12th Mar 2006
After a long climbing
break Bhramanti had another successful climbing day. It was only second
climb in this climbing year. The team of 8 members whihc is one of the
climb record for Bhramanti. First time ever it happened & hope to
see many more in future.
12 years ago in we two core members(Milind & Myself) of todays
Bhramanti visited Mahalaxmi temple and never thought at that time that
we may climb the pinnacle which is on top of the Mahalaxmi temple. I
recollected all my old memories the way we travelled at that time as
compare with todays travel.
Saturday 11th Mar 06 evening we started from my home with the team and
all climbing equipments at 6:00pm. We reached Mahalaxmi in next 3 hrs.
Had dinner in the near by hotel and closed our day by 10:00pm since we
wanted to sart early morning next day. We stayed in the Dharmshala the
same place where we stayed in my last visit. The difference was last
time we almost drained our poacket till this place due to lack of
knowledge of the place etc.
Sunday early morning we started the trek to the base of the pinnacle.
Their are plenty of steps build now days for the devotees to reach the
main Temple of Mahalaxmi. It took 1 hr to reach the temple and then
after small break continued our trek to the base further for another 45
This time the leed climber was Rishi and the second man(Belayer) was
Hemant. I was 3rd and 4th was Rajesh. Nitin, Prashant, Pankaj &
Anand was in the support role. We started our climb at 10:45am. We set
first patch at the height at 25 ft with the help of peg. Then the
verticle climb of 15 ft. wher we set our second patch by anchoring to
the boulder. Then the traveres to the left & at the height of 20 ft
another runner fixed. The last patch was of further 20 ft. Their are
two peg already fixed firm for anchoring on the summit.
We had quite entertaining day since the watchful monkey (real one)
first had look of what we are doing then they decided to attack
our support team for easy access some food stuff. Later on this dare
devil snatched one plastic bag having Santra/Mosambi. I was on the way
to descend down & bit nurvous about the stand taken by our support
team. These monkey were roaring on them and the support team was
standstill trying to protect whatever remainings.
Anyways these things are forgotable in view of our success. We took
some time for winding up excercise. We asked half team to move forward.
It was dark while descending the steep scree at the base. We reached
the newly build steps area by 8:00pm and the cheer team happily
returned back to the start of our trek chit chating the glorious moment
of the climb and sharing each other s experience. While on trasite to
Mumbai we had nice entertainment session along with interview of all
members copared by Anand. All were in the happy mood and express their
willing ness for many such adventure in future.
Written By Rajan Rikame