The Rock


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title The Rock
Manufacturer Ascent Products
Page By John
Page Type Jun 14, 2002 / Jun 14, 2002
Object ID 383
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Ascent Products, Inc. makes 4 different versions of their The Rock climbing treadmill:

  • The ROCK ($14,500)
  • The FitROCK ($9,995)
  • Single Person FunROCK ($15,000)
  • Two-Person FunROCK ($22,500)
Here are some of the features of the Two-Person FunROCK:
  • Wide open climbing and for two-player competition.
  • Kiosk video game that tracks the players score in real-time.
  • Full range of incline motion from an easy scramble up the face at +15 degrees to a complete cliff overhang at -90 degrees.
  • Speed ranges from 2ft/min. to 50 ft/min.
  • Space required: 12 x 12 x 12 for comfortable operation of the machine.


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gato - Oct 17, 2003 5:54 pm - Voted 4/5

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I spent many hours on this system, helping a friend of mine complete a graduate program. As a training tool, this machine is very effective. You can go as steep as you want, and the treadmill design keeps a variety of holds coming at you. There are also a variety of preprogrammed "profiles" in the system that vary the speed and angle of ascent so that you don't have to manually do it while you are climbing. And the varying speeds and angles help relieve the boredom of the same speed/angle.

I did find that after a while I felt a lot like a hamster in a cage, endlessly working for nothing. And for the price, you might as well take an extended vacation to a world-class climbing destination and spend a few months.

The machine did have a tendency to squeak and groan as the angle got very steep, which can be a little disconcerting. But all in all, it seemed very solid and well-built.

For institutional use, you get a lot of bang for your buck in a small location.

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