Scheduling & Timing:
Parties last 2 hours. Parties are regularly scheduled Saturday - Sunday as follows: 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm and 6-8pm. Events that are not during these standard times need to booked 3-4 weeks in advance.
We recommend that the host arrives about 15 minutes in advance. Guests should arrive punctually. We can start late to wait for stragglers, but the end time is fixed.
Everyone gets plenty of time to climb, but exactly how long you climb is completely up to you. Most groups find that 90 minutes of climbing is perfect, leaving 30 minutes for refreshments.
Equipment & Clothing:
Climbing harnesses are provided for all. We recommend clothing that allows freedom of movement. However, baggy pants and short shorts should be avoided as they can make the harness uncomfortable for some. Girls should not wear skirts or dresses.
To climb, fully-closed shoes are required. No sandals, flip flops, Crocs or Vibram FiveFingers are allowed. We do not provide climbing shoes for parties, but they are available for rental at $3/climber.
Staffing, Supervision & Safety:
Safety, supervision and service are our top priorities. The Party Guide acts as your host and group facilitator. Additionally, we provide 2 guides for your event (more are provided for larger events). Staff provides safety orientation, outfits the gear, handles the safety ropes and coaches the kids. Most of all they make sure everybody has a great time! Tips are not included. If you feel that your guides do a great job, feel free to let them know.
Before climbing your guides will review our Safety Rules. Some areas of the gym are off limits, and that will be discussed at the beginning of your party. We do not allow pinatas, confetti or noise makers. We actively enforce our Safety Rules and ask for your support in following and enforcing them with your group.
We start all parties at our top rope wall. Climbing in the bouldering areas is at the discretion of your Party Guide based on party size, age, group ability and safety considerations. During the duration of your party, you have a party room that serves as your home while at Birmingham Boulders or First Avenue Rocks. Refreshments are to be served in our private party room. Food and drinks are not allowed in the climbing areas.
Our party rooms are equipped with tables and chairs as well as counterspace and cubbies providing plenty of storage during your visit. We do not provide paper products, food or drinks. Most parties either bring cake and light snacks, or have pizza delivered.
The party room must be vacated promptly at your party's end time. Please let us know when booking if you anticipate needing more time or if you expect a significant number of adult guests.
The minimum age for our parties is 8. We make age-appropriate modifications for younger groups (limiting group size and duration). Please contact us for details.
Reservations, Deposits & Confirmations:
A $100 deposit is required to hold your reservation. We cannot guarantee that a time-slot request will be held without a deposit. We will call you 3-5 days in advance to confirm your party and the number of guests. Our staffing is fixed at this time.
Rescheduling & Cancellations:
In the event of a cancellation, your deposit is refundable up to 2 weeks before your party date. Full price will be charged for cancellations less than 48 hours before the party.
In the event of inclement weather every effort will be made to reschedule without a rescheduling fee. If this is not possible then a full deposit refund will be made.
Each participant must have a waiver completed and signed by a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. Our waiver can be found here. There is no exception to this policy. Please avoid disappointment by ensuring that everyone in your group has a completed waiver.