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India Bouldering - Hampi/Mamallapuram

 
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Mamallapuram bouldering, India's East Coast.  5th & 7th Century carvings . . . notice the goat on top?  Lots-o-boulders in the park to the right of this spot.
Mamallapuram bouldering, India's East Coast. 5th ...
Life-size elephants - don't boulder on these!
Life-size elephants - don't boulder on these!
On the way to the bouldering from the ocean . . .
On the way to the bouldering from the ocean . . .
Krishna's Butterball . . . the locals have tried to pull this boulder down the slab before with elephants . . . they did not mind bouldering other than being worried I would get hurt.
Krishna's Butterball . . . the locals have tried t...
Contemplating the heat and the landing.  Krishna's Butterball . . . Mamallapuram, India.
Contemplating the heat and the landing. Krishna's...
Super-Classic, moderate splitter finger crack.
Super-Classic, moderate splitter finger crack.
Splitter.  Really.
Splitter. Really.
Topping out of the finger crack . . .
Topping out of the finger crack . . .
Given the heat, I'm thankful for the jug finish.  Mamallapuram, East Coast of India.
Given the heat, I'm thankful for the jug finish. ...
Amazing mountains from a bus on a trip from Pondicherry to Alleppey, India.  The clouds were randomly obscuring what must have been 1500-2500 foot bands of rock protecting the organic summit caps.
Amazing mountains from a bus on a trip from Pondic...
Me, in Koallam, India.
Me, in Koallam, India.
The monsoon arrives early . . . Alleppey, India.
The monsoon arrives early . . . Alleppey, India.
Cliffs, boulder-strewn hillside . . . Hampi, India.
Cliffs, boulder-strewn hillside . . . Hampi, India...
Random rocks in town, Hampi, India.
Random rocks in town, Hampi, India.
Bouldering over town during Holi Festival, Hampi, India.
Bouldering over town during Holi Festival, Hampi, ...
Hampi bouldering during Holi Festival . . . crispy edges.
Hampi bouldering during Holi Festival . . . crispy...
Hampi bouldering, big slab/rounded prow.
Hampi bouldering, big slab/rounded prow.
The river that splits the 2 sides of Hampi . . . the far side is way laid back and relaxed.  A true dream world.  Get there before it's ruined.
The river that splits the 2 sides of Hampi . . . t...
Sit-start to mantle . . . waiting for the rocks to dry out as the monsoon breaks into India.  Hampi.
Sit-start to mantle . . . waiting for the rocks to...
Balancey/technical face/arete.  Hampi, India.
Balancey/technical face/arete. Hampi, India.
The rock is perfect in more than a few places around Hampi.
The rock is perfect in more than a few places arou...
One note of caution . . . there are King Cobras about.  They act like rattlesnakes in that they typically are defensive, avoid confrontation . . . but just a bit more curious.  I saw two wild cobras around Hampi, one of which was about 10 feet long and slithered right up to my feet from a garbage pile adjacent to jungle in Hospet.  It flared up right in front of me, then turned and slithered back into the jungle.  Don't get bit.
One note of caution . . . there are King Cobras ab...
Rocks and ruins around Hampi.
Rocks and ruins around Hampi.
Perfect razor arete, flawless stone . . . Hampi, India.
Perfect razor arete, flawless stone . . . Hampi, I...

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