Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bangalore Mountaineering Club - Upcoming Adventure events July 2009

Bangalore Mountaineering Club
Registration for all below events is open and remember our events gets houseful quickly!! Click on the Event title for schedule, payment and registration details.

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Trek to Wayanad Kurva Island - [27-28th June 2009] [Rs. 2500] --Registration is ON

About the Place: Kuruva Island is situated on the tributaries of the river kabani and is a fabulous picnic spot. Its serene silence and wide expanse of the evergreen forest leaves you astonishing. This island is isolated but an array of uncommon species of birds, herbs and orchids are the monarchs of Kuruva Island. Kuruva Island is 17 kms to the east of Mananthavady.

Kuruva Island is a vast island of 950 acres abundantly rich with green forest. It is very far from the turbulence of city life making it an exotic place for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature.

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Night Trek to Cave Exploring at Antargange - [3rd July 2009] [Rs. 500] -- Registration is ON

Sixty kilometers from Bengaluru, Anthargange in Kolar is a hill range with huge volcanic rocks and boulders scattered all over. Thorny shrubs cover the hill, while there is dense plantation forest at the base. Flight of steps, halfway the hill leads to an ancient temple. The spring at this temple is claimed to wash off your sins. The forty-five minutes hill climbing will keep you panting for breath and opens up for an extensive and beautiful green plateau on the top.

Kolar town, the headquarters of this district was formerly known as Kuvalala. Kolar was the first capital of the Gangas, till about the 4th century A.D. In 1004 A.D., the Cholas annexed Kolar with their empire. Later, Kolar came under the Vijayanagar empire, before being taken over by the British in 1768. In 1792, Kolar was given to Tippu Sultan, by the British. Haidar Ali of Mysore was born around 1722 in the tiny village of Budikote, near Kolar. Haidar Ali died in 1782 during the Mysore Wars. His body was embalmed and lay in state for four months before being moved to a mausoleum built by his son, Tipu Sultan, in the middle of a garden on the island of Srirangapatam.

Anthargange is an ideal location for light trek, rock climbing and camping. Big and small boulders have heaped to form cave like formations offering exhilarating network of cave exploration activity.

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One day Adventure Camp at Savandurga - [4th July 2009] [Rs. 1200] -- Registration is ON

About the Place: Savandurga is a place with a fort on a lofty mountain, about 60 km from Bengaluru. The hill consists of two granite cliffs of 4000 feet tall and 13 kilometres (8 miles) in circumference , one called Bilibetta or white peak, another Karibetta or black peak.

It was a prominent place during the Hoysala rule. Over a period of time several rulers held this place. The hill fort on the top of the outcrop was erected in 1543 by Samanta Raya. It then came to Immadi Kempe Gowda of Bengaluru until 1728 when it was captured by the Raja of Mysore from whom it passed to Haider Ali. During the Anglo-Mysore Wars of the late 18th century, Savandurg was the most forbidding of all the Tippu's hill forts in the area and hitherto deemed impregnable. Nevertheless, British troops under Cornwallis commanded by Lt Col Stuart mounted a successful assault against the fort in December 21, 1791.

The entire area is covered by verdure and serene atmosphere. This region is famous for medicinal plants and shrub forest. This is a paradise for the climbing enthusiasts. Climbers can scale sheer rock faces enduring up to grade 7. It is also good for a day's trek and camping at the foothill.

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Trek to Brahmagiri and Irpu Falls – [4 - 5th July 2009] [Rs. 2000] -- Registration is ON

Brahmagiri Sanctuary is a narrow strip of high-altitude mountainous shola-grassland vegetation, situated on the Kerala-Kodagu border along the eastern side of the east-west ridge, linearly extending over 80 km.
The trekking trails of Brahmagiri are approachable from Kutta or Srimangala. Srimangala could be reached via Hunsur, Virajpet or Tithimathi, located along the Mysore-Kannur State-highway, and is located 110 kms from Mysore, and 70 kms from Madikeri. Irpu is 5 km from Srimangala or 13 km from Kutta.
Significance of Brahmagiri trek
This is an unique and unspoilt climax eco-system of exceptional scenic beauty, comparable to the alpine meadows of the Himalayas. This is an important Bio-diversity Hotspot as well. A trek through Brahmagiri elevates the soul, and instills respect for nature while constituting an unforgettable lifetime experience. During the trek, one can also view several wildlife species, including the rare lion-tailed macaque.
The Forest Department have established 8 trekking trails in Brahmagiri Sanctuary to satisfy a variety of preferences. Some of the trails are day-treks, while others involve camping in the jungle. There is the Narimalai Forest Rest House which forms the center-piece of most trekking routes. Sleeping is on the floor. There is no electricity in the FRH, but a perennial stream nearby meets the water requirement.

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Himalayan Trek: Brighu Lake [11th to 18th July 2009] [Rs. 7500] -- Registration is ON

Close enough to habitation, yet in a secluded, lush green dale, the Bhirgu Lake is at an altitude of 4235 meters. It lies east of the Rohtang Pass and is about 6 km from the village of Gulaba. The shores of this clear water lake are visited regularly by the people of the area and are held sacred to 'rishi' Brighu.

Max Altitude: 4235m

Number of days trekking: 5 days

Trek Gradient: High altitude, moderate

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Kodachadri Trek [18th -19th July 2009] [Rs. 1400] -- Registration is ON (Classic trek:Only for seasoned trekkers!!)

About the place:
Kodachadri is in Shivamogga (Shimoga) district, 1343 meters above sea level. A beatific hill abode that overlooks the panoramic Western Ghats. It is clothed with splendid evergreen forests. This place is is around 380 KMs from Bangalore and 20KM from Kollur.The peak of the hill is around 8-10 KM from the base and on an average takes 4-5 hrs to climb.

Kodachadri is famed for its glorious sunrises and sunsets. The famous temple town of Kollur is 12km away. These hills (4411ft.) constitute one of the largest forest areas in Karnataka, and part of this region forms the Mookambika Nature Reserve. Kollur is an ideal base to explore the hills. The Mookambika Nature Camp is 4km south of Kollur.

In this trek, the ascent from Marakuttaka via Hidlumanne falls and descent will be from Karrakette via Arishinagundi falls.

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Trek To Shingani Gudda & Night Jungle walk in Arasinamakki [18-19th July 2009] [Rs. 2000] -- Registration is ON

About Shingani Gudda :
It is one of the major peaks in Charmadi range and is also known as Buddha's Peak. This is a 3 hour trek and being a moderate one, ideal for beginners too. One passes through thick jungles adjoining Amedikallu and Sibile Gudda peaks

Night Jungle walk:

Walk through the jungle and some Adivasi colonies for 8 km. One will reach highway from there. Either one can walk back through the road which is 13 km. Or return through the same jungle. Ideal for trekking enthusiast.

River walk (optional):
Shishila to Arasinamakki. This trek is through water body. Walk through plantation, river bed and sometimes through the river. Extremely interesting. Takes nearly three hours. Ideal for trekking enthusiast only.

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Horse Riding Training Program-(On going- Start any day you want) [Rs. 2000] - Registration is ON

Horse riding training in Bangalore Below are the benefits of Horse riding:

Physical: Horse riding is a great form of exercise which has both cardiovascular and muscle conditioning benefits. Although it may seem as though the rider is not engaging in any physical exercise, an hour’s activity can burn similar calories to that of a 30-minute jog (6mph) or cycle ride (9mph). Therefore, all the health benefits associated with engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise are gained. After your first ride you may feel muscles that you never knew you had. This is due to the movement of the horse and its affect on the rider during the ride. As the rider reacts to the horse’s movements to avoid becoming off balance, the deep postural muscles of the trunk and pelvis and the adductor muscles of the thighs are continuously being conditioned.

Psychological:Horse riding is recognized as having excellent therapeutic qualities. The psychological benefits can be of equal importance to riders as the physical benefits. Simply being outdoors and enjoying the countryside will boost your general well-being and act as a great stress buster. There is a real sense of exhalation and freedom when you ride, a feeling that is second to none. Furthermore, developing a relationship and sense of trust between yourself and your horse is highly rewarding. Learning to control and care for an animal much larger than yourself can have a profound affect on your confidence and is a great feeling

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Now on we will do monthly announcements of the events on our Upcoming events page that makes you plan your weekends easily, feel free to contact us if you want any (free) help in planning your own treks. I hope you all know that BMC have camping equipments for hire as well as for sale!

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