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First Ascent Climbing & Fitness is built by Chicago climbers, for Chicago climbers. We have four convenient rock climbing gyms in the Loop, Avondale, Humboldt Park, and Uptown neighborhoods of Chicago. Our facilities feature world-class rock climbing terrain, a full schedule of yoga classes, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Join the FAmily now, and let’s climb!

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Uptown Saturday mornings 🤙 Come start your weekend with some sends!@duncan_corbin @ohjepson #LetsClimbChicago #uptown #saturday #saturdaymorning #sendsaturday #sendyoursaturday #weekendsends #bouldering

Results from the first week of League are up! Click below to check how your team is doing. ...

Happy Friday! You may have noticed the new route tags at FA Block 37 - we’re testing out a new system for tracking routes and boulder problems. More info on that coming soon. For now - enjoy this slopey Black V7 put up by FA setter Ryan Smith and the other the 30+ new boulders that went up at FA Block 37 in the last week!
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Uptown Saturday mornings 🤙 Come start your weekend with some sends!@duncan_corbin @ohjepson #LetsClimbChicago #uptown #saturday #saturdaymorning #sendsaturday #sendyoursaturday #weekendsends #bouldering ...

The sun sets on summer. Who’s psyched for fall? So much to look forward to!
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The sun sets on summer. Who’s psyched for fall? So much to look forward to! #outdoorclimbing #sendingtemps #boulderingleague #compseason #pumpkinspiceeverything #fallcolors #indoorclimbing #letsclimbchicago ...

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FA Member Spotlight: Dr. James Lee September 13, 2018

FA Member Spotlight: Dr. James Lee

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on FA Member Dr. James Lee! Starting this month, James will be using his expertise to offer physical therapy services at all First Ascent locations. Follow James on Instagram @leephysicaltherapy, [...]

5 Ways To Manage Fear While Climbing August 30, 2018

5 Ways To Manage Fear While Climbing

Fear is basically impossible to get rid of, and it’s completely natural. When you're climbing at your limit, about to make a big move, you will feel fear on some level. It's instinctual, embedded deep in [...]

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