First Ascent Arlington Heights Hosts Youth Nationals Climbing Event Before Grand Opening Aug. 6, 2022

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USA Climbing Youth Nationals

Rope Climbing at First Ascent -- Arlington Heights location (SOURCE: First Ascent)
Rope Climbing at First Ascent — Arlington Heights location (SOURCE: First Ascent).

A unique fitness facility, First Ascent, is beginning activities at its new Arlington Heights location, hosting a national championship for climbing events the last week of July 2022, and a grand opening of their new Arlington Heights facility serving climbing, fitness, and yoga enthusiasts on August 6, 2022. This week, July 25-31, 2022, prior to the general opening of the First Ascent climbing, yoga, and fitness center, First Ascent in Arlington Heights (FA AH), and USA Climbing (USAC) are teaming up to host the 2022 Youth National Championships.

The brand new climbing and fitness facility in Arlington Heights is located just north of the One Arlington luxury high-rise apartment high-rise (3400 West Stonegate Boulevard) at the northeast corner of Euclid Avenue and Rohlwing Road in Arlington Heights. First Ascent is hosting the national championship event just a few days before it opens to the public as a fitness center and climbing facility. The Arlington Heights location is the largest of seven total First Ascent facilities. There are four facilities located in the City of Chicago, one facility in Peoria, and one facility in Pittsburgh.

Before the general opening on August 6, 2022, twenty-four national champions will be crowned as young athletes compete in three separate disciplines (Speed Climbing, Rope Climbing, Bouldering) over the course of the seven-day event. The championship event is hosting 800 youth athletes from every State in the Union.

Bouldering at First Ascent -- Arlington Heights location (SOURCE: First Ascent)
Bouldering at First Ascent — Arlington Heights location (SOURCE: First Ascent).

The championship event, which is being held two years before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, will help to identify some of the young stars who will one day vie to compete at the Olympics.

“We are excited to bring our Youth National Championships and Youth Climbing Festival to Chicago. The central location, excellent gym and family-friendly activities will create a fantastic environment for young climbers and their families.”

— John Muse, VP of Sport for USA Climbing

The USAC Youth Nationals Competition includes the same three climbing events that appeared in the 2022 Tokyo Olympics:

Speed Climbing – challenging competitors to climb a 15 meter (~50 ft) wall as fast as possible. See 2021 Youth Nationals Speed Climbing at Youth Nationals – FINAL – Speed C | B | A | JR – YouTube (Playlist) …

Rope Climbing – challenging competitors to climb long, difficult routes up to 55 feet high. See 2021 Youth Nationals Rope Climbing at 2021 Youth Nationals – Lead & Top Rope – FYA | MYA | FJR | MJR Qualification – YouTube (playlist) …

Bouldering – challenging competitors to climb short, difficult routes up to 15 feet high. See 2021 Youth Nationals Boulder at Youth Nationals – Bouldering FJR | MJR Final – YouTube

“We are thrilled to host the Nation’s best competitors and their families from all over the country for USA Climbing Youth Nationals at First Ascent Climbing and Fitness Arlington Heights. This is our latest, largest gym. It is designed to host world-class events while offering climbing areas for kids and adult beginners. First Ascent Arlington Heights will begin Youth Programs beginning Fall 2022.”

— First Ascent Co-founder, Dan Bartz

First Ascent Arlington Heights will hold its Grand Opening for the public on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10:00 am. Everyone is invited to experience a truly unique facility in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In addition to spectacular climbing walls in a beautiful, spacious facility, First Ascent includes fitness areas for progressive resistance machines, free weights, cardio machines, core and flexibility training, and yoga.

Bouldering at First Ascent -- Arlington Heights location (SOURCE: First Ascent)
Rope Climbing at First Ascent — Arlington Heights location (SOURCE: First Ascent).

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