It was the hottest day of the year so far, so naturally we decided it would be a clever idea to go rock climbing. Yes, it was hot but having heard so much about Rock Up myself and the team were all up for the challenge of working up a sweat and climbing up some VERY high walls.
Upon arrival, I was thankful to see the doors were all open at the front of the venue so the heat wasn’t an issue, if anything the bi-folding open doors made the whole experience feel a bit more realistic, we were at one with nature, well at one with Broadway Plaza really.
After walking in we were greeted by the fantastic team who were friendly and helpful, and introduced us to our instructor Ollie. After getting kitted up in our very attractive harnesses and a quick health and safety talk we were ready to climb. What was great about the intro was that it covered everything and was made clear and simple, yet we were still given lots flexibility so were not stuck with the instructor the whole time, no offence meant Ollie.
I decided to do easier walls and thank goodness I did, as after one wall I was already sweating and my arms were like jelly! (note to self eat properly before going rock climbing). As a keen gym goer, I thought this climbing malarkey would be simple but it was true work out. Thankfully I had my comrades with me and with lots of encouragement I completed the wall with the music from Rocky going around in my head.
Going with a group made it a wonderful experience as it was the encouragement from the team that helps you complete walls and overcome any fears.
I was quickly put to shame though as my three team mates were MUCH better and braver than me. However, watching them tackle the hard walls and climbs was great fun and really brought the group together.
We were also very fortunate to have our very own cheerleader in the form of our colleague Marcia who was unable to take part due to injury, however she was on the side-lines giving great and at times threatening words of encouragement. I think everyone completed their walls in fear of her!
After climbing several walls and trying different obstacles it was time for the ultimate challenge THE LEAP OF FAITH!!!!! DUN DUUN DUUUUN!
This meant jumping off a high podium (yes just jumping into thin air) and reaching for a hanging punching bag. Sound horrible?
Yes it was, so I left this one to my team mates, after all I was there to take photos really *cough cough*
The moment of truth came and the team lined up to take part. I must say watching them felt terrifying enough let alone doing it. First up was Tom after a dramatic countdown he launched himself off and managed to grab the bag for a moment before falling. When I say falling I mean in a slow controlled manor due to the harness, safety first folks. Next up Liam who did an equally excellent job. Then it was Yueni who at a tiny 4ft 11in flew through the air and managed a very graceful landing as us ladies do.
I must say afterward I felt annoyed at myself for not trying the leap of faith so my advice to anyone else going would be do or you’ll regret it, the team said it was a fantastic feeling when you do it.
All in all, it was great hour and excellent value for money, with a range of walls and climbs for all abilities. So, get your friends or colleagues together and get climbing!
Rock Up Birmingham, Broadway Plaza
220 Ladywood Middleway
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