FA Climbing Station Square offers bouldering, as style of climbing shorter routes up to 15 ft tall (called “boulder problems” ) using a cushy pad below you to protect against a fall – no harness or rope required. Some say bouldering is the purest form of climbing: it’s just you and the wall.
FA Station Square’s bouldering terrain includes walls up to 15 ft tall with a huge variety of features: aretes, diahedrals, an enormous arch, and more
Bouldering is climbing shorter routes (called “boulder problems” ) using a cushy pad below you to protect against a fall – no harness or rope required. Some say bouldering is the purest form of climbing: it’s just you and the wall.
Bouldering is often more challenging move for move than sport climbing, requiring solid climbing technique and problem solving skills to unlock the “beta” (the series of movements required to complete a boulder problem) and get a “send” (when a climber completes a boulder problem from start to finish with no rests or falls).
No – FA Station Square offers bouldering only.
We are working on a roped climbing facility in Pittsburgh – stay tuned for more information!
Comfortable, stretchy athletic clothing. We recommend wearing pants or shorts that cover your knees to protect them against scraping on the wall.
If you will be renting climbing shoes, we also recommend wearing socks.
Though classes are not required to boulder or use an auto belay, we highly recommend that newer climbers book a Guided Climbing Session to make the most of your first visit.
Taking a Learning To Boulder class can help you master the basics of bouldering safety and technique, and taking a Learning The Ropes class will help you gain the skills you need to climb and belay using a top rope.
If you’re looking for an immersive introduction to all things climbing, check out our Intro To Climbing package.
Learn more about all of the classes we offer on our Climbing Classes page here.
Climbing shoes are required, so you will need to rent climbing shoes at minimum. Climbing shoes will improve your experience and help keep climbing holds clean from any dirt your regular shoes may bring in from the outside world.
Yes! We sell a wide variety of climbing shoes, harnesses, chalk bags, chalk, and other climbing essentials. Stop in or call for selection on specific items.
Absolutely! We have a full range of commercial grade fitness equipment including cardio, free weights, functional training equipment, and climbing-specific training equipment. You will have everything you need to get a full-body workout at First Ascent.
Yoga classes are free for members and guests. Members can book yoga classes in advance, while Day Pass and 10-Pass guests can sign up when they arrive if space is still available.
Other climbing classes, small group fitness training, personal training, and special workshops are available to members at discounted rates: see our Programs page for more details.
Learn all about FA Membership options and perks on our Membership page here.
Absolutely. Most members who won’t be able to visit the gym for more than a month freeze their membership. You can put your membership on freeze for $10/month.
A freeze begins on the first of the month and must last for at least one month, proceeding in monthly increments thereafter. By freezing your membership, you avoid having to pay the enrollment fee for starting a new membership.
To submit a freeze request, please complete a Membership Change Form here. Freeze requests must be received no later than the 25th day of the current month for your freeze to take effect the following month. Freeze requests received after the 25th of the current month will not be processed until the following month.
Absolutely. If you are unable to visit FA for more than a month, you may place your membership on hold free of charge. The free hold can last as long as 6 months. After 6 months or when you return to the gym, the clock on your pre-pay will start ticking again.
To submit a freeze request, please complete a Membership Change Form here.
Generally, Annual and other paid-in-full memberships are not refundable.
If you have an extenuating circumstance that causes you to move out of town, then we may be able to issue you a credit in the amount of your unused paid-in-full membership that you can utilize for pro-shop purchases or classes. Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on a case by case basis, and we will work with you to find an equitable solution.
Your membership entitles you to access to our facilities for regular open hours as well as all regularly scheduled yoga classes.
There are additional charges for climbing classes, small group and semi-private fitness classes, special workshops, private climbing instruction or personal training, gear rentals, gym special events (competitions, parties, etc), and retail merchandise. Please see our Programs page for more details.
When you sign up for a monthly EFT membership, you will pay an enrollment fee plus the pro-rated amount for the remainder of that month.
After that, you will pay your monthly membership fee on the first of each month.
In the event your credit card does not accept payment. The fee from FA is $10. The banks & other processing institutions may also charge additional fees. Please keep your Credit Card/Debit Card on file up to date to avoid any additional charges.
No, we only accept payment via credit card or debit card.
All Monthly EFT memberships require a credit or debit card on file.
We may close the gym from time to time for local/regional/national competitions or large gym-wide events that benefit the climbing community.
First Ascent is a member-focused facility, so we will not close our facilities for private parties, etc.
We promise to inform members via our Facebook page and e-mail should a closure be necessary for maintenance or other unusual circumstances.
We hate to see you go, but we understand that there are circumstances that result in the need for a membership cancellation.
To cancel a Monthly Membership, please submit a cancellation request via our Membership Change Form here. Cancellation requests must be received no later than the 25th day of the current month for your cancellation to take effect the following month. Cancellation requests received after the 25th of the current month will not be processed until the following month. Paid-in-full memberships (Annuals memberships, etc.) are generally non-refundable – see “Can I get a partial refund for the unused part of an Annual?” above.