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Anyone into rock climbing ? Any suggestions how to learn or places to practice or recommendations for classes ? Never tried that but want to learn and make it a hobby and way of meeting people. TIA

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Not sure where you're located, but there's a place in Uptown called First Ascent that looks pretty cool from the street. They look to have some other locations too.

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First Ascent has several locations in Chicago - I *highly* recommend it! They have beginners classes and all of their yoga classes are included with your rock climbing membership. Been a member since the loop location opened.

Lakeview Athletic Club has an awesome climbing wall and lessons. Also Maggie daily park ha some outside with lessons but it’s obviously closed during the winter. Have fun!

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First Ascent is your best option. They have the most locations and best value. Block 37 downtown and Uptown locations are bouldering (no ropes) only. Avondale and Humboldt Park hace top ropes and auto-belays. I have a membership there and could get you a free pass to try or split a membership referral with you. Brooklyn Boulders is your other option. It’s in West Loop and also pretty fun but just more expensive. They have both bouldering, top ropes and auto belays.

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Oh dear the referral is just 750 points haha... never mind you’re better off just applying without the troubles of the referral. But it’s really great though!

Thank you guys for the responses. I will try first ascent.

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Yeah go to first ascent. They've got a very friendly group and can get you a trial as well if you go with a friend!

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