Rock climbing is an activity where you climb natural or artificial rock formations with safety equipment and ropes, while bouldering usually doesn’t require ropes because the boulders are usually less than 5 meters tall. This can be a sport or just a fun activity the whole family can enjoy.
Rocky BaseCamp was the first indoor wall climbing centre in Malaysia with two locations in AEON Shah Alam and AEON Tebrau City. The centre features a 15-meter indoor speed climbing wall so climbers can compete against each other – the fastest recorded time so far is 10 seconds! Other attractions include the Fun Climbing Wall, Boulder/Traverse; and Ninja Warrior Obstacles such as Salmon Ladder, Spider Wall, Traverse Monkey Bars and other challenging courses. Admission for rock climbing starts from RM25 for kids (aged 4-14), RM35 for adults (aged 15 and above).
BUMP Bouldering is the first premium indoor bouldering, fitness and lifestyle climbing centre in Malaysia. For newcomers and amateur climbers, it is advisable that you attend the Introduction to Bouldering class first to get a better idea of what the sport is all about. You will learn the basic bouldering safety, footwork for climbing as well as body positioning. There are also bouldering sessions for kids aged eight to 12 and these must be under parent supervision. Daily entry fee is RM32.
Camp5 Indoor Climbing has four locations in KL and Johor with the country’s tallest indoor wall located in the 1 Utama branch. Climbing walls here are suitable for all ages, skills and levels and there are classes, youth programmes, outdoor climbing options and basic courses that are ideal for families. The Basic Wall Course is a good way to start and is aimed at families with kids aged seven to 11. The price of the course is RM89 for one parent and two kids.
MadMonkeyz Climbing Gym is a 2-floor gym featuring 2,000 square feet of bouldering walls and is equipped with thick crash pads that are safe for children to climb and fall on. They are the first indoor bouldering gym in Malaysia started by a group of climbers who were passionate about bouldering as a form of sport. The 1-day Pass is RM18 for adults, RM13 for students and RM10 for children below 12.
Tucked away in Subang Jaya, Boulder Ventures provides a small, cosy venue for rock climbing and bouldering. If you’re new to the scene, you and your family can opt for the Guided Pass where an instructor will guide you through the basics of top-roping. The Guided Pass is RM45 for adults and RM40 for those aged seven to 18. There is a Boulder Grading System where the boulders are colour coded according to the difficulty level. A day pass costs RM20 for adults and RM15 for students.
Head here if you have younger kids and enjoy attractions like the Fun Climb Walls, Jungle Ropes, Magic Maze and more. The Fun Climb Walls were specifically designed as an interactive climbing activity for kids while adults can gear up and try the wall and rope course obstacles. Fun Climb Walls cost RM18 on weekdays and RM25 on weekends and public holidays.
More climbing centres outside KL
Easily the most child-friendly climbing centre on this list, Rockworld has a zone specifically for younger kids and is a riot of colours and murals depicting dragons and dinosaurs. Bouldering, lead climbing and 10-meter-high top rope walls are available here. Other services include outdoor climbing, workshops and specialist climbing courses.
Having established itself in the Likas Sports Complex in 2009, this climbing centre in the capital of Sabah offers courses such as Introduction to climbing (RM16), night climbing (RM100) and a Junior Champs Club (RM85) for kids ages 7-14. The price for a 1-Day Pass starts at RM20.
Essentially rock climbing sans the safety feature of ropes. Bouldering walls rarely rise more than five metres off the ground and thick mattresses cover the floor to break your fall.
A belayer acts as accomplice to a climber by supporting their weight via the rope-pulley system should any slippage occur.
The most popular and safest way to climb. The climber is securely attached to a rope looped through an anchor at the topmost point of the trail.
This gutsy procedure should only be attempted by advanced climbers. The lead climber is usually the first to attempt a climbing route, and is responsible for threading the rope through the top anchor.