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 ;)

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