First Avenue Rocks


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  • 4,000 square feet of space
  • More than 100 climbing routes
  • No experience necessary
  • Central downtown location

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While navigating the urban landscape, you might have to scramble over a Cadillac Escalade to escape roving hotdog carts. Get a leg up on traversing the world's obstacles with today's Groupon: for $9, you get a day pass plus shoe rental at First Avenue Rocks.

The downtown climbery boasts nearly 4,000 square feet of climbing space. Walls designed to mimic the sandstone boulders of the Deep South have been specially engineered for ropeless bouldering climbs. And more than 100 routes, on bright knob-covered walls of multiple angles up to 15 feet high, are available to sate any insatiable scaler. Each climbing station is surrounded by up to 16 inches of plush padding, enough to cushion any unforeseen tumble or gentle drift down to inspect a stray jelly bean. For the fearful first climbers, First Avenue boasts a small space dedicated exclusively to top-rope climbing. Climbing-shoe rental is included in this deal.

Though challenging to master, rock climbing is a relatively easy sport to learn. Veteran climbers say rock climbing is sort of like training and running a marathon, but you get the adrenaline rush in shorter, more intensely concentrated spurts. Not only does climbing tone muscles and increase their mass, it also can increase flexibility and focus. So spend a day formally introducing yourself to rocks, and emerge empowered and emboldened to rescue tree-bound kittens and gutter-lodged Frisbees.


First Avenue Rocks has been featured in the Terminal and the Birmingham Business Journal:

  • An emergency room nurse, a fifth grade teacher, 15,000 screws, 5,000 t-nuts, 145 sheets of plywood, 2,100 square feet of eight inch padding, and thousands of pounds of steel is turning a 6,800 square foot warehouse on Birmingham, AL’s Southside built in 1911 into modern rock climbing gym with 3,900 square feet of climbing surface. – Bob Farley, Terminal
  • …an indoor rock climbing facility that will focus on “bouldering” – a type of rock climbing that is easier to learn, less expensive to pick up and plentiful in the Alabama outdoors – Lauren B. Cooper, Business Journal

First Avenue Rocks

Birmingham Boulders is Birmingham's premier rock climbing gym with 14,000 square feet of world class indoor rock climbing for beginners or experts. Even kids can get their starts learning to climb on the auto-belay wall. The over two hundred unique climbs are updated regularly, and include bouldering walls to offer adventure-seekers the opportunity to ascend and move about with or without ropes. Are you a downtowner? Visit their Southside location, First Avenue Rocks.

Customer Reviews

Staff is very friendly and helpful. Gym is very cool and our kids loved it.
Kelly P. · March 20, 2016
We took our 3 year old to climb and she enjoyed it. We put her in the harness and let her free climb as well. The staff was really nice and helpful. We look forward to going back.
Megan B. · March 15, 2016
An excellent experience for my visiting grandchildren who had been taking climbing classes. Their parents also had a great time climbing the walls for their first time! The grandparents enjoyed being able to sit & watch.
Emily R. · March 9, 2016
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    2417 1st Ave. S

    Birmingham, Alabama 35233

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