Schedule

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.

Films

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.

STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT FILM!

Previous ASCEND Sponsored Films: 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.

  • Friday, July 20 -  The Push by Tommy Caldwell, 2017
  • Friday, August 31 - Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold and David Roberts, 2016
  • Friday, September 28 - Valley Walls by Glen Denny
  • Friday, October 19 - The West Ridge by Thomas Hornbein 1968

Contact [email protected] for more information! 

Cycling Club

Last ride for 2018 will be held on Saturday, November 17 - stay tuned for 2019!

ASCEND Cycling Club formed in May 2018 - a casual group of climbers who also love to ride! We meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday morning near ASCEND's front desk at 9a to take off shortly after, no later than 9:15a! If you're late, you better ride like the wind ;) The goal is to determine the group's consensus, but shoot for 2-4 hour rides, starting and ending 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 or Strava Group!

If you're interested in becoming an ASCEND Cycling Club Ambassador, email [email protected] 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, email [email protected] 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.

MC1R

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!