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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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We’re giving away two tickets for opening night of Free Solo at the @musicboxchicago this Thursday 10/18 at 7:00 pm including a Q&A with the one and only @jimmy_chin courtesy of @thenorthface_chi! Tag a friend you would take here for your chance to win. Opening night is sold out, so this is your last chance to be there. The winner will be announced in the comments here at noon central on Tuesday 10/16!
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Happy weekend FAmily! We’re psyched to have Arielle Sylvester (initials AS) on the FA Setting Crew. Here she is on a Black V2 set by Ryan featuring the Kingdom Climbing "Lugs”! This ...

Morning light makes a session on the steeps 👌
📷 @thecraighensel #morninglight #steeps #thesteeps #climbingsession #boulderingsession #session #bouldering #boulderinggym #letsclimbchicago

Avondale setting zone shakeup! New zones in the bouldering area are larger to create more cohesive sets. Yesterday’s new zone combined Anvil East and South. Check photo 2 to see FA Setter ...

Happy weekend FAmily! We’re psyched to have Arielle Sylvester (initials AS) on the FA Setting Crew. Here she is on a Black V2 set by Ryan featuring the @kingdomclimbing "Lugs”! This climb is a great intro to pulling on steep terrain. 17 new climbs up on Ship North & South this week - come and send ‘em! 📷 @rian_smyth #setting #routesetting #newboulders #freshblocs #climbinggym #boulderinggym #rentalshoes #v2 #womenwhoclimb #womenwhoset #womenwhocrush #letsclimbchicago

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FA Member Spotlight: Sarah Landon October 8, 2018

FA Member Spotlight: Sarah Landon

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on artist and FA Member Sarah Landon! Sarah is currently showcasing her artwork in the first ever community art installation at FA Block 37! Make sure to stop by FA Block 37 [...]

How to Navigate the Crag, Part 1: Leave No Trace September 26, 2018

How to Navigate the Crag, Part 1: Leave No Trace

Climbing outside is not as easy as grabbing your new rope and quickdraws, piling into your buddy’s Outback and parking it outside Miguel’s at the Red. If you do that without preparation, you’ll have earned dreaded [...]

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