Climb-a-ton 2017 Results

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Hi climbers!
Below are the results for Climb-a-ton 2017!

Climbing Buddies Results
Climbing Kakis Results
GoPro Endurance Results
Kids Half Marathon Results

Congratulations to all who clocked their personal bests and climbed harder than they have ever climbed before.
Most importantly, we hope everyone had lots of fun conquering the walls with their buddies and kakis!

We hope to see you again next year for Climb-a-ton 2018!

A beginner’s experience in Climb Central’s Top-Rope class

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Hello fellow climbers!

Have you heard that Climb Central recently introduced Top Rope and Lead climbing classes?
We’ve heard lots of questions about how these classes work so I’m writing this post to share more about my recent experience with the Top Rope class and let you know what you can expect.

About me

To introduce myself, I picked up climbing around a year ago but do mostly bouldering. Recently though, I embarked on a new mission to push myself to overcome my fear of climbing on the high walls. So that’s why I was there on a Monday evening in a Top Rope class with a full class of 8 new climbers. Some of them had climbed in Climb Central before, while others were totally new to climbing!

Class Review

The instructors started out by sharing about the top rope system, figure-8 tie-in knots and how to use a tubular braking device when it is attached to your harness. In a small group, time was pretty efficient and we were soon ready to start practising our newfound skill on the high walls.


Belaying for the first time is fun but pretty scary as you feel the responsibility of literally holding on to another person’s lifeline (of course with the help of a belay device)!

Once we got some practice, we moved on to learn about belaying with Assisted Braking Devices (ABDs). There are a couple of brands and models out there, but the class focused on learning to use Edelrid’s Mega Jul as it is same model that Climb Central provides for rental (Rental is free till 1st June 2017!). We learnt there are some additional steps to note when using an ABD, but you still have to apply all the basic belaying techniques and skills.


All in all, it was a pretty fruitful class and the 3 hours really flew by. The close attention of the instructors helped to have our questions answered and everyone had lots of practice time. I’d recommend the class as a good introduction for anyone who wants to know more about climbing, or who wants a refresher on top rope climbing and belaying.

At the end of the class, we got a voucher for a free verification! Verification is a test conducted by the climbing gym to check that you are competent to climb & belay independently. If you don’t feel ready for verification, you can also choose to take the class again until you feel you have mastered the skills and are ready to pass!

Is this class a substitute for SNCS Level 1?

One common question I’ve heard is whether this class is a substitute for the SNCS Level 1 course, and will the skills or the verification tag be recognised at other gyms/overseas?

The Top Rope class is a Climb Central alternative that similarly equips you with the fundamentals for top rope belaying and climbing. Classes are conducted by instructors certified according to Climbing Wall Association standards and focuses on practising the essential skills, increasing your safety awareness and passing the belay test.

Whether you take the SNCS Level 1 or Climb Central’s Top Rope class, you still need to take and pass a Verification test to prove your competency to belay. Belay /Lead tags obtained at Climb Central are recognised at all Climb Central facilities (in Singapore, Manila and Bangkok) and also at Onsight and Ground Up (in Singapore). As for other gyms or other countries, they might have different requirements, different belay tests or no rules at all!

My final takeaway from this experience?

Whatever class you attend and regardless of whether you have a certificate or verification tag, always remember the importance of proper belaying and doing your safety checks. Climb safe!


[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. CC paid for my Top-Rope class.]

Reminder: ABD Verification Required by 1 June 2017

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Hi Climbers.

Gentle reminder that from 1 June 2017 all lead climbers will be required to use ABD and to also be verified according to the new standards. Top Rope climbers wishing to use their own belay devices (tubular or ABD) will also need to be verified according to the new standards

*This change does not affect climbers who are belaying using the method shown in our safety briefing*

New verification timings are released. Sign up at

Verification matrices available at: and

Looking to get ready for verification or curious to find out what this is about? Sign up for a class at

June 2017 School Holidays!

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The school holidays is back!

Register for our school holiday programmes at:

Intro to Climbing for Kids:

ABC Camp:

Beta Kids (Starter):

Intro to Climbing for Families:

Do register and make payment online at least 3 days before the class date! Slots are only reserved when payment has been made. Alternatively, do approach our counter at Climb Central to get registered and make payment!

Lead Practice Classes and Lead Verification Dates for May 2017

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Hi Climbers

Additional Lead Practice classes now open on 3 May (Wed, 7-10pm) and 13 May (Sat, 9am-12noon).

Verification time slots for May are also open.

Gentle reminder that by 1 June 2017:

  • ABD + new Lead Verification Tag required for use of the Lead Wall.
  • Min. of new Belay Verification Tag required for top rope belaying using method where belay device is attached to harness (No change for top rope belay using the method shown during our safety briefing)

Partial Gym Closure Notice for NPSSCC 2017!

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Dear Climbers,

Climb Central is playing host to the National Primary School Sports Climbing Championship (a.k.a. NPSSCC) for the third year running and certain climbing areas will be affected both on the event days as well as before / after due to route setting that needs to be done.

Opening hours are not affected but do refer to the dates and times below before heading down to know how this might affect your climbing session or just head on down anyway to cheer the young ones on as they surprise you with what they can do.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thanks again for your kind support.


Climb Central


Actual Event Day:

21 March, Tuesday
Top Rope & Boulder Qualifiers (Boys)

22 March, Wednesday
Top Rope & Boulder Qualifiers (Girls)

23 March, Thursday
Speed Qualifiers & Finals

28 March, Tuesday
Top Rope & Boulder Finals


Areas Affected:

19 March, Sunday
Partial top rope area – 6pm to 9pm

20 March, Monday
Partial top rope area – 11am to 11pm
Full boulder – 11am to 6pm
Half boulder – 6pm to 11pm

21 March, Tuesday
Partial top rope area – 11am to 11pm
Full boulder – 11am to 6pm
Half boulder – 6pm to 11pm

22 March, Wednesday
Partial top rope area – 11am to 6pm
Selected tope rope lanes – 8pm to 11pm
Full boulder – 11am to 6pm

23 March, Thursday
Partial top rope area – 11am to 6pm
Selected tope rope lanes – 8pm to 11pm

26 March, Sunday
Partial top rope – 6pm to 9pm

27 March, Monday
Partial top rope area – 11am to 11pm
Full boulder – 11am to 6pm
Half boulder – 6pm to 11pm

28 March, Tuesday
Partial top rope area – 11am to 6pm
Full boulder – 11am to 6pm