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Before the week is out...: Climb this

"IF THE mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will go to the mountain," the old proverb goes. Well, there's no need to bother now: if it's a bit of mountaineering you fancy, you'll soon need to go no further than the local gym. The Rock is described as a "virtual mountain" and works like a vertical treadmill which can be adjusted in terms of speed and gradient to make a more challenging climb (no panoramic view at the summit though!). Already installed in the Hogarth gym in London, there's also one at Kids Kingdom in Southend, and other Rocks will be touring on promotional roadshows this summer. Great news. Unless you're an abseiler of course. IK

X-Treme: Three places to try rock climbing

The Castle Climbing Centre

Obituary: Peter Livesey

PETER LIVESEY drove British rock climbing to new standards during the Seventies.

Travel: It's a scramble all the way to the top

It's not rock climbing and you don't need a motorbike, but you must know your ropes before you set out.

X-Treme: Mounting tension

The Castle Climbing Centre is pretty hard to miss. Walking through Manor House in north London, its towering spires stick out like a sore thumb amidst dozens of high-rise flats as it stands like a backdrop to a Hammer horror film.

Letter: Women climb for themselves

Charles Arthur says that"women are also discovering that the traditional image of a top climber - Sylvester Stallone ... is false" ("It's a long hard ascent for women climbers", 26 October).

The difference between hill-walking and mountaineering: ice

Ice and snow may be the curse of drivers, but for mountain climbers they call for a rush to the nearest summit to enjoy thrills and challenges in confrontation with the frozen elements. For anyone contemplating a vertical challenge, the prime peaks and ridges are those of Scotland, principally the Grampian and Cairngorm mountains, and to a lesser extent the Torridon region in the north-west.

Climbers drawn to danger by the allure of virgin rock

AT CILAN HEAD, erosion has made the rock so fragile it can crumble in the hand, yet a band of dedicated climbers has been drawn to these 350ft high sea cliffs on the Lleyn peninsula in north Wales by their continuing obsession: new routes.

LETTER: First to the peak

From Mr Tony Bremner

LETTER: 'After you,' on top of the mountain

From Dr A. Chatterjee

LETTER: One day too many as a tiger

From Mr Keith Bradbrook

TELEVISION / Fishy frivolity and high-minded pursuits

WHEN HOBBIES become religions there are two avenues down which television proselytisers can walk - the evangelical route, all bright banners and tambourines, hoping to seduce the unbelievers with a parade of jollity, or a far more puritanical manner, a display of zealous piety which challenges the heathen to meet its high demands. Screaming Reels (C 4) and The Edge (BBC 2) offered pretty good examples of the two extremes.
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