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Taiwan Fun Magazine, June 2003   

Rockclimbing

By Yahan Wu

       It's tough, adrenaline infused, and mentally challenging. It¡¦s a long way up, one step at a time, a climb towards a goal clear in your mind. It¡¦s rock climbing.

       This sport puts your determination to the test. As advanced rock climber and insurance salesperson Lee Yo-ling, 28, puts it: ¡§It assesses your knowledge of different techniques, and when you get to the top, you think ¡¥hey, cool, how did I do that?¡¦¡¨

       He says most participants climb for the exercise and excitement, but explains that for many, only in the early stages is excitement an important factor. After that, the mental challenge of seeking out the best route takes over.

       Lee, who¡¦s been involved in the sport for seven years, says climbing is becoming more and more popular, largely thanks to the creation of more facilities.

      The Taipei area offers a number of choices. National Taiwan University and National Chengchi University provide climbing walls free of charge. In the metropolitan area, Taipei Youth Activity Center (17, RenAi Rd., Sec. 1) is said to be one of the best places for beginners to start; six-hour classes once a week cost NT$2000. There¡¦s also Taipei Rock Climbing Gym (30, Lanchow Rd.) Or you can head to Hsin Tien¡¦s Liu Gong Park (near BingLang Road and ZhongHsing Road under the freeway overpass) for a free climb up a padded rubber wall eight meters high, provided you bring your own rope.

       For advanced climbers, several locations around Taipei offer natural boulders and rocks. Among them are Yangmingshan¡¦s Ta Paow Yen, Hsin Peitou¡¦s Le Hai Yen Chang (there are hot pools as well) and East Bei¡¦s Jiaow Long Tong.

So go on, have the most rewarding climb of your life!

 

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