When: January ‘17
Where: Arun Samant artificial rock climbing wall
Address: Road No.4, Nandadeep School Playground, Jay Prakash Nagar, Goregaon East, Mumbai
Swapnil M Jadhav :- 9702581849
Rahul H Pendse :- 9819260256
Pramod S Chavan :- 9022916922
Nearest railway station: Goregaon
Timing: Morning: Monday to Saturday- 7 am to 9 am
Sunday- 9 am to 11 am
Evening: All week- 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Charges: 50 Rs yearly registration fee & thereafter Rs 70/session. There is also provision for monthly subscriptions.
Account of the trip:
When the plan to start the year with a trek didn’t work out due to some reason, we did the next best thing: Rock climbing! 😀
Our first visit to the Arun Samant Artificial Rock Climbing wall back in April ’16 had been a lot of fun and a second visit was long due!
The Gang: Abhishek, Kuldeep, Omkar Z, Tejas & Me
Note: All the pictures used in this post have been clicked by me and my friends, unless stated otherwise.
- Why Rock climbing?
Rock climbing is not only an important skill for every trekker but a great way to burn those calories as well! It also satisfies your craving for adventure without being terribly expensive. After all, who doesn’t like a bit of the good ol’ adrenaline rush? 😉
Of the various rock climbing disciplines popular in India, the Himalayan big wall climbing is probably unrivalled in terms of the combination of skills required to scale them. A famous example of which is the Shark’s Fin route of Meru peak, the first ascent of which was the subject of an award-winning documentary called Meru. Closer home, the formidable Sahyadri range poses challenges in the forms of the destroyed fort of Lingana or the pinnacles of Kalakrai & Hadbi chi Shendi, to name a few.
Even the simpler Sahyadri treks like Harihar, Nakhind, Vikatgad and One tree hill provide plenty of opportunities to learn the ropes of the game on their rock patches. But wouldn’t it be great if there’s a place where one could learn the nuances of this complicated sport in a controlled environment with adequate safety measures? This is where the Arun Samant Artificial Rock climbing wall comes in!
Late Arun Padmakar Samant (1948-1999): An alumnus of IIT Bombay and a renowned Himalayan mountaineer, who led many expeditions to the Himalayas and Sahyadris over a span of 30 years. He unfortunately passed away on 31 May 1999 in an expedition to Gya. The wall was erected by his family on the 4th death anniversary in 2003 with the aim of providing an impetus to the sport of rock climbing.
Here is a blog-post dedicated to him by a fellow trekker.
The Outdoor Wall: The 43 feet high wall located in the premises of Nandadeep Vidyalaya (Goregaon East) has something for climbers of every age and ability.
The West face has two beginner routes (with a ledge in the middle of the wall) and a mini roof section to prepare you for the tougher routes whereas the South face has multiple routes along with a overhang and roof section for experienced climbers.
A crack on the side of the wall opens up into a chimney about 15 feet from the ground to mix things up.
Also, the instructors are incredibly patient and helpful to beginners!
The Indoor Wall: There’s a small indoor wall in a room at the back of the outdoor wall along with a fingerboard on the room’s door which can be used to increase grip strength! What more can you ask for? 😀
Tip: Canvas shoes would be fine if you don’t own a pair of rock climbing shoes just yet. Once you are hooked, it’s well nigh impossible to resist the urge to buy a pair 😉
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Climb On! 😉