Sport or Rock Climbing is a popular option for a hobby to take up in Singapore. Due to its social nature, it’s a sport where it would be good to find and join interest groups to people who share your interest.
The difference between rock and sport climbing?
Put simply, rock climbing is done outdoors, on natural rock walls and surfaces. Climbers find their own hand and foot holds, and brave the elements of the weather. Sports climbing is typically done on artificial rock walls in a controlled setting and location, with pre-defined routes marked out with coloured rocks.
In Singapore, sports climbing is most accessible and common. Within rock and sports climbing, there are more subtypes within each category that you can progress to.
I’m new to Rock climbing, what do I need?
If you’re new to climbing and are not sure where to get started, here’s a guide. Learning about climbing can seem pretty daunting to the newcomer and first timers but fret not, we have tips to make your climbing experience safe and fun.
If you’re serious about starting to climb as a hobby, you can consider getting certified, which will provide you with adequate knowledge with regards to safety and techniques, for both the climber and the belayer. As it is a trust-reliant sport, you will want to make sure you and your partner can be trusted to keep each other safe on the walls during climbs.
Singapore National Climbing Standards (SNCS) Certifications start at level 1, designed for people with no prior knowledge of sports climbing, and will be introduced to the necessary equipment used, climbing techniques, climbing calls, safety checking procedures and top-rope climbing and belaying. Courses are readily available at several gyms, and take an approximate of 7 hours for completion and you’ll be ready to climb at any gym!
Before you can start climbing, there are certain essential products that you will need to rent or purchase. The basic starter kit is simple –
- a harness
- belay device
- carabiner for climbing (important!)
- climbing shoes
- (optional), a chalk bag containing chalk (to keep your hands dry)
When selecting your gear, a newbie mistake will be to order them online, capitalizing on the best price value, without testing and trying, relying simply on product reviews online. While this may work in your favour and the products fit well after purchase, it is strongly recommended that you go in person to test and try out especially your shoes and harnesses before committing. You’ll also be able to learn about the different features of the products which may vary from brand to brand and know how to properly use them.
Ultimately, climbing is a mentally and physically demanding sport and these will be the very same tools that will keep you safe and comfortable during your climbs.
You can learn more about the different equipment from the navigation tab above.