BIRMINGHAM Indoor Climbing - Thursday - BEGINNERS
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Join OutdoorLads for an evening of indoor climbing & bouldering at Redpoint Climbing Centre in Birmingham.
If you have never climbed before or need a refresher on the basics, then this BEGINNERS EVENT is ideal for you! I will happily show you the ropes & teach you everything you need to know to climb safely!
If the event is full, please do join the waiting list. We may be able to increase numbers when we know how many competent climbers are able to attend this event! If you are subsequently unable to attend, please do remember to cancel off the event - particularly as spaces for beginner climbers are very limited!
Event pages are split into BEGINNER & EXPERIENCED to maintain a decent ratio between the leader & any 'newbies'. Only two beginners are allowed to be signed in to be supervised per leader; this also cuts down on waiting around in-between climbs.
If you are competent with how to tie in & belay, then please sign up to the BIRMINGHAM Indoor Climbing - Thursday - EXPERIENCED event instead.
Redpoint Climbing Centre
Indoor climbing centres offer the challenges of climbing that you'll find on natural rock crags - simply indoors! It's a fun way to stay fit, make new friends & develop your climbing skills.
Climbing - Unlike Indoor Bouldering there is a certain amount of skill to be mastered, such as tying in knots & belaying a partner, as well as the climbs being higher than in bouldering. 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. Either learn the climbing & safety techniques with relaxed coaching from one of our friendly, experienced climbing leaders OR if you’ve climbed before, can safely tie into a harness & can competently belay, then there’s plenty of choices of top-rope & lead climbing on offer here.
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 excellent (but not necessarily easier) 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.
This event ends around 9:00pm, 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 Redpoint you will need to:
- Complete a Registration Form (please arrive early to do this the first time)
- Pay the Annual Registration Fee (currently £3.50)
- Pay an Entry Fee directly to the climbing centre. Mention you are a member of Outdoorlads on arrival for the concessionary rate of £9. 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 climbing 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 climbers 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 climbing events.
Photos: Photos taken by Will Allaway, Geoffrey Frost, David Hanley & 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
As a beginner climber, you will need the use of a climbing harness & rock climbing shoes. If you have your own harness & shoes, you can bring these along. Please make sure that your harness is in good condition, & get one of the staff to check it is safe to use if you are unsure.
If you do not have your own, you will be able to hire what you need directly from the climbing centre. Please see their website for current prices (prices are subject to change).
Equipment can be hired from the centre as follows:
- Harness - £3
- Rock Shoes - £3
WHAT TO WEAR
There is a changing area available upstairs & free lockers are available (ask for a key at reception).
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 your climbing partner.
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
The Redpoint Climbing Centre café sells a selection of snacks, cakes, hot & cold drinks.