Ready to climb outside? Our Gym To Crag class series is designed to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to get out and get climbing!

Gym to Crag will teach you the basics of outdoor sport climbing. You will learn best practices for managing sport climbing gear, setting up a sport climb, cleaning and lowering through a sport anchor, as well as introduction to rappelling. You will also be exposed to climbing etiquette and ethics so you can be a part of preserving the climbs you enjoy for generations to come.



You must have your First Ascent Lead Belay Tag to take this class. We recommend this class for climbers with a significant amount of lead climbing experience. If you are unsure whether you are ready for this class, please email us at


Varies based on class scope and duration. 

Ready to get outside? Let's do this.

In Chicago, Gym To Crag classes are only available at First Ascent AvondaleClick below to view the schedule of all Classes For Experienced Climbers at FA Avondale.

Please book 24 hours in advance to guarantee your spot – Gym To Crag classes fill up quickly, so book as soon as possible. Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled class time to check in. Late arrival may result in the need to reschedule your class. Cancellations within 24 hours are not eligible for refund, only rescheduling.

Questions? Give us a call at 773-564-9815 or email us at


We look forward to climbing with you!