning how to rock climb? Looking to join a supportive community of BIPOC climbers?
Join CoC for their monthly BIPOC Climbing Nights. Individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome!

$12 day passes + free rentals available. Check out the Climbers of Color website for more info.

Check our online event calendars for specific dates and times.

Bike to Edgeworks Month

 

Excellent Parking + Raffle Prizes!

May 1 – 31, 2024“Bike like the mountain is out!”

Join the “Bike to Edgeworks” 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!

Plus, you get to enjoy all of these added benefits:

  1. Skip the traffic
  2. Find excellent parking
  3. Save money
  4. Help the environment
  5. Improve your physical health
  6. Improve your mental health

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 2024 only.
– Raffle is open to everyone and all ages, including members and non-members.
– Drawing will take place Thursday, June 1, 2024.

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

Women’s Climb Nights

Twice Monthly | 6pm

Our Women’s Climb Nights focus on creating a dependable, welcoming, and safe atmosphere to connect with other climbers or begin one’s climbing journey. The program offers a new place for women and underserved genders to feel welcome and explore the climbing environment and community.

This experience is intended to help participants find new belay buddies and connect with new friends.

Please check our online Event Calendar for specific dates and times.

Meet and climb with new people and build overall stoke!

In Tacoma, the evening typically begins with a warm up on the boulder walls and an ice breaker, followed by top rope climbing.

  • Membership or regular day pass rates apply.
  • If you do not own a harness or shoes, complimentary rentals will be included.
  • We encourage those who wish to attend to be belay certified.
  • This program is currently offered only at our Bellevue + Tacoma locations.
  • Our Seattle location is partnering with SheRocks to offer similar monthly programming.

Learn to Climb Outside

Learning to climb outside can be an incredibly rewarding experience, combining physical challenge, mental focus, and a deep connection with nature. At Edgeworks, we’re passionate about helping you take your climbing skills from the gym to the great outdoors. Here’s how we can guide you on this exciting journey.

Why Climb Outside?

Climbing outdoors offers a unique set of challenges and rewards that you won’t find in the gym. The natural rock formations, the fresh air, and the expansive views create an unforgettable experience. Outdoor climbing allows you to:

  1. Connect with Nature: Experience the beauty and tranquility of natural climbing environments.
  2. Challenge Yourself: Tackle real rock formations with unique features and complexities.
  3. Build Skills: Learn essential outdoor climbing techniques and protocols.
  4. Experience Adventure: Enjoy the thrill of conquering new heights in the great outdoors.

Getting Started with Edgeworks

At Edgeworks, we offer comprehensive programs to help you transition from indoor climbing to outdoor climbing with confidence and competence. Here’s how we can support your journey:

Outdoor Climbing Classes
Our outdoor climbing classes are designed for climbers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. These classes cover essential skills, including:

  • Belaying and Rappelling: Learn how to manage ropes and descend effectively.
  • Route Finding: Understand how to read and navigate outdoor climbing routes.
  • Anchor Building: Gain knowledge on setting up secure anchors for top-roping and lead climbing.
  • Climbing Techniques: Improve your footwork, hand placements, and overall climbing efficiency on real rock.

Guided Climbing Trips
Join our experienced, AMGA certified guides on trips to some of the best climbing spots in the region. These trips offer:

  • Hands-On Experience: Practice your skills in a real outdoor setting with expert guidance.
  • Personalized Coaching: Receive tips and feedback tailored to your climbing style and goals.
  • Expert Guidance: Climb with confidence knowing you’re under the watchful eye of certified guides.

The Edgeworks Community

One of the greatest benefits of learning to climb with Edgeworks is becoming part of our vibrant and supportive climbing community. Our members share a passion for adventure and a commitment to helping each other grow as climbers. When you learn to climb outside with us, you’ll make new friends, find climbing partners, and become part of a network of climbers who share your enthusiasm for the sport.

Ready to Start Your Outdoor Climbing Journey?

At Edgeworks, we’re dedicated to providing you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take your climbing to new heights—literally! Whether you’re looking to try outdoor climbing for the first time or seeking to advance your existing skills, our programs are designed to meet your needs and help you achieve your climbing goals.

Adventure awaits, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Let’s climb outside together!

Rappelling Class + Rappel Kit 

Review by: Elana Cueto of Edgeworks Seattle

Lana took the Rappelling Course through Edgeworks Seattle in Spring 2024. The rappelling kit provided during the course comes highly recommended by Edgeworks Guiding and all items are available for purchase at Edgeworks’ gear shops conveniently located in Ballard, Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, and Tacoma. 

Gear included in this kit:

  • Rappel Device: Petzl Reverso (Qty: 1)
  • Locking Carabiners: Petzl Attache Screw Lock Carabiner (Qty: 2)
  • Runner for Extension: 18mm x 120cm Black Diamond Nylon Runner (Qty: 1)
  • Prusik: 6mm Edelrid HMP Cord Sling (Qty: 1)

What are your favorite things about this kit?

My favorite thing about this kit is how each item is multi-functional. They are also relatively inexpensive compared to other climbing gear.

What type of climbing did you use this kit for?

I used this kit for rappelling. These items can be used indoors or outdoors. This setup is useful for descending from multi-pitches or just having some fun rappelling off cool cliffs and big rocks. These components are great for multi-pitch climbing and alpine climbing as well.

Is it comfortable and easy to use?

Once you take the rappel class, everything makes sense! The Petzl Reverso is great for belaying from below and above, as well as rappelling. The sling and cord are versatile and can be tied to varying lengths as needed. These items are all standard components for a rappel setup.

Is there anything I don’t like about it?

Nope! The nylon runner is not as adaptable as an adjustable belay extension/tether, but it’s much cheaper and accessible.

Here are a few tips when using this kit:

  • Take a Class or Learn from a Credible Guide: According to The American Alpine Club, 30% of accidents happen on the descent.
  • Use Appropriate Equipment: These items are not the only things you can use for rappelling. If you switch an item out, make sure you are using and connecting it according to the manufacturer’s standards.
  • Mind Your Rope Diameter: If your rope is too similar in diameter to your cord sling, your friction hitch may be prone to slippage.
  • Additional Gear Needed: Make sure you also have other necessary items such as a helmet, harness, locking carabiners, gloves, and a rope.

This comprehensive rappel kit is a fantastic option for anyone looking to improve their rappelling skills. Whether you’re tackling multi-pitch routes or enjoying a day out on the rocks, the Petzl Reverso, Petzl Attache Screw Lock Carabiners, Black Diamond Nylon Runner, and Edelrid HMP Cord Sling provide a reliable and cost-effective solution for your climbing adventures.