Rock climbing is an enjoyable way to keep fit. But often, they are only exclusive to adults and seasoned climbers. And it can also get intimidating for amateurs to climb in a gym full of seasoned pros.
Well, fret not if you’re new to the sport, because Clip ‘n Climb HomeTeamNS offers climbing experiences that cater to everybody.
It is an indoor climbing themed park with 19 different colourful climbing challenges with varying difficulties suitable for all climbers.
Unlike normal climbing gyms, there is no rental of rock-climbing shoes at Clip ‘n Climb HomeTeamNS. Instead, climbers are to bring their own covered shoes.
Another interesting aspect is that there’s only automated belay system here. Climbers are lowered to the ground with a machine instead of the assistance of a belayer, which saves a lot of hassle.
There are three varying levels of difficulty for the climbing walls represented by the number of carabiners. The more carabiners there are, the tougher it is to scale the wall.
After a safety briefing, the Spiderman in all of us emerged. We started off with this colourful circular wall as a warmup. With the large grooves, this is definitely the easiest wall and is suitable for everybody, even kids above the age of four.
Climbing this was such a breeze that I stopped to pose for the camera. Cheese.
The automated belay system was so handy; all you have to do upon reaching the top was to let go and lie back, and it the rope will lower you to the ground safely. Isn’t that nifty?
Following that, I stepped out of my comfort zone by trying the toughest walls. The lightning-themed wall was no joke — just look at how small the grips are, leaving me with sore forearms. But damn, it was a really satisfying challenge.
Perhaps the most intriguing wall there was the Time Challenge wall. As the name suggests, it challenges you to reach the top in the shortest time possible. Press the green button at the bottom to start the timer and the button at the top of the wall to stop it.
I made it to the top in 15 seconds, try to beat that! I guess you can say achievement unlocked?
Clip ‘n Climb HomeTeamNS’s philosophy of catering to all climbers is obvious from the large group of children present while we were there. It is the perfect place for family bonding while keeping fit.
The next time you are fretting over where to bring your loved ones for family bonding or seeking a reprieve from the monotony of working out in a gym, do Clip ‘n Climb HomeTeamNS a try. I’m certain that you will absolutely adore this place.
Prices: S$18 (HomeTeamNS Member), S$22 (PA/SAFRA Member), S$25 (guest)