Asia's Rising Star
Rock climbing enthusiasts will enjoy conquering Malaysia's rock faces and cliffs, of which there are many to choose from around the varied landscape. Limestone outcrops dot many areas of Peninsular Malaysia with limestone crags and sandstone mountains in Sarawak and some big alpine granite walls in Sabah. Other mountainous areas have various rock faces waiting to be discovered. Rock climbing as a publicly accessible sport is relatively new in Malaysia, although there has been a small local community of aficionados. Thus many potential climbing venues are still to be explored. The same goes for rock climbing's sister sport activity abseiling or rappelling.
Malaysia has it all: from smaller limestone hills and crags to mountains with sandstone or granite walls, and with all levels of difficulty. While an increasing number of sites are being discovered and enjoyed, potentially hundreds more are waiting to be found. Much of Malaysia is still covered in dense jungle, hiding many good rock climbing sites. The most popular climbing sites are still near or around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor state, namely the famous Batu Caves and Bukit Takun to the city's north. Huge potential lies further north and east, in the states of Perak (around the scenic limestones of Ipoh and beyond), Perlis, Kelantan and Pahang where hundreds of limestone crags await exploration. With a few well known exceptions such as Gunung Kinabalu in Sabah and Gunung Mulu in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo offers enormous untapped opportunities for rock climbing. The tropical weather is hot and humid all year long, making climbing possible any time of year. While the normal monsoon season especially on the Peninsula's East Coast is from December to February, rains elsewhere are less predictable and in any case usually fall later in the day. Rock faces, especially limestone, dry fairly quickly even after torrential storms. Do beware of the high heat and humidity, especially for climbers used to moderate climates.