Got the itch to climb something other than the corporate ladder? Wondering why your coworker arrives to the office covered in chalk with arms like Michelle Obama? It’s time for you to take the leap into the wonderful world that is indoor rock climbing and bouldering. With numerous centres across Hong Kong allowing for skill levels of all kinds (from slug to monkey), this activity is the new way to keep in shape and climb to new heights.
With centres in both San Po Kong and Heng Fa Cheun, Just Climb prides itself on professionalism, precision, and most importantly, enjoying the art of climbing. Owned and operated by professional climbers, Just Climb is a haven for serious climbers who like to use their climbing time to excel in the activity. That being said, beginners will benefit greatly from Just Climb’s thorough training and perhaps discover their inner climbing monkey while they’re at it.
Just Climb not only has some of the best climbing facilities in Hong Kong, but also the best bouldering facilities. All in all, Just Climb is the top of the range climbing den, and with full amenities such as showers and lockers, you may find yourself hanging out there every day. Prices and membership vary from location to location, so best to check online or call up the centre to find out which option suits you best.
Kowloon: Room D, G/F, Prince Industrial Building, 706 Prince Edward Road East
Hong Kong: Shop G09, Paradise Mall, 100 Shing Tai Road, Heng Fa Chuen
Prices: Check online for location prices, there are a tonne of options to suit everyone from 3-hour passes to annual shared.
For the Hong Kong centre: single passes vary from a 3-hour pass at $200 to a full-day at $268
Kowloon $198 for a single entry.
It’s fun to climb at the YMCA, it’s fun to climb at the YMCA!
Something is brewing at the Tsim Sha Tsui branch of the YMCA, and were not just talking about the awesome location of this place. The YMCA has a gigantic indoor climbing ground that is just itching to be conquered. With harnesses galore and rock climbing trails to entertain and perplex all, the YMCA is a wonderful place to discover the joys of a good indoor climb.
The opening hours of this climbing ground are a little odd (opening at 3pm on weekdays) and in true Tsim Sha Tsui fashion it can get exceptionally crowded on weekends with every man and his dog trying to squash a climb in, but a trip to the YMCA is worth it.
Members can enjoy a discount on all sessions, although the cost of a climb is not so exorbitant that you would say no. Just remember to bring some comfortable clothes to climb in and prepare to be covered in grip chalk by the end of the day.
Where: 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Hours: Monday- Friday: 3pm – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am-8pm
Members visit: $42 for adults, $21 for children;
Non-members: $84 for adults, $42 for children.
Full-time students: $40
With both bouldering and climbing routes, GoNature is one of the more popular of the climbing centres in Hong Kong. Climbing aficionados and budding boulderers flock to this Kwun Tong centre to discover the joy of scrambling and falling off things. Although Kwun Tong may be a little out of the way for some, they offer day trips abseiling, mountaineering, and also athletic training, meaning that you can become a real outdoorsy person (just like you planned in your New Year Resolutions!)
GoNature has over 100 climbing routes packed into 6.5k metre space. With showers, lockers, and free wifi, it’s not difficult to see why it is so busy all the time (you can also book a party there!).
Prices at GoNature are a little higher than other gyms, but booking monthly, seasonal, and yearly packages brings the cost down per climb astronomically. For an adult single climb, it’s $188 but for a month membership with unlimited climbs it is $698, seems pretty good to us! In addition to these passes, GoNature also offer a family pass which includes entry for one adult and one child as well as climbing shoe rental. Got more than one child? Easily solved, every additional child is only $130 each.
If climbing really takes your fancy and you’re looking to improve it further, you can also book in with an instructor to make sure that your technique and approach are both perfection. Otherwise, take a run at the wall and scramble heavenwards (safely, of course).
Where: Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip St., Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hours: Monday – Friday : 2pm to 11pm, Saturday & Sunday : 11am to 8pm, Public Holidays : 11am to 8pm
Day package: Adult $188, Student $148
Monthly package: Adult $698, Student: $550
Half yearly: Adult $3380, Student: 2880
(Annual pass, and 10/20 visit passes also available)
Attic V can be found down in the up-and-coming super cool district of Wong Chuk Hang on the south side of Hong Kong island. Surrounded by eager startups and beat-up factories, Attic V is a gritty centre run by a climbing super couple who have conquered mountains and cliffs the world over. Bouldering is essentially identical to rock climbing, you are using holds and grips to carry yourself, but with bouldering you are at most 2 metres off the ground and hence don’t need a harness. Bouldering has a different challenge of navigating and traversing your chosen climbing path, and is perfect for those new to climbing or those veterans looking for some concentrated technical training. Either way, bouldering is groovy and gnarly.
A teeny tiny climbing studio, Attic V is ideal for boulders and climbers looking for a quick fix with an astonishing amount of routes and climbs.
Attic V uses a colour and shaping system for you to follow along the walls, sometimes the biggest challenge is figuring out which hold is yours to continue along. The floors of the studio are so well-cushioned that you won’t have any worries about falling awkwardly onto the mats.
A day pass to Attic V lets you come and go for the whole day (morning climb, lunch, afternoon climb?) and you can buy shared passes to have for the whole office to use. Shoe rental is $30 for the entire session.
Where: Shop B, G/F Tin Fung Industrial Mansion, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong Island
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 – 22:30, Sunday & Public Holidays: 11:00 – 20:00
$100 for a day pass ($80 for students)
10 visit pass for one person $550
10 visit shared pass $800
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