Though it’s been around for a long time in Malaysia, social media shows rising interest in this sport once again. Some may consider it an extreme sport, especially when done outdoors – but any form of climbing can be pretty therapeutic; let’s not forget the countless benefits to this sport.

There are two ways rock-climbing can be categorised: Bouldering, a form of free climbing performed without any harness, has a reputation for being challenging; and roping, climbing while supported by a rope and a belayer, the person controlling the ropes threaded through.

Some of the benefits of this sport include confidence building, better problem-solving skills, improved strength and balance, and of course, burning calories. So, if this sounds like something you’d like to do, hit any one of these climbing gyms the next time you’re in Penang.

HangOut Climbing Gym, The Palazzia

HangOut Climbing Gym opened its doors in April 2019 and is a great place to explore both bouldering and top-roping with the guidance of experienced instructors. The space itself is relatively small compared to some of the larger ones in Malaysia, but plenty of challenges await all levels of climbers here.

The routes to be scaled will keep you occupied for at least half a day, and there are two branches to choose from in Penang: One is located at The Palazzia in Gelugor, the other at Metro Avenue in Jelutong.

Address: The Palazzia – 97-01-23 & 97-01-23A, Jalan Bukit Gambier, 11700 Gelugor, Penang
Contact: +6012 476 9289

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HangOut Climbing Gym, Metro Avenue

Since its opening in 2020, the sister branch of HangOut Climbing Gym at Metro Avenue focuses more on the bouldering technique. As such, there are more routes for bouldering with different levels of difficulties, so be prepared to have your skills challenged.

Coaching is also available for first-time climbers, where you will be taught the proper techniques to ensure optimum performance and safety. The coaching also helps you go through the basic rules as well.

Address: 1-L5-28, Metro Avenue, Lintang Hajjah Rehmah, 11600 Jelutong, Penang
Contact: +6012-476 9289

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Project Rock, Batu Kawan

When it comes to rock climbing, it’s without a doubt that Project Rock is one of the pioneers in Penang. At Project Rock, they believe that climbing is for everybody, and that fun should be at the core of any physical activity.

Climbing comes naturally to humans, and it’s a long-lost childhood activity with many benefits that the team hopes to ignite. Visit Project Rock if you want to burn calories, have fun, and be part of Penang’s rock-climbing community.

Address: L1.10, IKEA Batu Kawan – Link Building, Persiaran Cassia Barat 8, Batu Kawan, 14110 Simpang Ampat, Penang
Contact: +604 588 0099

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Project Rock, Gurney Plaza

The new kid in town, Project Rock in Gurney Plaza is the second branch of the climbing gym and opened its doors to climbers from all walks of life in June 2022. Formerly located at Lembah Permai in Tanjong Bungah, it has moved into a more central area perfect for locals and tourists looking to top their peak record. Check out this climbing gym if shopping is not your go-to mall activity.

Address: 170-07-12A, Plaza Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Penang
Contact: +604 228 3300

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Jesselton Rock Wall, Jesselton Park

This one is for the true daredevils! Jesselton Rock Wall is the only bolted outdoor climbing spot in Penang. Climbers can choose from 17 different routes that are divided into three wall sections. We only recommend those who are between intermediate and advanced climbing levels to take on these walls, and to do so carefully and at your own risk. Though, beginners with confidence and someone experienced with them can give this outdoor spot a try too!

Address: 60 Taman Jesselton, Taman Jesselton Height, 10450 George Town, Penang