In our Learning The Ropes class, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to access top rope climbing at First Ascent and connect with other climbers who are also new top top roping.

Offered at these First Ascent Chicago locations: Avondale

In this 90-minute class, you will:

  • Learn the knots, hardware, and proper technique to belay using a top rope
  • Connect with a group of new climbers who are also just getting started
  • Climb with an experienced instructor as your guide
  • Discover the fun of climbing in a relaxed, small group environment

Upon successful completion of this class, you will be prepared to pass a Top Rope Check and earn your Top Rope Belay Tag on your next visit.*

*Please note: to receive a full Tope Rope certification, you may not practice or learn the necessary skills the day of your test. A temporary tag may be granted for the day if correct knowledge and skills are shown.


Must be at least 14 years old. Youth under 18 must have a guardian fill out waiver.


Non-members: $45 (includes Session Pass and Rental Gear Package)

Members: Free

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

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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 learn the ropes? Book your class on the schedule below.

In Chicago, Learning The Ropes classes are only available at First Ascent Avondale

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 recommend wearing comfortable, stretchy athletic clothing, with shorts or pants that cover your knees. Bring a pair of socks along to wear with your rental shoes too.

We look forward to climbing with you!


Please note: if a class does not have a “Book” button next to it on the schedule below, that class is full. Use the calendar tool to view future classes and find one with a “Book” button to sign up.

Questions? Call us at 773-564-9815 or email us at