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.
Just check out the participants in the international climbing competitions and you all see a variations of contestants of varying heights and builds!
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 gear like 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…
carabiner and ATC belay device…
and before you know it, you are hooked to the sport with a full complete set of climbing gear….
So now that you roughly have an idea about what is rock climbing and bouldering, let’s share with you this list of climbing gyms all over Singapore
26 Rock Gyms in Singapore for your ‘Klimb’ consideration:
(In no ranking order)
1. Ground Up or previously 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!
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2. Climb Central with 4 Outlets
Kallang Wave Mall
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
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.
If you have note checked out Funan mall in Singapore, you are missing out on this swanky mall with its rooftop urban farming Edible Garden and endless hispter food stands, cafes and restaurants. Of coz, the climbing gym is located in the middle of the mall with great spectactors around, though in my opinion, the full space seems a bit more tight then their Kallang Wave mall outlet.
New outlet coming up! Stay tuned.
Climb Central i12 | i12 Shopping Mall, 112 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428802
3. Safra Yishun Adventure Sports Centre
Now known as Camelot, this outdoor rock wall 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.
4. 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.
5. Climbers Laboratory
Always wanted to try a 180 degrees arch route? Climbers lab is the only rock gym that can allow you to experience that. They also have a climbing shop that sells quite a number of climbing equipment options. Nearest MRT is the North East Line (Purple line) called Woodleigh MRT.
Climbers Lab | 48 Woodleigh Park, PUB Recreation Club, Singapore 357844
6. The Rock School with 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.
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7. Clip and Climb Hometeam NUS
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.
8. Lighthouse Climbing
One of the newer bouldering gyms that started, this gym is located near to Pasir Panjang MRT Station.
9. Kinetics Climbing
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 and stuff that you can buy as gifts for your boulderers pals.
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.
Oyeyo Climbing | Address: 148 Mackenzie Road Singapore 228724
11. T-Hall Singapore
A step right into T-Hall.sg and you will be welcomed by the sight of the Fun Zone. Auto belay system is available in this welcoming gym, hence it makes the climbing experience even more exciting, as jumping down to the kids is much more fun than climbing up. If your child ever has fear of heights, this is the perfect place to help them build some height confidence.
From family-friendly facilities to challenging and blood-pumping problems for the seasoned, T-Hall.sg is a one-stop hub for any looking to start their climbing journey as a beginner or further their climbing endeavors. Visit them today at Crawford Lane.
Address: 464 Crawford Ln, Singapore 190464
12. Let Em 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. It has 5 unique climbing walls and the special warm up wall is the ‘Let Em Play’ wall with cute holds in alphabets all the way to the top that makes it super fun for kids!
If you asked me, I found the transparent competition wall the coolest, where the kids can face each other to climb and race! If they are not into a competition and are a bit on the fearful side, then the friendly giraffe wall might be what they need.
Last but not least, this gym’s unique feature is that it has an augmented reality rock climbing wall. It can project graphics and has body-tracking sensors to make the climbing experience feel like a game!
Parents who feel left out from all the fun? No worries, you can join in the obstacle course aka high element course and have fun with your kids in these 15 obstacles.
Address: 18 Boon Lay Way, Trade Hub 21 #01-100, Singapore 609966
Small piece of bad news, the premise has currently closed down.
13. Upwall Climbing
Remember the old ferris wheel over in Downtown East?
Well, that is long gone and the pretty space by the glassfront of the mall is now taken over by the new climbing gym called UpWall.
16 top rope lanes with 10 auto belay routes and 8 lead climbing lanes for the more advance level climbers. Bouldering can be done shared with the lead climbing lanes, with a thick crash pad set up below it.
Opened during the COVID19 pandemic in 2020, this air condition carpeted gym is really cosy and comfortable without the crazy crowds like some of the other more popular climbing and bouldering gyms located more centrally, where you need to camp on their online pages to secure a slot.
We managed to visit this climbing gym in the far east with a few last minute walk in by our extended family who decided to join. The space is quite friendly for younger kids and toddlers too. There are nice soft white lining seats against the wall that the kids can chill there while their parents climb.
Some downsides though, the gym caters a bit more to top ropers as compared to boulderes, so there isnt a designated area for you to boulder and do exciting overhangs. Also, prepare for a bit of a nosy crowd of families and kids watching you if you climb on the part that is against the railings of the mall.
UpWall Climbing Gym | 1 Pasir Ris Close, [email protected] East, #01-105, 519599
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.
Address: 10, #01-205 Eunos Rd 8, SingPost Centre, Singapore 408600
15. Boulder Movement ( 3 Outlets)
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.
Latest update is this 2020, boulder movement has opened their 2nd outlet over at Tai Seng MRT station. Super fresh outlet with a lovely living room vibe interior and brand new bouldering crash mats, this will be a great date spot for them north easterners.
Boulder Movement Downtown Address: 6A Shenton Way, #B1-03 Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815
Boulder Movement Tai Seng Address: 18 Tai Seng Street, 01-09, 18 Tai Seng, Singapore 539775
16. Verti Climb
Verticlimb Singapore is an indoor, air-conditioned rock climbing gym that provides young climbers a gamified experience with multiple stages of difficulty.
Built for beginners, the gym specialises in rock climbing for kids from the ages of 4 to 14. They help children overcome their fear of heights in a fun way while providing professional guidance at all times.
Founded by former national climber Nicholas Lee (Represented Singapore in the IFSC Bouldering World Cup from 2014 – 2016), Verticlimb endeavors to cultivate the passion for rock climbing for kids.
Verti Climb | Address: 200 Pandan Gardens Singapore 609336
17. Fit Bloc at Science Park
Westies, watch out! Little sneak, this gym location has a pool, sauna and even a co-working place facility linked to it.
Address: 87 Science Park Dr, #03-02 The Oasis, Singapore 118260
18. Boys Town
Adventure Centre, 624 Upper Bukit Timah, Singapore 678212
15. BFF Climb
I found out about BFF over dinner with a boulderer recently, and I was amazed that they already had 2 outlets despite only opening in 2021.
One cool thing about BFF is beside the Boulder Zone, there is the Play zone which is the fun element of it. Kids of all ages can come over and get enthralled by all the little obstacle courses, AR Wall, foam pit and maze. If I were much younger, this would have been something that would strongly appeal to a toddler or kid in us. Another programme they offer is Camps, which sounds heaps of fun. Too bad it probably does not involve sleeping overnight on a portaledge on the wall.
So do swing by and check them out, there are 2 outlets in Singapore depending if you are more of an eastie or westie.
BFF Bendemeer | CT Hub, 2 Kallang Avenue , #01-20 Singapore 339407
BFF Bukit Timah | [email protected], 896 Dunearn Road, 02-01D Singapore 589472
16. Boulder Planet
For the north folks, finally here comes a gym that is situated near you. Boulder Planet is located at Sembawang shopping centre and has a fancy edgy space which is a mix of bouldering and social space.
I love that they are all about sustainability and they even have a policy of not advocating and distributing single-use plastic on their premise. FINALLY, a gym that takes this seriously. We have yet to pay them a visit yet but I do hope they also have recycling bins and they do encourage their users to do proper sorting. Singapore needs to buck up in terms of implementing more initiatives to make a more sustainable lifestyle.
So pardon the distraction, do check them out at Sembawang Shopping Centre at Basement 1.
Boulder Planet | SEMBAWANG SHOPPING CENTRE, 604 SEMBAWANG ROAD, #B1- 22/23, SINGAPORE 758459
17. Origin Boulder
Here’s another bouldering gym located smack in the heart of CBD – Origin Boulder.
Origin Boulder | Cross Street Exchange,#B1-117/118 ( near Telok Ayer & Chinatown MRT Station)
18. Boruda Climbing
Last but not least, we have another Bouldering Gym called Boruda Climbing. Its a concept gym that weaved in some Japanese inspired climbing set up for those who would love to know better the roots of the Japanese climbing scene. Located near West Coast highway, its a great location for westies or students who study in this area ( heaps of universities and polytechnics closer to this zone)
Boruda Climbing | 991A Alexandra Road, #02-06/07 (S)119969
< Honourable Mentions >
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.
Address: 183 Jalan Pelikat #B1-98 (The [email protected]) (708.67 mi)
We are saddened to announce that Upside Boulders Gym is no longer open
ONSIGHT CLIMBING GYM
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.
On a sad note, we have to announce that Onsight Climbing Gym will only be operating until end of this year 2020 due to their current premise taken back to be reconverted to its previous usage as a badminton hall.
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BoonDecember 12, 2021 at 11:29 am
Hello Lydia, I am interested in rock climbing but do not have any experience with it. From your article there are many good places to choose from, so can you recommend me a place to train? Appreciate it!
Lydia YangFebruary 10, 2022 at 12:16 am
So thrilled to hear you want to kicksart this sport. Are you looking to pick a climbing gym to try out for the 1st time? If you are going on your own, a gym with an auto-belay system like UpWall or Climb Central would be great. If you are keen to have an instructor, many of the gyms have beginner classes. I know a couple of private instructors and if you are keen, drop me a private message for a recommendation!