What we do.


We provide rock climbing day trips and courses for all levels of rock climbers. Whether you’re seeking adventure or perfecting your skills, we’ve got something for you.

Day trips are days dedicated to time on the rock. These trips are available for those new to rock climbing, or for those looking to practice their skills. Get one-on-one attention by signing up for a single person day trip, or invite your friends and family for a weekend adventure.

We offer a range of courses that aim to leave you feeling competent and confident on the rock, with the climbing techniques, technical skills, and safe practices needed to explore the sport on your own. 


Who we are.


Nick Ferguson

Nick is the owner of Ascend Climbing School and a dedicated outdoor enthusiast. Born and raised in Chico CA, he grew up backpacking with his family. That set him on the course to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013. In 2015, he completed Chico's first 50 mile trail ultra-marathon. He has spent the past six years dedicated to exploring and climbing the local area and is excited to share it with you.

Nick is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Single Pitch Instructor and by the National Outdoor Leadership School as a Wilderness First Responder. He is a proud member of Butte County Search and Rescue.


Why we do it.


Ascend Climbing School was born from a need.

Rock climbing is a fast growing sport, and much of the growth is happening in indoor climbing facilities. New climbers are making huge gains in physical strength and mental fortitude and eventually look to take the next step into outdoor climbing. Climbing outdoors, however, presents a need for a much larger skill set.

That's where we step in.

We LOVE to rock climb. So much that we have dedicated ourselves to your success. We want to give our surrounding community the opportunity to try the sport rock climbing, and to make sure that all climbers are properly equipped and trained to handle the sport in its entirety. We hope to facilitate responsible growth of the sport through proper risk management procedures, Leave No Trace principles, and a continued dialogue on outdoor ethics. Your success is our success, which benefits our community, our crags, and climbing as a whole. 


Contact Us


We’d love to hear from you


(530) 636-0194


Chico, CA

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