ROCK GYMS IN SINGAPORE – An all-time favourite outdoor hippie sport that has started picking up greater mass interest in Singapore in recent years.
Being a rock climber, here’s a list of common misconceptions people have when they consider taking up the sport:
- You’ll need to have a lot of arm strength, so the more muscles the better
- You need to be very strong hence boys always have a huge advantage
- You will require a lot of money to pursue this hobby ( just like diving)
In actual reality, the above is all wrong.
Once you embark onto this sport, you will start to realise how different it is from what you perceive, and how this sport accommodates people of different strength, sizes, young and old, male and female; all have the ability to excel in this sport.
Starting out rock climbing as a hobby isn’t hard.
For 1st timers who want to just give it a try, you just need to head to your nearby rock gym, rent climbing shoes and harness for a day and be accompanied by a certified belayer ( for the majority of the gyms). An average trip with equipment rental all included in can costs you between SGD$25 – 40 for the whole day, which isn’t much compared to some other recreational/ adventure activities in Singapore.
In the event you did give rock climbing a shot, love it and want to take it more seriously, you can go the next tier to take a level 1 certification course at about SGD$65 – $80 which is available for booking at respective rock gyms in Singapore OR via qualified private climb instructors, depending on your preference. Then comes the buying of…
your first pair of shoes…
and before you know it, you are hooked to the sport….
Here’s sharing the 18 Rock Gyms in Singapore for your ‘Climb’ consideration:
(In no ranking order)
One of the more popular climbing gyms in Singapore for lead climbing given their very nice overhang routes, this gym is located at Mountbatten and its a popular choice for people staying in the East, not to mention they have amazing food options nearby at Old Airport Road Food Centre for the ever famished climber after an intense workout.
2 and 3. CLIMB CENTRAL ( 2 OUTLETS)
Kallang Wave Mall
The ONLY air-conditioned top rope climbing gym in Singapore, hence explains one of its greatest draw factors.
Located smack at Kallang Wave Mall Sports Hub which is next to the Stadium MRT station, this gym is perfect for those who want to experience climbing for the 1st time with your friends but do not have your level 1 belay certification. The rock gym’s setup makes it friendly to top rope belay in safety with your kids or 1st timer/ beginner friends. But for safety precautions, you would need to sit through a quick 15 minutes safety briefing.
Novena Climb Central Outlet- Newly Opened in Nov of 2018
Smaller than the Kallang wave mall outlet, but its cosy and less crowded. If you live in the north area, this would be the perfect rock climbing gym for you.
4. GROUND UP – PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS ‘CLIMB ASIA’
This rock gym in Singapore has its heritage as the pioneer climbing gym, with its cosy atmosphere in the heart of Tessensohn Civil Service Club. Regarded as one of the more affordable rock gyms around, they also have an amazing climbing shop to browse as and when you feel like feasting your eyes on some new gear. Always look out for their sale periods!
Still reign as Singapore’s highest outdoor rock wall. For those who like a bit of the sun and the full experience of outdoor climbing, this location will be my recommendation. However, the weather proves volatile in this part of Singapore so do come earlier in the day to get more hours into your climb, or get caught in a downpour.
6. THE CLIFF
Calling all Westies or climbers looking for climbing gyms in the West nearer to your office, The Cliff is located next to Science Centre/ Snow City which is walkable from Jurong East MRT station. Popular place with many to take their level 1 certification as it is less packed and a good training ground in an outdoor setting.
7. CLIMBERS LAB
Always wanted to try a 180 degrees arch route? Climbers lab is the only rock gym that can allow you to experience that. Situated at the western part of Singapore near Toh Guan area, this cosy little gym is popular with westies coming after work. They also have a climbing shop that sells quite a number of climbing equipment options. Nearest MRT is Jurong East MRT.
Climbers Lab | 48 Woodleigh Park Singapore 608586
8 and 9. THE ROCK SCHOOL ( 2 OUTLETS)
Located at 2 places, Bedok Community Centre AND Tampines Sports Hub, this heartland climbing gym is perfect for the easties – families, kids and young people who just starting out climbing.
The Tampines Hub outlet has 35 lanes of top-rope and lead climbing walls and a 13m wide and 4.5m high boulder wall, the same supplier for world cup IFSC climbing and climbing gear by Black Diamond and Boreal. Much effort has gone into creating a quality climbing experience for serious climbers and beginners alike within a neighbourhood community. An interesting thing is that the gym founders both came from a sport climbing and sports science/ youth development background. Hence the climbing facility is designed to provide exploratory sessions, fun and social experience for beginners to structured programmes designed to develop climbing techniques for fitness enthusiasts and novice climbers.
- Tampines Hub Outlet: 1 Tampines Walk, #02-81 Singapore 528523
- Bedok Community Centre Outlet: 850 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore, 467352. p. 6242 2106.
This fuss-free fun gym, first developed in New Zealand, is perfect for people of all ages and climbing abilities. More fun than anything else, this gym comes with 19 exhilarating routes, and with its auto-belay system. Thus making it super convenient for climbers coming alone or with people.
The most popular bouldering gym in Singapore among the regulars and hardcore boulderers. They have recently moved to their new location at Serangoon Road. They also occasionally have really good discounts for their climbing shoe brands.
Address: 511 Serangoon Road Singapore 218153
Located at Mackenzie Road, this bouldering gym is tucked away from the bustling city area. A cosy spot for climbers to just boulder, people watch and have fun.
Address: 148 Mackenzie Road Singapore 228724
GORILLA CLIMBING GYM ( Closed down)
Gorilla Climbing Gym | 750B Chai Chee Road, #01-02 Viva Business Park
13. BOYS TOWN
Adventure Centre, 624 Upper Bukit Timah, Singapore 678212
14. BOULDER WORLD
Paya lebar area just got more hip, coz a new gym called Boulder World has just opened right at Singpost Centre. Great location given that is located right at a big mrt station interchange crossing the circle line and east west line.
15. UPSIDE BOULDERS THE PROMENADE @ PELIKAT
Am proud to annouce that, there is now a new boulder gym within 10 minutes walk from my house! For north easterners who stay in Serangoon, Lorong Chuan, Kovan, Hougang, Sengkang etc, this will be THE GYM to visit. The Promenade @ Pelikat is a small little mall that just opened, and I really hope to visit this gym soon.
16. BOULDER MOVEMENT
CBD folks listen up, this bouldering gym will be just perfect to visit before work, lunch time or after work. Clean, fresh with air purifiers and towels even, it will be one of the fanciest gyms you will see in Singapore. So instead of working long shifts and work hours, hit the gym for a new workout and indoor fitness hobby.
17. LET ÉM PLAY
Located in Clementi, this little child-friendly gym is focused very much on kids – to let them climb high to their hearts content but safe and sound as well. Its unique feature is that it is an augmented reality rock climbing wall.
18. FIT BLOC ( Coming Soon at Science Park!)
Westies, watch out! We are coming soon in Dec 2018! Little sneak, this gym location has a pool, sauna and even a co-working place facility linked to it.
Concluding the list of top rock climbing gyms and bouldering gyms in Singapore to explore. Of coz there is so much more gyms to explore beyond Singapore in Malaysia and Thailand for example. Check them all out to fuel that adventurous sporty spirit in you.
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