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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!
@freesolofilm @alexhonnold #giveaway #giveawaycontest #freesolo #climbingfilm #chicagoclimbingcommunity #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 ...

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

Training for a project or a big climbing objective? Check out the Redpoint Assessment, a 90-minute meeting with an expert coach who will guide you through a series of drills designed to ...

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

Happy First Birthday to FA Humboldt Park! Throwback to when we opened our doors one year ago under a double rainbow. We can’t believe it’s already been a year! Come celebrate all ...

From The Blog

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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