Climb with Warehouse
If you fancy doing something adventurous this summer, read on. The Warehouse Teenage Club is organising a series of climbing courses for anyone who craves an adrenaline rush.
The organisation will offer both sport climbing and rock climbing certificate courses.
The Level I Sport Climbing Certificate Course will focus on basic climbing skills and commands, methods of belaying and other safety concepts. Meanwhile, the Level II course is much more demanding, focusing on leading skills, advanced climbing techniques and belaying methods.
'Sport climbing is a relatively new sport more and more people are trying. It's suitable for people aged eight to 65,' said Wong Kai-cheung, a sport climbing coach at the Warehouse.
'After all, it's less dangerous than rock climbing and there are now more sport climbing venues than ever before.'
Wong started rock climbing about 20 years ago. He used to climb up Fei Ngo Shan, Lion Rock and Beacon Hill. He has been a sport climbing coach for about 10 years.
'I love rock climbing. I get to be very close to Mother Nature. I feel as if I become part of Nature myself,' said Wong.
Wong said one of the most common problems for students is vertigo.
'Most of them are OK on the way up. It's only when they look back down that they start to panic. When this happens, I tell them to look down every so often as they climb up. The visual communication with the ground helps them get over their fear,' said the professional coach.
Despite what many people think, you don't have to be physically strong in order to be a good climber.
'Climbing is not just about strength. Most of the time, girls are better than boys because they're better at balancing and have better coordination.
'I would advise beginners to start off with sport climbing. There's less to worry about because they're in a safe place. That gives them more confidence to practise their moves,' said Wong.
If you feel ready for a bigger challenge, why not sign up for the Level I Rock Climbing Certificate Course which will be held at Fei Ngo Shan. It will focus on top roping skills, belaying methods, climbing commands and abseiling skills.
The Level I Sport Climbing Certificate Course theory session will take place on July 16 from 7pm-10pm; the practical session will be held from 10am-6pm on July 18 at East Kai Tak Indoor Games Hall.
Theory lessons for the Level II Sport Climbing Certificate Course will be held on September 21 and 24, 7pm-10pm, with the practical sessions from 10am-6pm on September 23, 26 and 30. The venue is to be confirmed.
The Level I Rock Climbing Certificate Course theory sessions will take place on August 21 at 7-10pm with the practical session on August 26 at 9am-6pm.
The courses cost HK$300, HK$900 (HK$650 for Hong Kong Award for Young People members) and HK$250 respectively.
For more information on these courses, call 2873 2244 or visit http://warehouse.org.hk/.