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Climbing in Malaysia

7:28:28 PM
Anyone on board climbed in Malaysia?

Am considering a weekend trip up to KL and surroundings for a climb. Have a basic guide and topo book but after some first hand beta if possible.


1:14:36 PM
Read an article in "Climbing" on how the Malaysian government had banned rockclimbing outright (sorry). It seems the government had asked the US National Parks Service for input, and got the thumbs down for climbing; so they just banned it!
I'll try to find it...

7:20:42 PM
Do you know a reference online somewhere with further information on this? I googled a little and it seems that the ban applies to a particular park, not the entire country.

5:06:04 PM
Really? That seems a little odd, banning it outright..

Will have to chase that up here in Singapore, someone should know...

Will pass on any info.

6:27:41 PM
Just spoke with a couple of the guys who run one of the most popular lcimbing stores here in Singapore - and as far as they know - climbing has not been banned in Malaysia.

Having said that, not sure if any specific crag or routes are banned - neither are they.

Will keep you udpated if I find out anything extra


9:46:38 AM
Climbing out of KL is pretty good fun. (Especially if Singapore is the alternative).

The main areas are around Batu Caves. Damai Cave - has the biggest and most impressive wall. Definitely worth a visit. The wall is covered in expansion bolts and lower-offs. Or though, the locals could use a lesson or two in what makes a good lower-off. There are a few other smaller areas - all worth a visit. Have fun and explore.

Search the net for a guide. But don't worry too much if you can't find specific route details - the routes have ample bolts. I recommend just climbing and figuring out what grade it is on the way up.

9:55:36 AM
Can't remember exactly where it is but an old rock and ice mentioned Batman Wall as a prime sportclimbing area in Malaysia.
11:21:01 AM
Rock Number 41 has an article on Batman Wall in Borneo.

1:32:29 PM
Quick search on google brought up the following ;-)

Batman Wall
Located in Krokong Village, in Bau town 35 km from Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia this wall provides the best of natural limestone climbing in an all weather environment.
Batman Wall

Malaysian Rock Areas (good source)


12:11:15 PM
Sorry guys,
fading memory, getting old etc.
I think the article was maybe about a specific area, a Yosemite (Half Dome) equivelent there, and the Parks authority cited environmental issues as an excuse to ban climbing.
Then they put up a cable ladder on the same rock. I'll track down the article

1:25:03 PM
Thanks to all....

Am based in Singapore at the moment and as some of you may be aware, the natural climbing here is not that extensive. As such Malaysia is a very viable option.

Thanks and cheers - will put up a trip report if I get out there.


1:48:54 AM
There are quite a fair bit of climbing sites in Malaysia. The biggest of all is in KL - Batu caves & Templers Park. The is also about 30 routes up North in Perlis area. There is a local carg in Penang only about 7 routes (Jesselton - granite).
Malaysia is trying to promote climbing lately. The government have been pumping lots of fund into building lot of artificial walls all over the country to attract climbers.

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