Indoor rock climbing business is booming

Categories: Climb

Grab your carabiner. First Ascent Climbing and Fitness announced earlier this month it is building a new indoor rock climbing and fitness facility in Arlington Heights in January 2022.

Once complete, First Ascent Arlington Heights will be First Ascent’s largest location, with 45,000 square feet of climbing, yoga, fitness, and social hang out spaces, according to a news release. The facility is an adaptive reuse of the former CoCo Key Water Resort adjacent to the Arlington Downs residential and retail development.

“We’re ecstatic to have shovels in the ground on a project that’s been a long time coming,” said Jon Shepard, First Ascent co-founder and Director of Business Development. “We believe in creating spaces that inspire and connect people. The sheer expanse of the space, combined with the exciting climbing terrain, classes, and programs we’re known for, will make a visit to First Ascent Arlington Heights an unforgettable experience.”

The Arlington Heights gym will offer climbers of all ability levels the opportunity to scale climbing terrain up to 50 ft tall, with auto belay, top rope, lead climbing as well as a dedicated bouldering area and climbing training walls.

In addition to climbing terrain, First Ascent Arlington Heights will offer a one-stop shop for all your fitness needs, including a full fitness gym and yoga program, locker rooms with showers and key code lockers, and a climbing gear pro shop, according to the news release. The fitness area will include professional grade cardio and training equipment as well as group fitness classes, and the two yoga studios will host over 30 yoga classes per week. Free WiFi and plenty of social hang out space round out the amenities.

Visitors to First Ascent can purchase a Day Pass to access all amenities, with climbing gear also available for rent if you don’t have your own. Monthly, Annual, and Family Memberships will also be available, as well as climbing classes for youth and adults, birthday party and corporate event packages, group fitness programs, and personal training.