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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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“I’m still very new to climbing and it’s great to see myself improving. I also like knowing that there’s always a new challenge waiting!” Words from FA member @gracecampbell9 during a bouldering session at FA Block 37. These are the stories we love to hear. Share yours by tagging @firstascentclimbing in your posts and adding #LetsClimbChicago!
📷 @ohjepson #bouldering #climbing #climbingmotivation #climbingcommunity #climbinggym #boulderinggym #block37

Need heel hook and toe hook practice? Check out this new White V3 at FA Uptown set by Ryan (RMS) and climbed here by FA staffer Margaret. And while you’re at it, ...

Congrats to the FA Climbing Team for another super strong performance at Divisionals!! Vincent Lee and Maya Mazumder were Divisonal Champions in their categories, and a total of 12 will move on to Nationals: Vin and Maya plus Max Liss, Cole Wisnefski, Sophie Volchenboum, Pearl Wood-Prince, Spencer Kapayo, Connor Kapayo, Estelle Park, Megan Stukel, Jean Wilk and Ian Davis. Way to represent, y’all!
📷 @alexkingnero #climbingteam #usaclimbing #sportandspeed #divisionals #climbingcompetition #climbing #letsclimbchicago

Congrats to the FA Climbing Team for another super strong performance at Divisionals!! Vincent Lee and Maya Mazumder were Divisonal Champions in their categories, and a total of 12 will move on ...

Post #1000, and these are just 1000 memories out of millions shared by the FA community since we opened 3 years ago. Thanks to everyone for making so many memories with us these last few years. Here’s to many more great moments to come!
#post1000 #1000posts #memories #greatmemories #community #climbingcommunity #climbinggym #letsclimbchicago

International Yoga Day is next Thursday 6/21, and we're celebrating at FA Avondale with a gym-wide flash-mob style sun salutation at sunset (8:29 pm) in honor of the summer solstice, as well ...

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FA Member Spotlight: Jen & Ari - Coconut & Cantaloupe June 12, 2018

FA Member Spotlight: Jen & Ari - Coconut & Cantaloupe

This month, we're shining the spotlight on our very own #WCWs – Jen and Ari! Also known as Coconut and Cantaloupe, these two scientists are always up for a challenge in the gym or in the [...]

Climbing Training Q&A with the Redpoint Coaches June 6, 2018

Climbing Training Q&A with the Redpoint Coaches

Are you ready to start training for the fall climbing season? Believe it or not, a full climbing training plan that peaks in October (prime Red River Gorge season) starts in July.  As training season approaches, [...]

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