Category Archives: Rock Climbing

Bolder Ventures Climbing Gym @ Subang Jaya

I just found out about this place through the Rock Climbing in Malaysia Facebook group.

Ping and I went check out this new climbing gym. It’s deep inside an industrial area. It has boulder and small top rope walls.


Roof for top rope! But no handholds yet


Ping

Two guys were taking care of the place when we were there. One of them was busy with a gaming console while the other was on his laptop. The toilet sink had unwashed dishes. The urinal had a spider. It looked like a bachelors pad to me than a climbing gym!


Uncle Fai showing it how it is done


Panoramic picture of the gym by Carness

Nevertheless, the boulder walls are not bad. The handholds are unique and rough. Boulder roof, however, is a little cramp. Routes are still challenging though.

The only thing I liked about here is that it’s near my place. Entry is only RM15 and there are no strict rules like Camp 5. Place is smaller than Mad Monkeyz.

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Address
11, Jalan Industri USJ 1/2
Taman Perindustrian USJ 1, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-8023-4948

Rock Climbing @ Putrajaya Challenge Park, Putrajaya

In a galaxy far, far away from Kuala Lumpur lies a rock climbing gym by the name Challenger Park. My usual climbing buddies had to fly a spaceship to reach this gym. It was so damn bloody far!

But the trip was well worth it. I’ve been wanting to climb here since its open. The entrance fee is cheap, only RM6. The walls are great. They have bouldering walls and climbing walls for lead climbing. Each of these walls are divided into beginner, intermediate and expert walls.


Expert Lead Wall


(L) Intermediate lead wall and (R) Intermediate and Expert bouldering walls


At the background, Beginner’s Bouldering Wall

The walls are quite similar with the walls at Camp 5 climbing gym. I heard this gym is build by the same people who built Camp 5.

My friends and I tried the expert bouldering wall. Large part of it was reclining and very high. So high that I don’t dare to climb all the way to the top -_-

The expert routes are also extremely tough. I can’t even finish one -_-

This place is also unregulated unlike Camp 5. In Camp 5, there are many rules one must follow. But here, it’s cowboy town. You can scream all you like and climb in whatever manner you want. It’s basically a lower class version of Camp 5. AWESOME!!!

Unfortunately, the quality of their shoes is poor. Their shoes have big holes on the front tip – probably due to overuse. I wouldn’t recommend beginners to climb here. Intermediate level climbers (with their own gears) are welcome.

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New York City: Central Park – Rock Climbing

The Wikipedia entry of Central Park states that there are rock climbing spots in the park. After weeks of food and no exercise, I was eager to find the place.


We found one of the spots! There was already a climber there 😀

This rock is called the Rat Rock. There’s even a Wikipedia entry on it. According to Wikipedia, this rock is called rat rock because rats swarms the place at night. Euw.

There were not many routes visible at this rock. Some can be seen through the white chalk patches on the wall.

Handholds were most crimps except for a few jugs here and there. Footholds on the other hand were tiny. It was difficult to climb without climbing shoes :/

Other than Rat Rock, there is also Cat Rock. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find that place.


Spotted 2 pairs of legs.

For more information about climbing in Central Park, check out rockclimbing.com’s entry.

AXE Deodorant

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You can check out their Facebook page and be a fan there. AXE is also well known for its funny commercials. I posted a few there!


Trying it out for my climbing workout. The bottle is quite unique. I have to twist the head down to open it. Press the top part and viola! fresh fragrance with an edge of spice!


Introducing the girlfriend. Hug her before I go climb. *for the purpose of this advertorial. The “girlfriend” here is fictional*


Babai!


Taping my fingers before climb. Pulled the muscles in my fingers last year and had to go for physiotherapy. Have to tape it to ensure that my fingers hold well and won’t pop halfway.


Ripping the finger tape using my teeth.


All chalked and ready to go!


Climb climb climb


*sniff sniff*


My, my..hello there..


Dude..you’re smelling the wrong tree…


Woah..phone numbers from all sorts of people, got Rachel and Cannes some without names..and one from Ah Fai and Ah Ping -_- Must be the awesome fresh fragrance with an edge of spice smell from Axe Click!


After climbing..met girlfriend back home and she found… “Call me..?”


*sound of paper being crunched*


KAPOW!

Climbing @ Lactic Factory, Melbourne

Before my Melbourne trip, I wanted to climb outdoors. Wei Chen showed me couple of his Mount Arapiles outdoor bouldering pictures and it looked pretty good!

Unfortunately, it was summer time hence it is quite dangerous. A bush fire might happen while we are there. Therefore, we decided to climb indoors instead. My friends brought me to Lactic Factory, a bouldering gym not too far from the city centre. I was there 2 times in a week!

The gym consists of two floors. Each floor has a bouldering wall. The second floor wall has a roof.

The gym also has a very nice lounge with loads of book regarding climbing.

The entrance fee is about AU$13 per entry. First timers are required to sign a disclaimer form (as usual).

Routes are pre-set by the owner and changed from time to time. Dont need to crack your head to set your own routes.


View from 2nd floor

The climb was awesome as they had plenty of routes to try. Most of them power moves. Tire my muscles quite quickly.

Most of my friends were pretty good climbers. Some of them climb 3 times a week. They said there’s nothing much to do in Melbourne hence they climb 3 times a week. Fortunately, fatty Gavin Tan was around and hence I didn’t qualify as the worst climber wahahahha

The only drawback about this place is the toilet. It doesn’t have a place to wash your feet. I had to do some yoga moves to get my feet up into the basin.

Address
1 Studley St
Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia
Tel: (03) 9416 2508
Wesite: thelacticfactory.com.au

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Mad Monkeyz Climbing Gym – Part III

Fai set up a challenge for us while bouldering at Mad Monkeyz Climbing Gym. Every route we finished on sight (first time without falling), he will do 5 pull ups. If we fail, we would need to do 5 pull ups.

Most of us managed to finish all the routes on sight and Fai lived up to his words. He probably did 50 over pull ups.

So after all the routes, Eddie and I put a challenge for him. He has to do 3 routes non stop without any additional footholds (place to step). Nevertheless, he can step on his handholds. Every time he finishes 1 route, he would need to climb to the next route (with foothold this time). If he manages to do so, Eddie and I will do 50 pull ups. If he fails, he will do 50 pull ups.

Let’s see whether he can do it…

Climbing Accident – Part IV

Yet another addition to my climbing injuries entries.

The first entry was about my foot.

The second was about Cleo’s Most Eligible Bachelor Contestant No 16 Cris’s palm.

The third was about a rope burn I had.

Then few weeks back, I sustained another injury from climbing. This time round is a little bit serious. I over strained my middle finger muscles – both hands – after climbing the entire day and ending it with 200 straight pull ups using my fingers. The pull ups caused too much strain on my fingers until I couldn’t grip anything for few weeks. At one point, my fingers will hurt when it is about to rain.

To avoid ending my climbing career early, I decided to procure the help of a physiologist. Gleneagles Hospital was my first choice as it is near my office.

Before making my first appointment, I had to get a referral letter from a doctor. Getting the letter was quite easy. All I said was, “Dr. I need a referral letter to see a physiologist”.

Located on the 4th Floor of Gleneagles Hospital @ Jalan Ampang, the place is quite pleasant. It didn’t feel like gloomy at all. They even have TV for us to watch.

My physio is a young lady by the name Jeya. When I told her about my problem, she immediately know what to do. She got my hands dipped in melted wax.


Now I know why people like SM with wax kekeke. Notice the tone of my hand?

When the wax hardens, I had to put my hands into a plastic bag and thereafter into an oven mitt. When I wore the oven mitt, one of the nurses said, “you look like you’re going to cook!”. -_-

Thereafter, I have to wait for 10 minutes before taking the oven mitt, plastic bag and wax out. I was told that the wax treatment helps my recovery – perhaps with the blood circulation.

The next treatment was ‘ultrasound’. I always thought ultrasound is for pregnant ladies but this ultrasound helps my recovery. It emits sound waves into my muscles and it hurts sometimes!!


Ultrasound machine.

The treatment, which lasts around an hour, cost me RM58. So far I’ve been to a few rounds of treatment and my fingers are getting better. However, I am getting poor from all these medical fees. GG

Note to self: No more 200 pull ups after climbing!!

Mad Monkeyz Climbing Gym

My climbing kakis and I made a trip down to the newly opened Mad Monkeyz climbing gym. This gym is located at Section 2, Wangsa Maju, far away from where I stay.

Going there wasn’t an easy task for me as I have not been to Wangsa Maju. However, thanks to Google Map which I installed on my Blackberry, I got there without getting lost!

The gym is located in a 3 storeys shop. It covers the 2nd floor and 3rd floor of the shop.

When we were there, the 2nd floor was still under construction. I was told that the 2nd floor will be used to house the climbing gears shop and also the beginner’s wall.

The 3rd floor is where the advance bouldering walls are located. The entire place (except locker area) was covered with wooden planks and handholds. Unlike Camp 5’s walls, the wooden planks are smooth and doesn’t leave you with scratch marks if you scrape yourself on the walls.


ssoooo small!

Toilet hidden behind the walls

The entire 3rd floor (except the locker area) was covered with thick mattresses to cushion falling climbers. There are a number of good places to sleep too!


A real monkeyz in action

The overall ambiance of the place was extremely good. It was very cozy. We could sleep anywhere we want. There were many climbers from our Summit Climbing Gym days.


Home made Monkey chalk bag.

If you had been to Camp 5 for long, you will notice that the place has many rules and regulations to follow e.g no shouting, no sleeping, no fapping. But here in Mad Monkeyz, we could do whatever activities we want to do. For example, playing our all time favourite card game. Loser had to do 10 chin ups, 10 pushups and 10 sit ups.


Since the gym is located in a shop lot, there are a lot of places to eat around its vicinity. For example, Bangi Kopitiam.


The gym will be bringing in some Red Chillis rock climbing shoes.


Packed during the evening!

The gym will be officially launched on 30 April. The entrance fee and membership are probably the cheapest in town!

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19-1 & 19-2, Jalan Metro Wangsa,
Section 2, Wangsa Maju,
53300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone: 603.4142 0698
Facsimile: 603.4142 0697
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays 2pm to 11pm.
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm.
Website: http://www.madmonkeyzclimbing.com

New Climbing Gym – Mad Monkeyz Climbing Gym

My friend Hon San (also reader of this website) and a few others started a climbing gym by the name Mad Monkeyz. This gym is dedicated to bouldering and movement training for climbing.

It’s open 7 days a week. I can’t wait to check out the place! Here are some pictures of the place.

Location


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Wikimapia map

19-1 & 19-2, Jalan Metro Wangsa,
Section 2, Wangsa Maju,
53300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone: 603.4142 0698
Facsimile: 603.4142 0697
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays 2pm to 11pm.
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm.
Website: http://www.madmonkeyzclimbing.com