Spring Cling

First Ascent's annual sport climbing competition.

The 2020 Spring Cling has been postponed.

Due to the continued spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the guidance provided by the City of Chicago and USA Climbing, First Ascent’s Spring Cling has been postponed until further notice.

We appreciate your excitement for the Spring Cling and realize this is disappointing news, but we know this is the right decision for the health and wellness of our community.

We will begin processing registration refunds immediately. You should see your refund come through by March 20th.  If there are any issues with your refund, we will reach out to you directly.

If you have any questions or concerns for us, please don’t hesitate to use the Contact Us from on our website.

Once we’re able to reschedule the Spring Cling, we’ll reach out to you with the opportunity to register. Stay tuned for that.

Thank you again for your interest in the Spring Cling. We look forward to clinging with you soon!

-The First Ascent Team


3516 N Spaulding Ave, Chicago


8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

All Female Categories: 8:00 – 11:15 AM

All Male Categories: 11:30 AM – 2:45 PM


5:00 – 8:00 PM

Adults of all ability levels are welcome to compete!


8:30 PM

@Revolution Brewing Taproom

3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago

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USA Climbing Youth Competition

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

All USA Climbing Youth Members are invited to join us for a USA Climbing Youth Local Sport & Speed Climbing Competition! Not a member yet? Please join USA Climbing before registering for the competition.

Compete in standard USA Climbing categories on over 40 new routes set just for the competition in two sessions split by gender. Lead climbing is not required for any of the routes but will be available for some routes as an option. An optional Speed Climbing competition will also be held during each session.

Here’s the itinerary for the USA Climbing Competition:

Session 1 | All Female Categories

Check in 7:00 – 8:00 AM

Rules 8:00 AM

Sport Climbing Competition 8:15 – 11:15 AM

Speed Climbing Competition (optional) 10:00 – 11:15 AM

Awards Immediately following competition

Session 2 | All Male Categories

Check in 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Rules 11:30 AM

Sport Climbing Competition 11:45 AM – 2:45 PM

Speed Climbing Competition (optional) 1:30 – 2:45 PM

Awards Immediately following competition

Register now – spots will go fast!

$40 for Members | $50 for Non-members

$50 for Members | $60 for Non-members

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Parents & Spectators: We’ll need plenty of volunteers to help make the competition run smoothly. Are you willing to pitch in? In return, we’ll feed you, cloth you with a special Volunteer shirt, and reward you with great prizes and a 15-minute chair massage.

You in? Click here to grab a volunteer shift.

Citizen’s Competition

5:00 – 8:00 PM

Climbers of all ability levels ages 18+ are invited to compete in the Spring Cling Citizen’s Competition!

Recreational (up to 5.10b), Intermediate (5.10a-5.11d), and Advanced (5.12a+) categories will compete in a redpoint format with over 40 brand new routes set just for the competition. Your top 5 climbs will count towards your score, and the top climbers in each category will win fantastic prizes and 2020 Spring Cling bragging rights!

$40 for Members | $50 for Non-members

$50 for Members | $60 for Non-members

Registration includes a Spring T-shirt, all the competition you can handle, and an invitation to the after party at Revolution Brewing Taproom with food and the first round on First Ascent (21+ only)

Want to save on your Citizen’s Comp registration?

Volunteer for the Youth Competition in the morning and we’ll take HALF OFF your registration! Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and a grab a shift.

You in? Spots will go fast – register today!

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Questions? We’re happy to help! Email us at springcling@firstascentclimbing.com.

Thanks to our sponsors!