The climbing club consists of recreational climbers who take up climbing as a hobby. We meet every Tuesdays and Fridays to climb together. Our members range in experience, from absolute newbies to competition winners. Some love the technicality of bouldering, others live for the highs of sport climbing. We take in anyone as long as they are willing to put in the time and effort to learn to climb, and share their psych. We join forces with the IVP team to be the organizers of the biggest bouldering competition in Singapore: NUS Boulderactive. The competition attracts top regional climbers to travel to Singapore and compete on boulder problems set by world-class route-setters like Yuji Hirayama. On a smaller scale, we organise ClimbNUS - a climbing carnival for NUS students, staff, and faculty members. It’s a way for us to introduce the sport to our fellow students and hopefully, get a few of them interested in it in the process. For our club members, we have a smaller internal club carnival where everyone comes together to climb on a number of preset problems, score some points and win some chalk. Unofficially, club members arrange trips to Dairy Farm and Malaysia to climb outdoors. There are frequent trips to external gyms. It’s all fairly chill and relaxed.Official Club
Slots will be opened in the upcoming Student Life Fair!
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Participant spaces will be opened for exchange students and graduate/post-graduate students. Kindly note that we will no longer be opening slots for staff.
As a TeamNUS Varsity Sport, the competitive team comprises athletes that are driven to realise their potential and committed to translate this into results. With our dedicated coach and a structured training programme, we aim to prepare our climbers for exciting year-round climbing competitions (about 5 annually). We are proud to carry the NUS name in every competition as NUS Varsity Athletes.
Join us if you are a thrill-seeker. Join us if you want to push your physical and mental boundaries. Join us to do the unimaginable.Training
Our family of climbers meet up thrice weekly (usually twice on weekday evenings, once on Saturday morning) for training (sometimes more, because we cannot stop climbing) which are held both in school and in external climbing gyms. Depending on our training phase, we train to be all-rounded climbers with fantastic technique, amazing strength, great endurance and explosive power.
Through our training, you will be exposed to both forms of sport climbing, bouldering and lead climbing. Where possible, we bring the team outdoors to climb on natural rock, where climbing originated.Recruitment
Trials are usually held a week after Semester 1 begins. We welcome all to our trials including students with no prior experience. We are always scouting for talented individuals who are instinctive about their body movement on the wall as well as those who are passionate about the sport. For those with prior competitive experience, your routes will be set depending on your competition category.Trip
An annual year-end trip is organised for team members to experience climbing outdoors and to bond with the team – always an unforgettable experience. Subsidies are granted by the Sports and Recreation Office depending on the trip’s location and the results produced by the team that year. Over the last few years, our team has experienced bouldering outdoors in China, India, Thailand and the Philippines. Our trip will also feature RnR activities (although the entire trip feels like RnR since climbing is so much fun!).Contact
Keen to equip yourself with sports climbing expertise?
The club conducts climbing courses at our UTown wall. These courses are conducted by certified instructors, in accordance to Singapore National Climbing Standards (SNCS). Participants will receive a certification card upon passing the course.
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**No changes or refunds will be entertained upon payment made for set date unless valid reason is given at least three days before course date.
Rental for all equipment (ropes, harnesses, belaying device, shoes) will be covered under the course fee. There will be no extra charges.
The purpose of this course is to give participants an enjoyable, safe, and informative introduction to sport climbing. The course is designed for people with no prior knowledge of sport climbing. Participants will be introduced to: (i) climbing equipment, (ii) climbing techniques, (iii) checking procedures, (iv) belaying for top-roping, and (v) climbing calls.
Prerequisite: Participants must be at least be 13 years old.
To pass the course, trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements:
The following will be taught during the course:
This course is designed as a follow on from the Sport Climbing Course Level 1. This is a 2-day course that builds on the top-rope skills acquired from Level 1 and teaches a progression into lead climbing on artificial climbing walls. Participants on this course should be confident in all the techniques covered at Level 1 before undertaking this more advanced level course. Participants are strongly recommended to be sufficiently skilled to comfortably climb French grade 6a (YDS 5.10a) routes before signing up for this course.
Prerequisite: Participants must be at least be 13 years old and possess SNCS Level 1 certification.
To pass the course, trainees must demonstrate the following course requirements:
The following will be taught during the course:
All students and staff of NUS are welcome to use!Sport Climbing Wall at University Town Bouldering Wall at University Sports Centre
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Bouldering is a subset of climbing, somewhat akin to sprinting. It typically involves 4-10 powerful moves and does not go beyond 6 meters in height. As such, harnesses and ropes are not required and protection comes in the form of foam mattresses and pads to cushion your fall.
Sport climbing would look more familiar to the layman. It involves ropes, harnesses, carabiners and high walls. Ropes are fixed to anchors at the top of the route, or the climber will clip into bolts on the wall as they climb. Sport climbing calls for endurance, finesse, and trust in your belayer.
Climbing is inherently dangerous and the risk of death or serious injury can never be completely eliminated. As such, we take precautions to prevent the worst from happening and safety is always on our minds as we climb. A ship is safe in harbour, but that's not what ships are for. Hence, it is up to each individual to make their own choices regarding acceptable risk.
Climbing demands mental fortitude and technique. Physical strength and fitness will help but they are not necessities to begin climbing. If you keep climbing, you'll find strength, fitness, and youth along the way :)
Everyone is afraid of heights. For climbers, we just keep putting ourselves out there until we get used to it. Some of us just get busy with the climbing and forget about the heights, while others just try to manage and control their fear. Bouldering doesn't bring you too far away from the ground (3-5 metres), so you can start there and see if climbing is your cup of tea.
Definitely! We'll teach you the skills if you're willing to put in the time and effort. Strength isn't a pre-requisite to start climbing - passion is.
Of course! We have a good mix of new and experienced climbers in the club. However, we expect our more experienced members to guide the newer climbers. It’s a climbing club after all, so it is expected that we should get stronger together. If it's a training ground you seek, then I'm afraid you should look elsewhere instead.
At the moment, we have about slightly less than 100 undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates, staff and faculty members climbing with us.
Our club grows expontentially year after year. As big as our current facilities at UTown and SIM are, these facilities can only accommodate so many people without compromising the safety of our climbers. Hence, the club will only take in as many new members as we can safely support whilst also ensure that our members enjoy greater access to these facilities.
We have reserved a number of memberships for exchange students. When our current exchange students leave us after a semester, we'll open those spaces at the start of each semester for new exchange students to join.
We expect our members to, at the very least, own a pair of climbing shoes and chalk bag. Beyond hygiene concerns, these are essential equipment that will make a big difference to your climbing. If you're just starting out, you can loan a pair of old shoes from the club. Other equipment such as harness and ropes will be provided by the club during our climbing sessions.
Club members are required to have SNCS Level 1 certification. While exchange students may be certified in their home countries, the institution does not allow these students to belay other climbers as there may be differences in climbing standards. For those who are not certified, the club conducts courses for our members at discounted rates, so you can join us first and get your certification later.
We had more than 400 people applying for membership spots last yea, and have unfortunately turned away a lot of people. As such, we want to ensure that we are taking in members who deserves their membership by being actively involved in the club.
We understand that exchange students want to travel and may not be always around. As long as you’re not a phantom member, we're okay with that. For graduates, postgraduates, and staff, if you can fit climbing around your busy schedules, we'll be happy to have you!
Climbing Cohesion happens every Recess Week of Semester 1. It is one of the few opportunities for the Climbing Club and Varsity Team to come together and meet everyone. During the cohesion, we'll eat, sleep, play camp games, climb, and repeat!
The Climbing Carnival is an internal club event for our members. Climbers from the competitive team and our more experienced members will set 20-30 problems on our bouldering wall for everyone to try. You'll get some points when you finish each problems and at the end of the day, the top scorers get a small prize - and of course, bragging rights!
Access is restricted to members of climbing club and varsity team ONLY.
We are a group of climbers who not only loves climbing but also enjoys competing on a regular basis. There are several differences between the recreational club and the team.
Firstly, we train with more frequency, structure and intensity. Attendance is compulsory THREE times a week. Training programmes are set each session which are tailored for individual climbers to enable you to work on you weaknesses and boost your strengths so that you can realise your best potential. If you are looking to climbing as a recreational hobby, the club is more suited to your needs.
Secondly, we represent TeamNUS at national and invitational competitions. These competitions are compulsory and subsidised by the school. As a result, we expect our athletes to be on top form for the competitions and to do their very best and leave without regrets.
Thirdly, we keep our numbers small and this confers certain benefits. The climbing gym is never overpopulated on team training days (on club climbing days, it tends to get slightly crowded!). We are a close-knit family that trains, eats and competes together. The sense of comraderie and belonging is strong.
Yes! We have accepted and will continue to accept people with no or little prior experience. We believe that climbing is a sport that one can pick up even when you’re in university and still excel in it within your undergraduate days (we have living breathing proof of such people). However, all parties interested in joining the varsity team have to be selected based on your results at the trial.
Trials consist of pre-set routes (known as problems) which are marked with tape. You will be asked to climb them and we will guide you along. These problems are set with the understanding that you are a complete stranger to climbing. We look out for your movement on the wall and if you are instinctive about body positioning and stability as well as your physical form.
Yes you will have to attend trials. All successful candidates will be notified. Allez!
This depends on our current team size. If more senior climbers graduate or leave the team, we have the liberty of accepting more climbers. This number is, however, arbitrary. Should we find more talent than our specified quota, we will gladly take them all.
No. You are a competitive athlete, it is understood that you will represent TeamNUS in competition unless you have a legitimate reason (eg. sick, injured, overseas).
Climbers in the varsity team are expected to come for all scheduled trainings (thrice weekly) as well as internal competitions, national/invitational competitions and team meetings. This is relatively demanding considering that undergraduates have deadlines, projects and examinations.
No. Although majority of trainings revolve around bouldering (due to the frequency of bouldering competitions and the facilities that can accommodate the team), we do prepare and compete in lead climbing competitions as well.
Feel free to drop us an email!
National University of Singapore
Cheryl Yeo (Miss), Secretary
ATTN: Climbing Club
NUS Students' Sports Club
Sports and Recreation Centre
2 Sports Drive 1