BIRMINGHAM Indoor Climbing & Social (Thai) - Experienced
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Indoor climbing events in Birmingham usually run twice a month. Following this climbing session we will be heading to the Thai restaurant at the Barton Arms. The 100 year old Bartons Arms remains one of the finest examples of Victorian pub architecture and one of the most beautiful pub interiors in the country.
Redpoint continue to operate Covid-19 measures, mainly masks to be worn while moving around the building. More information can be found here.
"Experienced" in this instance is those that have previously been indoor climbing and know how to tie on and belay. There are separate event pages for beginner and experienced climbers to help us keep to safe climbing ratios.
Experienced please sign up to this event page, beginners climber please sign up here. Beginner events are held once a month.
Come and join OutdoorLads at Birmingham's Redpoint Climbing Centre
Indoor climbing centres offer the challenges of climbing that you'll find on natural rock crags - simply indoors!
Climbing - If you are new to climbing or would like a refresher, then this is just for you!! After a quick safety briefing, you will enjoy plenty of climbing and learn the climbing and safety techniques with relaxed coaching from one of our friendly, experienced climbing leaders. If you’ve climbed before, can safely tie into a harness and belay, then there’s plenty of choices of top-rope and lead climbing on offer here.
Bouldering - Instead of tackling long high routes, the 'problems' (as they are referred to) are shorter and focus on technique, balance, body positioning and sometimes power. With the different emphasis, bouldering doesn't have the hassle of climbing with ropes, so it’s excellent for newcomers.
Redpoint Climbing Centre has more than 75 lines with over 300 routes, set through some spectacular ground including its notorious 'stalactite'. It even features one of the few indoor 'Yorkshire VS cracks' in the country, to test your jamming skills. The bouldering rooms are just as interesting as its climbing routes, over 200 bouldering problems have been organised into graded circuits to provide something for everyone.
To come along, you will need to register via this event page and to climb you will need to pay an entry fee directly to the climbing centre when you arrive, please see their website for prices. We'd ask 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 climbing event page for more information.
If you do not own your own harness or climbing shoes, you will need to rent these from the centre.
Please note that every person participating should be aware of (and accept) that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified, and are not regarded by OutdoorLads, or themselves as ‘technical experts’ but are amateur climbers with some experience and 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 centre's own terms and conditions of participation and abide by them, along with any instructions given by the centres staff. Everyone must also take responsibility for their own safety while participating in Indoor climbing events.
Photos: Photos taken by Will Allaway & Geoffrey Frost and 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.
COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. Read the NHS self-isolation guidance.
- OutdoorLads strongly encourages all attendees to take a rapid lateral flow test immediately prior to attending an event. This will help to keep everyone safe. Order free Rapid Lateral Flow Tests.
What to bring
If you have your own climbing gear (i.e. harness, shoes, Belay device etc.) you can bring this along, but please make sure it is in good condition, if not these are available to hire from the Climbing Centre, for prices please see the their website.
There is a changing area at the climbing centre and lockers are available.
What to Wear
It is best to wear shorts, combats or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt or vest (preferably ODL branded!). Please do not wear jeans or trousers which hamper movement. Also jewellery such as rings, watches, chains or bangles should be removed, as these can cause injury.
Food & drink
The climbing centre has a vegetarian cafe where hot and cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, there are more details here.
We will be heading for Thai food and drinks at the Barton Arms following the climbing event. If you do not wish to join us at the restaurant please let the leader know in advance so we can confirm numbers for the table.