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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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Humboldt Park Bouldering League Finals are tonight!! Who will score these custom chalk bags? // The FA setting crew is pulling out all the stops to bring League climbers some fantastic challenges for finals tonight. Come cheer on League competitors from 7-9 pm and celebrate an amazing League season at the Humboldt Happy Hour next door at Richmond’s afterwards.
#boulderingleague #finals #climbingleague #bouldering #boulderinggym #climbinggym #climbingcompetition #routesetting #compsetting #letsclimbchicago

Another successful Session With The Setters last night at FA Uptown! Here’s @coralinelemons figuring out the beta on Joe's new green roof cimb. Want to see a new kind of climb at ...

Another successful Session With The Setters last night at FA Uptown! Here’s @coralinelemons figuring out the beta on Joe

Looking for the latest routes or boulders? Wondering when your proj is coming down? Check out the setting schedule boards next time you’re in! There’s one for routes by the cubbies under ...

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FA setter Liz wants to know: how would you grade Route # 19 (the purple route on the Arch Pillar) from The Force Awakens comp at FA Avondale? Comment here and let ...

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Celebrating Savannah April 23, 2018

Celebrating Savannah

On March 28, 2018, Savannah Buik passed away in a trad climbing accident at Devil's Lake State Park, Wisconsin. Savannah was an original member of the First Ascent Staff, co-founder of the Chicago chapter of the [...]

Your Guide To Climbing Outside April 20, 2018

Your Guide To Climbing Outside

The city is thawing, the birds are singing, and spring is on its way, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to get outside! Nothing quite compares to the feeling of real rock under your [...]

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