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By Ken H
From: Bell's Canyon, UT
Feb 6, 2011
We stayed at Grand Place Hotel (we paid 200 RM ($65 US for a 4 person room which included breakfast) as recommended by the guidebook. Dynasty Hotel is next door and seemed like it would be worth the 30% more. Regardless, Dynasty is a better place to tell cabi's you are going and to get a cab at.
We had better luck with set pricing with cabi's. Especially to the airport, we agree to 100 RM ($33 US), and our cab was flying for the 45 minute ride. Just know there is no cab regulation in KL city so pick a cab which looks good and don't be afraid to say no and walk away. Oddly some of the cab companies did seem to be all Indian or all Chinese. The Indian cabs did not have meters and haggled the most and the Chinese cabs had meters and often preferred to use them even though they drove fast.
If you go see the temple, cabs in Batu Caves Temple area where a rip off walk out to the street and catch one. There is a gas station just east of the temple which is very good to catch a cab at. Walk over and pick the best looking cab that speaks english.
By Nate Ball
From: Taipei, TW
Feb 23, 2015
A little beta from a brief trip here...
We stayed at the Batu Caves Budget Hotel. It was 75MYR/night for a four-person room that had air conditioning and warm showers, or 65 for a two-person. There is a really good restaurant next door serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a 7-11 and water refill station within a two-minute walk. It's a 30-40 minute walk to any of the walls. Vertical Adventures, as well as other restaurants, grocery stores, and the Avatar Hotel (perhaps a better option for roughly the same price) are all in the same area on the other side of the highway, the same side as Nyamuk Wall.
Damai Wall may be interesting for tourists and guided groups, but is otherwise uninspiring. The multi-pitch climbs might be fun though. Nyamuk is by far the most popular with local climbers. The rock quality here is excellent, there are a variety of grades, routes are long, and there are several dozen to choose from. Nanyang is supposedly the only other wall with a maintained trail and bolts. However, we didn't make it there. Red Rocks and Comic Wall supposedly suffer from corroding hardware. White Wall's approach trail has disappeared into suburban development. Such a shame, as they are obviously high-quality walls.
The climbing scene here is lackadaisical at best. Because the sun is on the walls (except for Damai) until noon, and because it's so damn hot all the time, most people either don't bother or only climb for a few hours in the afternoon. Supposedly the indoor gym in the city is a big deal.
Anchors are often a single huge staple placed vertically with a rams-horn lower-off. So much for redundancy.
A 60m rope is essential for lowering off many routes.
Ladies, Malaysian men will blatantly check you out, regardless of what you're wearing, though covering up (at least on the way to the crag) may reduce the stare-time.
And be share to make a trip to Bukit Takun! Nyamuk is worth a visit, but if you want to see something new, that's outside of the city, with a short approach and big walls... BT is the place to be!
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Feb 23, 2015
Nate, thanks for the contribution - the hotel sounds like a great find.
One correction to add to your commentary though:
"Because the sun is on the walls (except for Damai) until noon"
Part of the year, yes. But being below the trips, as you know, means that the sun comes from the NORTH for what we'd call Summer.
Also - Nanyang Wall is at least as good as Nyamuk. Check it out next time!