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Aiming high: A climber studying the rock face for a better route to the top.
THE extensive upgrading works at the Damai Cave Extreme Park in Batu Caves has made it ideal for avid climbers eager to scale the sheer limestone cliffs.
Located behind Batu Caves, it now has 100 secure, well-maintained and bolted routes, graded from 5c to 7a+.
The cave has undergone a major transformation. Some 15 years ago it was covered in bushes.
Damai Cave Extreme Park founder Mustapha Al-Bakri Omar said he decided to develop the place for the benefit of locals and tourists who share his passion for rock climbing.
In 1997, along with other enthusiasts, Mustapha used his own money to clean up the area and embedded the rocks with bolts to create routes for climbers.
“The place was full of shrub, which is not suitable for climbers. Yet we managed to transform it,” he said.
“There were no public amenities then but now there is a children’s playground, toilets, outdoor gym, shelters as well as a boulder wall for amateurs,” he said.
Mustapha, who is also the founder of Wira Adventure Consultant, said Damai Cave has gained popularity among tourists.
He is also a qualified national head instructor for Level III Outdoor Recreation, certified by the Youth and Sports Ministry, since 1999.
“Rock climbing is the core activity at Damai Cave and it is usually packed during weekends.
“Visitors can come with their own gear and climb, but we also provide packages for beginners.
“Every trip needs two climbers so that when one climbs, the other can act as the belayer.
“We also rent out gear such as climbing shoes, harnesses, ropes and other items for RM10 to RM60,” said Mustapha.
For first-time climbers, qualified trainers will teach the basics, including how to use the safety gear and tie a knot.
Non-climbers can also check out other activities such as the cave exploration, abseiling and base jumping.
To-date, five caves are open for exploration.
“There are a lot of people who wish to know about caves such as how stalactites and stalagmites are formed, as well as cave preservation.
A yellow staircase has been built to the cave opening for abseiling enthusiasts.
Moving forward, Mustapha said they plan to expand Damai Cave into a place for extreme sports.
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