Summer season camp alternate options supplied at Avondale climbing health club

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The climbing gym First Ascent in Avondale offers summer camps

CHICAGO — Looking for an alternative to traditional summer camp? First Ascent in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago is offering rock climbing camps for kids and other programs this summer.

They offer guided sessions where families can experience rock climbing with an experienced guide by their side.

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Other fun sessions for kids include an 8 week rock climbing course and a 1 hour boulder session.

They also have private events.

“From the moment you walk in the door, we train you, go through the safety and get you on our ropes and climbing in 30 minutes,” said assistant manager Dylan Waickman.

Activities for children on the first ascent

First Ascent Avondale was their first location, breaking ground in 2014, and they pride themselves on calling this location Chicago’s first full-service climbing gym. Open since August 2015, the 26,000-square-foot facility has walls up to 60 feet tall (some of the tallest in the country), including a bouldering and fitness mezzanine, complete with a dedicated yoga studio.

Click here to see what classes are available and when you can climb.

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