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Youth Program Scholarships

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

Edgeworks is committed to increasing equity and inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience; working to build a culture where difference is valued, innovation thrives and adventure is accessible to all.

As part of this commitment we’ve developed a scholarship program for participation in the following Youth Programs:

  • Mini Rockers (6 weeks)
  • Beginning Climbers (6 weeks)
  • Junior Climbers (1 year)
  • Club Climbers (1 year)
  • Team Edgeworks (1 year)

4 scholarships are awarded per location, each one includes:

  • 100% of program fees
  • Rental gear during program: shoes, harness, belay device
  • Edgeworks membership benefits for the duration of the program

Click the link below to learn more about the application and selection process.

Summer Camp Scholarships

Sunday, April 30th, 2023

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 are now accepting scholarship applications for participation in the following Summer Camp Programs for 2023:

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

Up to 1 scholarship per camp is available at each of our locations (Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma) and includes:

  • 100% of program fees
  • Rental gear during program: shoes, harness, belay device, helmet (outdoor days)
  • Backpacks and water bottles available for outdoor days

Application deadline: April 30, 2023

Member Challenge 2023

Sunday, April 30th, 2023

Earn Your Peaks!

February 1 – April 30, 2023
Put your membership to good use, add a little fun to your climbing sessions and earn a FREE t-shirt with our 7th annual members only 90-day challenge!

THE OBJECTIVE

Earn points by completing a list of challenges including over 100 different activities – from climbing, fitness and check-in challenges to attending socials, interacting with staff, fun training games/activities, dancing and more.

As points are achieved, 3 different levels of “peaks” are awarded and added to your FREE member challenge t-shirt. It takes 150 points to earn all 3 peaks; with over 300 points available!

First Peak: 65 points  |  Second Peak: 100 points  |  Third Peak: 150 points

THE LIST

New challenges are added every year including fitness, climbing games and skills based challenges with a distribution of points designed to engage both the over and under achievers among us. As proven in previous years, it is possible to earn all 3 peaks in one day (IAD) but there are also plenty of really fun challenges that are accessible to all skill levels and will keep you coming back for more points and peaks!

Now Available!
Get a sneak peek at the 2023 Challenge List for your home gym and start planning your strategies now.

THE SHIRT

Points will be tallied once a week by Edgeworks staff and T-shirts will be distributed upon achievement of the first peak (60 points). T-shirts will be labelled with the member’s name and added to a rolling cart to be located near the front desk. 

*Current stock/availability may delay the delivery of a t-shirt by 1-2 weeks.

Note: Feel free to wear and wash your shirt during the challenge but please refrain from using fabric softener until after all of your peaks have been added.

THE PEAKS

Iron-on peaks will be made available at the front desk along with simple to follow DIY instructions.

Or you can bring your shirt to the monthly Member Socials in March, April and May, when we’ll have staff available to add the peaks for you.

YOUR PROGRESS

Members are responsible for tracking their progress and checking the boxes on their challenge sheets as items are completed.

To entice those of us with an extra competitive spirit, we will update a public Challenge Board with everyone’s individual points – you know, just in case you want to see how you match up to the achievements of others.

Assisted-Braking Device Policy

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023

Effective March 1, 2023

As climbing evolves, so do the technologies, techniques, and best practices we use to mitigate the risk of our sport. Effective March 1, 2023, all Edgeworks locations will adopt an Assisted-Braking Device (ABD) policy for all top rope and lead belaying in the gym. 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Beginning March 1, 2023, non-assisted belay devices (ATCs or similar) will no longer be allowed for general use in our facilities. 

TOP 3 “WHY” FACTORS

  1. Minimizes risk
  2. Adds redundancy
  3. Reduces human error

Moving to an ABD-only policy in our facilities will help climbers better mitigate risk in the gym; ABD’s help prevent accidents in a way that older style tube-style/unassisted belay devices cannot do.  Similar to seatbelts, ABDs easily add another level of security.  

RESOURCES DURING TRANSITION

We’re providing several options to assist climbers through the transition, including:

Tips and demos from our staff. If you’ve never used an ABD before, our staff will happily show you how to use any ABD.  No appointment required, just come see us at the desk!

Free clinics for members. Beginning February 15, our climbing school staff will offer 30 minute clinics designed to teach you how active and passive ABDs work, how to use them, and offer recommended belay techniques for various models. Registration is now open, sign up online!

Free rental devices. We will have a selection of Black Diamond Pilots available for use during the transition.

30% off all ABD devices in our retail shop. Including discounts on Black Diamond Pilots, Edelrid Giga Juls and Jul 2s, Petzl Grigris, and Mammut Smart 2.0s. 

(Limited time offers through March 31, 2023)


MORE INFO:

ABDs provide redundancy.
“In climbing, we use backups all the time.  We use them as an integral part of our systems and we often use words like redundancy and security when we’re talking about backups.  In every case, the basic concept is the same: a climber relies on one system to stay safe, and there is another system that acts as a back-up in case the primary system fails or malfunctions.” American Alpine Club

Human error reduction.
Brake assist was basically created to add a “belay backup” in case of emergency or misuse while belaying, with the added bonus of being able to hold the weight of the climber once activated. The basic concept is that in the event the rope moves too quickly through the device, for example if a belayer loses control, the speed and friction on the device cause it to move in a way that stops the rope from feeding.” Weigh My Rack

Belay Technique
This policy change does not change the way Edgeworks expects people to belay.  As always, all belayers must maintain control of the brake strand at all times and be alert and attentive while belaying.  ABDs are not “auto-locking” or “hands-free” and should not be treated as such.

Celebrate Pride Month

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

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 safe + 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:

  • 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; included in plans for facility updates in Bellevue
  • Gender inclusive categories for competitions
  • Celebrate Pride Routes + tape art during the month of June
  • Redefining who a “climber” is, can and should be by building a better, more inclusive community for all

COMING SOON!

  • Community partnerships + meet-up groups

We’re listening.

Click here to offer your thoughts, suggestions and feedback.

In 2022, we made cash donations to:

Please consider joining us!

Member Appreciation Day

Friday, December 2nd, 2022

An ALL DAY Event! Friday, December 2, 2022

Featuring treats, clinics, fun challenges, evening social and our 1-Day Membership Sale.

We value our members and designed a special day just for them!

Morning, afternoon, and night, we’ve put together a schedule of fun featuring all the best Edgeworks has to offer. Stop by the gym for the 1-DAY MEMBERSHIP SALE and stick around for the fun activities.

Click the link for your home gym to view what they have planned for you!
Space is limited so be sure to sign up early.

WAKE-UP with Edgeworks

Featuring FREE coffee, mimosas & donuts! 

Starting at 6:00am, we’re kicking things off with fun morning treats for all of our early bird members.

FREE! Climbing Clinics

Clinics are for members only. Space is limited; sign up online!

From afternoon to evening, we’ve created another line-up of FREE climbing clinics designed to help improve your technical skills and offer a glimpse into the possibilities that our Climbing School courses have to offer. 

Each location will feature a different schedule so be sure to click the link for your home gym to view what they’ve planned for you!

  • Better Lead Belaying
  • Crack Climbing
  • Knots & Hitches
  • Anchors 
  • Rappelling … and more!

SPECIAL FITNESS CLASSES

Friday fitness classes? Yes, please!

Here to help you finish your week strong and roll into the weekend ready for whatever life throws your way, a few of our favorite fitness instructors will be here to offer a special Friday line-up of classes and clinics.

Members only. Space is limited; sign up online!

FUN CHALLENGES + PRIZES

Test your skills and speed against those of other members and staff. 

ROPE COILING: See how fast you can coil a 60 meter rope. The fastest time will win a free rope from our Pro Shop!

KNOT TYING CHALLENGE: Tie as many different knots as you can in 60 seconds while wearing a bandana over your eyes. The most correctly tied knots will win a free cordelette and prusik cord from our Pro Shop!

MEMBER SOCIAL!

Community is the thing that keeps people coming back to Edgeworks. It happens naturally among climbers and through the monthly events, clinics, socials and meet up groups that help bring everyone together. 

We invite you to come find “your people”… because they’re also “our people”.

The social begins 7:00pm and will feature free drinks, friendly climbing banter and plenty of smiles. Please bring your best climbing gym etiquette and join us for the celebration!

1-DAY MEMBERSHIP SALE

Friday, December 2nd, 2022

1-DAY ONLY! FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2022

It only happens once a year — steep discounts on annual and 6-month memberships!!
IN-PERSON and ONLINE SALES ONLY. No phone or early sales.

GREAT DEALS, HUGE SAVINGS!

Return to this page on December 2nd to purchase online, or buy in-person at your home gym.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP: only $779!

BEST DEAL! Save $229 | Up to 2+ months FREE! | No Freeze
Average: $65/month = 2016 prices!
$299 Youth Add-On available with Annual Membership.

6-MONTH MEMBERSHIP: only $419!

GREAT SAVINGS! Save $85 | Up to 1 month FREE! | No Freeze
Average: $70/month = a great deal with less commitment for summers spent outside.

MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION DAY!

Friday, December 2 is an all day event! Morning, afternoon, and night, we’ve put together a schedule of fun featuring all the best Edgeworks has to offer. 

Stop by the gym for the 1-Day Membership Sale and stick around for the fun MEMBER APPRECIATION DAY activities.

MEMBERSHIP PERKS + REWARDS

3 LOCATIONS, ONE MEMBERSHIP!

With locations in Bellevue, Seattle + Tacoma, Edgeworks members have access to MORE rope climbing, MORE bouldering, MORE instruction, and MORE fitness + training options than any other gym in our region!

Still locally owned and operated, we remain committed to growing our business with our community in mind, listening to our members and responding in ways that propel us forward in our goal of always providing the best climbing and community experience possible.

CLIMBING!

Whether you’re a new climber, fitness enthusiast or elite climber training for your next big goal or adventure, the details of how we place and arrange plastic holds and wooden volumes matters. Being transparent about our setting schedules and route availability also matters and that’s why we make it possible for you to access all the latest set information from our website!

Alongside an FAQ designed to answer all of your most burning questions about routesetting, it is our goal to give you all the information you need to find the freshest routes that are just right for you.

TRAINING + FITNESS!

Each location features a weight room with everything you need to get in a good workout. Looking for climbing specific training? We’ve got you covered with hang boards, campus boards, systems walls, group fitness, personal training and private instruction.

EXPERT STAFF

Edgeworks’ Climbing School + Guiding programs are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association; employing professional mountain guides and course instructors that are trained and certified by the AMGA – the highest level of guide training available in North America.

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”. 

That’s why we choose to invest the time, energy and resources that help foster community among our members, staff and guests. Whether it’s through our monthly events and challenges, clinics, socials and meet-up groups, these extra steps work to build a welcoming community for all folks to come as they are to challenge themselves, build skills and feel that they belong.

MEMBER BENEFITS!

FREE! Intro to Climbing + Technique Courses
FREE! 1st Time Guest Passes (2/visit)
FREE! Guest Passes (1/month)
FREE! Age 3 and under Family Add-On
DISCOUNTS! Climbing gear, retail, instruction courses, etc.

.… and MORE!  

Outdoor Gear Rentals

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

Rent the gear needed for your next outdoor climbing adventure!

Check out our ALL NEW outdoor gear rental program, including:

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Crash Pads
  • Climbing Helmets (adult + youth)

For more details, stop by the front desk or give us a call.

  • Bellevue: (425) 644-2445
  • Seattle: (206) 781-9828
  • Tacoma: (253) 564-4899