NUS Climbing Club

Lasting bonds.

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
  • Every Tuesdays and Fridays during the semester
  • We are opened every Tue/Fri during semester break for you to train too, but attendance will not be required.
  • 4pm - 10pm; climbing hours will be based on a slot system that will be circulated via email
  • Attendance required (See details on Membership)

  • Club Events
  • Semester 1, Week 1-5: Student Life Fair (SLF) & membership application process
  • Semester 1, Recess Week: Combined Team & Club Cohesion
  • Semester 1, Week 10: Internal club carnival

  • Semester 2, Week 1: Membership application for incoming exchange students
  • Semester 2, Week 1-2: ClimbNUS
  • Semester 2, TBC: Internal club carnival
  • Semester 2, Summer (TBC): NUS Boulderactive (Website; Facebook)

  • MEMBERSHIP

    Slots will be opened in the upcoming Student Life Fair!

    Kindly continue watching this space for more information.

    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.


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    NUS Climbing Varsity Team

    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

    Follow us on Instagram and slide into our DMs for more info!
    @teamnusmcmphm @teamnusclimbingguys @teamnusclimbingirls

    COURSES

    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.

    For additional queries, please contact Syahirah at [email protected]

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  • Upcoming Courses and Dates
  • General Course Information
  • SNCS Sport Climbing Level 1: Details and Syllabus
  • SNCS Sport Climbing Level 2: Details and Syllabus
  • Upcoming Courses Updated on: 07/03/2019

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    SNCS Level 1 (one-day course)

    • Available dates: 23rd and 24th March 2019
    • Registration: Click the image to sign up.
    SNCS Level 2 (two-day course)

    • Available dates: 8th and 9th June 2019
    • Climbing equipment, EXCEPT shoes, will be provided (i.e. harness, belay device, rope)
    • Registration: Click the image to sign up
    Requirements for Level 2 Course

    • SNCS Level 1 Certification
    • Minimum Proficiency: You must be able to top-rope a 6A route comfortably (This is only a guideline). If you are not able to do so, I do not recommend going for the course.
    • Our SMF-certified instructors reserve the right to fail any participants if s/he fails to display the necessary techniques with confidence.

    **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.


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    General Course Information

    Guide to Registration

    1. Fill in the form linked to the course info above.
    2. Our coordinator will contact you within 3 working days if you are allocated a slot, or if you have been placed on the holding list.
    3. Slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
    4. Follow the instructions to complete payment.
    5. Failure to complete payment within 1 week will result in forfeiture of your slot.
    6. Your slot is only confirmed upon successful payment.
    Things to Bring

    • Identification (NUS card OR NRIC)
    • Running shoes and socks
      • The wall will be configured for beginners, so running shoes would suffice.
      • While climbing shoes are available, there are limited sizes.
      • For hygienic reasons, kindly wear socks if you're using our climbing shoes.
    • Water bottle
    • Lunch money

    Rental for all equipment (ropes, harnesses, belaying device, shoes) will be covered under the course fee. There will be no extra charges.


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    SNCS Sport Climbing Level 1

    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:

    1. Correct harness usage
    2. Correct tie-in technique using the figure-of-8 knot
    3. Correct belay technique using a friction device
    4. Correct use of climbing calls
    5. Perform pre-climb checks

    The following will be taught during the course:

    1. Introduction to the Sport of Climbing
      • Development of climbing in Singapore
      • Concept of climbing
        • Traditional climbing
        • Sport Climbing
        • Bouldering
        • Lead / Top-rope

    2. Introduction of Climbing Equipment (usage, care, limitation)
      • Ropes (Dynamic & Static)
      • Harness
      • Carabiner
      • Friction belay devices
      • Climbing shoes
      • Helmet
      • Chalk
      • Others (i.e. Quickdraws, Sling/Tape)

    3. Tie-in Knot (usage, limitation, dressing)
      • Figure of Eight thread-through

    4. Belaying Technique (5 steps belay) using friction devices
      • Belaying a climber
      • Lowering a climber
      • Belaying stance
      • Arresting a climber's fall
      • Rope handling & management

    5. Basic Climbing Technique
      • Use of handholds - pinch, grip, underhand, side pull, sloper, pocket
      • Use of footholds - edging, smearing
      • Basic wall configuration - corners, overhangs, slabs, roof

    6. Top-rope Climbing
      • Pre-climb checks
      • Climbing commands
      • Spotting
      • Safety considerations - pendulums, falling on other people, rope placement, buddy check

    7. Course Review
      • Suggestions for further advancement
      • General discussion and feedback

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    SNCS Sport Climbing Level 2

    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:

    1. Confident with lead climbing on an easy route
    2. Correct placement of protection points on a lead climb
    3. Correct belaying of a lead climber using a friction device
    4. Correct top-out technique on fixed anchor
    5. Conduct proper pre-climb checks
    6. Correct use of climbing calls
    7. Safe equipment handling

    The following will be taught during the course:

    1. Introduction to Lead Climbing
      • Top-rope climbing vs. lead climbing
      • Placement of protection points
      • Understanding fall factor and impact force
      • Understanding the anchor system on artificial wall

    2. Equipment Required for Lead Climbing (usage, care, limitation)
      • Dynamic rope vs. static rope
      • Harness with gear loops
      • Quickdraws (Runners)
      • Slings/tapes
      • Friction belay devices - (Fig.8, Tubular)
      • Helmet

    3. Knots (usage, limitation, dressing)
      • Double Figure of 8 knot
      • Tape knot

    4. Belaying a Lead Climber using friction devices
      • Giving slack & taking-in
      • Belaying stance
      • Arresting a climber's fall
      • Dynamic belaying
      • Rope handling & management

    5. Lead Climbing & Techniques
      • Pre-climb checks
      • Clipping in techniques/prevention & undo "Z" clips
      • Runners' placement/direction
      • Climbing on overhangs & roofs
      • Safe falling position
      • Climbing commands
      • Safety considerations - hand & foot placement to avoid rope burns, skipping runners, falling on lead, buddy checks

    6. Top-out Technique

    7. Course Review
      • Suggestions for further advancement
      • General discussion and feedback


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    FACILITIES

    All students and staff of NUS are welcome to use!

    Sport Climbing Wall at University Town

    Bouldering Wall at University Sports Centre

  • Access available to NUS students, staff, and alumni
  • Usage of the wall is regulated by Sports and Recreation Office
  • Refer to university guidelines here (PDF), or email [email protected] for more information.
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Any queries? Check this out!

    QUESTIONS ABOUT CLIMBING

  • What is bouldering?
  • What is sport climbing?
  • Is climbing a dangerous sport?
  • I'm not strong/fit/young enough, can I still climb?
  • How can I climb if I'm afraid of heights?

  • QUESTIONS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP

  • I don't know how to climb, can I join?
  • I know how to climb, can I join?
  • How many members do you have?
  • Why do you limit the amount of memberships?
  • I'm an exchange student, can I join?
  • Do I need to buy my own climbing equipment?
  • Do I need climbing safety and belaying certifications?

  • QUESTIONS ABOUT RECREATIONAL CLUB

  • Why is there a minimum attendance requirement?
  • Why are attendance requirements not strictly enforced for exchange students, or NUS postgraduates and staff?
  • What is Climbing Cohesion about?
  • What is Climbing Carnival about?
  • Can I bring my friends to climb during climbing sessions?

  • QUESTIONS ABOUT VARSITY TEAM

  • What is the Varsity Team? How is it different from the club?
  • I don’t have experience, can I join?
  • How can I get through the trials without experience?
  • I have experience do I still have to come for trials?
  • How many people are selected to join the team?
  • Can I join the team but not compete?
  • What is the level of commitment like?
  • Does the team focus entirely on bouldering?

  • FAQ ABOUT CLIMBING

    What is bouldering?

    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.

    What is sport climbing?

    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.

    Is climbing a dangerous sport?

    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.

    I'm not strong/fit/young enough, can I still climb?

    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 :)

    How can I climb if I'm afraid of heights?

    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.


    FAQ ABOUT MEMBERSHIP

    I don't know how to climb, can I join?

    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.

    I know how to climb, can I join?

    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.

    How many members do you have?

    At the moment, we have about slightly less than 100 undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates, staff and faculty members climbing with us.

    Why do you limit the amount of memberships?

    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.

    I'm an exchange student, can I join?

    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.

    Do I need to buy my own climbing equipment?

    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.

    Do I need climbing safety and belaying certifications?

    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.


    FAQ ABOUT RECREATIONAL CLUB

    Why is there a minimum attendance requirement?

    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.

    Why are attendance requirements not strictly enforced for exchange students, or NUS postgraduates and staff?

    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!

    What is Climbing Cohesion about?

    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!

    What is Climbing Carnival about?

    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!

    Can I bring my friends to climb during climbing sessions?

    Access is restricted to members of climbing club and varsity team ONLY.


    FAQ ABOUT VARSITY TEAM

    What is the Varsity Team? How is it different from the club?

    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.

    I don’t have experience, can I join?

    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.

    How can I get through the trials without experience?

    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.

    I have experience do I still have to come for trials?

    Yes you will have to attend trials. All successful candidates will be notified. Allez!

    How many people are selected to join the team?

    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.

    Can I join the team but not compete?

    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).

    What is the level of commitment like?

    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.

    Does the team focus entirely on bouldering?

    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.

    CONTACT US

    Feel free to drop us an email!

    National University of Singapore
    Climbing Club
    Cheryl Yeo (Miss), Secretary
    ATTN: Climbing Club
    NUS Students' Sports Club
    Sports and Recreation Centre
    2 Sports Drive 1
    Singapore 117561
    [email protected]