Pittsburgh, PA 15203
- 6a–11p [Weekdays]
- 8a–8p [Weekends]*
- Consult Google for holiday and temporary closures.
- *Every other month, on the 1st + 3rd Saturday, we close at 6p for our beloved Affinity Sessions. Refer to Google for specific days.
ASCEND South Side is our first location, which opened on March 15, 2017. Since day one, the space became a central gathering place for Pittsburgh's growing and vibrant climbing community.
This bouldering-centric climbing facility is all housed within an expansive second floor space with a panoramic view of the city from Pittsburgh's South Side. Beyond bouldering, ASCEND offers modest roped climbing with a mix of auto-belays and top-ropes.
Cross-training is also a big part of ASCEND South Side, so be sure to explore climbing-specific training and fitness equipment, or drop in on one of our yoga, fitness, or slackline classes.
In addition to climbing, fitness, yoga, and slacklining, visitors may benefit from our extensive retail store, concessions, locker rooms with showers, and numerous spaces to relax, snack, study, meet, and work.
ASCEND South Side's bouldering-centric climbing facility featuring Walltopia climbing walls surrounded by Flashed flooring, also offers modest roped climbing, and climbing training walls and equipment.
8,200 SF of terrain comprising three uniquely designed boulders ranging from 13' to 16' tall
large top-out boulder with a mushroom buttress
wide slab that converges into a mega steep cave
40' roof arch, capped with a prominent wave wall and our showcase competition wall
120 linear feet
20 climbing stations with a mix of auto-belays and top-ropes
Spray Wall - 16' wide, 13' tall, 50 degrees overhung
Oversized Campus Board
2-sided, 20' long training board affixed with hang boards, edges, slopers, and other various grips
ASCEND Yoga was born at the South Side location. It was actually the first space that the owners and some close friends truly got their hands dirty scrubbing clean back in 2016! Since then, we've added a beautiful mural of the New River Gorge (thank you so much, Sonora!), a myriad of succulents, and a whole lot of props, warmth, and charm.
Over the years, we've hosted dozens of workshops, such as... Hulahoop Basics, Therapeutic Acro + Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Handstands for Everyone!, Personalize Your Practice, Nutrition + Yoga, Super Stretch, Functional Mobility + Expressive Dance, Functional Strength, Deep Stretch, Icarian Adventures, Envision Your Future, Make Shapes Engage Asanas, Sun Salutations, Acro Yoga Dance Lifts, Intro to Ayurveda, and Unwind The Spine... just to name a few!
This 1,000 SF space comfortably fits roughly 20 yogis, depending on the class style, and most classes run for 60 minutes. When the studio is not in official use, it is made accessible to our members and guests to stretch, practice, or just simply escape.
ASCEND South Side's fitness area is split into two open spaces totaling roughly 2,500 SF that are seamlessly integrated into the bouldering spaces. Meaning, no stuffy rooms or constraining walls!
Bikes, treadmills, rowers, elliptical, stair stepper, Concept2 SkiErg
Open space for stretching, acro play, group warm ups
Large rogue rack, outfitted with pull-up bars, squat and bench stations, dip bar, TRX
Ample dumbbells, kettlebells, plates, bars, landmines, and benches for all your lifting needs
Dual Cable Cross
Extensive accessories like, bands, jump ropes, dowel rods, boxes, balls, foam rollers, and so much more!
ASCEND South Side's youth programs are designed to grow strong minds and bodies in Pittsburgh's youth. No matter a child's age or level of experience, we've got a program for you.
In addition to programming, this location has a small wall designed for toddlers to learn foundational movement to comfortable on the wall, as well as many other special youth focused activities!
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!
ASCEND South Side features a removable slackline that members can be trained on how to set up. And every few months, we transform the entire gym into a slackline playground, featuring low-lines, mid-lines, long-lines, trick-lines, rodeo-lines, and any other type of line you can think of!