Rasta Cafe Climbing
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|Shared By:||Lone Ranger on Apr 17, 2017|
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DescriptionThis is one of the first crags as you drive into Ramanagaram from Bengaluru. The routes are pretty steep, even overhanging, a nice break from the slab climbing that characterizes much of the climbs in this region. North-facing crag, the routes are in shade pretty much the whole day, except for a few hours mid-day.
Solid granite, tough on the fingers and fun climbs.
Currently hosts 4 lead routes (possibly 5) on the north face. Almost all of them can be set up for top rope by scrambling up the east-facing slab (you can hike up all the way to the summit for some gorgeous views and a family picnic, but it is a bit delicate, exposed, not to be attempted on a potentially rainy day).
These routes were developed by Keerthi Pais in early 2000's, and Rasta Cafe was meant to be a climber-hangout, with its own little climbing wall too.
BCI/Sohan et al have since built it further by making them lead routes or bolting new routes.
The left side routes have no more than 3-4 bolts and icnrease to about 6 bolts on the right-most route, with double bolt anchors and maillons.
Numbering L to R as you hike in:
Route 1: 5.10b/6a+
Route 2: 5:10b/6a+
There could be one more route here, I am not sure.
The above routes start from the ground.
Route 3: Prana 5:10c, 6b. Starts on the ledge 3-4 feet above the ground and 2 feet away from the face. A bit committing start. You could clip the first bolt before getting on to the route.
Route 4: Veer Madrasi: 5.11a/6c. This is the right most bolted route, unmistakable (and deceiving!) ladder feature on the face. Steep/overhanging and intense. The start requires jumping up to the horizontal crack/ledge about 8-10 feet above the ground, quickly move to the right and then pull yourself up. Jumping up is the crux for short people. The grips are solid, but if you jump and fail to stick the roughness can hurt your palms. I prefer to keep this as the last climb of the day for this reason.
Getting ThereRasta Cafe is 23 kms from Nice Road junction, Kengeri, on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway but it takes 24 kms driving in order to do a U-turn and reach it. Drive another 50m past Rasta Cafe towards Bengaluru and take the small road on the left, follow it for about 500m and park at the building/end of the road.
You will see the slabby East face hiking side of the hill. The climbs are further to the right (North side). About 15 mins hike.
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