BIRMINGHAM Indoor Bouldering - Friday (BEGINNERS WELCOME)
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Indoor climbing centres offer the challenges of climbing that you'll find on natural rock crags - simply indoors! These days, indoor climbing & bouldering are also a separate sport in themselves. It's a fun way to stay fit, make new friends & develop your climbing skills.
Birmingham Bouldering Centre
Birmingham Bouldering Centre (BBC) is an indoor bouldering centre on the edge of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. The centre is a family-run business with over 20 years of experience that opened in two converted railway arches back in 2012. Birmingham Bouldering Centre offers both the new & the old style of climbing. BBC has two separate climbing areas with a mixture of original & challenging routes that are colour-graded for all levels of climbing ability from complete beginner to advanced; with their routes being reset on a regular basis. The centre has a friendly atmosphere. It's a great place for getting stronger at climbing as well as a cool place to just hang out & have a chat. There is a dedicated bouldering shop & a café/bar (famous for it's coffee & cake) also on-site. There is also a small but functional gym upstairs for working on your campusing, peg & wall board, Beastmaker skills & much more.
If you haven't been before, please take a look on the Birmingham Bouldering Centre website.
What is Bouldering?
Instead of tackling long high routes, the 'problems' (as they are referred to) are shorter & focus on technique, balance, body positioning & sometimes power. With the different emphasis, bouldering doesn't have the hassle of climbing with ropes, so it’s an excellent (but not necessarily easier) activity for newcomers to the sport. Bouldering is often regarded as the 'purest' form of climbing.
If you're a seasoned climber you won't need convincing about the benefits of bouldering, but for those who've never climbed more than a staircase, the benefits are wide ranging. Improved physical strength, muscle tone, balance, power, coordination, mental problem solving, focus, concentration, body awareness, sense of achievement & feeling like body & mind are working together perfectly are just some of the benefits you might get!
Bouldering can be a very social sport where you can hang out with like-minded people & each have a go at the various problems as you feel - regardless of what level you currently climb at! In the words of Theodore Roosevelt: “comparison is the thief of joy”!
New to Bouldering?
If you have never tried bouldering before it is recommended that you have a brief guided session from the event leader, who will go through everything you will need to know to boulder safely before joining in with the rest of the group.
Experienced at Bouldering?
If you enjoy working on the problems together or learn from watching other climbers, then this event is perfect for you, & is a great way to meet new people to climb with!
This event usually ends around 9pm, but the centre is open until 10pm if you have the energy to do a bit more!
To come along, you will need to register via this event page!
To climb at Birmingham Bouldering Centre you will need to:
Read the Conditions of Use before completing a registration form. These are also displayed on the wall opposite reception so you can read them at the same time as registering in person on your first visit.
Complete a Registration Form upon arrival.
Pay an Entry Fee directly to the climbing centre:
Single Entry is £9.
Student Entry & Monthly/Annual Passes are also available.
A ten-climb pass is £75 (no time limit on use).
Please see their website for current prices & note that prices are subject to change.
It is essential that all members sign up through the event page to make sure the event leader has all information of the members attending.
If you have any questions or need any more information just get in touch with the event leader by clicking on their profile below, or take a look at the My first bouldering event page for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: Every person participating should be aware of & accept that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified & are not regarded by Outdoorlads, or themselves, as ‘technical experts’ but are amateur boulderers with some experience & who are happy to impart their knowledge. Any advice given should be considered with this in mind by the recipient.
All those attending the event must also be aware of the climbing centre's own terms & conditions of participation & abide by them, along with any instructions given by the centre's staff. Everyone must also take responsibility for their own safety while participating in Indoor Bouldering events.
Photos: Photos taken by Greg Clark & Kevin Jones & used with permission.
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete a Participation Statement, in addition to booking your event space before attending an OutdoorLads event. You only need to complete this Participation Statement once, not for each event you attend.
What to bring
You don't really need much equipment to get started in bouldering! At minimum you will need the use of a pair of rock climbing shoes. If you do not have your own, you will be able to hire some rock climbing shoes directly from Birmingham Bouldering Centre for £3. Please see their website for current prices (prices are subject to change).
WHAT TO WEAR
There are changing rooms & lockers available downstairs. Alternatively, you can use the shelving units available in the main climbing area to store your belongings (please note that all property is left at your own risk).
It is best to wear shorts, combats or tracksuit bottoms & a t-shirt or vest (preferably ODL branded!). Avoid tight fitting clothing which hampers movement. All jewellery (such as rings, watches, chains or bangles) should be removed before climbing in order to avoid injury to yourself or other climbers.
During the colder months of the year, it might be best to bring additional layers to keep you warm in-between climbs as climbing centres are not the warmest places during winter.
Rock shoes are best worn barefoot & should fit snuggly. However, if you are using hire shoes, you may wish to wear socks with these for hygiene purposes!
Food & drink
Birmingham Bouldering Centre has a café/bar that sells a selection of hot & cold food & drinks.