If your little ones are climbing the walls at home, why not send them to a rock-climbing course? Shreena Patel discovers the indoor and outdoor climbing walls that are worth a clamber.
Climbing enthusiasts tell us that this is the best indoor bouldering wall in town. With more than 100 climbing routes and bouldering problems, Go Nature is a popular spot for serious local climbers and beginners alike. It offers parent- and child and kid-only courses, plus outdoor bouldering and abseiling. Unit C2, G/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, 3563 7156, www.gonaturehk.com.
Tung Lung Chau
The island of Little Tung Lung Chau is a Mecca for local climbers, with routes for all levels of experience. It’s a tranquil destination at the eastern entrance to Victoria Harbour and can only be reached by ferry on the weekend. Book a rock climbing and abseiling day expedition with Klook, a booking platform for travel activities and experiences in Hong Kong. All activities are carried out by trained instructors and safety equipment is provided. Participants must be at least 14 years old. For enquiries, call 3462 6208 or email email@example.com, www.klook.com
Just Climb offers climbing classes for adults and children, plus a choice of day, monthly and annual passes for non-coached climbing sessions. One-hour beginners’ classes teach basic climbing and bouldering skills, while children’s classes (ages four-16) include a certificate at the end of the course. The summer youth programme runs throughout July and August. Shoe hire is available on-site. G/F, Prince Industrial Building, 706 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong, 3561 7868, www.justclimb.hk
YMCA King’s Park
At 18 metres high, the YMCA’s outdoor climbing wall at King’s Park is the tallest in Hong Kong. At 16 metres wide, it can host up to 30 climbers at one time on 15 different routes with varying degrees of difficulty, including some tricky overhangs. There is a multitude of courses available for children and adults from July to September. Participants aged six and above can sign up for the Shek O Rock Climbing Fun Days on the 18 and 19th July (children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian), no experience required. 22 Gascoigne Road, Yau Ma Tei (Jordan MTR), 2782 6682, www.kpcc.ymcahk.org.hk.
If the big YMCA wall is looking a bit daunting, then its Tsim Sha Tsui venue has a more manageable 266 square metres of indoor climbing wall. Learn the basics of rope work and climbing techniques through its indoor climbing courses for children or its introductory classes for adults. Private tuition is also available. Members and non-members alike can participate, and the wall can also be hired for private groups and parties. 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2268 7099, www.ymcahk.org.hk.
Instructor Perry Tong offers private classes for children who are serious about climbing at BoulderLand’s indoor centre in Kwai Chung. Perry recommends that the children are at least 10 years’ old and he will take no more than two at a time. A one-hour private session (you can get an additional 30 minutes during off-peak hours) costs $200 per child (or $350 for two). It’s recommended that you bring your own climbing shoes, though the gym has spare shoes for trial purposes. Flat J, 11/F, Block 2, Wah Fung Industrial Centre, 33-39 Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Fong. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockstars specialises in climbing classes for children at the HKIS climbing wall in Tai Tam, though children over the age of five from all schools are welcome to take part. Sessions are run as 12-week courses that include two weekend bouldering trips to Shek O. Rockstars can also organise birthday parties and family climbing outings at HKIS or Shek O – a popular bouldering destination for experienced climbers – that includes up to two hours of climbing. The 13-week course starts from $4,800. 9484 3060, www.rockstarshk.com.