Want to start climbing? 3 things you need to know before your first ascent

Rock climbing / bouldering is a great sport for adventurers. It combines the adrenaline rush of climbing high heights with a workout that focuses on testing your body’s strength and flexibility as you methodically make your way to the top. If you are curious to start rock climbing as a hobby, there are plenty of opportunities in Singapore. Plus, unlike sports that require you to invest heavily in travel and equipment (like skiing), rock climbing is quite economical. Read on to find out what you need to know about rock climbing and how much to budget to get the most out of the sport.

Before investing in equipment, know how much you plan to climb

Whatever the sport, it’s important to have the right equipment to make sure you don’t get injured. If you are a novice, your gear can be as basic as the training clothes you are currently wearing, as the climbing halls will provide you with the shoes, harnesses, and other gear. However, it pays to invest in climbing shoes and gloves if you see yourself getting more serious in the sport. This is because climbing equipment is specially designed to provide additional comfort and support when you climb. For example, climbing shoes have a tighter fit with the toes pointed down and have a much stickier rubber to give you more control and traction on the grips. You should also know what type of rock climbing you are going to be doing before investing in any equipment. For example, the bouldering, which takes place over short walls, does not require ropes, helmets or harnesses. On the other hand, rope climbing and lead climbing (a more advanced form of rope climbing) require the use of technical equipment such as ropes and harnesses.

The most expensive equipment you will need to budget will be shoes and harness, which are recommended for indoor and outdoor climbing. With the average cost of renting a harness and shoes in a gym being S $ 8, you will have to rock climb 39 times (about once a week for 9 months) before you can pay off if you had purchased them. shoes and harness. So novices and occasional climbers can save money by renting equipment at their local gym. However, if you plan to go there every week or more for a longer period of time, investing in your own equipment will be worth it.

Climbing gyms are a great way to start

There are many climbing / bouldering halls in Singapore. If this is your first time climbing, you’re in luck, as almost all climbing halls offer a beginner’s lesson that includes the cost of equipment rental. Climbing rooms make it easy to get started as they offer climbs of different levels, offer additional instruction up to advanced levels, and may even offer certifications in belaying or climbing.

This table shows the average cost of memberships and day passes for several climbing gyms in Singapore

We have found that the average cost of a beginner’s rate is just under S $ 29 for a one to one and a half hour session. If you decide to make rock climbing a full-time hobby, you can expect to pay an average price of S $ 82, with Climb Central and Rock School offering the cheapest monthly subscription rates ($ 60 $ S-S $ 70 / month and S $ 59 per month, respectively).

Remember the rules and nuances of rock climbing

As with all sports, there are certain rules you need to follow to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for you and everyone around you. For example, you should never stand in the fall zone of another climber. When climbing, you need to know in advance the starting and ending positions of the problem and the climbing path you have chosen. Your path should also avoid crossing paths with another climber. Personal space when climbing is also crucial – gyms will require you to stay at least three feet in all directions from other climbers and give way to climbers who started first.

You should also know how to take good care of your equipment. For example, you should avoid walking into the gym with your climbing shoes on to reduce rubber wear.

Stay safe and enjoy sport

As in any sport, there will be a risk of injury. To protect yourself, you can invest in an individual accident policy, which should cover your medical expenses as well as your health insurance policy if you are the victim of a climbing accident (provided you are not a professional climber). If you follow the rules of the gym and the general rules of etiquette, you will minimize the risk of seriously injuring yourself or someone else. That being said, rock climbing can be a fun sport that is available to most children and adults, especially if you are bored of your current gym routine.

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