Climb-a-ton 2017 Highlights!

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On the 19th and 20th of August, Climb Central held our 2nd edition of Climb-a-ton! During this highly anticipated climbing carnival, climbers aim to complete 42.195 climbing routes with their buddies and kakis in less than 3 hours!


Both days saw climbers of all ages and climbing abilities having fun and fighting hard to break their own personal records!


Here, we have the young ones participating in the Kids Half Marathon, where they aimed to complete 21 climbs under an hour!


Something new this year: A buddy boulder problem for the remaining 0.195 route!
Participants will have to complete this final challenge before proceeding to the finish line!


During both days, there were also fringe activities held by our supportive sponsors!

GoPro, the Official Action Camera of Climb-a-ton, were here with us on both days so climbers could rent GoPros from the booth to record their climbs and create their very own Climb-a-ton Quik Stories!

Search #Climbaton2017 on Instagram to experience Climb-a-ton from the perspective of the climbers!
For a 2nd consecutive year, participants also got to enjoy a shiok massage after their climbs, courtesy of our sponsor, PowerUp Express!


Decathlon, who kindly sponsored each and every one of the goodie bags with a chalk bag, also had an interactive booth where climbers raced to tie knots in the shortest time possible and got to win prizes!


That’s a lot going on for the participants within their 3-hour timeslots! More reasons to complete 42.195 climbs in as little time possible!

Waiting at the finishing line for participants of the Climbing Buddies category, were also exclusive Climb-a-ton 2017 finisher tees!

Participants who didn’t have enough time to take part in the fringe activities also had the chance to be winners, as there were many lucky draw prizes being given out throughout the event!

Awesome lucky draw prizes included Yunomori Onsen day passes, Skull Candy headphones sponsored by OST Singapore, chalk packs and shoe bags sponsored by Climb Asia, and a slackline sponsored by Decathlon!

Congratulations to all the winners of Climb-a-ton 2017!

Here’s Janet and Stanley, winners of the GoPro Endurance Challenge!
They did the amazing feat of completing all 75 routes under 3 hours!


Climb-a-ton 2017 was made possible with all you enthusiastic climbers, as well as the awesome support from our sponsors!
Thank you once again for coming on board and making this event a huge success!

If you would like to see more photos from the event, there are more over at our Facebook! Tag yourselves tag your friends! :
Album 1 | Album 2 | Album 3

Results:

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

We hope all the participants had a good time climbing hard with their friends and families at Climb-a-ton 2017!

See you again next year at Climb-a-ton 2018!
Allez!

 

New Addition to our Training Area!

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If you’ve recently been to Climb Central, you would have walked past the newest addition to our training area, the Endurance Wall, a.k.a., the rainbow ‘Wall of Fame’! 


What is it?

The endurance wall is fitted with a large selection of holds. Different sequences of movements between holds can be devised at your will.

How to I use it?

  • Train endurance by doing continuous climbing for timed intervals or until you’re too tired to continue.
  • Train recovery by shaking out your arms and finding rest positions on the wall

Increase the difficulty by attempting longer routes or more complicated sequences.


As with all training equipment, we do have some guidelines and rules in place to make sure everyone helps to keep to training area safe!

Below are some of the DOs and DON’Ts to take note of:

  • DO use it for warm-ups
  • DO use it for endurance training
  • DO use with caution
  • DO adjust the crashpad before climbing
  • DO watch where and how you fall
  • DO share with other climbers
  • DO NOT make boulder problems on it
  • DO NOT make jumps and big risky moves on it


 

DID YOU KNOW…
Each of the colourful holds were affectionately named by a Climb Central crew, instructor, routesetter or Youth Team member!


So the next time you train with a buddy, go ahead and shout out the names of the holds you want each other to grab. “Pinch that iPad, grab the Sambal Kangkong, crimp the Cheese, pull on that Teh Ping!”

Have fun getting stronger!

Allez!

 

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!
Allez!

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 https://cmbasia.wufoo.eu/forms/k1mx57j206raiyg/

Verification matrices available at: https://climbcentral.sg/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Verification-Matrix-Top-Rope.pdf and https://climbcentral.sg/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Verification-Matrix-Lead.pdf

Looking to get ready for verification or curious to find out what this is about? Sign up for a class at https://cmbasia.wufoo.eu/forms/kz26xv80m9e5n5/

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: https://cmbasia.wufoo.eu/forms/introduction-for-kids/

ABC Camp: https://cmbasia.wufoo.eu/forms/the-awesome-beta-climbing-camp-abc-camp/

Beta Kids (Starter): https://cmbasia.wufoo.eu/forms/beta-kids-club-starter-sessions/

Intro to Climbing for Families: https://cmbasia.wufoo.eu/forms/intro-for-adults-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!