Unless specifically noted, all offerings below are for ASCEND Pittsburgh only. We'll gradually add ASCEND Youngstown offerings below and they will also be noted HERE.

The ASCEND community offers a wide range of events and clubs to help you achieve your goals, on and off the walls. Sure, climbing is the best thing ever, but you never know who or what else you might fall in love with. So step out of your comfort zone and join in on the fun! Click on each class title in the calendar below for a full description.



Interested in more that just events and clubs programming? View the ALL ASCEND Events and Classes Calendar.


ASCEND is excited to present outdoor adventure films! Many of these films will highlight adventurers and trail blazers of all backgrounds, genders, races, and abilities. Join us to celebrate the growing diversity in the outdoor community and to give back to organizations that support that growth.

  • Next film TBA 

Previous ASCEND Sponsored Films: 5 Point FIlm Festival (2018 Road Tour), Reel Rock, 13, The Sharp End, No Man's Land, Endless Abilities, 5 Point FIlm Festival (2017 Road Tour), Reel Rock 12, Uncharted Lines, Reel Rock 11, Reel Rock 10, Reel Rock 9, Reel Rock 8

Book Club

Join ASCEND and The American Alpine Club (AAC) - Pittsburgh Chapter to discuss hot new books in the outdoor world and some great classics.

Where: ASCEND's Multipurpose Room

Details: Everyone is welcome. No membership or Day Pass required. All we ask is that you've read the book!

Bonus: 50% off of your climbing admission for that day, should you choose to arrive early or stay late for some fun.

When: Select Fridays from 6p-8p.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Send us a message for more information! 

Cycling Club

It’s spring and the ASCEND Cycling Club is back… and with a new format! To better suit all levels of riders, we have revamped how we roll. Now, each month we will host a group ride with various distances and speeds. Pick the best fit for you then stick around after for food trucks and climbing. These monthly rides will be held on the same day as Big Free Yoga, so if you are feeling ambitious, go for the ASCEND Triathlon - yoga, biking, and climbing! 

You want to ride more than once a month? Yeah, me too! Weekly rides can be generated from anyone in our cycling community. Simply make a post on our ASCEND Cycling Club Strava or Facebook groups with where you’ll start from, how far you’ll go and what your expected pace will be. Current rides from the Pittsburgh, PA location only, but let us know if you'd like to spearhead a Youngstown, OH chapter!

Here’s our 2020 ride schedule:

  • Saturday, May 9th - 10am - ASCEND Pittsburgh
    • Ride options: Great Allegheny Passage Trail
      • 25 Mile turn around at McKeesport Bridge
      • 35 Mile turn around at Boston
      • 50 mile turn around at Trail View
      • 60 mile turn around at Collinsburg Ballfield
  • Saturday, June 13th - 10am - ASCEND Pittsburgh
    • Ride options: TBD
  • Saturday, July 11th - 10am - ASCEND Pittsburgh
    • Ride options: TBD
  • Saturday, August 8th - 10am - ASCEND Pittsburgh
    • Ride options: TBD
  • Saturday, September 12th - 10am - ASCEND Pittsburgh
    • Ride options: TBD
  • Saturday, October 10th - 10am - ASCEND Pittsburgh
    • Ride options: TBD

ASCEND Cycling Club is also proud to be a part of the Big EL at ASCEND BikeMS team. Looking for a way to get in miles, have fun, and give back? Check out our team!

If you're interested in becoming an ASCEND Cycling Club Ambassador, send us a message to help build the group's presence.

In order to participate in Cycling Club you must complete the ASCEND Clubs Waiver - different than the ASCEND Facility Waiver.

Run Club

ASCEND Run Club formed in April 2017. We're a casual group of climbers who are also born to run! We meet every Monday evening near ASCEND's front desk at 5:30p to mingle, start warming up at 5:45p, and take off promptly at 6p! If you're late, you better be fast ;) Typically, everyone starts together and links with similar paces for a 4 mile or 8 mile run around the South Side, ending back at ASCEND. Any and all are welcome and do not need to be a member of ASCEND to participate. Spread the word and join our Facebook Group and Strava Group!

If you're interested in becoming an ASCEND Run Club Ambassador, send us a message to help build the group's presence.

In order to participate in Run Club you must complete the ASCEND Clubs Waiver - different than the ASCEND Facility Waiver.


Many Colors | 1 Route

ASCEND’s MC1R group is a gym-affiliated club that serves as an inclusive space for people of color and ethnic minorities to climb together and explore the outdoors while supporting each other mentally and physically. Anyone is welcome to join (PoC and white people alike), and all are encouraged to participate, expand their community, and develop climbing skills while also engaging in conversation around racial and social justice. This group believes that systemic racism and oppression is prevalent in all settings and that it is important to intentionally create opportunities to challenge and rewrite that narrative. By having these conversations in a setting that is comfortable and openminded, and that is rooted in an enjoyable practice, participants can anchor these difficult issues to a more relatable context.

MC1R meets at 7:30p on Tuesday nights to casually climb and on the last Tuesday night of each month, we will hold a community conversation on a collectively chosen topic about race.

We encourage people of all backgrounds to ask questions, participate in the monthly conversations, and learn about the group. For further information, check out this blog post (coming soon), talk to our staff, or email the MC1R coordinator, Maria Rose, at [email protected]. See you on Tuesday nights!


Womxn on Walls (WOW)

A casual meetup located at ASCEND where womxn can crush climbs, beers*, and the patriarchy, or just hang out and meet new friends! Find us by looking for the cactus piñata on Thursdays from 6p-8p.

*No beer will be served or allowed on premise.

Queer Scouts

Queer Scouts is an LGBTQ climbing club, with the goal of creating connection and a safer and more inclusive outdoors community. This club meets on Tuesday evenings around 6p. Just look for the Queer Scout mascot, the tiny rainbow unicorn!