What To Expect On Your FIRST VISIT

Getting into any new activity can be intimidating, especially one steeped in lore like rock climbing! Fear not, ASCEND aims to make climbing as approachable and accessible as possible. We truly believe climbing is for everyBODY.

Our Most

Commonly Asked Frequently Asked Questions (CAFAQs)

  • So, can I just come in or do I need to make a reservation?

    • No reservations needed! Please, just come on in and we'll take care of the rest. Though, we do recommend reading our FAQ Page!

  • Do I need to make an account and sign a waiver if I'm not climbing?

    • YES PLEASE, everyone who enters an ASCEND climbing facility needs to do this, but only once every two years. Thank you for understanding and helping us remain compliant and uphold best practices for our wonderful industry. We recommend doing this before you arrive to save time during the check in process!

  • What do I need to do for minors (17 and under) to be able to climb?

    • All minors need an account and a valid waiver on file, which needs to be created by a legal guardian.

    • All minors need to be accompanied by an adult during their first visit.

    • Minors who are 13 and under need to be accompanied by an adult during all visits. In fact, they require DIRECT SUPERVISION, which we happen to have helpful guidelines for!

    • If you are bringing a group of 5 or more kids, you must make a reservation, as ASCEND Coaches need to be present in many instances. Please call or email ahead to inquire!

  • Are you open today?

    • Always consult our Google Listings for the most accurate hours and closures.

  • Why should we visit ASCEND over the other gyms in Pittsburgh?

    • This is a tough one, because we LOVE climbing so much, we couldn't possibly restrict you from choosing your own destiny. That being said, we are very proud of the following tidbits:

      • We have multiple locations to choose from, with all types of climbing terrain from bouldering to lead climbing. Also, our memberships are GLOBAL, meaning you get everything, everywhere!

      • We are 100% locally (Pittsburgh, PA) owned and operated. Check out our story!

      • We value and prioritize JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and Sustainable practices. We're far from perfect, but we're always trying to do more and stay current.

      • ASCEND's owners met as climbing buddies in the mid-aughts. We're not independently wealthy and we still love climbing with our friends and family. We are truly trying to live the American dream and we geniunely appreciate your support.

Create An Account

sign your waiver

Before entering the climbing area at ASCEND, all climbers and visitors must have a user account and a current Release of Liability Form (Waiver) signed and in our system. If you are 17 years of age or younger, your Waiver must be signed by a parent or documented legal guardian and you must be accompanied by a guardian on your first visit. The Waiver can be completed online ahead of time or during your first visit to the facility. You only have to do this once and this waiver applies to all ASCEND facilities!

Do You Have


As part of our commitment to make your visits totally hassle-free, we offer free, on-site parking at all of our locations. No fighting for a space on the streets! Just park out front and come on in.

Also, we encourage you to take the bus or ride your bike! We have bike parking inside and out.

Check out a flyover view of the parking options and location of ASCEND South Side.


Our Locations

We take pride in that each ASCEND facility offers a unique experience. By not holding ourselves to constrained principles, our terrain, amenities, programs, and atmosphere can adapt to each space and evolve alongside industry and local trends throughout the years, providing our surrounding neighborhoods a community hub that resonates with the local residents. Compare them below, then treat yourself to a deep-dive of each!