Friday, February 15, 2013

First Ascent Climbing - Chicago's First Dedicated Climbing Gym - Coming to the Sloop in 2013

A reader sent us a link to a website for First Ascent Climbing:
Chicago's First & Only Fully-Dedicated Climbing Gym Coming Fall 2013
The wait is over. First Ascent Climbing brings world-class climbing to Chicago's South Loop.
We poked around their website and social media pages, but couldn't find anything about the location.

The most insightful article came from a press release on a website called Climbing Narc:
First Ascent Climbing will be the city’s largest indoor climbing gym, offering over 26,000 square feet of climbing surface, 148 top-rope stations, steep lead climbing terrain reaching 55 feet in height, top-out bouldering, and World Cup competition-ready features. The facility is conveniently located in Chicago’s South Loop, less than 10-minutes from Chicago’s busy urban center. First Ascent Climbing is scheduled to open in November 2013.
The press release actually came from Walltopia, which is the company designing the climbing facility.  We're not avid climbers, but it seems like this will be a pretty intense and serious facility judging by this youtube video we found:

So this begs the question, where can something like this live?  It's gotta be South of 18th, right?

(Hat tip:  AO!)


Anonymous said...

I think the plan is for it to go on the corner or Canal and 18th (I believe the northeast corner).

Unknown said...

As a former member of the Planet Rock climbing gyms in Ann Arbor/Pontiac, MI, I look forward to trying out this place.

Anonymous said...

This is huge for Chicago area climbers! Right now the only decent climbing gym is way out in warrenville (I know there's one down in the south suburbs but I've heard it's more bouldering focused than top rope/lead climbing). Most of the non-boy scout, non-birthday party people you find out there are Chicago people.

Anonymous said...

I heard it was going to be closer to 23th and Wabash.