Looking for an in-depth introduction to climbing?
Intro To Climbing is the best way to get started!

Intro To Climbing is a 3-week course designed to teach you the tools every climber needs to get started – all in a relaxed, small-group environment.

What you get with Intro to Climbing:

  • 3 classes over 3 consecutive weeks with an expert instructor, who will teach you the climbing techniques you need to jump start your climbing
  • 3 Day Passes, so you can come back and practice your skills between classes
  • Rental Gear for each visit, including climbing shoes, harness, and chalk
  • Small group atmosphere that helps you meet other new climbers. Many Intro to Climbing participants meet climbing partners they climb with for years.


Must be 14 years old. Youth under 18 must have a guardian sign a waiver.


  • Non-members: $110 (includes rental gear for classes and 3 additional day passes)
  • Members: $75

New to First Ascent?

Click the toggle below for a step-by-step guide to creating an account and booking your class. 

Welcome! Here's how to book your class:



Keeping our community healthy and climbing strong is our top priority. Please review our Health & Wellness Standards prior to your visit so you know what to expect – you are required to abide by these standards at all times while at the facility. We’ll run you through our new standards again when you first visit.

Most importantly, wear a face covering at all times, wash or sanitize your hands frequently, and practice physical distancing while at First Ascent.



Click below to sign a waiver and create an account in our system.  All visitors are required to complete a waiver before climbing, spectating, or participating in other activities at First Ascent – no exceptions. If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian complete the waiver on your behalf.

Please be sure to remember your password so you can sign into your account when booking below.

Already signed the waiver? Move on to Step 3!



Follow the instructions below to book your class!

Ready to get started? Book your class on the schedule below.

PLEASE NOTE: Intro To Climbing classes for all FA Chicago locations are included on the schedule. Make sure to select a class at your preferred location or use the filter tool on the schedule.

Please book 24 hours in advance to guarantee your spot. 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.

We look forward to climbing with you!

Questions? Give us a call at 773-564-9815 or email us at classes@firstascentclimbing.com.