Hong Kong’s bouldering gyms are shut because of the coronavirus and indoor climbers are wondering where they will get their fix. But in troubled times comes opportunity and this might be the perfect chance to transition from indoor bouldering to outdoors. Bouldering is climbing at a low height, typically with only a few moves. Without rope work to think about, or fatigue, you can push your technical ability to the max. And there are some great spots in Hong Kong to get started. All you need is your climbing shoes, though it is recommended that you have a climbing mat for safety, too. Shek O There are a few popular spots just a short walk from the village, each with wonderful sea views. The proximity to the sea will keep you cool too in the hot summer sun. Walk to the end of Shek O Headland Road. When the buildings end and the path turns left towards the headland, you will see several boulders on your right. These are called the Village Boulders. Wonder around and check out the Training Wall, the Cube Circuit, the Backside and more. Typically, there are other boulderers hanging around with their mats at the base of each problem, willing to share the space and the padding, along with beta. A short walk to the end of the headland will take you to the Headland Boulders for more climbing over the sea. There are many routes in this area covering a wide range of skills. Tai Mo Shan Boulder Fields In the shadow of Hong Kong’s highest peak sits a bouldering playground. You can hike up from Route Twisk or take a taxi to the summit and walk over. The hike is a long one, so make sure you have good shoes and plenty of water. At the first car park on the road up to Tai Mo Shan, take a small walking path down to Easy Access Boulders. There are also the Gateside Boulders and the Switchback Boulders nearby, though Hong Kong Climbing website, an excellent local resource, says the Gateside Boulders have become overgrown. Tai Koo This bouldering area is not on many radars, even other climbers, but is a short walk from Tai Koo MTR. Head to section two of the Wilson Trail and continue along until you see the country park sign. Take the steep stairs and then a trail that heads to a water catchment. Follow the catchment, past a foot bridge, and the boulders start near where the catchment ends. You will find a wide range of problems on about 10 different boulders with names like Dinosaur Egg and Mushroom Boulder. Lamma Not far from Sok Kwu Wan you will find a host of boulders. A 20-minute walk, starting from the main road, is all it takes. Once you reach the small square in the village, head to the opposite left corner and follow the signs to Tung O. When you reach a small pavilion there’s a fork and both routes lead to boulders – either the Pagoda Boulders or the Ling Kok Shan Boulders. Make sure you check out one of Lamma’s famous seafood restaurants on the way back to round off your day.