Climb Asia was born in 2002, when founding members Halil, Shannon and Philip decided to give back to the sport that they loved dearly. Their grit, dedication and passion culminated in a small climbing gym in a shophouse along Rangoon Road. Climb Asia became the local Mecca for hard sport climbing and bouldering.
After 4 years in the rustic shophouse (of beautiful memories, to say the least), we relocated to our current climbing centre designed for climbers of all ages and abilities. It has been serving the Singapore climbing community well ever since and inducting the uninitiated into the world of climbing.
Although we operate an indoor climbing facility, it is our wish to get every climber acquainted with climbing outdoors on rock. Our dedication brought us to uncharted territories across Southeast Asia, to find more rock climbing areas for climbers around the world. The guidebooks we published are our gifts to the climbers seeking adventure beyond the artificial climbing surfaces.
Join us in our mission to spread the joy of climbing. We, The Climbing Professionals, are serious about progressing together with you.
Mohammed Halil Bin Ngah captained the National Speed Climbing squad in the Singapore Climbing World Cup 2002, and has been climbing actively since 1994. Halil had since travelled far and wide climbing some of the world's best crags and competed against some of the world’s best climbers in the World Cup circuit. After being ranked No.1 in Singapore for 5 years and being in the top three in regional competitions, he decided to give something back to the community through Climb Asia.
LIM JUNE PEIN
Lim June Pein got hooked on climbing as a student, and has since then devoted his time and energy at everything the sport encompasses; from club leaderships and event management, to coaching and competitive climbing. In between sharing this lifestyle sport with everyone, he hopes to visit the world’s greatest climbing spots, and to inspire others to discover for themselves, the life lessons that climbing has taught him.
Ivan Toh started climbing in 2001 and immediately fell in love with the ‘raw’ feel of the sport. Inspired by the mental challenges and the lessons it taught about commitment, trust and fear, he quickly got himself certified as a National Route-setter so he could share his brand of problem-solving and the resulting satisfaction with others. He believes the beauty of the sport is in its simplicity and his passion for climbing continues to drive him onward to bring the sport to the uninitiated.
Irwan is in charge of overseeing the operations of the gym and maintaining its facilities. He ensures the climbing environment is comfortable and enjoyable for all visitors. He puts his own personal climbing and route setting experiences to further use by creating new interesting and exciting routes regularly, incorporating different styles of climbing to cater to all climbers of all levels. This, combined with always keeping safety in mind, makes Climb Asia an appealing climbing adobe for every climber.
Inch had her first experience with bouldering during her time in Singapore Polytechnic in 2012. Together with Syahirah, she initially joined the SP Rock Climbers Club solely with the intention of trying out a new sport for leisure. Spurred on by her then climbing coach, she continued to compete actively for SP Rock Climbers in the next two years with the club. After graduation, her interest shifted to top-rope climbing and she credits the friendly climbing community for egging her to excel in this sports. One of the most inspiring piece of advice she received (from Team CA athlete Haroz Foo) was this: Even if your improvements are made only one foothold or handhold at a time, keep going – because what matters is that you’re making progress every time you climb. Inch now runs climbing programmes with Climb Asia and also coaches kids and youths at on a regular basis during her free time. She hopes to become an SMF-certified instructor so she can impart her knowledge and love for the sport to more members of the community.
Candy was introduced to the world of Sport Climbing only when she joined Climb Asia in 2014. As one of the newest climbers on the team, she understands (and remembers) the fears and uncertainties experienced by someone new to the sport - she used to be afraid of climbing even a short ladder! Thanks to the encouragement and guidance of her colleagues, she now appreciates and enjoys the sport, and hopes to help more people to take the first step to get over their fears and enjoy the view from the top in this addictive sport.
Syah was first introduced to bouldering in 2011 when she joined the Singapore Polytechnic Rock Climbing Club. She was amazed at how her seniors were able to demonstrate both insane strength and flexibility that she never thought could be achieved through climbing. This sparked interest in her passion for climbing to be able to do what she thought was the impossible. She believes that the sport has a lot to offer to both kids and adults alike, in moulding the minds and strength of each individual. With this she hopes to be able to share her passion in climbing with others and get more people to join the climbing community.
Syahmi has been a proud member of Climb Asia since 2014. Since then, he has had a hand in countless wall construction projects – from the permanent climbing walls in various schools, to the competition walls in major bouldering competitions. What started out as just a part his school module in polytechnic (RP’s Dip. In Outdoor & Adventure Learning), has blossomed into a well-loved career for one of Climb Asia’s youngest gun on the wall-building team.
Motivated by the “psyche” that other climbers get while overcoming problems on a beautifully constructed wall, Syahmi relishes in the artistry of his job on the Projects team as he sees it as a form of contributing to this sport.
M. A. HAFIZ (aka MOOS)
Affectionately known as Moos in the team, Hafiz was exposed to Sport Climbing in school and joined the CCA during his stint in ITE. And like Syahmi, he has clocked many wall-building projects under his belt. He first started out as a free-lance wall-builder on our Projects team, and decided to turn his long-term interest into a full-time passion in 2015.
With his bubbly and cheerful persona, Hafiz adores the Get-up-and-go nature of wall-building. Let’s just say he’s definitely not the behind-the-desk kind of guy. Despite the demands of the construction projects, which at times require the set-up to be done overnight or in the extreme heat of the day, Hafiz has never failed to deliver, with a smile on his face. You’ll also often see him driving Climb Asia’s trusty “Chariot” – he’s our man behind the van.
Michael Lim enrolled in the University of Climbing in 2003 and does not intend to quit school, ever. He is a fan of sport climbing and is passionate about his gear, and the local climbing community. He firmly believes in getting his hands dirty, and putting them to good use. Most importantly, (ladies, please take note) he is the Shop Guy. Yes, he is our Retail Manager and discounts and sales will sprout off him like lalang after the rain, if you treat him nicely. So catch him up at the shop armed with some coffee, stories and a good laugh. Hurry! While stocks last!
Being a veteran in the climbing scene, Salfarina has done it all; she has participated in many local and international competitions, from bouldering to lead and speed climbing. In recent years, she has shifted her focus to the outdoors and is actively looking out for regional opportunities for climbing and adventure. Working in Climb Asia has boosted her knowledge of the retail market, latest climbing equipment and kept her in close touch with the climbing community. Sal also puts her years of climbing experience to benefit other climbers, by setting routes in the gym and sharing her knowledge whenever she is available.