Since the first few bouldering gyms landed in the city, the climbing sport has certainly grown in popularity. Now climbers are spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding which wall to tackle next. Whether you’re looking for a convenient location, a wide variety of routes, training facilities or a good introductory class to get you started, we’ve got a range of gyms to choose from to suit climbers of all levels. For all you aspiring Alex Honnolds, here’s our pick of the top bouldering gyms in the town.
But first, for the uninitiated, here are the three main types of climbing that will be mentioned to help you decide where to begin:
Verm City was one of the first bouldering gyms to land in Hong Kong, pioneering the sport as the perfect after-work stress reliever. Located conveniently in the bustling district of Quarry Bay, the gym covers an impressive 20,000 square feet, comprising a Clip N’ Climb component (suitable for novice climbers of all ages), a moon board, training area and lounge area complete with a kiosk and free wifi. Verm City sets itself apart by being the only bouldering gym in the city to offer an augmented wall, which allows climbers to immerse themselves in a video game-like scenario. With the newly added weights section, Verm City is undoubtedly a strong contender amongst the other gyms in the city, offering a wide variety of activities on top of bouldering.
How much: $250 for a bouldering day pass or Clip N’ Climb session
Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2560 8128, email@example.com, www.vermcity.com
Attic V is run by seasoned climbers Joanna and Gwei who have a combined climbing experience of over 40 years’ under their belts, spanning many parts of the world including Greece, Spain, India and China. Located just a five-minute walk away from Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, this gym is convenient and accessible for those of us hoping to squeeze in a climbing session after work. Attic V offers a range of courses on climbing as well as a lounge area for you to relax in between climbs. The gym is also known to change their routes around quite frequently, which keeps things challenging and interesting.
How much: $120 for an all-day pass ($100 for students or 18 and under)
Attic V, Shop E, G/F Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 3101 2918, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.atticv.com.hk
Keep Climbing Gym is a hidden gem amongst climbing enthusiasts in Hong Kong. Being conveniently tucked away in the heart of Sheung Wan allows Island dwellers to sneak in a lunchtime workout with maximum results. Though on the smaller side, Keep Climbing Gym has a strong community vibe between regulars. Routes are also changed regularly here, making up for its size.
How much: $150 for an all-day pass ($100 for students)
Keep Climbing Gym, Unit 6, 2/F, 28 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 3619 7167, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/keepclimbinggym2019
With 6,000 square feet of space, GoNature draws a range of climbers in with facilities for bouldering, lead climbing and abseiling. The gym provides a plethora of courses on the different styles, as well as introductory classes for beginners. Its spacious facility houses over 100 climbing problems, shower facilitates, free wifi and lockers. This pick also offers party bookings for both children and corporate events. On top of being a climbing gym, GoNature further houses a retail shop that carries a range of climbing equipment, including everything from harnesses and ropes, to climbing shoes and fingerboards.
How much: $188 for an all-day pass ($148 for students)
GoNature, Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3563 7156, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gonaturehk.com
Being one of the only climbing gyms with multiple branches in Hong Kong, Just Climb offers convenience for those who don’t want to cross the harbour for their workout. Both gyms cover a good range of climbs, allowing for both aspiring and expert climbers to progress at their own pace. On top of having a wide variety of route styles (modern routes to more technical climbs), Just Climb also offers a party hosting service, which includes a food and beverage option.
How much: $238 for an all-day pass or $198 for students (Hong Kong branch); $198 for an all-day pass or $168 for students (Kowloon branch)
Just Climb (Hong Kong), G09, Paradise Mall West, 100 Shing Tai Road, Pak Sha Wan, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 2416 3668, WhatsApp: 9134 6168
Just Climb (Kowloon), Room D, G/F, Prince Industry Building, 106 King Fuk Street, San Po Kong, Hong Kong, 3561 7868, WhatsApp: 9474 4168, justclimb.hk
Hong Kong Climbing Park is relatively new and one of the largest climbing facilities in the city. Its facilities are divided into five zones; lead zone, bouldering zone, ninja warrior zone, training zone and the dining area. Though it is fully indoors and air-conditioned, glass ceilings let in ample natural light and create a great sense of openness. In addition to having various climbing zones, they also offer climbing courses, certificate courses, fitness courses and yoga studio rental. If you’re looking for a day of well-rounded adventure, Hong Kong Climbing Park is definitely the place for you.
How much: 1 zone ($138) or all zones ($158)
Hong Kong Climbing Park, Level 2, Belair Gardens Shopping Arcade Phase 2, 52 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, 3708 9075, email@example.com, www.hkclimbingpark.com
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