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Team Update April 2017

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Team Training Notes

by Josh Bennett

In the last few weeks Team Edgeworks has seen HUGE increases in Teamwork and overall fitness. The biggest and most noticeable difference is in their flexibility.

There are many reasons that flexibility is key in climbing. The biggest and best reason is that it enables our climbers to use their feet more efficiently!  Coaches are seeing the kids using their bodies in ways that they haven’t been able to before, and it’s really exciting because it opens the door to more creative and  technical beta.

We are  so stoked to be seeing these gains and it seems like the kids really enjoy it too!

2017 Sport and Speed Regional Registration

Registration for the 2017 USA Climbing: Sport & Speed Youth Regional Championships is now open! Please make note of the registration deadlines and eligibility requirements below and register today!

Important Registration Dates 

April 1 – April 30, 2017

USA Climbing: Sport & Speed Youth Regional Championships registration is now open and will continue until 11:59 PM MST on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

May 1 – May 2, 2017 | Registration Extension Period ($100 late fee)

On May 1st, USA Climbing will post a roster of currently registered competitors and reopen registration to allow all eligible members an additional 48-hours to register for Regionals at an additional $100 fee.

May 2, 2017 @ 11:59pm MST | Registration CLOSES 

Registration for Regionals will officially close on May 2nd at 11:59pm MST and USA Climbing will NOT accept any late or missed registration appeals if a competitor fails to register by this final registration deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

Sport & Speed Youth Regional Championships are open only to USA Climbing Competitor Members who:

•  hold a current USA Climbing Competitor membership

•  have competed in a minimum of, and received credit for, two Local competitions as a USA Climbing Competitor Member or USA Climbing DAY-Member

•  met all registration requirements and/or deadlines

•  have a Bye to the event

The two competition minimum participation requirement will be waived for competitors that wish to compete in SPEED ONLY.

**This is a summary of requirements. Please see the RULEBOOK for more details**

How to Register

Click the link in the email you received from USA Climbing, or go to


Mark your calendar! The Olympic Peninsula Climbers and the Access Fund’s Conservation Team are holding a trail development event on April 15th, 2017 to develop a formal and safe trail to the Elwha Crags eastern climbing area, Waka Beach. Trail building will include things like brush clearing, digging, lots of manual labor, laughter, and a lot of fun (hopefully). More information is coming regarding how Team Edgeworks will be involved in this service event.

Team Update: March 2017

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Team Lock-in A Success!

Mini-golf, Hokey Pokey, Birdie on a Perch, Tyrolean Traverse, Capture The Flag; these are only some of the activities enjoyed by Team Edgeworks at the lock-in last month. The team in it’s newest form that includes Club, Comp, and Advanced Teams came together in one place for the first time on this night, bonding and developing a new team spirit.

Walking from Edgeworks to Tower Lanes seemed like it might be as treacherous as the Fitz Roy Traverse, but the kids travelled like it was a single pitch on the West Ridge of Prusik Peak! Once there, somehow 25 kids made very little impact on the facility, other than cleaning them out of their golf clubs. Everyone made it back safely and announced their presence by playing a rousing game of Hokey Pokey, drawing in other climbers as it progressed.

If climbing by itself isn’t a big enough challenge, many kids faced their fears by traversing a rope from one side of the gym to the other 20 feet off the ground. The Tyrolean traverse requires strength, trust, and determination. All of the team kids display these qualities daily.

Excellent comportment in our gym community and beyond, and helpfulness and encouragement to fellow teammates was tempered by quite a lot of silliness the rest of the night. They deserve it for all the hard work they put in every day. Go Team!

TEAM UPDATE: February 2017

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Nationals Bound! 

Congratulations to Riley Hume, Kohle Andrews, and Brette Hume for qualifying to compete at the USAC National Bouldering Championship in Salt Lake City, UT this month. This is not the first time two of these outstanding competitors have qualified for a National competition. Brette has qualified twice and Kohle an amazing five times! Both Riley and Brette started climbing at Edgeworks in 2013, joining team shortly after. Kohle first came to Edgeworks in 2008.

You can watch the event live at

2017 Sport and Speed Season Schedule

Sport and Speed season is upon us. The full schedule for region 101 and 102 has been published on the USAC website. The following local competitions are recommended as there will be coaches at each of these.


Region 101:

March 11 – Vertical World, Seattle
April 22 – Island Rock Gym, Bainbridge Island

Region 102:

March 18 – Multnomah Athletic Club – Portland, OR


May 13 – Regional – Stone Gardens, Bellevue.
June 17-18 – Divisional – Alaska Rock Gym.


February 25 – Bowling and Lock-in, time TBA
April 29 – Vantage, WA – Outdoor Trip
August 11-13 – Leavenworth, WA – Outdoor Trip


Team Edgeworks is sad to see Head Coach Jon Manz leaving Edgeworks Climbing to pursue new adventures with Rock Gym Pro in Bend, OR. Please read more here:


Tuesday, January 31st, 2017


Riley Hume has been a part of the Edgeworks community since January 2013, thanks to his mom Nicole Hume. According to Riley she wanted him “spending less time at the house”! He joined Team Edgeworks in September 2014.

In addition to the problem solving aspect of climbing itself, Riley enjoys being a part of the climbing community. He has taken every opportunity to participate in the community at Edgeworks. He was the first place finisher in the first ever Edgeworks 90 day challenge, he spends time climbing outdoors with members and staff of Edgeworks, he even started working at Edgeworks this year as a routesetter, and will be coaching young climbers to crush!

As part of the team, the trip to Leavenworth this year has been his favorite vacation so far. He “made memories and lifelong connections”. He is especially connected to teammate Hal Warren, Riley’s personal hero. “When life gets to me, he’s always there to remind me of everything I have to fight for”. His greatest supporter, former teammate Amy Arnts, has helped him “find happiness in everything that I do. She teaches me to love myself.”

This season marks the last season that Riley will compete with Team Edgeworks. He’s turning 18 next month, and plans to attend college to become a mechanical engineer while staying on as a weekend routesetter and coach at Edgeworks.

Coach Jon Manz says, “It’s been great to work with Riley for the last 3 years, and to help him grow as a climber, but the most exciting thing has been to watch him step into the role of coaching younger climbers as a youth program instructor. I’ve never had one of my athletes become a coach before, and I can’t think of a climber who’s better suited to shape the next generation of Edgeworks climbers.”

Riley is an interesting person with a few stories to tell. Next time you see him ask him about his two week backpacking trip across the Olympics and the Washington Coast.

Team Update: January 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017


Divisional Championship

The weekend of January 14 Seattle Bouldering Project is hosting the Youth Bouldering Divisional Championship. Go to their website and sign up to volunteer. SBP gift cards, drinks and snacks will be provided.
Congratulations to the climbers who qualified to compete at Divisionals this year:
MYJ: Riley Hume, MYA: Hal Warren, FYB: Brette Hume, MYB: Kohle Andrews, Ethan Riggle, Austin Elliott, FYC: Sophia Terrill, FYD: Ireland Kress, Kaela Cameron

2017 Sport and Speed Season 

Sport and Speed season is still a few months away, but it’s a good idea to start planning now. Divisionals will be held at Alaska Rock Gym in Anchorage, which means some of you will be flying to Alaska! If you qualified for the divisional bouldering competition it’s a safe bet you’ll qualify in Sport and Speed as well.  If you missed it this year, don’t rule it out yet! By this summer you’ll be bigger, stronger, faster, and even more psyched!


THIS MONTH ONLY: Discounted Clip and Climb passes have been distributed to all team climbers. Hand these out to all your friends, neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances. For every certificate redeemed in January Edgeworks will donate $10 to the team!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Team members will be available on January 7th from 1:00p-3:00p to belay anyone who redeems their discounted Clip and Climb coupon during that time. Sign up at the front desk to be a part of this community event. ALL team members are encouraged to participate, regardless of age or size. Represent Team Edgeworks and wear your Team gear! I know some of you got some cool stuff for Christmas!

TEAM BUDGET: We’ve heard some good ideas about how to spend all this money we’re raising, including a lock-in, bowling, or a bowling/lock-in combo, a pizza party at Dorky’s arcade, and more. Keep the ideas flowing, and we’ll plan on doing something fun mid-February once the bouldering season is over. Bring your ideas to the January PCA meeting on the 12th.

Next PCA Meeting

January 12, 6:30pm – 7:00pm


Team Update: December 2016

Saturday, December 31st, 2016


Practice Regional Bouldering Championship

On November 12th Climb Tacoma hosted a practice regional championship competition so our teams can become acquainted with the championship format. Team Edgeworks had good participation at the practice event and many kids who are new to the format got a good idea of what will be expected on December 10th. Thanks Climb Tacoma!

The Championship Format: Championship competitions are typically an ‘onsight’ format. To onsight a problem is to climb a route clean on the first attempt without prior information about the problem. After initial registration, climbers are taken to an isolation area. Competitors are taken to the wall prior to the start of competition for a preview. When the competition begins, the competitors will climb one at a time and usually have four minutes to make as many attempts as they want, ideally ‘onsighting’ the problem. There are strict rules forbidding any discussion about the route or wall with climbers who remain in isolation. Following the attempt, a climber may stay in the viewing area with spectators and those other climbers who have previously completed their climb. They may not return to the isolation area.


NEW! We are selling raffle tickets to benefit Team Edgeworks starting Nov. 29th through the Annual sale and Member appreciation event on Dec. 2nd. One winner will have their choice of climbing shoes or harness. See front desk for details.

Upcoming: Discounted Clip and Climb passes are coming. Hand these out to all your friends, neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances. For every certificate redeemed Edgeworks will donate $10 to the team!

Mark your calendar: Team members will be available on January 7th from 1:00p-3:00p to belay anyone who redeems their coupon during that time.

Team Budget: We’ve heard some good ideas about how to spend all this money we’re raising, including a lock-in, bowling, or a bowling/lock-in combo, a pizza party at Dorky’s arcade, and more. Keep the ideas flowing, and we’ll plan on doing something fun mid-February once the bouldering season is over.

Upcoming Events

December 2

Annual Membership Sale and Member Appreciation
Team Edgeworks Raffle

December 10

Regional Championship, Vertical World Redmond

Next PCA Meeting

There will be NO December PCA meeting.

Team Update: November 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Team Trip To Vantage – October 22, 2016

Those team climbers who participated in at least two competitions this season got to go on a climbing trip to Frenchman’s Coulee in Vantage, WA. There was a big turnout, and everyone had a great time! Coach Josh Bennett posted lot’s of pictures to the Team Edgeworks Facebook page. Check it out!


NEW! This December/January we will distribute coupons that are good for discounted Clip and Climb passes to all our friends, neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances. For every certificate redeemed Edgeworks will donate $10 to the team. As a bonus, on January 7, Team members will be available for a few hours (time TBD) to belay anyone who redeems their coupon during that time.

BAKE SALE! Thank you to everyone who contributed baked goods and/or your time at the bake sale during the Blacklight Bouldering competition! It was a huge success!

Blacklight Bouldering – Results

Congratulations to the following Team Edgeworks competitors who competed in the Blacklight Bouldering competition at Edgeworks Climbing on October 29, 2016:
Hal Warren 3rd
Elliott McDonald 11th
Brette Hume 2nd
Elizabeth Hume 13th
Grace Wilkerson 16th
Terah Gruber 19th
Kohle Andrews 1st
Ethan Riggle 7th
Austin Elliott 8th
Braden Adams 14th
Sophia Terrill 1st
Halle Rife 13th
Maya Loveland-Haslund 17th
Bianca Haslund 22nd
Kaj Hansen 7th
Noah Larsen 9th
Jonah Andrews 12th
Ireland Kress 5th
Kaela Cameron 7th
Reagan Kress 13th
Paisley Kress 19th
Parker Andrews 13th
Aaron Larsen 15th
Jageli Rife 16th

Full results can be found here:

Team Spotlight

Keep checking the bulletin board, Team Edgeworks Blog, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest installment of the Team Spotlight! A different team member will be highlighted every month and you never know when, or who, it will be!

Upcoming Events – November 12, 2016

Practice regionals at Climb Tacoma. Time TBD

Next PCA Meeting

November 17, 2016 6:30p in the Edgeworks lounge.

Team Update: October 2016

Monday, October 31st, 2016

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Upcoming Events

Vantage – October 22, 2016
As a reward for team climbers who participate in at least two competitions this season we are offering the opportunity to participate in a climbing trip to Frenchman’s Coulee in Vantage, WA. Registration is limited to the first thirteen participants, so if you haven’t already registered, sign up soon!

Practice Regionals and Party – November 19 – Climb Tacoma
In order to prepare for the format of the Regional Competition held in December, Climb Tacoma is hosting a practice regionals competition. Any climber who has qualified and plans to register for the competition in December is invited to participate in the practice event. There will be a party following. Details are coming soon.

USAC Memberships

Everyone who wants to qualify for the Regional Bouldering competition should have their USAC membership by now. Please be sure to record your USAC number and keep it in a safe place. We will no longer be able to access them via the USA Climbing website.


NEW! Details are coming soon for our newest fundraising opportunity. This concept makes it easy for everyone. We will distribute certificates that are good for discounted Clip and Climb passes to all our friends, neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances. For every certificate redeemed Edgeworks will donate a portion to the team.

BAKE SALE! Team Edgeworks is holing a bake sale during the Blacklight Competition in October. To help out, or for more information please contact Shana Hanft-Rife, or Heidi Kress.

Blacklight Bouldering – October 29, 2016

Registration for the 12th Annual Blacklight Bouldering Competition and Party at Edgeworks is now live online! See the Edge Blog for details.

Social Media

Check the lobby bulletin board, Facebook and Instagram for Team Edgeworks news and information.

Next PCA Meeting

October 20, 2016 6:30p in the upstairs lounge.