Whether you prefer to learn the art of rock climbing indoors or outdoors, both will give you a good workout and an introduction the the rock climbing community in Malaysia.
Rock climbing is one sexy sport that you should attempt at least once in your life. Maybe your fear of heights is stopping you from trying this sport but hey, safety it the most important aspect in all rock climbing facilities so if one day you feel like YOLO-ing, don’t worry as experienced instructors will guide you through it all.
5 Reasons Rock Climbing Is Awesome For You
- Builds your strength and endurance
- Improves problem-solving skills
- Makes you happier (The moment you reach the top, it’s the best feeling and view ever!)
- Builds leadership and social skills
- Great activity for children
So grab your family and friends and book a rock climbing class this weekend for something different than the usual cafe-hopping or window shopping! We found 14 places that you can head to to learn rock climbing, and for the rock climbing regulars, new challenges to test out!
9 Indoor Rock Climbing Spots
1. Bolder Ventures, Subang Jaya, Selangor
This cozy indoor rock climbing facility is sure to cure those butterflies in your stomach, maybe even excite you with its array of colourful rocks all over its walls. Founder of Bolder Ventures and coach, Safwan Zainal has climbed around Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, India and South Africa, so you are in good hands here.
2. Shah Alam Extreme Park, Shah Alam, Selangor
Managed by the Hikers Climber Adventure Team and located near to the Shah Alam Stadium, the Shah Alam Extreme Park is the nearest place for you to learn rock climbing if you live around Shah Alam. Also if you want to try some paintball with your buddies, you can do that too after your climb session.
3. Putrajaya Challenge Park, Putrajaya, Selangor
The Putrajaya Challenge Park is buzzing with extreme sports activities such as rock climbing, skateboarding, mountain biking and more during the weekends. Go early to avoid the crowds.
4. Camp 5, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
One of the longest and most popular rock climbing gyms around Malaysia, Camp 5 in 1Utama Shopping Centre rises 24 meters and gives you a 270-degree panoramic city view as you climb. The climbing routes are changed every 3-6 months so there’s always new walls to climb.
5. MadMonkeyz Climbing Gym, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur
This indoor bouldering gym has a variety of climbing walls for different levels of experience. Ladies, you will be glad to know that there is a Ladies Night promotion happening every Thursday so grab your girlfriends and head to MadMonkeyz before ending the night with a nice drink.
6. Rockworld, Kulai, Johor Bahru
An up and coming rock climbing gym in Johor, Rockworld is located in Indahpura Sports City and while it has already open its doors, the bouldering section is almost done too. Now Johoreans don’t have to travel to the capital just to learn to rock climb.
7. Xero Gravity Rock Climbing & Fitness Gym, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Scale the walls in this newly opened rock climbing gym that comes with other fitness facilities such as Slack Line, aerial, pole and yoga classes, a 25-meter swimming pool, and an open air futsal court. You can get some work done at the cafe there too before you start your workout (WiFi provided of course).
8. Sabah Indoor Climbing Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
As a beginner you will learn how to belay, tie the knots, check your safety gear and the basic climbing moves at the Sabah Indoor Climbing Centre. Once you get the hang of it, you can take on more challenging walls which routes are changed every few months to challenge you even further.
9. Climb Asend, Kuching, Sarawak
Go for the Discovery Climb package if you are a rock climbing newbie where you will be taught rock climbing basics like top-rope belay, guiding and bouldering too! To get in better shape to climb more efficiently, Climb Asend holds crossfit classes too so you are more prepared for tougher climbs.
5 Outdoor Rock Climbing Spots
10. The Guide ProShop, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Try out the taster class offered for experienced to non-experienced climbers by The Guide ProShop, a company which sells outdoor equipment. They even test out some of the equipment themselves so you know you are getting quality products that will make your camping trip more smooth sailing.
11. Verticale, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
If you are an experienced rock climber that would like to try out sport climbing or top-rope climbing, you can take a private climbing session with Verticale. The guides will bring you to the best crags located around Batu Caves, chosen according to your rock climbing experience. Who says there are no outdoor rock climbing spots in the city?
12. Oxbold Extreme Sports Malaysia, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Gather your pals and book a rock climbing session at Batu Caves. If you have enough people in your group you can customize the climb course and enjoy the climb at your own pace.
13. Learning Adventures, Bukit Takun, Selangor
This outdoor education school teaches rock climbing, abseiling, ropeworks and other wilderness skills that will help you on your adventures in the jungle. Try climbing on natural surfaces like Bukit Takun if you are getting board of the concrete climbing walls.
14. Nomad Adventures, Gopeng, Perak
You get to learn abseiling as well when you sign up for their rock climbing classes which takes place in the Nomad Mountain School in Gopeng, Perak. It’s a great chance for you to climb on the limestone cliffs nearby and you can try your hand at white water rafting at the Sungai Kampar river too.