Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bananagrams, 5.10, 200 meters , First ascent, Kishtwar Himalayas, September 2016


In September of 2016 we joined Crystal Davis Robbins & Whitney Clark for an expedition in the Kishtwar region of Kashmir in the Indian Himalayas. Our aim was to explore unclimbed rock features and climb them. Crystal & Whitney had their own objective and we were looking forward to attempting something suitable for us. During the expedition we spent around 20 days at the base camp including our forays to high camp and above.While staying at base camp we got attracted towards the rock buttresses that were just above the steep slopes near the base camp. So while returning to base camp from the high camp on 28th of September we decided to take a close look at those buttresses and check for possible lines to climb.The northeast face of the lower buttress looked promising, a steep face offering a series of flakes and cracks followed by some steep slabs,leading to the top of the buttress. We decided to go for this line in the coming days and hiked down to the base camp.
 Northeast face of the buttress, red line route of ascent , violet  line descent route 
The rock buttresses near base camp

  On 30th September after breakfast we left the base camp around 9.00 hrs in the morning.We carried a single 70 mt 9.7 mm rope, a set of nuts, cams ranging from 0.5 to 5, some with double and triple sizes, a cordallete and lots of slings.After  couple of hours of steep hiking we reached the base of the buttress around 11.00 hrs.The weather was absolutely gorgeous without a single cloud in the sky, a stellar day for climbing.
I started up the first pitch, a steep system of flakes offered a route through the vertical rock face. I was cautious as the flakes were solid which provided a lot of confidence; the climbing was steep and strenuous though.I found good protection placements throughout the pitch. It was a long pitch of around 30 mt and I almost used the full size of the rack before reaching the belay. Jibbi followed cleaning the pitch. The next pitch was a nice contrast, easy slab climbing around 5.7 but mostly runout, after about 40 mt  of climbing I set up the next belay. Jibbi took lead for the next pitch,an easy slab (5.7) around 30 mt long with spaced gear, that brought us to the crux pitch of the route, a steep corner system that jibbi led. It was a technical and long pitch,the cracks at sections were filled with grass which took a lot of effort to clean.After a long and demanding lead he set up the belay. I followed cleaning the pitch and joined him at the belay around 13.00 hrs. It was a long 40 mt pitch that tired me out after following with a pack.After the fourth pitch we rested for awhile and had our lunch of almonds and chocolates.
The first pitch 5.10 
   
Jibbi leading the fourth pitch 5.10
the fourth pitch
Belay at the top of the fourth pitch
After lunch we felt fresh and continued on the route. Jibbi led the final pitch, a slab about 60 mt long. Though the pitch was not hard technically it offered tricky protection and some runout sections. Jibbi did an excellent job of leading the pitch which I followed and cleaned. Around 14.30 hrs we reached the top of the buttress and after spending around 20 mints there we started our descent by the east flank.The descent was little tricky at sections which involved some short pitched down climbing on exposed terrain,after that couple of short rappels leads us to the base of the buttress
the final pitch 5.8
  We started our hike back around 15.30 hrs and after an hour and a half we came back to base camp around 17.00 hrs.Our cook Tensing greeted us with hot tea and biscuits. It was a very long and tiring but equally rewarding day.We were full of satisfaction and happiness after our wonderful adventurous experience. Our route Bananagrams can be graded as 5.10 or 6a+, R2/3, II

      

Friday, April 8, 2016

MIYAR VALLEY 2015


When I first got interested in climbing mountains, one of the pictures that impressed/overwhelmed me was that of the NeverseenTower at Miyar valley that I came across in Himalayan journal vol. 58, taken by Italian alpinist Massimo Marchigianni. Around the year 2000, the valley become popular among climbers all over the world as an excellent destination for alpine rock climbing and big wall climbing at a relatively lower elevation. Chris Bonington famously said it is India’s answer to the Yosemite, so when the opportunity arrived for us to join Crystal and Whitney to go on a climbing adventure in this famous valley, we were not going to let it pass.
After returning from Chatru (3300mt) where Crystal and Whitney made a first ascent of a route on a rocky pinnacle, above Chatru Nala, called CB6A (5450mt), which they named nibbijibbi ridge (5.10, 600mt) they were keen on finding new lines at Miyar also. On the other hand, at Chatru we were focusing on bouldering and even sent a project of mine Smiling Goddess (font 7C). Once done, I was eager for some alpine climbing experience.
The village of Sukhto after the snow fall

After spending three rest days at Vashisht, we started in the early hours of morning on 22nd September; a long drive through demanding road conditions led us to the village of Sukhto (3400mt). By the time we reached evening had dawned and it had started to rain. We put up at Tashi guest house, a home stay run by a local man called Norbu, who arranged for mules and was our guide for the trek to the Base camp of Miyar valley. During night the weather got worse; on waking up in the morning the whole village was cover under a meter of snow. We had to wait out for the day at the guest house since Crystal had developed a stomach infection; she recovered through the day and we packed and organized our stuff for the next day.
On 23rd we left around 8.30 am, the weather being excellent; the terrain was gentle and rolling with only 500mt of altitude gain, but was covered in snow which made some sections tricky. Nearing the base camp, we had to cross the Miyar nala. We hiked throughout the day, covering a distance of around 35 km in 8 hours and reached the base camp around 4.30 pm, at an altitude of 4000mt and set up our two tents. We said goodbye to each other and retired to bed for the night, everyone being amply tired after the day’s action.
Our Base camp at Miyar 

The next day our goal was to hike around the base camp to get some acclimatization; we went towards Tamadong – a very prominent and rocky peak near the base camp, forming the end of the southern rim of the Takdung valley, overlooking the Miyar. Falling north from the main summit was a prominent spur, a feature that prompted the 2002 Slovak expedition to refer to this peak as the 'Walker Spur’. To the west was a subsidiary summit or shoulder, with a series of steep pillars on the north face overlooking the lower Takdung. These had been dubbed 'The Brouillard Pillars' by the Slovaks. 
Tamadong covered under a blanket of snow 
 The weather remained unpredictable with occasional snowfall for the next two days, forcing us to stay at base camp. We spent our time by bouldering in between tent seating. On 28th the weather cleared and we geared up, with full excitement to try our objective. Whitney and Crystal entered the Takdung Glacier to explore and find a line of their own, as we went ahead to attempt Tamadong. The conditions on the pillar turned out to be really complex because of the accumulation of the snow; the slabs were wet and the adversities proved too much for us. Under such conditions, we were forced to retreat. Back at the base camp, we figured out our next goal, and on 29th hiked towards the base of Toro Peak (4950mt): the leftward slabs of the south face looked promising. We hiked down late afternoon to base camp and packed our gear for our attempt next day.
On our way toward Tamadong

Toro Peak (@4950mt)                 

                 
  On 30th of September we started early in the morning around 7.00 am, our goal being trying to get back before nightfall. We did not carry any stove or fuel, no sleeping bags or bivi sheets either, only water bottles and snickers. After hiking through sustained steep hillside and some boulder hopping, we reached the bottom of the south face around 10 am and started climbing. Once we started climbing, we did not consciously concentrate. Instead, because we had stripped away everything that could possibly distract us only the climbing remained. And with one single thing to occupy our attention we could take events as they came. We were hyper-aware of every detail around us: hand and foot holds, gear placements, how well both of us were moving, and we gave ourselves over to that awareness. The climbing went well; in the lower half we climbed some full pitch belayed section, mostly slabs. The first pitch was mostly easy balanced by a little runout; this was followed by another interesting pitch which Jibbi led. The pitch started with an easy slab that led to a short overhang of about a body-length long, the crux section of the climb. The next two pitches were mostly steep slabs, which also involved crossing some overlapping sections. The route became much easier on the upper section and we opted to simul- climb. Around 3 pm we topped out and reached the summit. From the summit we could see point James and Dome peak very close and the famous Neverseen Tower on the horizon, on the east side we could see the  famous northwest face of the Castle peak. After spending around 20 minutes on the summit we started our dissent via the west flank. The descent comprised of a combination of hiking and scrambling and around 5 pm we reached the base of the west flank; another couple of hours hiking took us back to base camp – after almost 12 hours of leaving it. On reaching base camp, we cooked a quick meal and crept inside our sleeping bags as tiredness rolled over us like a sea wave.
On south face of Toro Peak    
The following day Whitney and Crystal came back, after successfully climbing a new line on a prominent formation (@5150mt) opposite of Tamadong; they named their line " Poornima" (5.10, 700mt) which translated to “full moon” making their summit successful on a full moon night. There was a general feeling of happiness after our successful and safe climbing experiences. Norbu appeared with his horses around evening and greeted us with a nice meal that night. The next day we packed up and made the hike back to Sukhto. The weather was gorgeous for the last four days but as we left we saw clouds gathering. We were the last team to leave the valley for the season and got really lucky with the weather. Our whole experience was quite outstanding, leaving us thirsty and motivated for future adventures in this amazing play ground.
South face of Toro peak, leading one of the steeper lower pitches
On the crux section of the route    

Trip summary                                                   
22 Sep- Arrived at sukhto
23 Sep-Rest day/Snow fall
24 Sep- Hike 35 km to base camp
25 Sep-Acclimatization hikes around base camp
26 Sep-Bad weather/ rest day
27 Sep-Bad weather/rest day
28 Sep-Hike to base of Tamadong, attempt, retreat due to too much snow on the face to free climb
29 Sep- Rest day, hike towards Toro Peak to reconnaissance
30 Sep- Ascent of Toro Peak(@4950mt) via south face/ridge, probably following the 2009 Polish route “Get up in the Morning”( UIAA V, R3, III, 300 mt vertical, 450 mt long), descent via West flank , 5 hours climbing, from base camp to base camp 12 hours.
1 Oct-Rest  day
2 Oct-hike 35 km back to sukhto


1 West flank (20004), 2 Get up in the morning (Polish 2009), 3 Lopez-pfaff (2008), 4 Indian (2012), 5 American (2008), 6 Russian (2008), 7 Indian (2012), 8 East Ridge (Slovenian 2007) 
Source – American alpine Journal.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Chatru 2015

Smiling goddess Fb 7C 

After a gap of four years we came back to this little paradise for bouldering, nestled in a remote corner of the Himalayas.We could see the place has become popular, visited by climbers, trekkers, bikers, tourists  alike.. This time we wanted to try harder lines, that we could not try last time, the most obvious one was the classic  Smiling goddess Fb 7C, this line is located on the well known Smiling goddess boulder just behind Lalu"s dhaba. The problem is a classic one, requiring a series of  hard powerful moves up to the top, then a desperate top out . we stared working the line, after a few session on it over a few days we were able to link the moves up to the top. but the top out remained a doubt, none the less we were happy with our effort 


Jibbi  working the moves on Smiling goddess Fb 7C
After a couple of rest days we felt strong and was eager to try and finish this line ,  On 17th September condition became much cooler offering really good friction on the top out. we wanted to take this chance , on my fifth go on the redpoint attempt  i managed  to match the sloper , and then with the use of my right heel execute the mantle to top out, i felt great joy & relief at the same time after completing the problem.
The start of Smiling goddess Fb 7C 



executing the lower moves
 Nearing the top

The crux top out
Topping out on Smiling goddess Fb 7C
Apart from Smiling goddess Fb 7C  we also climbed some other nice lines , notably the Red House wall Fb 7B  ,another classic close to the bridge, with this send this trip became very memorable and successful for us , We returned to Manali  with a lot of happy memories .

Red house wall Fb 7B

Jibbi sending Red house wall Fb 7B

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hampi- Badami climbing trip 2013/14

The winter season of 2013 arrived with lots of possibilities and ignited the desire in us to climb in India's two of the most well known and world class destinations, Hampi & Badami . We packed our stuff and headed to the Southern Indian state of Karnataka for two months to climb and explore the amazing granite of Hampi & Sandstone of Badami . Though  we have climbed in Hampi before, it was only for a very short duration of two to three days in 2011 & 2012, this is the first time for us to actually spend a lot of time in Hampi and explore the amazing wealth of bouldering it has to offer.We arrived in hampi at 25th of November with our friend Ananta Desai, he had extensively climbed in Hampi for the last two season and knows a lot about the areas. It took a week for us to get used to the sharp and small crimps that is so usual of Hampi .The first hard problem we tried is Surface Traverse Fb 7C , at the Relax boulder area, the lack of hard training back home reveals its ugly face as we didn't do well on this crimpy sustained powerfull line. After an hour of Working on it we left defeated and tired. The another classic line we tried is the Aeroplane Fb 7B+,  this problem is inside a cave so can be climbed throughout the day, which is generally unusual of Hampi because of day time high temperatures. Ananta made a fine ascent of this line ,we came close but the ascent eluded us.We also visited the famous Baba cafe boulder, i tried the famous Baba's in space Fb 7A+,  the sloppy top out proved to be a real crux and the first two seasons on it i couldn't send the line.We also worked on Indian summer Fb 7C+  one of the most wanted problem in hampi ,Ananta was projecting it, we could feel he is getting close on this, another beautiful line i worked on for a session is Why like This? Fb 7A+ a sloper problem on smooth holds, very rare for hampi . After spending around ten days in Hampi we headed to Badami. We were about to meet Paige Classen a famous  sport climber from US, she was there to try and climb the hardest sport route in the country Ganesha 8b+.
After almost three years we had the chance to climb on the amazing red sandstone cliffs of Badami. .I made the repeat ascent of a route i previously climbed Honeymoon 7b,  a classic line bolted by Arnaud Petit. For the next three days we put our focus on a route called Samsara 7c+, this route is located at the temple area, is one of the most beautiful line in Badami. The route starts with a hard boulder problem for the first three bolts then to a good rest, and after that has some nice sustained climbing with occasional rests to the top. On the first day we did the moves and worked the route thoroughly. and after a rest day we were able to redpoint it.  In the mean time there was some good action going on Ganesha 8b+, Paige, Jon & two young Indian climber Tuhin &  Sandeep were working on it. The only good condition to climb the route was early in the morning and it offered only an hour and half to climb on it before it gets too hot. Paige was the first climber to send the line, the crux move was hard for her as was the lower boulder section, but as soon as she linked it she was able to send the whole line , making the first female ascent of the route. Later Tuhin made the first Indian ascent of the route ,followed by Jon Glassberg, which was his first 5.14 ascent .

Honeymoon 7b 

Paige on lower boulder section of Ganesha

before the redpoint crux

sending Ganesha 8b+
           
After spending some time in Badami we came back to Hampi for a few days, the very day we returned to Hampi we met Sean Villanueva and Nicolas Favresse , it was a great experience to meet these guys ,Sean wanted to go to Badami and climb Puss man 5.12/7b+, an amazing roof crack . We got the information about this line from Harry Verioth  at Shiva cafe, this line was first ascended by Kurt Albert and probably never had a repeat. We were psyched to join Sean for Badami and try out some hard crack climbing,
Before we left for Badami ,we spend a few days of bouldering in Hampi with Sean , in this time i manged to send Why like This? Fb 7A+ , the same morning Ananta was able to send Indian summer Fb 7C+ his long standing project . Another day we visited The Black power  area, here  Sean made a impressive ascent of the Psychologically demanding Silent hunter Fb 6C, the hole below that boulder is really intimidating. I also managed to send Black power 2 Fb 7B, a steep powerfull line which suited my strengths perfectly. with some good sends under me  i felt confident and psyched to go trad climbing in Badami
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 Why like this?Fb 7A+

Sending Why like this?Fb 7A+
We arrived in badami after a long bus journey from Hampi and put up at Sanman lodge.The weather was pretty cold , we had early dinner and went to bed quickly. Next morning we woke up early and went to the Ganesh plateau to look for potential lines. We spotted an Overhanging Dihedral left of a sport route called Indo-Japanese project /Made in Japan 7c+, we had no idea about the difficulty of the route, Sean went for an onsight of the route ,he did it super smooth ,like a piece of cake, the crux of the route was a section of overhanging squeeze Chimney ,which needed some slippery hand jam  moves to overcome, this section gave us a lot of trouble while seconding , we could barely managed to climb it and was exhausted after that. According to Sean it was around 5.11, a different game for us though as it was a type of climbing we are quite new at.That afternoon Sean onsighted Millennium Crack 5.11+/7a, a steep hand and finger crack also located in Ganesh plateau. we followed and cleaned the line. The next day Sean was going to try Puss man 5.12/7b+, with lot of anticipation we went to bed early.

Sean at the crux

Overhanging Dihedral 5.11


Puss man 5.12/7b+
Next morning we woke up early with lot of  anticipation , Puss man 5.12/7b+ is located at the painted wall area behind the lake , We reached below the wall around 6, the weather was cool and everything was calm around the wall ,the first section of the route is an off width and can only be  protected with size 4 and 5 cams, which unfortunately we didn't have. But that didn't stop Sean , he placed only a few smaller sizes on some horizontal cracks at the start and run it out up to the bolt just below the roof , he has to be very careful as the climb was dirty and slippery and he was starring at a ground fall until the bolt, with the scary shit out of the way Sean flawlessly climbed the 6 meter long roof crack consisting of powerful hand jams, fists and cup moves, he placed one yellow and one red Camalot to protect the roof. It was an amazing onsight, the best climbing i have ever seen. I was more awestruck with this effort when i tried to climb the route on a top rope, the off width itself proved a nemesis let alone the top roof crack , it was a humbling experience trying to climb this beast, but also made me determined to come back and finish it in future. That evening we went to the temple area and enjoyed some nice sport climbing.

lower offwidth section

approaching the roof crack 

at the roof crack 

                                                                                                                                                       
The next morning we went to check out Ganesha 8b+, Sean gave it a good try, and was able to do all the moves quickly, but he didn't have enough time to go for the redpoint . After that we went to the deluxe area as it stays in shade during the daytime, here the first route we did is Horn please 5.11a traditional route, after Sean's onsight of the route we tried it on lead , the climbing was powerfull, involving  finger locks and hand jams, after much effort i was able to redpoint it ,then we did the sport routes of the area , Sean onsighted Honeymoon 7b, Surga & swali 7b, Last day in Badami 7a, i also managed to redpoint Surga & swali 7b, Last day in Badami 7a . Sean was about to leave for Mumbai today so we packed up and headed down in the afternoon.This was our last day of climbing in badami this trip, it was a great learning experience for us and a great pleasure to climb with Sean .

                               Sean on Ganesha 8b+

Horn please 5.11a 
We came back to Hampi the next morning and put up at Hindustani restaurant, this place is located  opposite of  Baba cafe boulder, which gave us the opportunity to try the problems early in the morning as the friction was important in some of the top outs.Here we met Peitro Vangi a climber from Italy. he was here two years ago and previously climbed in Hampi & badami, we became very good friends and climbed a lot together. this time we focused on the Double arete and Baba cafe boulder as they were close and had lot of quality lines. The double arete boulder stays in shade for most of the day and we spend lot of time here .We stared working on the line Quality Control Fb 7B+, which proved really challenging but possible. This crimpy line took me four sessions to send and made me happy afterwards. Also in the meantime i send Baba's in space Fb 7A+, and In the shadow Fb 7A, and came close on Double arete Fb 7B,


In the shadow Fb 7A

Quality Control Fb 7B+

Baba's in Space Fb 7A+ 
Apart from climbing in the double arete and Baba cafe boulder we also visited other areas like Junglee plateau , white balls , and relax area , jibbi made an impressive Quick ascent of  the classic line Alien Fb7B in the relax area, we also did a nice overhanging powerfull line in the white balls area, it took us two days to link and was around Fb 7B+/C , a very aesthetic line. Our trip for the season was coming towards its end, and with lots of future projects remaining we felt its time to head back and start training, Hampi and Badami are two of the most amazing climbing areas not only in India but also in the world , it was a great experience for us and a privilege to climb at these amazing places

Alien Fb 7B

Unnamed Fb 7B+
     

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pachmarhi cup 2013

By Tania Kar 

In march 2013 i visited Pachmarhi in Madhya pradesh for an open national rock climbing competition The Pachmarhi cup organised by M.P sport climbing association and supported by IMF west zone sport climbing committee. The comp took place on 23rd &24th of march .
Pachmarhi is a small pretty hill town located in Satpura hills at an altitude of 1067 meters above sea level, after reaching piparia station at night we took a cab  and drove through  a dense forest of teak and shal  for an hour to reach our destination.The reach smell of  forest vegetation and the nearly full moon enhance the experience with a sudden lone cry of some night crawler. on our arrival we were put up on Torry"s Ark rest house.
The next day after resting for the first half  i went out with my coaches nibbi &jibbi  to check out some lines on the local crags Mention worthy was the Mazhar area near Jatashankar temple, and acquainted myself  with the rocks through some fun bouldering .I discovered a nice sharp rail, climbing it with from a sit start it felt like a Font 6A ,the sun setting among the ravines and gorges was something I'd not seen before.The moon came out a bit fuller than it was the night previous making the walk back very pleasant .
The next day the women competitors were headed towards the Woodstock area along with route setter and judges. the boulders were located just behind the Woodstock adventure camp and the route setters selected five problems for the competition .The comp was spearheaded by judge Saraswati  madam ,spotters were ready with crash pads for providing the necessary safety for the competition , in the isolation we started chatting to each other and thus breaking the ice , fun warm ups lighten the comp pressure. Then all the competitors were called for the observation of the first boulder problem which looked pretty easy to me , we were not allowed to touch the rock which seem pretty odd to me , the problem was not a pure line and had a few areas demarcated as out of bound. When my turn came i went out there and though very care full in the beginning managed to top out in the flash attempt, it felt around Font 5B .The second problem climbs up an arete with a match on the upper section ,i managed an  easy flash of this one two and the girls were cheering for me it was also around Font 5B , on observing the third problem it appeared to me an exciting one ,it was sit start with a rightward traverse on a slightly overhanging boulder. The problem ended with a climb up on smooth edges and a match on a demarcated ledge ,the bonus of the problem interestingly seem to be off route, while on my turn on the problem  i wanted to make to that bonus in the first attempt so i went for the bonus then came back to the starting hold  and went for the send, i was not sure of flashing it so it felt good when i did the helped me to get psyched .
By this time the sun has reached the mid day sky and the weather was getting uncomfortable.The sun was scorching and rock has started to loose its friction , the fourth problem was a balancy one on a slabby boulder, which has a lot of elimination and was not appealing at all, though at first glance it looked like an easy flash twice my foothold gave away which was disappointing, Saraswati madam jokingly regretted i could not have technical incident , i made up my mind to get done with it i my third attempt and took a different route to the top, this one has to be another Font 5B
All the girls got excited speculating the difficulty of the last one while some felt it had to be the hardest one till,some felt it would be just another easy one .
The sight of this problem really made me happy as this seem to me the most interesting of the lot, starting on two really big pockets which offered easy crimps as starting holds it was a powerful climb up to the top . The hardest of all the problem it felt around Font 6A which i managed to send o my third attempt.
With this our bouldering comp came to an end ,after having lunch together in hotel Indraprastha which  served a tasty veg meal i came back to my hotel room while rest of the girls went to the Mazhar area to cheer for the men who were having their bouldering and lead qualifiers
After the days heat, the cool afternoon breezes were comforting and my pleasant evening was spent hanging around on a swing on the resort lawn .Dinner was around at 9.30; clouds had started gathering precisely at this point the overcast sky  gave way.To keep up with the perfect spooky night ambiance on a hilly resort a power cut followed and without any warning complete darkness engulfed us all , the rain continued into the night and the absence of any electricity rendered a medieval ancient feel to it .After enjoying the rain from the veranda for sometime i return to bed ,and the soft pitter patter on the roof top put me to sleep.    
Next day was the big finals day for the women were to have their lead finals and the men both their bouldering and lead finals.The day started early for the men with the bouldering finals but it failed to create any excitement both for the competitors and the spectators,the problems were of low quality elimination games with the finalists barely getting any send ,lead final however was exciting to watch as the men finalists attempted 'Jatashankar"a classic route which is around F7b bolted by Vaibhab Mehta. Ajij Sheik was the only one to onsight the route ,who has also bagged the bouldering gold.
The women competitors were again required to report at the Woodstock area around late noon for their lead finals though the harsh M.P sun warned me initially by the time we were called for our observation the sun had mellowed down,looking at the route I felt i could top the route but around 5th and 6th quickdraw i was not confidant about the moves ,but i was pretty psyched to find some sequence en route
On my turn in the route i started slowly and cautiously .midway i realized i was eating up a lot of time so i decided to climb faster, the crowd cheered me on and i started flowing on the route reaching the top just in time ,but as i reached out with rope in my hand to make the final clip my time was declared over. i came down realizing this effort maybe was not good enough to cease the first position.Just as i predicted the last climber Namita Sawant from west zone came out and topped the route in much lesser time
By then the men's comp was over and the boys have came down to Woodstock. Officers and Jawans from the cantonment also had marched down to be the part of final prize distribution and closing ceremony
Saraswati madam along with other judges and officials were also their. We were handed down our medals and certificates. A memorable comp has finally came to an end.


Added by Korak. 

The next day after the comp was over the climbers sampled some of sport routes the area has to offer. 
On the first route Tania had to work on the starting moves, it was hard for short people,she climbed the start on her 4th attempt and was able to climb all the way through to the top placing all the draws on lead. The difficulty of this route was 6a+
Then she went to the route on the opposite wall, it was previously graded 6c, the route had all the draws already placed by Adarsh and Tania saw him on the route so she went for the flash, but fail to locate a crucial undercut hold on the first move and fell, after that she went for her second go and send it in a superb display of smooth and flawless technique, she and others felt the route is not a 6c but a 6b   
Tania Working the F 6c route 
Then she went on to try another 6c, the route that was more physical in nature and required good bit of lock off strength, she worked on the moves up to the half way, but the sun was on the route and as she was getting tired  after giving couple of burns she decided to call it a day

Competition Overview 

The women’s boulder problems were pretty interesting the first two were around 5A, the third one is around 5C and the 5th one is around 6A. The second problem climbs a nice arĂȘte and the third one traverses a nice crack to the right to finish on a good edge, the final problem has some powerful moves to start from the leap of the roof
Working the F 6c route
and finish up the slab the best line of the finals.
The lead route of women’s final was a nice route crimpy at the start then some blatancy moves through a bulge to finish. It was around 6a.

Tania did all the five boulder problems, flashing the first three, on the fourth problem she broke the footholds twice, the last one she did in her third attempt. The fifth problem was around 6A which she sends in her third try, on the lead route she climbed well but unfortunately her time ran out just before she could clip the final draw.