Our mission at First Ascent is to share our love for climbing with everyone, to connect people through movement, and to create welcoming, uplifting spaces that strengthen minds, bodies, and communities. We’re glad you made it here, and we’re excited to welcome you in!

First Ascent Arlington Heights is the latest, largest gym in the First Ascent family, offering world-class climbing terrain with autobelays, top ropes, and lead climbing up to 52 ft. tall as well as an expansive bouldering area (what is bouldering?). You’ll also find a fully stocked fitness area, dedicated yoga and fitness studios hosting a wide variety of classes each week, a locker room with showers and key code locks, a dedicated group event and birthday party rooms, and plenty of space to hang out and connect with free WiFi.

We look forward to showing you an awesome first experience. Scroll down and click the option that best describes you for more details on how to get started. Let’s climb!

New(ish) Climbers

Brand new to climbing? Been a while since you climbed? We can’t wait to welcome you in help you make the most of your first visit.

Kids & Families

Climbing is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. Check out what we offer for kids and families, and let’s climb!

Experienced Climbers

If it’s your first visit to First Ascent but you’ve climbed at other gyms recently, here’s a guide to getting you signed up, checked in, and on your way.


Here are answers to some of the most common questions we get.

Questions? Drop us a line at firstvisit@faclimbing.com or call us at 224-735-7150.