CapeTownMagazine.com

Indoor Rock Climbing in Cape Town with HangTime Gym

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.
 
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

Indoor Rock Climbing in Cape Town with HangTime Gym

The indoor rock climbing facility that is perfect for beginner and advanced enthusiasts

I’ve just walked into HangTime Gym, Cape Town’s latest addition to the indoor rock climbing scene. Natural light pours into the large windows, illuminating the gym in a serene glow.  I’m early for my interview with Gareth Cotten, founder and owner of HangTime (among a plethora of other companies), and his two assistants (Ali and Matthew) decide that a practical introduction is in order.

“Give me an easy one. I’ve never done this before.” I say, trying to hide my anxiety with a nervous chuckle. They immediately diffuse my anxiety with a warm smile and a few words of encouragement. “There’s nothing to worry about. We’re with you every step of the way,”.

I express some concern about safety and they quickly respond. Everything at HangTime has been stress tested by qualified engineers and the facility has been laid out with the help of highly experienced rock-climbers. If any medical situation does arise, they have a full medical kit on site and Vincent Pallotti, one of the best hospitals in the country, is a mere two-minute drive away.

After putting on my harness and climbing shoes (a mere R40 for those without their own climbing equipment) I ask Ali to show me around, trying to prolong the inevitable climb as long as possible. She tells me how they have created this place to accommodate climbers of all skill levels, from total beginners to veterans.

Firstly, there are the main climbing area. Two high walls face each other, connected by safety mats at the bottom and a vertical climbing section at the top. They are adorned in strange shapes (grips) of various colours. Each colour represents a route with a specific difficulty level. Some of the routes boast easy-to-grasp grips that will require a bit of hand strength to climb.

Ali then walks me up a staircase to the bouldering section. Two muscled men are suspended in precarious positions, making their level of experience quite apparent. Bouldering is a discipline within itself. Instead of going for height it focuses on training yourself to climb various non-vertical surfaces. “Bouldering is a big focus for us and it’s something that differentiates us from our competitors. We have World Cup level bouldering walls and are adding more as we speak.”

Finally, I’m shown the outdoor wall. “This is where the big boys come to play” Ali says with a mischievous smile. The outdoor wall is a 13m monster, currently the highest of its kind in Cape Town. This is where experienced climbers train themselves to handle different weather element, which perfectly slots in with the Mother City’s unpredictable weather pattern. But now the time has come for me to climb.

We are back at the initial climbing area and by now everything looks a little less alien. As I start to ascend the wall, I instantly feel my worries drifting away. My only thought is what my next move should be. I enter a state of mental serenity, a meditation of sorts.

Gareth later confirms this: “It’s as much a mental sport as it is a physical one. From the get-go you have to focus your mind to achieve your goal. And nothing gives you a full body workout like rock-climbing.”

As I reach the top, I am suddenly filled with a sense of accomplishment and a wide grin spreads across my face. I abseil down (probably my favourite part of the experience) and as soon as my feet hit the ground I start to climb again… and again… and again. Within my first few climbs I have become totally addicted.

HangTime Gym has been an amazing experience. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and the environment feels calm and safe. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an alternative form of exercise or just wants to have some fun. I will definitely be back soon.

They also have plans to make it a nationwide chain with their next gym opening in Durbanville as soon as the end of May. Watch this space, big things are coming.

Tip: HangTime Gym is one of very few places that offer “Inversion Therapy”. It’s an ancient Greek practice of being suspended in a slightly or fully inverted position, allowing therapeutic traction to take place. In short, it takes the pressure of your body, improving your blood flow and accelerating your healing. In our predominantly sedentary lifestyle, the pressure of gravity weighs heavily on our spines and this therapy is incredibly effective why of countering it. Inversion Therapy will only set you back R150 for 30 min and it is well worth the experience.

The Bill: HangTime Gym is considerably cheaper than its competitors and all monthly memberships include unlimited climbing for 7 days of the week. If you don’t have your own climbing equipment (harness and shoes) then HangTime can sort you out for a mere R40.

  • Standard Membership: R250 per month
  • Student/ Scholar Membership: R225 per month
  • Couples Membership: R400 per month
  • Day-Pass: R80 standard. R70 for Students
  • Inversion Therapy: R150 per 30min session

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 2pm – 10pm (Fridays until 8pm); Weekends and public holidays: 10am – 8pm

Cape Town Events Calendar
April 2018
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30

Afrika Ablaze Unchained DanceCelebrate Freedom Day With Everything ...

Your guide to what to do and where to go this Freedom Day in Cape Town

Picnic in the Sky Cape WheelTreat Your Love To a Picnic in The Sky

Gift experiences company Celestial Gifts has the perfect date night idea for you – a picnic for two in a pod at the V&A Waterfront’s Cape Wheel

Just Like Papa 2Just Like Papa: The Ultimate Place to ...

Finally, there’s a place in Cape Town where you can get exceptional home, camping, tactical and survival gifts for men and women – and it’s open till 7pm. Head for Just Like Papa on Harrington Street

SuidoosterfeesSuidoosterfees 2018: A celebration of ...

The much-loved festival is back in Cape Town and you’re invited to celebrate Kaapse culture and heritage through a series of colourful concerts, comedy shows and more

suidoosterfees 1Suidoosterfees 2018: A celebration of ...

The much-loved festival is back in Cape Town and you’re invited to celebrate Kaapse culture and heritage through a series of colourful concerts, comedy shows and more

ElectroFitnessKick Start your fitness: An ...

Get a taste of how to burn up to 3000 calories in 20 minutes with this READER SPECIAL from R250 for R99

Road to Mecca Fugard 3A Story of Freedom: The Road to Mecca ...

A riveting tale of artistry, truth, identity and moral consciousness

AfrikaBurn3Afrikaburn Festival near Tankwa Karoo ...

The dusty Karoo desert comes alive to host one of the most radical festivals on the festival lover’s calendar

Roast and Co 22-for-1 Drink Specials at Roast & Co

Every day “on your way” at Roast & Co. – enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials and discover the coolest mugs

Cape Culinary Tours Valentine's Day InclusionTake a Bite into History with Cape Town ...

Learn about Cape Town’s past while savouring local cuisine with these informative walking tours

SGt pepper burgerRockin’ Thursday Burger Special at ...

Live beats, a delicious burger and a Budweiser at Cape Town’s favourite rock ‘n roll hangout, all for the nice price of R99

Sgt pepper live musicRam Jam Rock Parties at Sgt Pepper

The head-banging, guitar twanging rockin’ good times are back

Galileo - BlaauwklippenA Weekend Spent with The Galileo Open ...

Start your weekend with a little inner-city or wineland movie screening

Galileo - 2017 - 3The Galileo Open Air Cinema at the V&A ...

Get your weekly dose of classics, dramas, action movies and more at these outdoor summertime screenings

hint-hunt-murder-mystery-1Corporate Team Building with HintHunt

Get the staff bonding with this exhilarating live group escape game in Cape Town

High Five Kitesurfing 12Discounted Lessons at High Five ...

Book a few sessions with High Five’s gurus and you’ll be a pro in no time

Kaapse Stories at The Rockwell TheatreDinner and a Show with Rockwell Theatre

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens in Cape Town gets told to your mom, dad, tannie, ouma, second cousin and neighbour down the street

aFREAKaaFREAKa Clothing Kids Onesies

Treat your little ones to a fun and trendy top quality animal or INYE onesie

aFREAKaaFREAKa Clothing Adult Onesies

Unleash your inner freak in one of these playful and trendy locally designed one-piece suits

Winelands Tea at La MotteWinelands Tea at Pierneef à La Motte

Enjoy an old-Cape high tea at La Motte wine estate

Cool Water Slides at Waterworld Strand Fun ParkWaterworld Strand Water Park’s Free ...

False Bay’s finest family fun zone is offering a complimentary game of mini golf with birthday party bookings

Forex Foreign Exchange Beer Pong ObservatoryBeer Pong Night at The Forex Bar

Give this fun-filled drinking game a go every Thursday night in Observatory

ByblosA sweet deal on Turkish appetizers ...

Get a three-for-two deal on any authentic Turkish appetizers every Thursday!

AquilaOvernight Safari at Aquila Game Reserve

Enjoy the outdoors with this Aquila Game Reserve special offer

Hout Bay Dental Studio 2016 5Professional Teeth Cleaning Special at ...

Spruce up your pearly whites with this 20% discount for CapeTownMagazine.com readers

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.