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How Rock Climbing can change You

Hi I’m Lydiascapes. I’m a rock climber.

Besides travelling the world which is a terribly expensive but addictive hobby, I fuel my adventurous spirit to doing a sport that not only keeps me fit, but builds me in so many ways that I will share progressively.

Lydiascapes Rock climbing at long dong taiwan

Rock climbing in Long Dong Taiwan in August 2015

Belayer at Climb Central Singapore. Me at an indoor climbing gym in Singapore. Photo credited to Kai Reuber.

Me at an indoor climbing gym in Singapore. Photo credited to Kai Reuber.

How did I get myself into this crazy rock climbing sport in the first place?

It started 3 years ago, initially just as a casual one-off climbing excursion to the climbing gym led by my mountaineering friend Teshil. Subsequently, something that was just a ‘once a month or two’ hobby became a bit more serious when I wanted to experience my first outdoor natural rock climbing expedition at Batu Caves organized by Onsight Climbing Gym. However the expedition required you to have a Level 1 Climbing Certification as well as your own climbing gear. And that’s when I was pushed to get my first beginner set from Campus Corner. And since then, there is no turning back .

My very first natural rock climb, the youth and innocence still brinking from my face.

My very first natural rock climb 3 years back, that youth and innocence still brimming from my face 😉

My Very First Set of Rock Climbing Gear

My Very First Set of Rock Climbing Gear. Check out where you can buy some

But little did I know that it was one hobby that was going to stretch me beyond what I could be.

Here are some reasons why you should pick up this rock climbing sport for yourself:

Benefits of Rock Climbing

1. You get tone and fit beyond your own expectations

The rock climber body.

Everyone who has embarked on this sport has gradually over time seen a significant change in their body. From toner arms, sexier shoulder back or a rock strong core ( or the occasional pecks), continuous climbing and improving your rock climbing techniques and skills will eventually get you there. And you don’t even need to hit the gym, lift dumbbells or do circuits to get that.

2. You challenge your physical and mental capacity

This is the one thing that gets people addicted to climbing – the sheer kick from outdo-ing yourself. Climbing forces you out of your comfort zone and puts you in a situation to test your mental endurance over your physical. When your mental gives in and fear/ doubt kicks in; so does your strength as your energy will get drained way faster in a state of fear.

So in rock climbing; where it is just you and the aim of reaching the top of the wall, fear kicks in midway faster than exhaustion, you have to think quick how to trick your body to push harder for one last lap. Call it a sadistic pleasure, but when you occasionally psycho yourself to do something your body resists, and you overcome it, the sheer pleasure from that conquer is amazing…and that comes with practise to improve your rock climbing techniques.

Another reason is that climbing is a very good stress releaser, after a long intense day of work. A few climbs will have your worries cleared off your head, as you will be too busy freaking out and focusing on the climbing route.

rock climbing limestone rocks at railey island, Krabi Thailand

Rock climbing limestone rocks at Railey Island, Krabi Thailand. Full concentration needed to get yourself up that wall.

rock climbing pushes you physically and tests your endurance | rock climbing techniques

Rock climbing pushes you physically and tests your endurance on the toughest routes. So it’s important to constantly improve your rock climbing techniques. This was taken at Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur.

3. Rock Climbing brings you places

Knowing how to rock climb, set up routes in natural outdoor scenerios and understanding safety rules, it allows for you to go further in your travels, discover more off-beaten tracks, unbelievable views and perspectives you can’t get on normal foot.

So far, rock climbing has brought me heights and places from Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur to Krabi in Thailand to Long Dong Taiwan to as far as Bronkies at Johannesburg South Africa. All these adventures have given one a perspective and view unlike any other, from sunsets climbs to deep water solo over the crashing waters. With your feet dangling from a small rock with full dependence on you hardy rope overlooking the ocean, it does make you feel your life so tangibly fragile yet so fortunate.

(However having said that, one must take a lot of precautions and preparation before making an outdoor expedition trip, from stocking up/ buying rock climbing gear in Singapore, gear checks during the trip to training hard to waterproof safety back ups)

Overcoming your fear of heights and the outdoors when rock climbing | Rock Climbing Asia and Beyond, in this case Long Dong Taiwan

Being forced to overcoming your fear of heights and the outdoors when rock climbing. Despite all that, the scenery is breathtaking!

Rock climbing at The Bronkies in South Africa

Rock climbing at The Bronkies in South Africa near to sunset timing. Photo credited to Joe.

Rock Climbing in Asia - Attempting Deep Water Solo at Krabi Thailand | The craziest thing I have ever attempted.

Rock Climbing in Asia – Attempting Deep Water Solo at Krabi Thailand. The craziest thing I have ever attempted. Photo credited to Wu Zhuoyi

Thinking of getting your first set of rock climbing gear in Singapore? Find out more

4. Rock Climbing creates bonds and tight friendships

Rock climbers are probably the 2nd warmest community of people after the hospitality industry which I am currently in. People you meet in the climbing gym are usually very friendly, helpful and generally look out for each other. You can’t pick up rock climbing or bouldering for more than a month without making at least 2-3 friends, unless you stubbornly refuse to make eye contact with anyone.

Everyone in a rock climbing gym/ bouldering gym is always quick to share suggestions on routes, how to improve rock climbing techniques, places to buy gear and stories/ countries to visit to climb at – like Thailand, China etc. Some of them may also end up being your long term good pals given you guys probably have the same insane love for adventure and trying new things. One of my good climbing pals Shiree is also my fellow ski/ snowboarding pal.

Benefits of Rock climbing - Make buddies and friends at Rock Climbing at Onsight

Benefits of Rock climbing – Make buddies at the rock gyms/a>

Female Rock Climbers! Climbing Girls that loves adventure. Climbing at Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur | Rock climber body = strong arms and core

Climbing Girls Tiffany and Loveshinny Stars that loves adventure. Rock climber body = strong arms and core

Rock Climbing Gyms in Singapore – Where they are? Discover the full list

In conclusion, there are so many reasons and benefits of rock climbing. It builds you up, strengthen and can even restore you to get that healthy rock climber body we all want. It is a sport that has new experiences every day, heighten adrenaline and constant thrill for the adventure seeker in you.

"Keep looking up, that's the secret of Life" - Snoopy. Me and my whole pile of rock climbing gear in Singapore

“Keep looking up, that’s the secret of Life” – Snoopy. Me and my whole pile of rock climbing gear in Singapore

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Simon
    February 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Looks like I will finally give rock climbing a try, after procrastinating over it for years. Thanks for inspiring me with this article.

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      March 4, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Thats awesome Simon, glad that this article has inspired you to try climbing. Its never too late to try 😉

  • Reply
    adam youard
    March 18, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Great story .climbing is awesome here in Australia.come and see.
    Quick question .why is there a security fence about 3 metres from the cliff face in the second last picture?

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes
      March 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Heyz Adam!
      Great observation, yes there is a water plant next to this climbing spot at Batu Caves KL. You can actually see what’s over the fence when you go up the route!

  • Reply
    Renuka Walter
    June 18, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Wow! So adventurous! Yes, I do agree that rock climbing and other such activities can change you. You definitely come out of your comfort zone and get more inclined towards fitness and outdoor world.

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      June 18, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Coming out of the comfort zone is an indeed life-changing experience, Renuka! I warmly recommend the outdoor world to anyone as it’s great to push your limits once in a while. 🙂

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