rock faces, ideal for rock climbing, can be found
in many areas. The Aravali hills have good climbing
faces at Dumdama, Dhauj and Nuh, all situated
near Delhi. The Western Ghats have Mumbra and
Dudha beyond Pune. Himachal Pradesh offers the
Manali Valley, Manikaran and the Rohtang Pass.
Rajasthan has Mount Abu and Sariska which have
gentler rocks. In Karnataka there are the Chamundi
are advisable in the summer and autumn months.
Certain climbs can often prove gruelling and tough,
but the magic of the beautiful landscape, the
cool weather and pure air keeps the climber's
climbs are graded from 1 to the 30's. The highest
grade climbed is currently 32. Serious climbing
starts around 10. Beginners normally do the early
tens and then move upwards.
can become complex because it involves the interplay
of many elements: you, your gear, your skill and
to February. Monsoons should be avoided.
is relatively safe, but that shouldn't stop all
climbers from taking precautions. Climbers are
not oblivious to heights. As a climber, you cannot
afford to suffer from vertigo or a lapse of judgment.
Specialist equipment such as ropes is often used
to protect climbers from falls.
Indoor climbing gyms
climbing gyms help in developing many skills in
outdoor climbing especially rock climbing. Unfortunately,
these are not found in India but in Western countries.
of rock surface according to gradients
rock surface with a slope of less than 30 degress
is Glacis. One can easily walk up or down such
a rock. A rock surface with a slope between 30
to 75 degrees is called as a Slab. A rock surface
with a slope between 75 to 90 degrees is called
as a Wall.
rock portion projecting overhead and having an
angle of more than 90 degrees is called as Overhang.
A rock portion projecting outwards like a roof
at nearly 180* is called a Roof.
Classification of rocks according to Faults
horizontal or slanting cracks can be used for
climbing. Depending on their width one can use
an appropriate technique for climbing. A wider
crack in which a climber can enter is called as
chimney. If the crack is wider than a chimney
then it is called as a gully. A corner is formed
where two rock walls meet each other at about
90 degrees. A groove is formed by two narrow rock
walls meeting each other at an angle.If the angle
is more than 90 degrees then it is called as Shallow
groove and it is less then it is called as Vee
groove. A small blunt and narrow ridge protruding
out of the rock is called as Rib. A much sharper
projection than the rib called as arete. A position
on the rock wall where a climber can comfortably
stand or sit is called a stance. A ledge is comparatively
a wider stance where a group of 2-3 climbers can
sit or stand during a climbing activity.
Types of rock climbing
climbing Bouldering: This is the purest
form of climbing and requires the least amount
soloing: This is climbing without a rope
but this is one of the dangerous aspects as there
is no room for error.
There are no rules here. You can use any kind
of gear to get up. Probably the most expensive
form of climbing.
climbing: Multipitch rock climbing at
climbing: Wall climbing uses aid climbing
gear to directly support your weight on a wall.
This is the opposite of "free" climbing
where gear is only used in the event of. Mixed
aid and free climbing are call "mixed climbing."
A blend of rock and snow/ice climbing. Very few
climbers come in this category.