Shendi Climbing (25th Dec 2003)
In the beginning of the year 2003, I thought
of completing 5 pinnacles this year! Fortunately I had attempted 5 but
successfully completed 4 out of 5. The one which was failed due to
natural calamity like Honey bees attack. As far as Bhramanti's attempt
is concerned we had attempted Hadbichi Shendi in Daserra but due to
Short fall of equipment the attempt failed. This time we were sure to
make it except any Natural Hazard.
On 24th DEC 03 we had gathered all necessary equipment & reached
CST (Mumbai) to catch Mahanagari Express. Really it was a night mare
for all of us to get inside the train. One can see the chain of money
making business at the Station including 1. Kooly (Hamal) 2. The
Police(Railway) 3. The Shemales. Though we tried to get inside the
train by any means to take sufficient rest before climbing but
unfortunately it didn't happened. We started from the CST at 12:15am of
25th DEC 03. We reached Manmad Station at 5:15am. We took some rest on
the station, had tea & breakfast. Then from Manmand East along the
Manmad - Daund railway direction, we reached till the base of the
Hadbichi Shendi Pinnacle by Auto. Locally it is famous as "Thumb's
Up"!. The pinnacle looks like a Samurai. It's unique in shape! It took
25 Min. to reach the base.
some rest & route analysis by Deepak (Climbing Manager), we started
the climb at 9:30am. I was the Lead Climber. Kiran was the Second man
& Deepak the Third Man. Their are pitons in the OK conditions on
the complete route. On the first phase one can find a tree for
anchoring, also 2 pitons. Then one has to climb further 15 ft. where 3
loose rocks stacked together. One has to stand on the loose rock &
make a pull ups to tackle 8 ft boulder. A good piton exists here. Then
further 15ft simple climb where one can find a bolt to anchor. Once
reached here one has to carefully tackle an overhang on the left side
or one has to stretched/pull ups from the right side of the ledge. I
took little deferent route. First moved towards right put one piton
& traversed to left tackling an overhang. It was one of the
satisfactory move I supposed in the climb, Since an exposure on both
side made little psychological tension. Then the last patch was a table
top move. I reached on the summit at 2:55pm. There is a good Peg fixed
horizontally in the rock. Later in next 30 min. all we were on the top.
We had photo session & then little food break.
One can see from the top even from the base of the pinnacle some of the
forts like Ankai Tankai on the southeast direction. We return back to
the base by 4:30pm Wind up all Equipment also had our lunch &
descend down to the road side. We walked till the Railway crossing in
next one hr., it was dark by that time. Fortunately got one Auto till
Manmad St. from the crossing. Also got one of the late train Kamayani
at 8:00pm. Within 5 min. all we were fast a sleep & got up at
Kalyan. And then reached home in the early morning.
It was one of the best climbing I ever experienced in my last all 6
summates attempts. Climbing is like an addiction. Now days I thought
more of climbing than the Trekking. It's a win win situation when one
climb a pinnacle. It's not a win over the Nature but it's an attempt to
experience the Nature. Since nature is everything we are part of the
nature, so I/we should respect the nature to get the most out of it.
Climbing is one of the way to achieve it.