Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It starts with wall climbing@IMF

Two weeks back my rock climbing journey started with wall climbing at IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation), Delhi. The IMF is beautifully located near South Campus and entering it the only word comes out: Wow!! 

It has a little hilly like passage which takes you to the office. Standing there was a great experience: no traffic, no crowd but an amazing hilly like look It's a kind of isolated from the outside Delhi and I feel it can be a great place make a stay.

Once you enter the IMF the JRD Tata wall is straight down the path; it has four walls and the one for me was beginner's wall which is actually difficult on the top as it has a 30' curve which is a bit difficult to climb. The climb is charged at INR 100 per 4 hours wherein you will be provided with basic gears like harness and all.  My experience at IMF has been superb, I enjoyed the climb and I actually taken, i.e. completed, it many times. Though in my later visits I was unable to take it except for one or two times and the reason I see is that I'm not scared to fall anymore :D, as I know the belayer is going to save the fall.

I now see climbing as a tough game, as it takes lot of strength in the forearms and the commitment to take the complete climb. Till now I'm a regular visitor and my next goal over there is moving from beginner wall to the regular wall which I'm gonna make it soon ;)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My First Rock Climbing experience

Rock climbing is a sport I'd been carving for long, so yesterday I took the lead and contacted a rock climbing group called Delhi Rock which is a non profit group doing rock climbing around Delhi.

 Initially I didn't knew anything about it: the gears and the risks included, the places and other stuff but after my initial conversation with Anuraag, who is one of the founders of Delhi Rock, I came to know that it's actually a expensive sport where you are expected to own a few personal gears that can costs you somewhere around 7000-8000. Apart from cost it's also a bit dangerous sport wherein a little negligence or mistake can cost you a big blow :D

 Once I knew this I contacted people for their advice on how to go around and they told me that going around Indian Mountaineering Foundation for 1-2 months then going for Mountaineering course at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi which has a long waiting list like if I apply now then I might get a chance in April next year or so. One thing I loved talking different people is that people in this sport are very very helpful as they went ahead mentoring me, that's really remarkable; thanks to Anuraag and Sachin who didn't knew me and inspite that they helped me.

 So after my conversation with Anuraag I came to know of rock climbing seminar organized in Old Rocks park, Lado Sarai near Saket metro station. I went there and on the way I asked a passerby of it's location and he gave me a advice/warning to be careful as I might find robbers there since it's a jungle and a bit isolated. That time I realized that I should have brought someone along but to no use I gathered some courage and walked along :D I was already late so after a few metres walk I meet the whole lot of newbies gathered there for the first session. For me the session was good enough to get a little know-how of it though I didn't understood everything as it had some technical terms which were alien to me :D Apart from theory Anuraag and Apoorva also gave us the Demo and a lesson on different knots.

 To keep it short Rock Climbing is a dangerous sport which needs courage along with the passion. So here is my plan: spending a few months in IMF learning basics and all, and then looking forward for a basic course at NIM. Once NIM is done I can climb around Delhi with DR and I'll also look forward for the advanced course at NIM ;)