What we do.


We provide classes, day trips, and private instruction for all levels of rock climbers. Whether you need an adventure, or you want learn how to rock climb outdoors, we’ve got something for you.

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. 

Day trips are available for those that want to try out rock climbing for the first time, or to practice applying the skills you’ve learned through classes. These are days dedicated to time on the rock. This is a great option for parties that want to try outdoor rock climbing but don’t want to learn the details.

Private lessons are geared towards those who have specific needs and want an individualized curriculum to help them reach their goals.


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 Guide Association as a Single Pitch Instructor, and by the National Outdoor Leadership School as a Wilderness First Responder.


Why we do it.


Ascend Climbing School was born from a need.

Rock climbing is a fast growing sport, and most 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 this sport, and we want to make sure that all climbers are properly equipped and trained to handle the sport in its entirety. We hope to facilitate responsible growth 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 the growth of this captivating sport. 


Contact Us


We’d love to hear from you


(530) 636-0194


Chico, CA

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