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Why climb at First Ascent?

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Adventure, fitness, and fun wrapped up into one.

Climbing gets you moving, thinking, trying hard, and smiling all at the same time. It’s a moving meditation that elevates your mood and strengthens your body. It’s the best kind of workout: the kind that doesn’t feel like a workout until you’re done.

Climbs for all ability levels.

You’ll have 25,000 square feet of climbing terrain up to 50 ft tall to explore with climbs set for all ability levels, from first time climbers to seasoned experts. All climbs are graded so you can find the difficulty level your comfortable with and then challenge yourself to level up. And our staff put up new climbs every week, so you’ll have new climbs to try each time you visit.

Built in community.

There’s no better way to meet new people or deepen relationships than by doing something you enjoy together. Climbing connects you to people who are into trying hard, learning new things, and seeking adventure. Meeting people is as simple as asking “Hey, can I try that climb with you?” Come connect to a strong, welcoming community.

More than climbing.

You’ll find a fully stocked fitness area with all your favorite equipment, plus a full schedule of yoga classes of all different varieties at First ascent. You can also join one of our fitness and training programs to up your game. And if you’d just like to hang out, we’ll have plenty of couches and tables with free WiFi available as well as monthly events that bring the community together.

Convenient access in Chicago's northwest suburbs.

Getting here by car is a breeze – you’ll find us just off Highway 53 with hundreds of dedicated parking spots. If you prefer to commute by bike, we’ll be ready for you with bike racks right outside the front entrance. 

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