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Edgeworks Climbing Newsletter
September 2010
In this issue...

This Month at Edgeworks

Summer is coming to an end and exciting things are happening at Edgeworks. Kimi and Tod just got back from summiting Mt. Shuksan (read about their adventure below). The front desk staff has been squeezing in trips to Index, Smith Rock, and City of Rocks, taking advantage of the last days of sunshine. We’ve been setting new routes in the gym, creating the most challenging and diverse indoor climbing in the northwest. Our instructors have been brushing up on their skills as they prepare for a busy fall curriculum at Edgeworks Climbing School.


In this issue of The Edgeworks Climbing Newsletter read how Kimi Nakano reached the summit of Mt. Shuksan, and meet Edgeworks' first employee. Also, do not overlook the promotions offered in September, particularly the Labor Day special. 


  Work Hard, Play Hard

Corporate memberships are available to 5 or more paying customers from the same company. Only pay $45/month for a full membership and if you sign up in September we waive the initiation fee! REI, Multicare, Microsoft, and US Military employees are already getting great deals. Why can’t you? Bring in your 4 coworkers and sign up at the front desk or call 253-564-4249.


Edgeworks 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. For more details call 253-564-4249 or click here.


Kimi at Mt. Shuksan

I was tired and hot, so immediately set up my Thermarest as a chaise lounge on the glacier and rested, gazing up at the mountain.  Tod soon joined me, and I asked him to point out the route to me again.  It still looked impossibly steep.  “Really?  Man, I don’t know.  It doesn’t even look like it’s possible for humans to do that.”  Tod chuckled and said again that it looked steeper than it really was.


“Well, how are you feeling about tomorrow?”


“Now that I see it, it’s less scary for sure, but… well, this is good.  I feel better about it.  I think I started out at about 80%, but now I’m only about 15% sure I will die tomorrow.” 


I laughed even as I said it, thinking about other trips where I was pretty sure those were my last days on earth.†Itís a weakness of mine, this melodrama, thinking I will die where I know others donít really give it a thought.†Itís completely irrational.†I pictured myself plummeting off the side of the mountain, barely hitting ground because it was so steep.†I saw my family, grieving, asking, ďWhy couldnít she just have a normal hobby?Ē


Click here to read the entire article and see pictures…


Party at Edgeworks

The entire gym is available for private parties and events customized to your specifications. Options include group climbing with or without staff provided, lessons, games & activities, or non-climbing events such as hot dog eating contests and slumber parties. The entire gym including the lounge, conference room, fitness studio and rental equipment are available for your use.


We take care of everything from the climbing, equipment, staff, group/party lounge so that your event will go smoothly. While climbing is for everyone (there are no age, athletic or size requirements), our viewing lounge will serve as a home base for your group so that climbers and non-climbers can enjoy the atmosphere the gym has to offer during and after your climbing session. Call 253-564-4899 for details.



  STAFF BIO - Andy Davis

Andy Davis had recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound and was searching for work when he stumbled upon a climbing gym under construction. A couple days later Andy was the first official employee hired by Edgeworks and the rest is history.

  He wears many hats for the gym including head routesetter, instructor, coach, maintenance supervisor, child wrangler and belay slave. Andy has now been climbing for 10 years enjoying climbing all over North America. Favorite places include the Bugaboos in BC and the Wind River Range in Wyoming. While he enjoys all types of climbing his passion lies in traditional routes and big alpine climbs.  
  When he is not working here he leads month long climbing and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School, takes inner city kids on outdoor adventures, and teaches the Backpacking course at UPS. Other interests include, kayaking, sailing, playing the clarinet, running, backcountry skiing, slacklining, and practical jokes.  

Marketing Interns Needed

Edgeworks is a fun place to work; we have a unique environment that encourages welcoming both customers and employees into the gym. We have a variety of positions open throughout the year, if you don't see any jobs open or a position that suits you, please send us a cover letter and resume so we can keep it on file when positions do open.

Edgeworks Climbing is currently seeking applicants for our Campus Marketing Internship Program. We are looking for someone who is excited about climbing, reliable, and enjoys introducing new people to the sport. Rock climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. What is more important is enthusiasm about rock climbing and the willingness to learn more. If you are outgoing, friendly, and want to introduce students at your school into the climbing world, then you are who we are looking for.
  Click here for more details...  

Edgeworks Monthly Events

Fall is upon us, but climbing doesn’t end. Brush up on your skills with Pro Rock Coaching or let us help you make the Transition to Outdoor Climbing with the 204 class on 9/18.

Climbers tip of the month,     "The best climber in the world is the one who's having the most fun.” -Alex Lowe

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

Labor Day Special - All day Monday September 6th
Buy a day pass on Labor day and get a free day pass to use any time this fall!
Women's Night - 5-10pm, Friday, First Friday of each month
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.
College Night - 5-10pm, Friday, Second Friday of each month
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).
Family Night - 5-10pm, Friday, Third Friday of each month
Bring the whole family and meet other climbing families! First adult family member pays full price ($15 day pass), additional family members pay $5.
Military Night - 5-10pm, Friday, Fourth Friday of each month
Edgeworks salutes our active military with a night of climbing just for you! Day passes are $9 with a valid Military ID.
  FREE! Clinic: Slacklining - 8-10pm, Friday, Last Friday of each month
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.

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