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Edgeworks Climbing Newsletter
March 2009
In this issue...
2009 Youth Climbing Camps - NEW!!

Ice Climbing at Strobach Mountain
  Melissa climbing ice at Strobach Mountain
  Melissa climbing ice at Strobach Mountain
Strobach is east of White Pass and has numerous Ice Climbs ranging from WI2+ to WI6..
By Edgeworks Member - Melissa Tibbetts

4:15 am wake-up, 2.5 hour drive, 4.5 mile hike, overnight pack. These are the numbers that make for a glorious trip – one of many I have had since starting to climb at Edgeworks 1.5 years ago.

This particular trip centered on ice climbing at Strobach Mountain. With just a couple ice excursions under my belt I was nervous, excited, and ultimately thrilled when I climbed WI3+ and WI4, cleaned and rappelled down a 70m route, and survived without losing any Raynaud’s prone fingers and toes. None of which would have been possible without the climbing community at Edgeworks.

Spend some time at Edgeworks and you will find ample opportunities to meet fellow climbers whom you can plan and pursue adventurous trips with. Whether your interests lie in ice, rock, or alpine climbing; whether you have a day, weekend, week, or month; whether you can travel local, regional, or international there is never a shortage of trips to participate in. Eavesdrop on conversations at Edgeworks and you will hear about excursions to Exit 38, Leavenworth, Smith Rock, Joshua Tree, even Thailand!

Brianna on her first Lead Ice Climb. Right On!  
Brianna on her first Lead Ice Climb. Right On!  

Come to Edgeworks to climb, make friends, try new activities, and be part of a community that fosters and encourages physical and mental climbing challenges. As for me, I am counting down the days until my next trip – Vantage or Smith Rock at the end of the month anyone?

(Thank you to Edgeworks members Melissa Tibbetts and Brianna Charbonnel for this story and a great ice climbing trip!)


Edgeworks Climbing School
2009 Youth Climbing Camps
  Edgeworks Climbing is proud to offer both Spring Break Camps and week long Summer 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 your climber is looking to push their climbing skills to the next level, Edgeworks’ Climbing Camps are a fun and safe way to enjoy the sport of rock climbing!  
Spring Break Camp:
Indoor Only * Ages 9-17  
Edgeworks Summer Camps:
Sign Me Up!
Indoor Only * Ages 6-10
Indoor/Outdoor * Ages 9-17
Indoor/Outdoor * Ages 10-17
Indoor/Outdoor/Camping * Ages 9-17
Indoor Only * Ages 3-6, 6-9, and 9-17

CLINIC: Intro to Routesetting

Have you ever wondered what goes into setting a route or wanted to create one for yourself? Now's your chance! Learn essential routesetting skils from Edgeworks Head Routesetter Andy Davis.

Routesetting Skills You Will Learn:
* Tools of the Trade
Basic Safety
* Self Belaying with a Gri-Gri
* Rules of Creating Good Movement and Flow
* Creating Routes for Climbers of All Sizes
* How to Force Specific Moves

  From 4:00pm to 7:00pm you will learn tools, safety, and routesetting basics. At 7:00pm the you have the opportunity to set your own route or boulder problem. This is also when the Edgeworks Routesetting Staff arrives which a great opportunity to see and learn from them.  
* Dates:
Sunday, March 22nd
* Times:
4:00pm - 7:00pm - Routesetting Basics
7:00pm - 11:00pm - Set with Edgeworks Staff
* Cost:
$25/members - $50/non-members
  Learn what makes a great route and then create one for yourself!  

FREE CLINIC!: Boulder Beta Bash
  Meet other pebble wrestlers and beanie wearers and spend an hour with one of our staff members bagging beta for your project. bouldering crux.
Evemt Details:
* Date:
Wednesday, March 11th
* Time:
8:00pm - 9:00pm
* Cost:
  **FREE! with Day Pass or Membership  

APRIL 25, 2009

Format: On-Sight - Sport (Top-Rope & Lead)
Categories: Male/Female - Youth/Adult/Masters
Entry Fee: $35, $40 after April 15th

All Female Categories
Iso Check-In: 9:30am
Iso Closes: 10:30am
Rules Meeting: 10:40am
Competition: 11:00am
All Male Categories
Iso Check-In: 12:30pm
Iso Closes: 1:30pm
Rules Meeting: 1:40pm
Competition: 2:00pm
  Speed Competition: 5:00pm
Comp Day Registration Begins at 9:00am
Important Note!: Competitors and Coaches must check into iso on time!

SALE!: Used Rental Shoes
  SALE!: Used Rental Shoes
  Edgeworks has replaced many of our rental shoes and the used ones are now ON SALE at rock bottom prices!

* The Docon is a comfortable all-around shoe with a symmetrical and rounded toe profile that will accommodate various widths of feet.
* Comes with UPR (Upper Protector Rand); inspired by internal cap work boots and old big wall boot designs, Evolv equipped the Docon with an extra upper protector rand underneath the primary rand to protect the critical front toe area for bomber durability.
* Highly recommended for entry level climbers.

  ON SALE! - $29.99
Regularly - $85.00
Quantities Limited

Edgeworks Climbing School

Edgeworks Climbing School offers professional instruction for all levels of climbing. Whether you are just starting out and want to learn the basics, or you've been climbing for years and you want to learn technical outdoor rock skills, Edgeworks Climbing School will help take you to the next level.

With each series of classes the curriculums are designed to progress you through each level of climbing quickly.

Learn the essential skills
Advanced technical skills
Master outdoor skills
Learn crevasse rescue
Train to climb hard!
Cater your instruction to you
  Edgeworks members receive a 15% discount on all classes!
Call 253-564-4899 to register today!
Edgeworks Climbing School

Edgeworks Climbing School
301: Trad Lead & Multi-Pitch
The best investment a climber can ever make is learning to lead traditional routes properly and safely. This two day class will teach you both the art of gear placement as well as how to turn your single pitch climb into many. Trad climbing is rewarding, multi-pitch is even more so; our class will teach the efficient systems and technique required to climb pitch after pitch safely and quickly.
* Learn proper gear placement
* Learn to set solid trad anchors
* Understand route-finding issues
* Evaluate hazards and fall consequences
* Understand belay transitions
* Learn multi-pitch rappelling techniques
* Duration:
2 Days (Indoor/Outdoor)
* Prerequisites:
202: Learn to Lead Climb (or equivalent)
203: Sport Anchors (or equivalent)
* Cost:
(per student)
$150 (3 or more students)
$175 (2 students)
$300 (1 student)
* Dates/Times:
Sat 10am - 3pm & Sun 8am - 5pm
2009: 3/14-15, 5/16-17, 7/11-12, 8/29-30
  Call 253-564-4899 to register today!  

Adult Training Team
  Whether you want to do your first pull-up or send your first 5.12, if you have a goal, the Adult Training 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'.

* Professional coaching
* Set yourself up for success
* Meet new climbing partners
* Eliminate your climbing weaknesses
* Become stronger and more fit
* Climb harder!

* Duration: Meets twice a week, 2 hour sessions each
* Prerequisites: 101: Knots & Belaying (or equivalent)
* Cost: $95/month
* Dates/Times: Tuesday/Thursday, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  Edgeworks members receive a 15% discount on all classes!
Call 253-564-4899 to register today!
Adult Training Team

High School Night
High School Night
Edgeworks supports the local youth through monthly High School Nights! Get in at a REDUCED RATE, rentals are FREE! and get a FREE! 101: Knots and Belaying class.

Event Details:
* $10 Day Pass
* Student Gear Rentals - FREE!!
* 101: Knots and Belaying class - FREE!!
* Must present valid Student ID
* Liability Waiver must signed by parent


* Frankling-Pierce High School - Friday, March 6th, 7-9pm
* Foss High School - Friday, March 13th, 7-9pm
* SOTA School - Friday, March 13th, 7-9pm
* Stadium High School - Friday, March 20th, 7-9pm
* Curtis High School - Friday, March 20th, 7-9pm

* Rogers High School - Friday, March 27th, 7-9pm
* Truman High School - Friday, March 27th, 7-9pm

Start a High School Night For Your School:
Edgeworks is seeking High School Reps Now!
* High School Rep Position Includes:
   FREE! Quarterly Membership
   FREE! Edgeworks T-Shirt
   Lots of New Friends
* For full Description of Responsibilities and how to apply:
   Check out our Jobs Page!

This Month at Edgeworks!

Mad as a March hare for spring climbing? The season’s first 301: Trad Lean and Multi-Pitch class
begins in March and will give you more than a season’s worth of fun.

For our full schedule of this months calendar (
click here)!

Women's Night - 5-10pm, Friday, March 6th
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,March 13th
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 (24 years and younger only). Second Friday of each month.
Family Night - 5-10pm, Friday,March 20th
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
Military Night - 5-10pm, Friday ,March 27th
Edgeworks salutes our active military with a night of climbing just for you! Day passes are $9 with a valid Military ID.
Fourth Friday of each month.
  FREE! Clinic: Slacklining - 8-10pm, Friday, March 27th
Staff members will be available to offer advice to beginners and advanced slackliners. The slackline will stay up until 10pm so you can practice away the wobbly leg.

Last Friday of each month.

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