Mumbai Rock Climbing
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For current discussions/partner search, here's one relatively active FB group: facebook.com/groups/1829387…
For formal/introductory training workshops on outdoor climbing:
1. SVIM Mount Abu
2. Girivihar is an excellent option locally, to also connect with partners
1. Borivali National Park (which is officially called by a more recent name SGNP): A protected forest encircled by the city. Home to captive tigers and lions, and free roaming leopards and other fauna. Joggers' paradise. Has several bolted crags, but currently there is only one that climbing is permitted in: Gandhi Thekdi (about 1 km from the entrance; ask anyone for directions); just walk down about 100m left, 50 m below, from the toilet and you will find the boulders and top ropes. The cops (forest guards) alternate between tolerating climbing to confiscating gear depending on who's in charge; unfortunately this will remain a grey area like every other thing in India.
2. Sasunavgarh: Superb climbs in the forested area abutting SGNP, under shade but mosquito infested. Has been off-limits due to cops/forest dept since 2014.
3. Manori Beach crag: this is a hidden jewel, sea facing crag that makes you feel you are climbing in some remote Mediterranean island, but don't run into cops as this is a grey area for climbing. Ask a local climber for directions
4. CBD Belapur: See the relevant area page on MP for detailed info. This is currently the most happening area (with at least four sub-areas/crags) and housing some of the newest and hardest routes in Mumbai.
5. Dighe/Thane: A new crag opened in 2017, with about 6-7 single-pitches and a 3 pitch route. This is also located in a forest but apparently the forest officials have officially allowed climbing. The best way to screw this up is by littering the crag, smoking/setting a fire or organizing commercial trips in the crag. The approach hike is one of the nicest you can get in Mumbai.
Rock: basalt, black and soft on the skin, except Manori beach which has copper colored rock, also soft on the skin.
All crags are secluded. If going as just a pair of climbers, especially with a female climber, use your common sense regarding safety, else go in a larger group (but still use common sense).
1. Podar Wall run by Girivihar. Excellent hangout for climbers, close to South Bombay and packs phenomenal amount of energy and phenomenal amount of climbing despite the small size. Weekdays 6-9pm. facebook.com/podarwall/?fre…
2. Arun Samant wall: facebook.com/groups/1128809… More kids and competition climbers than adults, especially in the mornings.
The wall is named in memory of Mr. Arun Samant, an alumnus of IIT Bombay and an avid Himalayan mountaineer who perished in a climbing accident. The wall has been donated by his family.
3. The Hive: This is primarily a multi-fitness gym which has a bouldering wall to complement the range of fitness equipment
3. The World Cup wall. The crowd-sourced wall with material from the 2016 World Cup. Still in design/site selection stage.
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