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Avg: 3.5 from 2 votes
|Type:||Sport, 400 ft, 4 pitches|
|FA:||Seema Pai, Dinesh Kaigonhalli, Pranesh Manchaiah|
|Page Views:||212 total · 21/month|
|Shared By:||T T Niranjan on Mar 29, 2017|
P1: 5.7+ 33m, starts slabby, about 7-8 bolts to the anchor.
P2: 5.8, 33m, continues to be slabby, mostly legwork. Ends on a nice grassy ledge/cave; one can stand/sit there, about 1.5 metres from the anchor; carry a long sling.
I prefer to combine P1 and P2 with a 60m rope by having the belayer move up to bolt 1 at a suitable time. The grade eases closer to the P2 belay, so the rope drag is manageable.
P3: 5.10a, 30m: This is by far the best pitch. Very distinctive rock features, with generous holds on steep/mildly overhanging section for about 5 bolts. Exquisite climbing. As a 5'5" climber, when I led it the first time, after 4th bolt I felt I was stuck, but there are decent holds higher up which I could reach on tiptoes, well before I could actually see them. To me this was the most memorable part. I didn't feel scared since I knew the grade was 5.10a so there must be some holds soon, but if I hadn't known the grade I would have dithered. The second time around I had a 5'8" climber leading this and he cruised along, he didn't even notice this as a crux.
P4, 5.9, 30m: Another typical slab; about 10 bolts.
From P4 station, there is another 30 odd meters of scrambling/5.4 terrain to top out to the highest point on the hill marked by a flag station. Walk down the hill East-West direction, down the rock cut steps the way you do for the Achalu lower wall routes, and turn right (north side) to get to the ground.
I didn't take route pics, just have some personal pics; will add more informative pics once I get better pics.