Edgeworks Climbing Newsletter
June 2007
In this issue...
Climbing Mecca of China - Yangshuo
FREE Slacklining Clinic and Demo
2007 Summer Camps
New Routes! - Over 60 New Routes!
Team Building at Edgeworks - Build Confidence, Trust and Respect Among Peers
Adult Training Team - Take Your Climbing to THE NEXT LEVEL
This Month At Edgeworks - Edgeworks Monthly Events

Climbing Mecca of China - Yangshuo  
  By Edgeworks Climber - Nate Sutton
Hello fellow Edgeworks Climbers!

I thought I should send you all some warm greetings from China!  So, here is a brief synopsis of my climbing life for the last two months in the climbing mecca of China, Yangshuo:

  I arrived in Yangshuo after a long sleepless bus ride to find the city dark and cold at the early hour of 5:30am.  Not sure quite what to do with myself I headed down a main road toward the river following a hand-drawn map I copied from the internet.  A few “hellooow”s from motorcycle cabbies later I retreated to a small bench next to the river, anxiously awaiting the daylight for warmth and for stores to open. With the light came the Karst towers and, inevitably, climbing.  
  “The towers are everywhere!”  This was my first thought.  Following close behind was, “Where are my climbing partners!”.  Stumbling into the Lizard Lounge I met a friendly Canadian named Andrew and many others from around the globe as the morning turned into late morning, perfect time for a climber’s start. Off I went with my new coworkers and climbing partners.  We piled ten high into a mini minivan and I got my first taste of completely lawless Chinese driving.   
  After some bumpy and dusty driving through crazy beautiful landscape we arrived at the crag; a huge wall 200ft long and 80ft high giant of an overhang.  Shouldn’t I have been sleeping?  Maybe I was dreaming.  It was a full body workout and a tired day pulling on jugs and balancing on crimps.  That day was spent like so many afterwards, climbing in the sun on steep, long, and sustained routes of so many varied features.  
  At Yangshuo there are long, easyish multi-pitches for semi-rest days along with hiking, biking, swimming, paddling and cheap massages for full rest days.  The countryside offers unrestricted wandering for curious out-of-towners and the little things that make cultures different are surprisingly abundant in this little, yet crazy rural town.  Despite the differences, my mind goes back to a song by Greg Brown.  The chorus is simple, “China…it’s so far away.”  I heard this song live before I left and thought about how far it actually is.  But, after the long flight and after being here two months, it seems so close, comfortable and accessible.  

Nate in Yangshuo
Nate Climbing Moon Hill Arch


  FREE Slacklining Clinic and Demo
  Slacklining - A Balance Sport
Come Slackline With Edgeworks!
  Time: Friday, June 22nd, 8-10pm
  Join us for a fun evening of Slacklining!
Never done it before? Our staff will teach you how to keep your balance on our slackline (tightrope of webbing) set up in the gym for the evening. It's fun to watch, and even more fun to do as you build balance in your body!
  * The climbers leisure sport
* Builds balance and focus
* Slacklines can be set up most anywhere
* A great way to hang out and have fun!
  Come Slackline with Edgeworks!  

2007 Summer Camps!  

Registration of our 2006 Youth Summer Camps has begun!
Edgeworks Climbing
is proud to offer week long summer camps and two day Family Camps for beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers of all ages! Whether you're looking for a camp to introduce your children to the sport of rock climbing or you're looking for a fun outing for the whole family, Edgeworks' summer camps are a fun and safe way to enjoy the sport of rock climbing this summer!

Our Featured Summer Camps

* Kids Rock Camp
  Indoor Only * Ages 6-10
* Basic Climbing Camp
  Indoor/Outdoor * Ages 9-17
* Advanced Climbing Camp
  Indoor/Outdoor * Ages 9-17
* Outdoor Rock Camp
  Indoor/Outdoor/Camping * Ages 10-17
* 2-Day Family Camp
  Indoor/Outdoor * For the whole Family * Ages 9 and older

(click here for camp details)
For more information and registration please call 253-564-4899.

Summer Camp

Edgeworks Climber Julie Mangrum
Edgeworks Climber
Julie Mangrum
  New Routes!
  Edgeworks has hard at work setting routes for you! In the last month we have set over 60 new routes and we're not done! There are over 30 new roped routes and 30 new boulder routes! Come try out the new routes!  
  Here's a sample of some of the best routes in the gym:
Rope 28: 5.8 Who's Your Favorite Super Hero?
  Don't let go or you'll swing!
Rope 18: 5.9 Through the Looking Glass
  Pull hard and don't get caught
Lead H: 5.11 Unfinished Symphony
  A long lead traverse. Can you handle the pump!?
Rope 25: 5.11+ Says to the Bartender "Slab One Here"
  A Slab that has sequence, balance and crimps.
Boulder B6: V0- Put Your Left Foot In
  Around and over the overhang!
Boulder B1: V1 Hueco V1
  Everyone's doing it (and it's colorful)!
Boulder B1: V4 Elmo Likes Slopers!
  Lean left and pass the sloper.
Boulder B5: V6 All Impacted "That's Rough"
  Big last move!
  New Grading Scheme:
Edgeworks has a new grading scheme for our roped routes. We've done away with the "a" "b" "c" "d" grades and are now using "-" "blank" "+". It's now easier than ever to find a route to climb!
Examples: Grade was: Grade is now:
  5.10a or 5.10b 5.10-
  5.10b or 5.10c 5.10
  5.10c or 5.10d 5.10+

Team Building Events at Edgeworks  
  Edgeworks Climbing hosts team building events for companies and groups that build confidence, trust and respect among peers. We use classic team building exercises combined with climbing specific activities to produce a truly memorable event. Our programs are a fun and exciting way to build a group that pulls together to get those tough projects completed.
  Events Details:
* Available 7 days a week
* 2-hour, Half-Day and Full-Day Events
* Proven confidence and trust building activities
* Problem Solving Games/Activities, Climbing and Rappelling
* All Events Hosted by our Senior Level Instructors

  *For more information and pricing contact
 Jayson Owens - 253-564-4899

  Adult Training Team
  Whether you are a total novice or an experienced climber, if you are looking to take your climbing to the next level, the adult team is for you. Taught by our professional coaching staff, this training group meets twice a week for a 2 hour session designed to amp up your climbing. Course focuses on fundamental climbing skills and targeted training to eliminate your climbing 'weaknesses'.
  * Take your climbing to the next level as part of
  The Adult Training Team!
* Tuesdays/Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
* Members: $75/month - Non-members: $95/month
* Ages 19 to 94


Call today for more information or to sign up!

This Month at Edgeworks!
  We’ve got lots of new routes and new routesetters! Help us fine tune our new Routesetting System by completing a “Route Comment Card.” Tell us about your favorite route or some not-so-favorite and why.
For our full schedule of this months calendar (click here)!
  June Junior Program $5 Special
All month, we are offering a special benefit to participants of our monthly programs:   Bring a friend to climb with you during that program for only $5.
*First June visit only please
**Please inform instructor ahead of time.
  Women's Night - 5-10pm, Friday, June 1st
Ladies - Come on in and climb, after 5pm at a discounted rate. Meet lots of new friends and climb hard with old friends. $9 Day Pass. First Friday of each month.
  College Night - 5-10pm, Friday, June 8th
Seeking a higher education? Let off some steam and join other students for an evening of climbing at a discounted rate. Day passes are $9 with a valid Washington State College ID.
Second Friday of each month.
  Family Night - 5-10pm, Friday, June 15th
Bring the whole family and meet other climbing families! First adult family member pays full price ($15 day pass), additional family members pay $5.
Third Friday of each month.

Edgeworks Climbing - 6102 N 9th Street #200, Tacoma, WA 98406
https://www.edgeworksclimbing.com/ - 253-564-4899

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