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Getting too hot out for your regular dose of exercise and activity? These indoor climbing and bouldering gyms in Hong Kong are suitable for climbers of all levels and will have you enthusiastically scaling walls like Spider-Man! Just remember to sign the safety waivers first and hop onto an introductory course to learn the basics of bouldering before you start testing out your climbing skills on the holds.
One of Hong Kong’s newest additions to the indoor climbing scene, Hong Kong Climbing Park also happens to be one of the largest, with facilities that include lead climbing and bouldering zones for climbers of all levels and a training area. Instructors are available to teach beginner through intermediate classes as well as training courses, and new routes are laid out on a frequent basis to keep your climbs interesting.
You can also put on your best American ninja warrior impression and take a stab at the Ninja Warrior zone, where you can test out your upper body strength and grapple, hook, and swing through 10 different stages and challenging obstacle courses. Conveniently, there’s a dining area inside Hong Kong Climbing Park for you to fuel up with a hot meal and catch your breath after your intense day out!
Hong Kong Climbing Park, Level 2, Belair Garden Shopping Arcade Phase 2, 52 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin
Ask anyone in Hong Kong who boulders regularly and they’ll almost definitely point you towards Verm City. Equipped with a Clip N’ Climb zone, designed as both an amusement park and bouldering facility, as well as a fully-fledged climbing gym with over 18,000 square feet of wall-to-wall climbing, Verm City is a veritable playground for all ages, as well as the perfect place to get a fun workout in. Use the designated training zones to build up your finger strength, or try to beat the high score at their augmented wall that uses interactive technology to save your climb!
They also offer top roping and sport climbing as well for those rainy Hong Kong days that are sure to come this summer. You can even host your next birthday party at Verm City, where the team will help you customise how you want to spend your special day, whether you prefer more climbing activities or a longer stay in the party room. All-day passes for regular climbing sessions are available starting from $250 for rock climbing and $180 for Clip N’ Climb, with memberships starting at $400 per month. Classes start at $250 per lesson. For your first foray into indoor climbing, there’s no better place to do it than at Verm City.
Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 2560 8128
Whether you’re a complete beginner or already have a few climbs under your belt, Attic V is a great place to challenge yourself to bouldering adventures. While the climbing walls at Attic V aren’t as high as some other climbing gyms in town, they regularly update the available climbing routes, so even frequent boulderers will be regularly challenged. Prominent colour coding on the walls makes it easier for climbers to assess the route’s difficulty level as well, and there are introductory courses available for newcomers. Communal chalk bags are scattered throughout the gym for all to use, so you don’t need to prepare any equipment for your climb.
With bouldering walls offering over 100 routes, a training area with different systems and machines, toilet and changing rooms, and rental services for climbing shoes. If you need a bit of downtime from scampering across the wall, Attic V is also equipped with a shared lounge area where you can connect with fellow climbers or send off a few quick emails between climbs. All-day passes start from $120 for adults and membership programmes start from $500 for five visits.
Attic V, Shop E, Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 3101 2918
With convenient locations on both Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon, there’s no excuse not to try your hand (or fingers) at bouldering at Just Climb. It’s one of the more spacious indoor climbing gyms in Hong Kong and has been providing climbing lessons, events, and facilities for almost 10 years now. Aside from free climbing and bouldering routes, private classes, and training sessions, Just Climb also offers stone wall engineering and custom climbing wall design services for all sizes of institutions, including schools, training centres, private clubs, and hotels, as well as climbing competition coordination services!
All-day passes start from $218 for adults, with additional charges for climbing shoes rental, and classes start from $328 per person with an all-day climbing pass included. Monthly passes start from $698 for unlimited visits. Bring the little ones here for a fun day out, or make it a group hang-out on the weekends with pals!
If you’re looking for a spot to host your next team building, look no further than GoNature, a multi-coloured playground for kids and adults alike. From bouldering and lead climbing to abseiling, GoNature offers a range of climbing routes and courses for all purposes, including regular visits, birthday parties, social gatherings, and corperate training. They even hold an annual bouldering competition geared towards primary and secondary school students!
Stretched across a vast 6,000 square foot indoor gym with 300 climbing routes to choose from, you could easily spend a whole day exploring all sorts of climbing activities. Day passes for adults start from $188, with monthly packages available from $698. Usual amenities like shoe rental and chalk bags are available on-site, and their retail shop offers climbing accessories like harnesses, ropes, fingerboards, climbing tape, and more.
GoNature, Unit C2, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 3563 7156
Following a recent renovation, The Player Climbing Gym is back in business and bigger and better than ever. Featuring over 5,000 square feet of climbing walls with a wide range of bouldering routes and challenges, as well as a four-metre-tall top-rope area, the climbs are suitable for both beginners and more experienced climbers.
Boulder problems range from grades V0 to V7 and more, and there are different zones marked as the Ninja Wall, the Technical Wall, and the Balance Wall for developing different skillsets. Climbers can also put in some training hours at the moon boards and fingerboards to increase their finger strength and muscle power. While you’re here, you can ask one of the instructors to help you practice your full crimp grip, one of the best rock climbing hand positions for holding onto small, narrow handholds.
Day passes for adults cost $288, with membership passes starting at $798. Climbers can also sign up for introductory lessons and intermediate, one-on-one programmes geared towards improving technique. Gear rental, private events, group classes, and corporate training packages are also available.
The Player Climbing Gym, Shop 6B1, Lai Chi Kok Bay Garden, 272 Lai King Hill Road, Mei Foo | (+852) 6380 0112
Hidden in plain sight, Keep Climbing Gym is located in the heart of Sheung Wan, offering island-side climbing enthusiasts a convenient after-hours spot to stretch their fingers. Although the gym is on the smaller side, routes are changed regularly to keep climbs varied, and you really can’t beat the central location when you’re on the hunt for a quick and energetic workout either during your lunch hour. All-day passes for adults can be for $150, with monthly and annual passes available. Discounts apply to students.
Keep Climbing Gym, Unit 6, 2/F, Wayson Commercial Building, 28 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan | (+852) 3619 7167
All right, we may have cheated a little with this entry since it’s technically outdoors, but one has to mention the highest rock climbing wall in Hong Kong at YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre. The climbing wall at KPCC is not for the faint of heart; it measures 18 meters high and 16 metres wide, offering more than 300 square meters of climbing terrain and over 15 climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty. And it’s outdoors, of course, so be prepared to build up a healthy sweat.
Naturally, a wall of such stature comes with set rules and regulations, and there’s no bouldering to be done here—all climbers must wear harnesses to tackle the climb. Those who wish to best the KPCC wall must also successfully pass the YMCA’s Climbing Assessment first, where you’ll learn safety procedures for lead climbing and top roping. On the plus side, fees start from $88 for members and $98 for non-members during non-peak hours, and the cost for monthly passes starts from $470. Additional rental costs for harnesses and other equipment apply.
YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre, 22 Gascoigne Road, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 2782 6682
Bouldering: Bouldering is a style of rock climbing that is done without a rope and so it’s usually limited to short climbs over a crash pad so that a fall will not result in serious injury. It is typically practised on large natural boulders or artificial boulders in gyms.
Lead climbing: In lead climbing, one climber has to take the lead while others follow. The lead climber wears a harness attached to a climbing rope, which in turn is connected to the other climbers below the lead climber. While ascending the route, the lead climber connects the rope to protection equipment for safety in the event of a fall. One of the climbers below the lead climber acts as a belayer, who gives out rope while the lead climber ascends and also stops the rope when the lead climber falls or wants to rest.
Top-roping: Top-rope climbing (or top-roping) is a climbing style in which the climber is securely attached to a rope which passes up through an anchor system at the top of the climb, and down to a belayer at the foot of the climb. The belayer takes in slack rope throughout the climb so that if at any point the climber were to lose their hold, they would not fall more than a short distance.
Top-roping is often done on routes that cannot be lead climbed for one reason or another.