Waiver

Before entering the climbing area at Ascend, all climbers and visitors must have a current Release of Liability Form (Waiver) signed and in our system. If you are under 18 years of age, 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 gym. You only have to do this once!

Getting Here
By Car

Park in either of our two off-street lots or snag a street-spot (2-hour restrictions apply 12p-12a). Sign the register at ASCEND if you park at Rite Aid.

By Bus

Bus lines 48, 51, 54, 75, 81, 83 all pass within a handful of blocks of ASCEND, so regardless of where you are bussing from, you are covered!

By Bike

Our secure outdoor and indoor parking ensures your bike will be safe. Travel by street, or use the riverfront trail to get here from as far as DC (no joke!)

Parking

As part of our commitment to make your first visit (and every subsequent visit) totally hassle-free, we offer free, on-site parking. No fighting for a space on the streets of the Southside of Pittsburgh. Just park out front and come on in. 

Check out a flyover view of the parking options and location of ASCEND or use the handy map below.

Rates
Day Passes

A day pass gets you access to the entire gym for the whole day - bouldering, fitness, and 1 yoga class. If you need to rent some gear, check out your options below. Youth pricing available for kids 17 and under, but excludes yoga.

  • Adult Day Pass $16
  • Youth Day Pass $10
  • 10 Punch Pass $144
Memberships

Choose which membership is right for you. To keep it simple, ASCEND only offers monthly memberships. Prices below indicate auto-renewing memberships, so just add $10 to the monthly cost if you only want to buy one month of gym access at a time. 

Basic
$60/mo.*
  • Unlimited Climbing
  • Unlimited first visit guest passes (1 per day)
  • Unlimited Fitness Classes
  • Unlimited Yoga Classes
  • 10% off in retail shop
  • Free Gear Rental

* $70/mo if not auto-renewing.

Premium
+$40/mo. add-on**
  • Unlimited Climbing
  • Unlimited first visit guest passes (1 per day) + 1 guest pass for anyone
  • Unlimited Fitness Classes
  • Unlimited Yoga Classes
  • 10% off in retail shop
  • Free Gear Rental

**Additional to cost of Basic. Discounts do not apply.

Account Management

Managing your account is painless and easy. Just head over to our account management page and let us know what you need to update and we'll take care of the rest.

Family Memberships

We tried to keep this simple and to accommodate all family structures. As long as one parent or guardian has a membership, each youth (17 and under) is just $40 (Basic Membership) or $80 (Premium Membership) a month. Yep, it’s that easy to get the little ones climbing!

Rental Prices

A complete line of rental equipment will be maintained for exclusive use inside the facility. This ensures that you can climb with the proper equipment if you do not own gear or if you are visiting Pittsburgh. If this is your first visit to ASCEND, shoes and a chalk bag are on us!

Rental Prices

  • Climbing Shoes $4
  • Chalk Bag $1
  • Harness and Belay Equipment $3
Additional Pricing Information
  • Affiliate Discounts
    ASCEND is happy to offer a 10% discount on basic memberships, adult day passes, and 10-punch passes to the following groups: college students, seniors (65+), military, ECP, SWPACC, AMRG, AMGA, PCGI, AAC, Access Fund, Venture OutdoorsBike PGH, and the National Ski Patrol.
  • Youth Pricing (17 & under): $10 day pass and 10% off of basic membership
  • 10-Punch passes are non-transferrable, but you are able to use the passes to treat family and friends to a day of climbing if they accompany you!
  • Gift cards make great gifts! Get a friend into climbing.
  • How do auto-renewing memberships (EFT) work?
    Dues are automatically deducted from your checking account or billed to your credit card each month. For an auto-renewing membership to be cancelled, you must inform us 5 days prior to the next billing date (we bill on the 1st of each month).
  • May I place my membership on hold?
    Absolutely - similar to the cancellation policy, you can freeze your membership starting on your next billing date, provided that you do this at least 5 days in advance. We do require you to indicate a thaw date, which must be the last day of the month before you want it to kick in. Should you want to restart your membership before that thaw date (mid-month, for example), just stop on by the gym and we'll get you rolling again!
Store

ASCEND’s retail store is regularly stocked with soft and hard goods from the industry’s leading brands. Offerings may vary, but you can always expect a wide range of climbing shoes, chalk and chalk bags, brushes, crash pads, harnesses, ropes, draws, carabiners, belay devices and other accessories. Consult with any of ASCEND’s knowledgeable staff members for advice, to check on availability, or to place a special order. We'll even resole your shoes!

Brands include Petzl, Evolv, La Sportiva, Butora, Neon Climbing, Organic Climbing, Flashed, and more. 

Gift cards make great gifts - Get a friend into climbing!

Child Watch

ASCEND offers limited Child Watch services for parents or legal guardians that remain on site to use our facility. Qualified, adult staff members can be made available to watch children in our specially designed Child Watch room during reserved time slots. Children ages 6 months - 6 years can stay for up to 2 hours per day and guardians must remain on site. ASCEND will provide one staff member per five children. Parents must provide snacks, drinks, diapers, medications, etc.

In order for us to watch your child, YOU MUST MAKE A RESERVATION through our online system at least 48 hours in advance (within 48 hours, please call 412-745-2141). Time slots are available in 2-hour blocks, 7 days a week from 10a - 8p. We will provide confirmation at least 8 hours before your reservation, and if a staff member is unable to be made available, we will promptly refund your reservation fee.

Pricing: The cost is $10 per child, per 2-hour slot.

Note: If a staff member cannot be made available, the room is available for customers and their children to use, provided that guardian supervision happens at all times. If you have any additional questions, please contact ASCEND at 412-745-2141 or [email protected].

Event Booking

Basic Youth & Adult Group Rates

    • $275 for 1 - 10 guests
    • $375 for 11 - 15 guests
    • $475 for 16 - 20 guests

Prices include:

    • 2 hours of dedicated ASCEND Staff to belay, educate, and facilitate good times
    • Top-roping, bouldering, and slacklining
    • Rental equipment (shoes, chalk, harness)
    • Disposable plates, cutlery, and cups
    • Use of our communal refrigerator/freezer to store food and beverage (no alcohol allowed)
    • Tables and chairs for gathering, eating, and presents! (Note: This is not in a private room, but reserved tables and chairs in a communal space.)

Availability:

    • Fridays: 6p-8p
    • Saturdays & Sundays: 10a-12p OR 4p-6p

Notes:

    • Booking outside of these available times will result in a 20% upcharge.
    • A 50% deposit must be made to confirm your booking.

Cancellation Policy:

    • 100% of your deposit will be refunded if you cancel 10 days before your scheduled event.
    • 50% of your deposit will be refunded if you cancel 5 days before your scheduled event.
    • 0% of your deposit will be refunded if you cancel less than 5 days before your scheduled event.

Group Merch Packages: Make your group event that much more memorable by adding on our Group Merch Packages! With over 20% savings, this deal can't be missed:

    • For just $23 plus tax per guest, our YOUTH Merch Package includes:
      • Youth t-shirt
      • .5 liter ASCEND-branded Nalgene
    • For just $25 plus tax per guest, our ADULT Merch Package includes:
      • Adult t-shirt or tank
      • 1 liter ASCEND-branded Nalgene

Please note:

    • These packages must be purchased for every event participant for the discount to apply.
    • If merch packages are purchased for the group, the birthday kid/adult or event host get their package for FREE!
    • You'll have the option to add a merch package when you book your event.

Custom Parties & Groups

Whether it’s a bachelorette party, company team-building, or a college orientation ASCEND prefers to treat each event uniquely. If you desire more than what we've listed above, just let us know what you're thinking and we'll work together to design your perfect event.

START BOOKING YOUR EVENT

Amenities

So you want to know more about what ASCEND has in the works? Here’s a quick and simple list of just some of the amenities you can look forward to:

  • 3 unique, enormous, 16 foot tall boulders, with varying terrain that is suitable for all climbers, from beginners to elite athletes
  • 24 foot tall top-rope pillar with 20 rope stations and auto belays
  • Climbing training equipment that includes: an oversized woody wall, moon board, and campus wall, diverse hang boards and grips, pull-up stations, and more!
  • Fitness area: cardio machines, free weights, kettle bells, benches and squat racks, cross-training equipment, slacklines, and more!
  • Yoga studio with full schedule and diverse class offerings
  • Child watch room so parents can stay active, yet close by
  • Retail area including climbing gear, food, and beverages
  • Mezzanine level with expansive viewing area
  • Kitchenette and lounge available to everyone
  • Easy access hand-washing and water bottle refill stations
  • Locker rooms with showers and foot washing stations
  • Captivating views stretching from Oakland to Downtown Pittsburgh
Rules

Rules?! There are no rules in climbing, right? Well kind of. So here are ASCEND's:

  • Food, beverages, and sharp objects must stay off the bouldering pads.
  • Street shoes and bare feet are not permitted on climbing walls.
  • Shirts are required - we promise to keep it cool.
  • Sober climbing is the best climbing - do not climb while intoxicated.
  • All climbers and visitors must complete a liability waiver before entering ASCEND.
  • Climbers 13 and under must be directly supervised by an adult.
  • You must be at least 14 to be in the fitness and training areas or to take a regularly scheduled yoga class.
  • There is only one wall you can end up on the top of: the top-out wall!.
  • Belaying requires approval from ASCEND staff.
  • Climbing shoes are not permitted in the bathrooms. Gross!
  • Climbing flooring is for falling - not walking, sitting or horsing around.
  • Use caution when using the climbing walls and fitness equipment - this is not a jungle gym!

Etiquette schmettiquette! But seriously, let's keep everyone happy and healthy.

  • This is a safe space. Everyone deserves respect and compassion.
  • Pay attention! Other climbers may be above you or waiting to climb behind you.
  • Only spot when asked and/or trained to do so.
  • Politely ask before telling someone how to climb - figuring out the beta is half the challenge!
  • Gender does not determine skill or strength. Don't assume.
  • Keep your wet and muddy shoes away from the climbing areas.
  • Chalk belongs in your bag and on your hands.
  • Clean up after yourself - put away fitness equipment - wipe down machines.

Please keep in mind: Failure to adhere to the Rules & Etiquette of ASCEND can lead to the suspension of climbing and facility access privileges.

FAQs
What is ASCEND?

ASCEND is Pittsburgh’s premier indoor rock climbing facility. We offer climbing, fitness, yoga, classes, group events, memberships, and other services. ASCEND's retail shop will provide climbers of all abilities with a wide variety of climbing gear.

I have never climbed before. Do I need any previous experience to participate?

Absolutely not! First-timers and experienced climbers coexist and learn from each other. Bouldering - which is mostly what we offer - has no pre-reqs and you can be climbing within minutes of arrival. For those looking to climb on ropes, we also have auto belays and ropes, with classes designed to teach you rope skills and climbing movement.

What should I wear to climb?

Athletic clothing is advised, but you’ll see climbers in jeans too! Climbing shoes are required, but if you don’t have your own pair, we have them to rent. If this is your first visit to ASCEND, shoes and a chalk bag are on us!

Your website says that the facility has auto belays. What are auto belays?

The auto belay is a device that slowly lowers the climber to the ground in the event of a fall. Auto belays allow individuals who have not been through a belay check-off the opportunity to climb the rope walls in the gym. They are also a great option for climbers who are visiting the facility without a partner. No experience is necessary, but a brief tutorial is required to use the auto belay.

Where are you located, and what are your hours?

We are located in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood at 2141 Mary Street (15203).  For maps, directions, and hours of operation, see our location and hours below.

Is parking available at your facility?

Yes, free parking is available in two off-street lots located directly adjacent to ASCEND and at the corner of Jane and 23rd Streets (the “Rite Aid lot”). Street parking is also available near the facility.

May I place my membership on hold?

Our flexible monthly membership does not require an activation fee, so holding is not necessary since you're free to cancel without penalty.

How tall are the walls at ASCEND?

ASCEND has five separate walls, each one featuring different angles and heights ranging from 13 to 24 feet.

Do I need to sign a waiver or release form?

Yes, every participant and visitor must sign a liability waiver in order to enter our facility. Individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign for them.

Do I need to sign a new waiver each time I visit?

No, this form only needs to be filled out once. The gym will keep a copy of your waiver on file.

How much does it cost to climb?

ASCEND offers monthly memberships, 10 Visit Punch Passes, and day passes. Find out more information in our "Climbing Rates" section above.

Are there any age restrictions or requirements at your facility?

There are no age restrictions to climb, however, climbers 13 and under must be directly supervised by an adult. You must be 14 or older to be in the fitness and training areas or to take a regularly scheduled yoga class.

I don’t have my own equipment. Does your facility provide or rent equipment?

Yes, ASCEND rents shoes, chalk, harnesses, and belay hardware. If it's your first time here, shoes and chalk are on us. Check our "Climbing Rates" section above for detailed pricing.

What is belaying?

Belaying is the act of safely managing the rope for the climber. The belayer is responsible for the climber’s safety as he or she ascends the wall. In the event of a fall, the belayer secures the climber by holding the rope. In order to belay in the facility, an ASCEND team member must verify your ability to belay correctly.

Do you have climbing options for children?

The climbing gym is suitable for all ages. We offer party packages, programs, and other activities for children. In addition, our climbing walls are designed for individuals of all ages and skill levels.

How can I work at ASCEND?

We promise you'll have fun and feel fulfilled working at ASCEND. To get started, visit this page.

How often will the problems and routes get changed?

Boulder problems and top-rope routes will be stripped and reset on an ongoing basis with the entire gym being reset over a 6-8 week period. There will always be something new for our members to be excited about.