Introduction to Rock Climbing


September 2015

Those who chanced upon Climb Central's high wall at Kallang Wave Mall  for the first time are probably in awe, amazed or intimidated.  If that is your first time seeing rock climbing in action, there are probably a lot of questions on your mind. 

First and foremost, comes the most important question: 

What is climbing?  

Climbing is a sport that uses your hands and feet to go up the wall using tiles as handholds and footholds. It uses your own strength to bring yourself up. There are 3 main types of climbing available at indoor climbing gym. 


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1. Bouldering 

On walls between 4.5 to 6 metres tall, bouldering consists of climbing short sequences of moves which are slightly more powerful than the moves found on high wall. Fans of bouldering enjoy this form of climbing as there is no need to wear a harness or carry equipment with you.

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2. Top-rope Climbing 

This is a form of climbing where the rope is already up on the anchor. To belay a climber on top-rope, you will need to have an SNCS Level 1 certificate. If you don't have one, you can look out for Level 1 courses or the belaySAFE system in Climb Central that allows you to climb and belay even if you don't have a certificate! All you need to do is to just attend a compulsory 15 mins safety briefing and learn how to use the belay system. 

3. Lead Climbing 

Instead of having a rope on the anchor, lead climbing requires the climber to clip in to the quick-draws as they climb up. A SNCS Level 2 certificate is needed to both climb and belay.

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Sounds interesting? Before you step into the climbing gym for the first time, there are a few more things that you should know. 

Climbing Jargon 

Words like beta, dyno and gaston may sound foreign to you (in fact, they originate from France), but you can find out more about what it means here

Climbing Grades 

Each route on both the boulder wall and the high wall has a grade attached to it. It indicates the route's level of difficulty. This helps you gauge how hard the route will be and helps you to pace yourself in your climbs. 

Stay tuned to the blog for more information about climbing!