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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.

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 (65 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.

Bellevue Expansion Project

Saturday, December 31st, 2022

Bringing MORE Climbing + Fitness to the Bellevue Community!

With a MAJOR expansion project soon to be underway, we’re excited to share with you our plans to make Edgeworks Bellevue bigger, better, more inclusive and more modern.

Building a community where all climbers feel welcomed, challenged + engaged. 

Our gyms are shared spaces for climbers of all ages, all sizes, and all abilities – from new climbers and fitness enthusiasts to elite/competitive climbers training for their next big goal or adventure. 

Our focus with this expansion project is to build a space where:  

  • Seasoned climbers know they’ll still find the best, most challenging and fun boulder problems and routes. 
  • Weekend warriors can maintain their endurance and train in the off season when they can’t get outside. 
  • New climbers feel welcome and unintimidated as they walk through our door. 
  • Kids can be integrated into a sport and community that builds respect, confidence, communication skills, responsibility, teamwork and a healthy dose of calculated risk. 
  • Community happens, built upon a shared interest in climbing, fitness, and fun (and sometimes beer!)

All in all, we aim to create a setting that feels active, vibrant and welcoming. Where people choose to hang out even if they aren’t climbing because they know that this is where they will find their people and it’s where they belong. 

PROJECT TIMELINE + DETAILS:

Phase 1: Project Planning

3 years (almost complete; final permits still pending)

In partnership with Crossroads’ overall expansion and development plans, we will be adding an additional 8,400 square feet to the south side of our building, featuring 10,400 sq ft of new climbing surface with walls designed and constructed by EP USA. ← The same folks who created the competition walls for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. This new addition will bring us to a total of 31,400 sq ft of climbing!

Phase 2: Building Expansion

Winter/Spring 2023

First, we need to expand our footprint to make room for the more exciting additions and updates. We’ll do so by busting through the south end of our building and extending out into the parking lot. 

In addition to the new climbing walls, this building expansion will make room for:

  • All new women’s locker room with sauna 
  • Single occupancy bathrooms
  • 2nd floor mezzanine with a training area that includes Kilter boards, training boards, a campus board and a great view of the new walls.

Phase 3: Climbing Wall Construction

Spring 2023

Designed and constructed by EP USA, we’re excited to provide our community with more roped terrain, featuring: 

  • 49 additional lines of top rope and lead climbing
  • Lead prow
  • Off-width flake 
  • Free form hand/finger crack 
  • Multi-pitch instructional ledges
    … and more! 

Phase 4: Renovations + Updates

Summer/Fall 2023 

  • Updated and improved front entry with larger retail area
  • Expanded and updated men’s locker room with sauna
  • Dedicated group fitness area
  • New weight training and cardio spaces
  • Improved cubbies and storage options
  • Community space for remote work, socializing and re-energizing

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When will construction begin?

Being the first of many projects included in Crossroads’ overall expansion and development plans has definitely come with its challenges. Namely, city permits. 

In August, the building team received another set of comments from the City of Bellevue. While all look relatively minor, a revision of the construction drawings and a resubmittal was required. The City has 6 weeks from resubmittal to get back to us and the builders are currently hoping for an October 1 start date. Materials are already on site, ready to start immediately once the city issues a permit.

While the delay of the project has been frustrating for everyone involved, our plans for expansion remain unchanged. We have some of the best architects (MG2) and construction team (Foushee Construction) in the Puget Sound handling design, permitting and construction. From the new climbing wall design to building upgrades and improved customer amenities, our vision for the final product will still bring you more climbing, more fitness and more training options than ever before. 

We appreciate your patience and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

What are the details and features of the new climbing wall?

  • Designed and constructed by EP USA.
  • Adding nearly 10,400 sq ft of climbing surface (to our existing 21,000) 
  • 45 ft tall with an overhanging lead prow creating the possibility for 50 ft long routes 
  • Features include: 49 additional climbing lines, top rope, lead prow, flake, free form crack, and multi-pitch instructional ledges

Are you adding more bouldering?

Not at this time. Though we will be adding additional training features including (2) Kilter boards, a campus board and training board. Future plans for more bouldering are included as part of a separate project; stay tuned for those details!

What will happen to the existing walls?

South Bay Bouldering Walls
The majority of our existing walls will remain intact with the exception of The Cave in the South Bay. With its current design and steep overhang, these walls have always presented difficulties for our setting team and members. Therefore, this area will be opened up to create a pass-through to the new climbing area as well as a social gathering space.

While it’s never fun to take anything away, we feel confident in our plans to provide something more accessible and usable in its place. Including, community work spaces for remote work or studying and a comfortable area to rest, recharge and connect before, during or after your climbing sessions. 

Pirate Ship + Youth Zone
It’s time to “scuttle” the Pirate Ship. Removing it and updating this zone will allow space to create an all new weight training and cardio area.

Are there any plans to resurrect the development of a Tukwila location?

We really like the idea but the original Stone Gardens Tukwila project and plans are no longer available. In the meantime, our existing partnership with Crossroads – coupled with their overall plans for expansion and development – are helping to make the Bellevue project possible.

Will you need to adjust business hours or close during construction?

It is our goal to maintain normal operating hours as much as possible during all phases of construction. If for any reason we need to open late or close early on certain days we will do our best to provide advanced notice to all members. Please check your email and be sure to follow our social media accounts to receive updates throughout the project.

Will membership prices increase?

Yes, but not just 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’re stoked to share this with all of you.

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

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

Winter Sale

Saturday, December 31st, 2022

GIVE THE GIFT OF CLIMBING!

November 26 – December 31, 2022

Shop small. Shop local. Save BIG! We’re offering specials and discounts on something for everyone – from punch passes and gift cards, to climbing gear! Edgeworks has something for all the climbers and adventure seekers on your list this year.


Buy a GIFT CARD, Get a FREE DAY PASS!

The perfect gift! 
Gift cards can be used to purchase anything in the gym – day passes, memberships, gear, instruction courses, and MORE.

Receive a FREE DAY PASS with purchase of Gift Cards valued at $50+
Day pass expires 01/31/2023 | 1 pass per gift card purchased

Offer not valid with online purchases.


PUNCH PASS + 1 FREE INTRO CLASS: only $198!

SAVE up to $92 on an experience the whole family can enjoy!
Up to a $290 value, this package includes a total of 10 PASSES accepted at all 3 gym locations – Bellevue, Seattle + Tacoma; plus 1 FREE Intro to Climbing Course at the location of your choice. 

Transferable | Course participants must be 14+ | 3-year expiration

PURCHASE ONLINE NOW!


30-Day INTRO PASS w/ gear rental: only $99!

Fun for new climbers!
This package includes climbing and fitness, an intro to climbing course and gear rental.
 Save 30% | a $141 value!

PURCHASE ONLINE NOW!


CLIMBING GEAR SALE!

Save BIG: 20%-30% OFF Climbing Gear!

Accessories: 20% off
Boulder Brushes, Compact Clippers, Piranha Knife, Splitter Gloves, Talon Belay Gloves, Hand Repair Cream/Balm, Belay Glasses, Grip Savers, Crash Pads, Stick Clips, Training Items and Hangboards!

Harnesses + Helmets: 20% off
All brands/styles included.

Climbing Shoes: 20% off
All brands/styles included.

Chalk Bags + Chalk: 25% off
All brands/styles included.

Edgeworks Logo Wear: 30% off
Tanks, Tees, Youth Tess, Hoodies, Hats and Buffs.

Offer valid on select, in-stock items only; excludes special orders. Quantities limited at varying locations; call in advance for specific items. Offer ends December 31, 2022.

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!

SUPPORT RACIAL JUSTICE

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

* A summary of social media messages distributed by Edgeworks in Summer 2020. *

Edgeworks stands in solidarity with those speaking out against systemic racism in our country, demanding justice and change.

In the days, weeks and months following George Floyd’s murder, Edgeworks staff and management took time to pause, read, listen, watch, learn, discuss and plan. Understanding that in order to instill the changes we want to see for Black people in our country, we must first explore and embrace the work of anti-racism ourselves. Work that is not always externally visible but critically important.

Accountability through visibility is also important.

For that reason, we began to share our action based initiatives on our website and social media. Additionally, we committed to continuing the use of our platforms to amplify BIPOC voices and representation in both the climbing community and outdoor spaces.

Our initiatives include: (updated 12/2022)

1. Share our DEI statement
2. Establish a staff-led DEI Advisory Committee
3. Provide staff education + resources
4. Review + update hiring practices
5. Support our community partners via collaborations: Climbers of Color all POC lead rope comp, BIPOC climb nights and free memberships for group organizers/volunteers.
6. Support our community partners via donations: Climbers of Color, Na’ah Illahee Fund, Wing Luke Museum, El Centro de la Raza
7. Support our community and partners via scholarships: Youth Programs, Summer Camps, BIPOC Guide Development Program, CoC BIPOC reduced rate membership
8. Promote inclusion through messaging, program development + representation
9. VOTE!

Stand Against Hatred: March 2021

In 2020 we marched, held signs and posted our DEI statements. Now, we will continue to hold ourselves accountable. 

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been an unprecedented number of violent attacks against Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our communities, throughout the country and beyond. We can no longer stay silent. Help us to unite and rise above racism by calling out these injustices and bringing attention to them.

Additional information and resources can be found here.

Justice, Equity, Diversity + Inclusion

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.

Our job as staff is to stay grounded in these initiatives and hold space for them through implementation, conversations and adaption. Perfectionism is not the goal; our work in these areas is ongoing.

If we misstep along the way, we invite you to correct us. Please feel free to reach out to our leadership staff here.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2022/23

Pantages Theater | Downtown Tacoma | 6:45pm – 10pm | 2 Nights!

DATES: Monday, December 12, 2022 | Tuesday, December 13, 2022

TICKETS AVAILABLE IN-PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE OR ONLINE VIA TICKETMASTER.

Cost:

$35 /night (general public)
$30 /night (members*)
$60 /both nights (members* and general public)

Additional TICKETMASTER fees will apply.
The fees were a surprise to us as well. Tacoma city theaters’ new management company requires the use of Ticketmaster. We don’t have any say or control over this. Purchase IN-PERSON at the box office for fewer fees.

In-Person Purchases:

Tickets can now be purchased IN-PERSON at the box office with fewer fees.

Located next to the Pantages Theater in Downtown Tacoma, box office hours are 12pm-4pm Tuesday-Friday and before the shows.

Member* Discount:

Mountaineers and Edgeworks members as well as Puget Sound Outdoors faculty and students receive a discount on single night tickets. Please check your email for the promo code or contact us for more details.

Presented locally by:

The MountaineersPuget Sound Outdoors, and Edgeworks Climbing

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour features the best of mountain culture films with high-octane action, deeply thoughtful stories and tales of arduous adventures.

Immediately following the festival held each year in Banff, Alberta, the World Tour hits the road. With stops in roughly 550 communities and more than 40 countries across the globe, these evenings celebrate amazing achievements in outdoor storytelling and filmmaking worldwide!

Be inspired, be energized, and celebrate the spirit of adventure with us this December.

NOTE: The film rating is Parental Guidance; films may contain coarse language.

2 Nights!

Each night will feature all new + different films. DON’T WAIT! Buy your tickets now.

Raffle Prizes

The Tacoma Banff Team is excited to announce some pretty SWEET raffle prizes to be given away during intermission at the BMFF shows in Tacoma – including the chance to win a Free IKON Base Pass!! 🤩 (Must purchase a ticket and be in attendance to win; 1 winner will be drawn each night)

Don’t miss your chance to win this or any of the other amazing prizes we’ll have available.

Other prize sponsors include: Edgeworks, Mountaineers Books, Puget Sound Pizza, Ice Cream Social, Petzl, Black Diamond, Edelrid, Deuter, CAMP, Mountain Hardware, Exped, Trango/Tenaya, Kavu, Static Chalk Bags and Rhino Skin Solutions.

Show times and seating:

Doors open at 6:00 pm  |  Shows start at 6:45 pm  |  Seats are festival style ~ first come basis

Location:

Pantages Theater, 9th and Broadway downtown Tacoma. Map it!

Contact:

For more information, contact Mindy Roberts (jefacita@gmail.com; 253-651-5483).

Stay Connected:

Follow Tacoma Banff on Facebook! It’s the best way to stay up to date on the events and special offers.

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!