Singapore has kicked off 2019 with up to almost 20 rock climbing and bouldering gyms island-wide. That is a lot of climbing gyms for a small country. What about our neighbouring country next door – Malaysia?
Seems like they are also starting to catch up, with a growing number of loads of top rope, lead climbing and bouldering gyms in operation and coming up. So for the Malaysians who are unhappy about the lack of options in their country, or the rock climbing enthusiasts visiting Malaysia/ moving to Malaysia, here’s
The Ultimate list of 16 Rock Gyms in Malaysia:
1. Rock World, Johor Bahru
I visited Rock World about 2 years ago near February period with some friends. It is located conveniently just across the border of Singapore – Johor Bahru.
Not too much time needed to travel to given its close proximity to Singapore customs, but its better to drive there then try to get there on your own with public transport.
A small but cosy gym, it is a decent size to spend 2 hours there exploring the routes and options.
2. Putra Jaya Challenge Climb Park
If you are looking for a fun day of adventure on top of rock climbing, this Putra Jaya Challenge Park is the best for you as it consist of a skate and thrill park as well as mountain bike trails for bikers to hang around and master their craft. Climbers, skaters, bikers..what a crowd of people with great energy and passion!
Jalan P5, Presint 5, Putrajaya, 62200, Putrajaya, WP Putrajaya, 62200, Malaysia (+60 3-8887 7000)
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3. Camp 5, One Utama Kuala Lumpur
My all time favourite Kuala Lumpur Rock Climbing Gym – Camp 5. Its the most stunning indoor rock climbing gym I have ever been to, located at the highest level/ roof of the One Utama shopping mall, giving it its tremendous high ceilings, stunning wide variety of routes and options for boulders and climbers alike.
This huge kuala lumpur rock climbing gym is 2,500 metres square feet big, has a range of options from top rope walls at 8 – 13 metres height, 8 metres trad rock-like wall, 16 to 20 metres lead climbing walls . For boulderers, there are 400 metres square of bouldering available as well.
4. Camp 5, Johor Bahru
The most exciting new gym in town in my opinion, now so much closer to Singapore, so a plus for Singaporeans. The 2nd edition of the Camp 5 series with the 1st gym in Kuala Lumpur, there is much excitement about this new and swanky one opening.
Lot 32665, 7th Floor Paradigm Mall, Taman Bukit Mewah, Skudai 81200, Johor Bahru
Phone: +603 7726 0410
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5. Camp 5, UtropolisMarketplace
The UlropolisMarketyplace outlet located at Shah Alam is a bit more of a premier version of Camp5. Unlike the OneUtama and Johor outlet, this gym only offers bouldering. Great facilities as usual, with 3,350 suare feet of lockers with a barista cafe to grab a coffee and refuel between climbs.
The Total Wall Area in this gym is 320 metres square with wall height up to 4.2 metres. They have walls and climbing routes in a range of varying terrain and climbing grade so you’ll find a wide scope of projects and goals to set, from the super achievable to pumping crimpy routes.There will definitely be something suitable and challenging for you here in this gym.
Camp 5, Utropolis Marketplace, Lot UG- D1a, Jalan Kontraktor U1/14, Sek U1, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
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6. Camp 5, KL Eco City Mall
The newest edition this 2019 opening in July, the Eco-City outlet is Camp5’s newest and largest indoor climbing gym. Located on the 4th floor of the Kualar Lumpur Eco City Mall, Bangsar, this fully air-conditioned 22,000 suare feet facility includes a functional training studio, hydraulic training wall, children boulder area, party rooms for booking, hipster cafe, retail shop and loads of bouldering and climbing options.
L4-07 & 08, Mall, Jalan Bangsar, KL Eco City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
7. Sabah Indoor Climbing Gym
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8. Bolder Ventures Climbing Gym
Altidude Climbing Company ( Previous Climb Asend)
Sarawak is known for its incredible outdoor beauty and gorgeous national parks. For those who have not been there, you can spot the incredible Semonggoh Orangutan in the national parks or wildlife reserves, one of the best climbers in the world.
Altidude Climbing Company opened on Christmas 2018. It has replaced Climb Asend previosuly located at located in Sarawak and has gotten a nice following of climbers who love the layout of the premise and keep coming back for more.
Reviews received are that they are great staff and service there, so look out for it!
No.2 & 3, Lower Ground The Hills, Interhill Place, No.8, Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching, Kuching, Sarawak Kuching, Malaysia
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10. Petit Climbing Center / Outdoor
11. Mad Monkeyz Climbing Gym
Climb the wall at this cosy mad monkey climbing club! Love the name of it already, has a very hipster and community vibe to this gym.
Whether you are a beginner to bouldering or have been climbing since school days, this gym is friendly to people from all walks of life and climbing abilities.
Join them and discover the monkey spirit within you!
19-1 & 19-2, Jalan Metro Wangsa, Section 2 Wangsa Maju, 53300, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, 53300, Malaysia
12. Rocky Basecamp Tebrau City, Johor
This gym actually looks loads of fun base on the interesting zones/ features and patterns they have created on the wall. I like how there are cushions to chill around and watch people get to action.
Definitely a great place to bring your kids and have plenty of fun with family and friends. Spend a full day here as a weeeknd outing/ activity to workout and keep fit together!
F102A & B, Level 1, AEON Mall Tebrau City, No 1, Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau (15.70 mi)
Johor Bahru 81100
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13. Project Rock Penang
Penang now has even more to offer beyond its amazing food and George Town..introducing Project Rock Penang. What this gym promises is great workout and not forgetting a great community to support and grow the passion for climbing.
You can always reward yourself after a great rock climbing workout with some amazing Penang laksa and hokkien mee. What a good incentive go to climb!
Project Rock Penang, 1st Floor, 20 Lebuh Lembah Permai 4 Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Penang, Malaysia
14. Hangout Rock Climbing Gym
Hangout What? Or Where you may ask.
Well, here at Hangout Rock Climbing Gym in Penang, its the experience of helping people discover that they have long-dormant, hidden ninja talents — scaling seemingly insurmountable heights that would make even Kakashi sensei proud.
It may just be that long sigh of relief, seeing your hyper-energetic child finally burn all that excess exuberance at the kids section in the climbing gym, toprope walls or even chasing around HangOut’s elusive resident mascot/cat — Grace the Gray Cat. Yes, they have a gym cat!
From relaxing at the vantage point, sipping on their refreshing cold-pressed orange juice, while observing the mere mortals below struggling hard against the hard truths taught by painful crimps, micro edges and fat slopers. Here at HangOut Climbing Gym, it’s about coming on your own and leaving the place at closing time, with three more friends in tow, chattering away on how hard that benchmark MoonBoard route — while on the way to the famous late-night Char Koay Teow stall. Perhaps that’s what one can expect when they visit HangOut Climbing Gym here in Penang.
HangOut Climbing Gym, The Palazzia, 97-01-23 & 23a, Jalan Bukit Gambier (532.26 mi), Penang Island 11700
15. Project Rock @ IKEA
Project Rock @ IKEA Batu Kawan is the second and bigger climbing gym since its first inception in Tanjung Bungah. It features 3000 square feet of bouldering wall and 3000 square feet of tall walls. It also has a lead wall section. On the top rope wall, it has 3 auto-belays and 8 top rope with ground anchor belay system.
With the ground anchor belay system, it makes it very easy and safe for beginners to belay and experience rock climbing! I personally love those while waiting for my climbing friends who are late to arrive. The gym being the newest in town at the moment, strives to continue the mission to set a range of quality routes that are fun for beginners all the way to experienced climbers!
Project Rock Penang, IKEA Batu Kawan, 752 Persiaran Cassia Selatan 8, Bandar Cassia, 14110, Penang
16. BUMP Bouldering
Started by some passionate rock climbers in the Asian Rock Climbing scene, BUMP Bouldering’s goal is to elevate the sport of indoor bouldering in Malaysia to a new high.
BUMP bouldering has goals to be a bouldering gym that focuses on natural, healthy human motion both on our wall and in the specialized resistance training area. Investing in people’s well being is crucial and hence they emphasize on wanting to make sure their service and trainers are equipped. BUMP also has an in-house cafe, which you can chill at and people watch. If you are lucky, you will come on a day where they are route-setting, an interesting sight to watch indeed.
So are you ready to quit bump-ing about? Grab your favourite bouldering shoes and head over to BUMP Bouldering for a great day of climbing, fitness and healthy lifestyle in Malaysia.
Lot 1.051, Level 1, The School, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, PJS 13, Petaling Jaya, 46200 Selangor, Malaysia
So here concludes the best of rock climbing gyms here in Malaysia! So many options and types to go crazy and have fun!
Which have you checked out and fancied? Let me know when there are new gyms coming up!
On a different note…
If you would like to head to the great outdoors and get your hands dirty on the rugged natural rock wall in Kuala Lumpur/ Perak or
5 Outdoor Natural Rock Climbing Schools and Shops
Now moving on to outdoor natural rock climbing spots in Malaysia. Outdoor is always so much more exciting, especially surrounded by nature and wildlife.
Look out for the awesome white eye monkeys peering at you along the way while you climb! They are commonly spotted in Malaysia and Thailand and are the cutest monkeys ever.
– Learning Adventures (Bukit Takun, Selangor)
If you want to learn proper techniques to abseiling, rope works and other rock climbing skills and outdoor survivor tools, this is the rock climbing school to visit. They will also conduct trips to Bukit Takun where you get to experience outdoor rock climbing on natural rock walls.
– Nomad Adventures (Gopeng Perak)
I love Perak for its waterfalls and whitewater rafting, and you can do it here at Sungai Kampar river in Perak. The rock climbing company is under Nomad Mountain School and its a great place to learn useful skills like abseiling and basic rock climbing belaying techniques and processes. Once you are done with that, you can practice your skills on these limestone cliffs!
– The Guide ProShop (Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur)
A climbing school that conducts 1 day rock climbing excursions and trips for beginners as well as experience climbers. They also have a rock climbing gear shop that you can stock up some climbing equipment for yourself!
– Verticale Climbing
(Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur)
Located in Sri Gombak area near the Damai wall, this rock climbing school and rock climbing gear shop knows all the best climbing spots and hunts at Batu Caves that is sure to satisfy and experience climber looking for some private guides. If you need to buy some equipment, you can also check with them if they have what you need.
– Oxbold Extreme Sports Malaysia
(Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur)
This shop is great to visit with rock climbing friends (experience/ inexperience) or in a big group of people. They are able to customize the private tours and pace of the tour to your needs, just ask and inquire!
So hence conclude all the 14 gyms and places to rock climb and boulder in Malaysia, as well as the 5 natural outdoor rock schools and shops if you want to try out the real rock in the great outdoors ( definitely a great experience too!). Do check all of them out and tell me how you find them. I would love to hear about new gyms that have popped up that I do not know about!
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Where is your favourite gym or climbing spot in Malaysia?