Climbing in Phase 2 (heightened alert)

OH NO, WHERE TO CLIMB???

With Singapore experiencing our second wave in this relentless Covid-19 pandemic, our hopes and comfort found in the semblance of normalcy that Phase 3 gave us seem to be slowly fading away: from being allowed to gather in groups of 8…to groups of 5…to just pairs.

man climbing in upwall

The government declared the state to be in Phase 2 (heightened alert) from 16th May to 13th June 2021, though we all know there is the possibility of extension, depending on whether the situation of active cases decreases in the next few weeks. With the tightened measures, many sports and fitness studios have been affected, some more so than others.

The climbing industry is not spared, and we know that all of you, just like us, are scrambling to find the remaining climbing gyms that are still open to quench our climbing addiction. Upwall Climbing is really grateful to remain as one of the operating climbing gyms in these crazy times, despite having to adapt and work around the rules, such as reducing our capacity. We are also really thankful for the constant support from our customers – the Upwall community, and we hope to serve you well in this period that we’ll get through together!

We are climbers too, and we know your worries, so to make things easier for you all, we have come up with a list of gyms that are still operating during this period of Covid-19 Phase 2 (heightened alert), and their details: How to book? Where are they located? What are the rates?

1. Climb Central

LOCATION: Climb Central Kallang (Kallang Wave Mall); Climb Central Funan (Funan Mall); Climb Central Novena (Novena Square)

WHO CAN CLIMB: Returning climbers who have climbed at Climb Central before can book for slots on their website. Unfortunately, first-timers will not be able to climb there at this point in time! Youth 18 years and below will also not be able to climb at their facilities during this period.

HOW TO BOOK: Slots open 3 days in advance at 12 noon, here! For more detailed instructions please head to their website.

WHAT TO CLIMB: All of their bouldering sections are closed off during this period, and only their high walls: top-rope, autobelay, and lead walls are available for climbing.

OPERATING HOURS:
Mon-Fri: 11am-11pm
Sat, Sun, PH: 9am-9pm

RATES:
Day Pass (youth): $18
Day Pass (adult): $22
5-Multipass: $90
10-Multipass: $160

CAPACITY:
Kallang: 31
Funan: 18
Novena: 17

COVID-19 MEASURES: Read up on their Safe Management Measures (SMM) here!

SOCIALS: Instagram, Facebook

REFERENCE: Climb Central Website

2. Ground Up Climbing

LOCATION: Ground Up Climbing (Civil Service Club at Tessensohn Road)

WHO CAN CLIMB: All are welcome to climb at Ground Up during this period!

HOW TO BOOK: You will need to create an account with “Gym Master”. More information can be found here!

WHAT TO CLIMB: The bouldering sections are temporarily closed. All of their high walls: top-rope, autobelay, and lead climbing walls are available during this period.

OPERATING HOURS:
Mon: 5pm-11pm
Tue-Fri: 11am-11pm
Sat, Sun, PH: 10am-9pm

RATES:
Day Pass (youth): $18
Day Pass (adult): $22

CAPACITY:
Top Rope: 10
Outdoor Lead: 8

COVID-19 MEASURES: Read up about it on their social media platforms!

SOCIALS: Instagram, Facebook

REFERENCE: Ground Up Climbing Website

3. The Rock School

LOCATION: The Rock School Tampines (Our Tampines Hub); The Rock School Bedok (Bedok CC, for children only)

WHO CAN CLIMB: All are welcome to climb during this period!

HOW TO BOOK: You will need the “The Rock School” application found on Apple AppStore and Google PlayStore to book for your desired slot. Slots open 2 weeks in advance. For more detailed instructions, please head to their website here!

WHAT TO CLIMB: All of their walls: bouldering, top-rope, autobelay, and lead climbing walls are available during this period.

OPERATING HOURS (TRS Tampines):
Mon-Fri: 11am-10pm
Sat, Sun, PH: 9am-9pm

RATES:
$15 flat rate
*note that this differs from their usual rates

CAPACITY: 19

COVID-19 MEASURES: Read up on their Safe Management Measures (SMM) here!

SOCIALS: Instagram, Facebook

REFERENCE: The Rock School Website

4. Upwall Climbing (that’s us!)

LOCATION: Upwall Climbing (E!Hub @ Downtown East)

WHO CAN CLIMB: Anyone can climb at Upwall during this period! Do note that classes for youth 18 and under have been ceased until 13th June, but they may still come and climb via regular entry.

HOW TO BOOK: You can view availability and book slots on our booking site here! Slots open for the following week on Mondays.

WHAT TO CLIMB: All of our walls: top-rope, autobelay, and lead climbing walls are available during this period.

OPERATING HOURS:
Mon: 2pm-10pm
Tue-Fri: 10am-10pm
Sat, Sun, PH: 9am-9pm

RATES:
Purchase our May Pass this month at just $16
Regular Day Pass: $20
10-Multipass: $160

CAPACITY: 11

COVID-19 MEASURES: Read up on our Safe Management Measures (SMM) here!

SOCIALS: Instagram, Facebook

We hope this small compilation of operating gyms during Phase 2 (heightened alert) helps you, our fellow climbers, a little. If you’re visiting the other gyms, please do reach out to them if you are in doubt. If you’re visiting us, feel free to drop us a message or call us here +65 80287028, or DM us on our socials, we will gladly reply. Wherever you are training hard, be it chasing the slots for these gyms or farming on hangboard sets at home, we hope you stay safe and healthy. This too, shall pass.

Allez!


By Yi Xin