Climbing without the heat of the sun



By Marjorie Gorospe

TAGUIG CITY, METRO MANILA — Too much National Geographic or Discovery Channel may fill you with envy as you see rock climbers conquering nature’s towers and getting fit down to the sinews. But if that sounds too extreme, tough and hot, then Camp Sandugo’s wall climbing experience may be for you.

Mimicking the towering walls of rocks where even more extreme climbers get their thrill, the indoor wall climbing here stands 44 feet — enough to make you sweat and get fit as well. It is located at the fifth level of Market Market Mall at the Global City in Taguig.

If you worry so much about being an amateur climber, there are professional coaches to assist you. The wall also has certain stages of varying difficulty depending on your experience and capability. There is what they call the 90-degree wall, for beginners. The wall is just flat and doesn’t have much obstacles — all you need is to power lift and push yourself up.

There is also a wall for the intermediate stage. It looks so easy at first but as you go along, you will realize that the wall is somehow curved at about 10 degrees, requiring your body to lean back and grip tighter. This was just enough for me, actually. I finished this stage in a minute or less. And then the trainer told me to climb the difficult stage. But back then, I wasn’t wearing the right clothes and shoes because I just accidentally saw the Sandugo wall while hanging out with my friends.

Wall climbing looks deceiving as if you won’t get tired after two climbs, but this was a wrong assumption. It is best to have stretching exercises first before the drill, especially when you try the more advanced stage.

Amateur climber and blogger necromuncher shared on his blog his experience in wall climbing for the first time. For a more detailed experience, blogger TRIP shared how he started from the beginner level to the intermediate stage and shared good photos as well.

Climbing is one of the best activities to burn calories even if it’s indoor. The best thing about it is you don’t have to endure the scorching heat of the sun compared to outdoor climbing (for those who have sensitive skin). It can help your upper extremities get stronger. It also helps you get good muscle contour and control your weight as well. Too bad I wasn’t that near to the place so I can’t go there as often as I want to.

Camp Sandugo opens at 12 noon and each climb costs P50. But if you want to have an unlimited climb, just pay P140 and an extra fee of P200 the belayer if needed, plus the rental of climbing shoes.

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