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  FAQ Frequently Asked Questions for Rock Climbing Course Malaysia  
1. Do I need reservations?
We strongly suggest that you book your lesson as far in advance as possible. Our rock climbing course fill up quickly, especially during the peak season like weekends and public holidays. All lessons we offer are by advance reservation only, please check our description for more details.
2. What is Rock Climbing?
Rock climbing is the sport or activity of climbing rock faces, especially with the aid of ropes and special equipment. The concept is to reach an endpoint, or a summit, of a rock face or structure. This can be done with specific equipment, depending on the difficulty and severity of the climb.

It is a physically demanding sport that combines fitness and agility with the mental fortitude required to conquer an ascension or traverse. It can be perilous, but that is often considered a positive aspect of the adventure.

Rock Climbing is simply the activity of using your hands and feet to surmount a steep obstacle such as an artificial wall, boulder, cliff, or mountain. Usually done for recreational enjoyment, fun, and sport, climbing allows you to fully experience the great outdoors by giving you eagle-eye views from lofty summits, pushing both your physical fitness and mental health, and offering you a way to confront and control a couple of our greatest human fears - that of falling and that of heights.

Climbing is a risky sport that requires both skill and nerve for success. Climbing tools and equipment such as ropes, harnesses, carabiners, cams, and helmets are all used to lessen the risks of climbing and gravity.
3. Is rock climbing safe?
Many people are afraid to try out rock climbing because it’s portrayed as dangerous. But is it really as life-threatening as it seems? Generally speaking, rock climbing is a safe physical activity due to the number of safety regulations applied. Most rock climbers use rope belay systems and protective gear to protect from harm and falls.

The human factor also places rock climbing as a safe sport. Most people begin in small courses and gain experience as they continue to develop their climbing skills. It’s quite rare for someone to engage in free soloing as his first attempt in rock climbing. Instead, they advance the difficulty levels at their own pace without worrying about other participants.

5 Tips For Safer Rock Climbing
1. Strong Mindset
2. Appropriate Gear
3. Use of a Climbing Helmet
4. Verify your Equipment
5. Assess your Experience
4. How can I learn to rock climbing?
Just remember that the indoor climbing experience is very different from outdoor climbing, which requires an entirely different competency and skills for a safe experience. For outdoor rock climbing just take a course or hire a guide. Our rock climbing instructor will help get you started.
5. Do I have to be strong to go rock climbing?
Rock climbing requires many things. Upper body strength certainly helps but is by no means a requirement. Far more important are strong legs, flexibility, and technique. Not having a strong upper body will not prevent you from climbing well and you will begin to see improvements rapidly. Many newcomers are surprised and delighted to discover that climbing is very much a mental sport. The best climbers tend to study a route and visualize the movement and climbing sequence before moving a muscle. Patience, thoughtfulness, and a positive attitude are all richly rewarded.

Rock climbing will put a lot of stress on your muscles and joints, and certainly isn't for the faint of heart. These exercises may prove to be tiresome and push your body to its limits, but they are essential for any beginner climber. Rock climbing is not difficult to learn, so long as you are properly prepared.
6. Do I have to rent climb shoes?
No, you do not. Tennis shoes will work to climb in, especially for beginners. However, we do have rock climbing shoes to rent for an additional fee. Rock climbing shoes will help to maintain contact with your feet to the wall. Rock climbing shoes are recommended for anyone from intermediate and above in skill level.

If you plan to get yourself rock climbing shoes, you will want a pair that are board lasted, so they are quite stiff but you will need a tight fit. Climbing shoes are a piece of equipment, not clothing, and should only be worn to climb in. If you can walk around in them they are too loose.
7. Can I climb barefoot?
No. For respect of our fellow climbers, no one wants to put their hands where someone’s feet have been. Please wear some form of shoes while climbing on the walls. Thank you very much.
8. Is there an age limit to start learn climbing?
NO! Climbing is a rather slow sport, which is about technique and strategy and not about pure muscle power or endurance. You’re definitely not too old to start climbing. The truth is that you’re never too old to start climbing, which means that even if you’re seventy, you could theoretically, head to the gym later today and climb on!

Of course, you should be in good vascular condition, have a reasonably good fitness level, and be at a good weight before you begin to think about tackling your rock climbing adventure.

The good news is that you don’t need to be in excellent physical condition, a muscle-bound trainer, or a fitness enthusiast to start climbing. You don’t even need to be capable of doing a hundred pushups in a row to succeed. Which is a good thing for many climbers, since not too many people can do that many pushups in a day, let alone at one time!

There are only three things that you’ll need to start rock climbing and none of them will cost you any money either! The first thing you’ll need is your willingness to try something new. The second is accepting failure and the third, which is the most important of the three, is patience. It might sound cheesy but patience truly is a virtue!
9. At what age, my kids can join climbing?
Officially, climbing courses usually ask that children be 5 years or older to start training. This is because 5 is the age at which kids can start following instructions and have more autonomy. However, there is no actual physical requirement that stops kids from starting earlier.
10. Is rock climbing a good workout?
Rock Climbing is one of the best workouts around! You will build strength and flexibility while burning calories. You are only pulling and pushing your own body weight, making strength gains natural and healthy. And it’s easy to stay motivated because it's so much fun!
11. how should I wear during the rock climbing course day?
Comfortable clothing that does not inhibit movement. Remember, your clothes need to fit under a snug harness. Tights, sweats, long shorts, T-shirts, tank tops and sports bras all work great. Jeans aren't a good idea either, they tend to greatly inhibit free leg movement. Jewelry and watches should be avoided! Rings and watches can take a real beating. They get scratched on the wall and can catch on things. If you have long hair it's best to tie it up or into a ponytail.
12. How can I rock climb if I am afraid of Heights?
“I’m afraid of heights” is one of the most common fears encountered by climbers, especially beginners. The fear of heights and high places is a natural human fear. We’re hard-wired to be afraid of heights for self-preservation. We instinctively know that if we fall from a high place that the result is not going to be good. That fear of heights, however, keeps you alive when you’re climbing.

Understand the Safety System

Overcoming a fear of heights is one of the biggest climbing challenges for lots of people. Often times that fear comes from an ignorance of the climbing safety system. Once you understand that every precaution we take as climbers, including tying into the rope, clipping the rope to anchors in the rock, and using belay devices to hold the rope and safeguard a climber, is to protect you from the dire consequences of falling then the novice climber is able to begin to let go of that fear of heights.

Steps by steps

Take baby steps if you are afraid of heights when you’re rock climbing. Check your tie-in knot, usually the figure-8 follow-through knot, and make sure it’s tie correctly. Check your top-rope anchor using the acronym SECURE to make sure it’s safe and sturdy. Check your belayer to make sure that the rope is loaded correctly through the belay device and that he is alert and watching you. Then let go of that fear and start climbing.

Build Tolerance by Climbing Higher

You can build a tolerance for heights by climbing only as high as you feel comfortable. If you are afraid of heights, try to climb higher each time that you go climbing. That way you learn that you’re safe whether you’re 50 feet or 500 feet above the ground. Just remember, however, that you are the boss of yourself. If you get afraid because you feel that you’re too high up, then ask your belayer to lower you back to the ground.
13. What does the package rate cover?
Brief of safety and theory of rock climbing and belaying. Rental of climbing equipment except for climbing shoes, qualified and experience climbing instructors.
14. What happens if there is bad weather?
Lightning: In the event of a locally severe lightning storm, activities may stop or wait for rain stop. Activities may be delayed if a storm is occuring at the activities area. Outdoor rock climbing sports are very weather dependant sport. If the rain keep continue and activities may be cancelled or postpone to a later date. In the case of the activities cancellation, participants are offered the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
15. How do I book the rock climbing course?
You can book the coursee by filling the Booking Form on our website. If you have any questions about the lesson before booking, please call or WhatsApp our General Line for assistant at
019-6638336
16. How early should I arrive beforehand to meeting point?
Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your lesson. If you are not familiar with the area you may want to allow some extra time before your departure time. Make sure to get good directions before you leave home (we provide Google & Waze Map in your Confirmation Email).

FYI: Be sure to take your instructor or OXBOLD contact number info with you. All lessons start at the set scheduled and times if you are late or you have missed the lesson. Make sure you are familiar with our booking policies.
17. What happens on a rock climbing day?
Your course begins when you meet your instructor at the meeting point and time. Follow the SOP and make sure you have done all the necessary parts before meeting up with your instructor.

The instructor will help you to prepare your rock climbing gear and check you wear the gear properly and in good condition to start the lesson. Follow up, some briefing of rock climbing theory and safety aspect you should know during the climb. Depends on the number of people you book this lesson, if more than one person, one of you will be learning to belaying, take a turn for your climb and another person will belay you.
18. Do I have insurance coverage for my lesson?
Insurance is optional however, we highly recommended you get it. You can purchase insurance coverage for your lesson with us. Insurance is non-refundable once it's issued.
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