Turning from a cinema into Hong Kong’s first all inclusive indoor climbing gym with a 7-metre high climbing wall, Da Verm Climbing Club is the new hot spot for climbing lovers on the Hong Kong Island. Da Verm offers bouldering, top rope climbing and sport/ lead climbing.
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Dominating the skyline behind the Kowloon Peninsula, Lion Rock (so called because when viewed from certain angles the profile of the crag resembles that of a Lion) is probably Hong Kongs best ‘mountain crag’. Although not huge, about 250ft at its tallest point, the granite cliff is perched high on a hillside well above the city, and with few other parties generally climbing there its easy to feel detatched from the chaos of the crowds below.
Lion Rock has two distinct faces, East and West, meaning that either sun or shade, whichever takes your fancy, can be sought throughout the day. The majority of routes are two to three pitches long and have bolt protection, although some may be quite run out over easy ground, these have been given French style sport climbing grades. Some traditional (trad) lines do still exist. Please keep them this way and avoid retro-bolting, Hong Kong has few enought trad lines as it is. These routes have been given British Trad Grades.
How to get there:
Take the MTR to Sha Tin Station and get a taxi to Mong Fu Shek BBQ. From here follow the obvious footpath up the hill towards the crag. From the shelter follow the lefthand path up the ridge and approach as for Kowloon side. Approach time approx. 45 minutes.
Photo Credit: joe_gray
The outdoor climbing wall at KPCC is the tallest artificial wall in Hong Kong, at 18 meters high and 16 wide. In total, it offers more than 300 square meters of climbing terrain which provides over 15 climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty. It is possible for 30 climbers to use the wall simultaneously. All climbers are required to take a simple assessment before use or you can take a leading course at the centre if you know nothing about climbing. Equipment rental, instruction and certification are available to both members and the public.