This long weekend was my forth time to the big city of Kuala Lumpur.
But instead of doing the normal tourist route, we went there to rock climb. In the north of the city, there is a big rock called the Batu Caves. It is actually a tourist attraction as there is a big cave with a hindu temple inside and lots of bats. The rock itself is made of steep limestone, perfect climbing location!
The first day we made it to Damai wall, which is very well maintained right near the playground and football field. While there were no mosquitos, there was also no shade until 2pm which meant we were climbing in scorching weather. I got way more tanned than I needed to be. Luckily there was a climbing store right nearby that sold ice cold water, still got dehydrated and a massive headache at the end of the day. The owner/worker of the climbing store was very helpful in giving us betas and asprin for free.
Eventually we made it back to our hotel and headed out for dinner at the famed Jalan Alor hawker street. Yummy food and first time eating barbequed stingray, so delicious and cheap! Too bad the alcohol is expensive, even compared to Hong Kong! $40HKD for a bottle of Tiger beer at the street stalls :O
The 2nd day, we went to Nyamak wall which means mosquito in Malaysian. Actually the whole area was named after something associated with mosquitos i.e. Degue wall, Fumakilla, etc. Natuarally this means there was a lot of mosquitos but we came prepared; armed with 2L of mosiquito spray and 2 boxes of mosquito coil. We literally formed a ring of mosquito coils around us and got minimal bug bites!
Not many photos here because as I remembered to bring my camera out, it started downpouring. Climbing in torrential rain is quite exciting because you feel like your time is running out before all the rocks get slippery and you either: (i)climb as quickly as you can to the top to retrive all your gear back (ii) lose your gear
Obviously I chose chose (i) and got soaked in the process.
The local climbers were very helpful afterwards by offering to drive us to the subway stop 🙂
At night, we went to eat at Jalan Sultan hawker street which was still in Chinatown. Here we ate some “Portugese” style cusine, which really wasn’t portugese at all, maybe the tin-foil was? Anyways, it was delicious.
Our last day, before our flight , we went to Camp 5 which is the biggest climbing gym in Asia. OMG it was amazing, so big, so clean, so roomy. I dream one day there will be a facility in HK like this.
Well, that was a great trip and a good hotel. Till next time.