1. Why climb?
Climbing incorporates all the major muscle groups, even the ones you don’t realise you’re working, such as your abdominal muscles and obliques to keep you balance as you ascend. Gym rats will also find it a good alternative to pumping iron, as climbing works your biceps, traps, lats and delts.
Two common forms of climbing found at most gyms at top-rope climbing and bouldering. In the former, the climber is connected to two ropes – one at the top of the rock wall, and one attached to the belayer’s harness.
In bouldering, climbers make their way up lower walls without ropes or harnesses, though a crash pad is always placed below to break their fall. This is also known as free climbing.
Neither method is without risk, but climbing gyms prioritise safety, and as long as you follow instructions and exercise caution, the sport is perfectly safe.
2. Where to start climbing in Singapore
2a. Climb Central Singapore
If you’re a first timer itching to give it a try, check out Climb Central. The climbing gym, which is located within the Kallang sports hub, offers Intro programmes for both kids (1.5hours) and adults (2 hours). They also have a walk-in option where their crew will conduct a 15 minutes safety briefing, after which you can enjoy the facility at your own pace. It is definitely the perfect place for beginners to try their hand at the sport.
Address: #B1-01 Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore, 397628
Closest MRT: Stadium
Contact: +65 6702 7972
Opening Times: Mon – Fri, 11:00am–11:00pm, weekends and PH, 9:00am–9:00pm
Fees: $32/adult, $28/youth, $38/adult + child, all children must be supervised
Website: Climb Central
Newbies can give climbing a go at Climb Central Singapore. Photo credit: Climb Central
2b. SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre
More seasoned climbers looking for a variety of routes can check out the SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre, which has multiple outdoors climbing walls. The tallest one stands at a nail-biting 25m! The sports centre also houses a two storey indoor bouldering gym for those who prefer to remain closer to the ground.
Address: 60 Yishun Avenue 4, Singapore, 769027
Closest MRT: Yishun
Contact: +65 6852 8222
Opening Times: Tue – Fri 1:00pm–9:30pm, weekends and PH, 9:00am–5:30pm
Fees: $16.05/adult, $10.70/SAFRA member/student
Website: SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre
Scale walls of up to 25m at the Safra Adventure Sports Centre. Photo credit: Safra Yishun Country Club
3. Rock climbing for kids
Do your children want to make like Spiderman and the scales too? Little ones can head to The Rock School, which bills itself as Singapore’s first climbing centre dedicated to kids aged four to 14 years old. Kids can learn both fitness and mental strength from instructors certified by the Singapore Mountaineering Federation. The Rock School offers introductory classes and structured four or twelve-week programmes. Kids can also send their parents up the wall with classes for parents and children to climb alongside each other.
Address: 850 New Upper Changi Rd, Singapore, 467352
Closest MRT: Bedok
Contact: +65 6242 2106
Opening Times: Weekdays 1:00pm–10:00pm (Closed on Wednesdays), Saturdays 10:00am–10:00pm, Sunday varies (Refer to timetable )
Fees: From $30 for a two-hour introductory class to $380 for a 12-week course
Website: The Rock School
4. Where to get your climbing gear
Get kitted out for your climbs! Photo credit: Thinkstock
4a. Kinetics Climbing
For gear, head to Kinetics Climbing, an indoor climbing facility that also stocks an extensive selection of equipment, such as harnesses, carabiners and shoes. Browse their catalogue online or head down for some advice from the pros.
Address: 160 Paya Lebar Road, #02-07 Orion @ Paya Lebar, Singapore, 409022
Closest MRT: Paya Lebar
Contact: +65 6745 6426
Opening Times: Mon 4:00pm–10:00pm, Tues – Fri 1:00pm–10:00pm, Weekends and PH 10:00am–7:00pm
Website: Kinetics Climbing
Newly opening sporting megastore Decathlon stocks a good array of climbing equipment at affordable prices, including shoes, harnesses and chalk bags. The website also allows you to order equipment online which makes it especially convenient. For first-time climbers, however, we advise seeking advice from professionals and trying on equipment before purchase.
Address: 750A Chai Chee Road, Singapore 469001
Closest MRT: Kembangan
Contact: +65 6225 4773
Opening Times: Daily 9:00am–10:00pm