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: $49 (includes Session Pass and Rental Gear Package)

Members: Free

Ready to get started? Let's do this.

In Chicago, Learning The Ropes classes are only available at First Ascent AvondaleClick below to view the schedule of all Classes For New Climbers at FA 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.

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


We look forward to climbing with you!