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COMPASS MAGAZINE > March 2015
 

Rock climbing in Taichung
B-plus Bouldering Gym

Rock climbing in Taichung
Tunghai University climbing
wall

Rock climbing in Taichung
Chongde Road climbing wall

Rock climbing in Taichung

By Robin Wu
Translated by S. Ying

The adrenaline-fueled sport of rock climbing is becoming more accessible than ever, thanks to the fact that you don't have to be hanging off a cliff at 1,000 meters to enjoy it. Here in Taichung, an indoor centre and various outdoor climbing walls mean you can now experience such thrills in an urban setting.

Indoor climbing
B-plus Bouldering Gym is an indoor climbing centre with artificial walls providing a safe, friendly introduction to the sport. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. This make it easy and affordable to get started in, as the only equipment really needed is a pair of climbing shoes and a chalk bag which can be supplied by the gym. A large selection of graded climbing routes means all levels and age groups are catered to, from beginners to experienced enthusiasts looking to practice their skills.

Climbing develops physical flexibility and strength and you'll soon discover muscles you never knew existed! But it's not just the physical aspect that rewards climbers, but also the mental challenge of strategically figuring out your route to the top. Those concerned about safety need not worry, as a crash mat absorbs the impact of any falls, making indoor bouldering very safe. It also means everyone can try it, with little instruction or previous experience needed. This can be a first step toward outdoor climbing or just a great way to have fun with family or friends.

Outdoor climbing
For those seeking outdoor artificial climbing walls, below are some options that cost very little, or are even free. Please note that, unlike indoor bouldering venues, these places don't have crash mats. You need to bring proper equipment with you and be accompanied by a belayer (someone to hold the rope for you, ensuring safety in case of a fall).
The following universities have climbing walls and should be contacted regarding times that open to the public use.

National Chung Hsing University: (04) 2287-3181
Tunghai University: (04) 2359-0121
Feng Chia University: (04) 2451-7250
There is also a climbing wall at 330, ChongDe Road, Sec. 2, Beitun district. Call (04) 2245-0678.

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