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Celebrate Pride

Saturday, July 13th, 2024

PRIDE 2024

Through conversations inspired and led by LGBTQ+ identifying staff and in collaboration with Queer Mountaineers, members of our staff-led DEI Advisory Committee have been working on ways to show support and create new connections. We have several exciting events planned for June (National Pride Month) and July (Tacoma only) in 2024.

Join us in celebrating diversity, promoting inclusion, and creating a world where everyone can be their authentic selves. Happy Pride Month!

BELLEVUE

PAWS + PRIDE
June 1 | 9:30am – 1pm
Downtown Bellevue Park

Join us at Bellevue Downtown Park for the Eastside’s largest LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Kickoff!

Enjoy a stroll through the park followed by fun festivities including a mimosa/beer garden, DJ Puma, RuPaw’s Dawg Costume Contest, Drag Queen Gaysha Starr, community booths, face painting, and more!

Be sure to visit us at the Edgeworks table for fun prizes and giveaways!

SHOW YOUR PRIDE EVENT
June 18 | 6pm – 9pm

Join Edgeworks and Queer Mountaineers for an evening of climbing, music, and tie-dye fun!

Bring your own shirt to tie-dye or purchase one at the event and add your own meaningful splash of color! Proceeds benefit Queer Mountaineers.

Climb our special rainbow routes, featuring Pride history facts. And, plan ahead for raffle prizes, a cookout, and plenty of Queer joy to go around!

$12 day passes + free rentals

SEATTLE

PRIDE PARTY
June 11 | 5:30pm – 9pm

Get ready to kick off Pride month at Edgeworks Seattle! Join us as we team up with Patagonia Seattle and Queer Mountaineers for an unforgettable celebration!

Dive into the festivities with drag bingo, raffle prizes, tie dye, cookout, climbing and queer joy!

Shoutouts to our sponsors:

  • Black Diamond
  • Mighty-O Donuts
  • Seattle Pops
  • Aslan Brewing

It’s a Pride party like no other – we can’t wait to celebrate with y’all!

WOMEN LOVING WOMEN
June 20 | 6pm – 8pm
$12 day passes + free rentals

Join us for a special evening climb night featuring a special lavender route and offering history. Our friendly staff will kick off the event with a fun icebreaker activity.

Featuring:

  • Sisters in Action Sports
  • She Rocks
  • Hidden Crux Coalition

Don’t miss this exciting and inclusive climbing event—come and connect with the community!

TACOMA

QUEER CLIMB NIGHT
June 13 | 7pm – 9pm
$12 day pass + free rentals

Join us for our monthly Queer Climb Night hosted by Queer Mountaineers, but this time with a little extra glitter and flare! Enjoy making friendship bracelets at our craft table and get expressive with some fun temporary tattoos.

Don’t miss out on this special night of climbing and community!

SHOW YOUR PRIDE EVENT
July 2 | 6pm – 9pm
$12 day passes, free rentals.

A celebration event for the Edgeworks community featuring yard games and tie dye stations:

  • Folks are invited to bring their own shirt or purchase one to tie dye or add color to in a way that is meaningful to them.
  • Proceeds benefit Queer Mountaineers.

Plan for raffle prizes, climbing and queer joy!

COMMUNITY.

Together with professionalism, integrity and adventure, community is one of our core values. To us, it means “a welcoming group of climbing enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and friends connecting through our shared interests in climbing, fitness, and fun”. 

Each Pride Month we take the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve done and still need to do for LGBTQ+ folks in our communities.

Why do we celebrate Pride Month?

We recognize that diversity fuels the spirit of our staff and community. Our commitment to equity and inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience builds a culture where difference is valued, innovation thrives and adventure is accessible to all.

What are we doing to support the LGBTQ+ community?

We are proud to be creating brave + inclusive spaces where all climbers of any gender, identity or sexual orientation feel accepted;  where you can challenge yourself, build your skills and know that this is a place where you belong.

What steps are we taking to accomplish this?

  • Listening + responding to the needs of our staff, members + community
  • Maintaining hiring practices to recruit + retain a diverse staff team
  • Advancing a staff-led diversity, equity + inclusion committee
  • Hiring experts to help identify + navigate our strengths/opportunities through discussion and trainings
  • Building action steps to hold ourselves accountable to changes we want to see

What does this look like to our community:

  • Monthly Queer Climb Nights at all locations; hosted by Queer Mountaineers
  • Progress Pride flags in all facilities (year-round)
  • Period products in all bathrooms (year-round)
  • Pronouns on staff nametags
  • Access to gender affirming bathrooms in all facilities; with improvements to the Bellevue gym scheduled with facility updates and expansion
  • Gender inclusive categories for competitions
  • Celebrate Pride events + activities hosted at all locations during the month of June; and July in Tacoma
  • Redefining who a “climber” is, can and should be by building a better, more inclusive community for all

We’re listening.

Click here to offer your thoughts, suggestions and feedback.

In 2022, we made cash donations to:

In 2023 and 2024, donations will benefit Queer Mountaineers.

Founded by queer dreamers, activists, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts, Queer Mountaineers’ mission is to provide community, access to skills & gear, and a safe space for outdoor enthusiasts of all backgrounds, genders, and sexualities. We are grateful for the partnership, talents and energy they bring to our gyms.

Please consider joining us in supporting them! Donate Now

Summer Memberships

Friday, July 5th, 2024

Our Summer Send Sale is back!

Perfect for climbers who are only in town for the summer months or new members looking for a great deal on a new membership!

Membership Dates: NOW – August 31.

Purchase early to get the most out of this awesome deal! And, enjoy many of the same great perks and benefits that come with being an Edgeworks member including climbing, fitness classes, guest passes, discounts and more! 

Limited Access! All Summer Memberships include access to one Edgeworks location only; day pass rates will apply when visiting our other locations.

Purchase Online:

Prices vary by location; select the gym at which you wish to climb: 

The earlier you purchase, the better the deal – so don’t wait!

All summer memberships expire August 31, 2024 regardless of purchase date.

Partner Finder Options

Sunday, June 30th, 2024

6 WAYS TO FIND A CLIMBING PARTNER AT EDGEWORKS

Our community is full of friendly climbers willing to lend a catch when needed! And while starting from scratch can be a challenging or somewhat awkward endeavor, the rewards for reaching out to others can get you on the ropes with a new friend in no time. 

Here are 6 tried and true ways to find a climbing partner at Edgeworks. 

BRING A FRIEND! 

Members can (and should!) use their FREE guest passes to introduce their friends to climbing at Edgeworks. 

Each member receives: 

  • 2 free 1st time guest passes per visit
  • 1 free guest pass per month*

*Free guest pass use is limited to 1/every 30 days for guests.

ATTEND A COMMUNITY CLIMB NIGHT.

Pop in for one of our monthly community climb nights designed specifically to help make connecting with people easier. There are several to choose from each month; hit the link to access our events calendar for more details. BELLEVUE | SEATTLE | TACOMA

  • Monthly Climber Socials
  • Women’s Climb Nights / She Rocks
  • Climbers of Color
  • Queer Climb Nights
  • College Night
  • Family Night
  • Military Night

ADD YOUR NAME TO THE BELAY FINDER SHEET.

Our belay finder sheet located at the front desk is a great way to share your information with other climbers and let you take control of the connections you make.  

  • Add your name and contact information.
  • Check the list for other climbers.
  • Connect directly or let our staff help.

ASK OUR STAFF TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

Find yourself at the gym without a partner? Let our staff help! A simple announcement such as this will have you climbing with a new friend in no time: 

“Attention Edgeworks members and guests, if you were hoping to rope climb with someone today, it’s your lucky day! We have someone at the front desk who is looking for a belay partner. Come on up to the front desk for an introduction.”

JOIN AN ONLINE GROUP.

There are several online options available including: 

BE STRATEGIC.

  • Be an awesome belayer. Chance opportunities to climb with new partners are more likely to turn into long-term partnerships if you’re a solid belayer and taking our Intro to Climbing course is a great way to meet other new climbers. This course is offered free for members; click the link to sign up online.
  • Look for a group of three. Look for groups in the rope areas with an odd number of climbers and ask if they would like another belayer. There is always a chance that the odd person out would be happy to get climbing sooner.
  • Warm up on the boulder walls. Bouldering provides an easy way to be on the lookout for other climbers just like you. If you are unsure how to approach a group of boulderers, try getting in line to start working a popular problem near them.  Usually, other climbers are happy to share what they may have figured out about a particular problem and help you solve the puzzle.

Meetup Groups

Sunday, June 30th, 2024

Discover Community and Climbing at Edgeworks

At Edgeworks, we believe climbing is more than just a sport—it’s a way to build community, foster inclusivity, and support one another. Our diverse range of meet-up groups offers climbers of all backgrounds the chance to connect, share experiences, and enjoy the sport we love.

Here’s a look at some of our featured climb nights:

Women’s Climb Nights

Women’s Climb Nights are all about empowerment and camaraderie. Join a supportive community of women climbers, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber. These nights provide a space to share tips, encourage each other, and tackle new challenges together.

BIPOC Climb Nights

Hosted by Climbers of Color, our BIPOC Climb Nights create an inclusive environment for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to come together and climb. These sessions offer a welcoming space to connect with fellow climbers, share experiences, and celebrate diversity within the climbing community.

Queer Climb Nights

In partnership with Queer Mountaineers, Queer Climb Nights are dedicated to fostering a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ climbers. Join us to build connections, support one another, and enjoy the sport in a welcoming environment where everyone can be their authentic selves.

Adaptive Climb Nights

Adaptive Climb Nights are designed for climbers with disabilities, providing tailored support and a community of fellow adaptive climbers. Our goal is to make climbing accessible to everyone, ensuring that all participants can experience the challenge, fun and satisfaction of reaching new heights.

Join Us!

No matter your background or experience level, Edgeworks has a meet-up group for you. These climb nights are more than just events—they’re opportunities to build lasting friendships, support each other’s goals, and strengthen our climbing community.

Check out our event schedules and join us for a climb night that fits you best. We can’t wait to see you on the wall!

Bel-Red Boulders “BRB”

Sunday, June 30th, 2024

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.

Bike to Edgeworks Month

Friday, May 31st, 2024

 

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.

Learn to Climb Outside

Thursday, May 30th, 2024

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!

Summer Camp Scholarships

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

Climbing camps for beginner, intermediate and advanced youth climbers of all ages!
Whether you’re looking to be introduced to the sport of rock climbing or want to push your climbing skills to the next level, our camps are a fun way enjoy the sport of rock climbing.

Edgeworks is committed to increasing equity and inclusion in climbing; working to build a culture where adventure is accessible to all.

As part of this commitment we accept scholarship applications for participation in the following programs:

  • New Rockers
  • Adventure Rock 1
  • Adventure Rock 2
  • Adventure Rock 3
  • Adventure Rock 4

Each location (Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma) offers up to one scholarship per type of camp, which includes:

  • 100% of program fees
  • Rental gear during program: shoes, harness and belay device
  • Plus, additional gear for outdoor days including helmet, backpack and water bottle

The application process for 2024 is now closed.
In addition to summer camps scholarships, we also offer Youth Program scholarships for programs that run throughout the year.