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First Avenue Rocks

2417 1st Avenue South

About Us

Our facility has something for everyone, from the beginner to the hard-core climber. Our climbing wall provides nearly 4000 sq. ft. of world-class indoor rock climbing. First Ave Rocks spacious rock climbing area was specifically designed for bouldering, plus there's additional dedicated wall space for top rope climbing. First Ave Rocks provides the right equipment, training and support to ensure a great rock climbing experience.

First Ave Rocks is designed to simulate the sandstone boulders that litter the Deep South. With multiple angles peppered with thousands of complex climbing shapes, patrons can climb boulders up to 15 feet tall with 10" of plush Asana padding to soften your landings. Our boulders were built with smooth handrails at the top for those who wish to drop off. The more adventurous climbers can top out our two middle features and enjoy the view from the top out deck!


Anand Iyer

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The gym is kind of small, yet you can easily spend all day there. To top it off, they probably have the friendliest staff I have seen!! We were on vacation and I left my climbing bag there (with shoes, harness, etc). Emily arranged to have it shipped to me and wouldn't accept payment. Thank you.

Conner Canatsey

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
A clean gym with a good variety of easy, intermediate, and expert bouldering routes. There is no real top roping to speak of, but don't let that deter you, still an excellent gym.

Wesley Nelson

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
I love this place! I've been here several times, and I've always had a blast. Everyone's friendly, whether they're staff or customers. There's no feeling of stress or anxiety that I get in a normal gym. The main attraction here is the climbing wall, which snakes its way from the front of the building to the back. Every part of the wall has problems of any skill level imaginable. Even someone who has never been active in their life could find something that they could do, and they'd have a fantastic time. Besides the climbing wall, there's a section for grip training, a store selling climbing gear and yummy snacks, as well as a conventional (albeit small) gym. Honestly my favorite thing about this place is the people. This is one of those rare places where the customers are just as willing to help as the staff. For example, I learned how to rock climb thanks to a nice dude who just happened to be climbing when I showed up for the first time. The staff are genuinely good people, as well - one time when the cashier was telling me the price, he got his words mixed up and told me a price that was lower than it actually was. He corrected himself before he slid my card, but he decided to give me the lower price that he erroneously said anyways. Awesome! This place is such an obscure little gem of Birmingham, and I want to get the word out as much as I can.

Jordan Peebles

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Extremely fun!

Ken Atchison

Monday, April 25, 2016
They are helpful when it's your first time visiting. If you live close to downtown it's the only public climbing gym. All ages are welcome.

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