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Monday, December 24, 2012

This trek was motivated by Nitin's blog i.e. http://questsofavagabond.blogspot.in/2009/08/nadumale.html
This was my first trek organized through BASC.
Place: Bagamandala is a village situated at a distance of 24 miles to the west of Madikeri and connected with it by a good all-weather motorable road. Bhagamandala is the name well known to every pious Hindu. It is here that the sacred rivers, the Cauvery and teh Kannike meet. Tradition has it that Sujyothi, a subterranean stream, joins these rivers here. Hence the place is popularly known as "Trivini Sangama". Madikeri is around 250 kms from Bangalore.
Plan: Our plan was to start the trek from Talacauvery towards Nadumale, night halt at Nadumale, (13kms trek). Next day trek towards Kanoor side (11 to 12kms trek)  and exit. But the actual trek went through a different route after we begun the trek from Talacauvery.
The team: Srivatsa, Devendra, Ramkumar, Anoop, Niranjan, Manoj, Sudhir, Girish, the Gujju, Deepak Jain, Deepak HK, Tulasi GV and myself.
We started from Bangalore on 21st Dec night.
22nd Dec: We reached Bagamandala by early morning 4:30-5 O clock. It was little chilly and quite dark. Somehow we found out the range office and parked our vehicle there. No one was ready to get out of the vehicle as it was quite cold. Soon we finished our breakfast at nearby hotel, packed our lunch and bought all the necessary raw materials for preparing dinner. Thanks a lot to Tulasi, Niru and Deepak HK for assisting me. A special thanks to Tulasi for giving us a perfect idea of the raw materials. It was 8:30 AM, me and Deepak HK went to forest office. I was in constant touch with the RFO Mr. Uthhappa. We paid the trekking fee and the guide fee and left the forest office. The TT got jam packed as the RFO sent two guides named Jayaprakash & Ayyapa. Soon we reached Talacauvery. In a jiffy, we prepared ourselves to begin the trek.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nandi hills does not need any introduction its Bangalore own hill station. But hardly any might know that there is a trekking trial to the hills and only handful of them might have trekked this trial.
Picture 001-1Among the selected 8 participants, only 5 turned up at the Bangalore railway station. We boarded Bangalore Chikballapura passenger train that departs at 8.40Am. There was another big group from BASC that was going to trek Bramagiri hills adjacent to Nandi hills. As we were approaching the Nandi station we could see both the Nandi and the Bramagiri hills at our left. It was a beautiful Saturday with a clear bluish sky. Finally we all alighted at Nandi station at about 10.30 Am. We the Nandi hills team hired an auto to Sultanpet, the trek starting point which is around 8kms from the station. The auto ride was good passing through small villages, watching people doing their every day chores. Took the drivers cell number and sent him asking him to be back at the same place by 3.30. The trek started with the customary introduction of participants.
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The trial is a stone stairway used during the king’s regime and most of the trial is intact even now. The trail is shady with huge trees planted along and also has small mantapas at frequent intervals to rest. We started to ascend slowly discussing about trekking, photography and taking snaps of the trail and the birds. The stretch has good number of birds too. As we gained altitude we could see the surrounding peaks and the development (read real-estate) activities happening at the base of those hills was quite disappointing. Never the less we continued to ascend at leisure pace. The cool breeze blowing through my hair made me feel free like a bird. The sky was colorful blending with the surrounding landscapes. Finally after one and half hour we reached the back fort entrance, continued further to find a cave temple, the place was very cool with fresh air. Another couple of steps and we reached one of the Nandi hills attraction Tipu’s summer palace, here onwards we will be seen as tourists.
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team to arrive, finally got a call from them saying couple of them are way too behind while descending and they would not be able to catch the train in time. Anyways we boarded an empty coach of the train and said good bye to the deserted station. On the way calculated and settled the expenses of the trek. After few power naps we could see our train lugging into Bangalore railway station around 6Pm.
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Information to the visitors:
Distance: Nandi hills is around 65 kms from Bangalore. How to reach:By own transport: Take Bangalore-Hydreabad highway, after Devanahalli bypass turn left at Nandi cross, drive straight till dead-end Karahalli cross, turn left and proceed further and then take the first right, you will end up at Nandi hills. There is ample parking space, cars are let till the Mayura hotel and charged Rs 80/car; bikes have to be parked at the main fort entrance.
By train: Take a Chikballapur passenger 8:40Am train, get down at Nandi station, hire a auto to Nandi hills. Return train is at 4:00Pm. Auto charge is around 100/head each way.What to see: Many tourist attractions as mentioned above. Recommended for trekking, macro & bird photography or just a relaxed outing.
Best time to visit:
Any time, winters will be a bit chilly. Early mornings and late evenings are foggy and chilly.Food: At hotel Mayura managed by KSTDC here the food available is lot better than the other KSTDC hotels. A ice-cream and coffee parlor is just beside this hotel. Also at the fort entrance (bustand) there are couple of small eateries.Accommodation: Hotel Mayura managed by KSTDC has 3 double rooms. Rooms have to be booked in advance. Click to Book.
Also the horticulture department of Karnataka has couple of guest houses (currently under renovation) for reservation contact. Things to remember: The main fort gate/s are closed at 6Pm (people who have reservations at hotel/guest-house are allowed inside till 8Pm) and reopens at 6Am so plan your travel as per above timings. Trekking solo or in a small group is unsafe. Do not litter and keep the place clean.
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Written by: Mudassar
Event organized by: Mudassar
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Start of yet another cycling Trip after a long gap, I organised for BASC friends with help from Rajesh. Even after organising many treks & cycling events, still I feel the same excitation of my first event. After two cycling trips to Munnar last year, thought of doing cycling to famous Kodaikanal was there from many days,. Finally fixed the event on Nov 1 as we got long weekend, and thought Neelam cyclone will make cycling easy and memorable. Rajesh suggested to take two vehicles as many cyclists were waiting for a cycling event. So after hard work, planning we both did, and finally the day has come to kick start the event. As neelam bought heavy rain in bangalore, it made things difficult. Participants were late in reaching common pick-up point and tieing cycles on top of TT under heavy rain was a challenge. All these delayed our plan by 2hrs, and finally we left Bangalore by 11:45PM!





Day1: Palani → Kodaikanal → 55km


Day2: Kodaikanal Lake → Coaker’s Walk → Pillars Rock → Guna Caves (25km)




Day3: Kodaikanal → Manavannur → Berijam Road → Kodaikanal (70km)




Day4: Kodaikanal → Ghatt Road (Theni→Dindigul Highway) (55km)



I must thank Rajesh for supporting me in all ways to make this event successful and memorable one. Also thank all participants Ajitha, Amit, Anusha, Datta, Druva, Giridhar, Girish, Guruprakash, Krutika, Nagaraj, Naveen, Nitin, Rajesh, Sarvesh, Vinay and Viswanath.




Event Organiser: Ambareesh Karanth
Write-up: Ambareesh Karanth, Ajitha Madan
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Lepakshi is a small village, it is a famous place and a treasure trove for people interested in heritage, ancient architecture, pilgrimage, handicrafts, photography and much more. Lepakshi is very important historically and archaeologically. There are three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virabhadra. The famous Veerabhadra temple, dedicated to Veerabhadra is located here. Built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna, the temple is a notable example of the Vijayanagar architectural style. It is famous for its sculptures, which were created by the artisans of Vijayanagara empire. A huge Nandi bull made out of a single granite stone is one of the attractions in Lepakshi. The place is renowned for being one of the best repository of mural paintings (see below) of the Vijayanagar Kings. Many old Kannada inscriptions dating back centuries can be seen on its walls. Legend has it that the Naga of the Nagalinga was carved out of a single stone by sculptors while they waited for their mother to prepare lunch.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Almost 5 months in Bangalore and every weekend my feet would itch to go somewhere far. I had heard a lot about Bangalore ASCENDers but never got a chance to travel with them so far. The constant gush of mails from them about upcoming events make me long to go on a trek with this enthusiastic group very soon.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Even though I love to write my experience in Kannada this time I am writing it in English, since I organized this trek and some Non-Kannadigas were part of it.

About Nijagal Betta:Nijagal Betta” which is situated in Bangalore -Tumkur Highway(NH-4) near to Dabaspet. Foot steps are there so it is very easy to climb. We Can reach the peak in 1 to 1½  hours.

Ruins have their own charm and historical importance and Nijagal Betta is one of those which is a proof of ruined Kingdom. It is with full of ruined caves, forts and temples.

A mid-seventeenth century fort, build by Chikkadevaraya Wadiyar, adorns this hillock. Here in Nijagal Betta, it’s believed that a war was fought between Hyder Ali and Peshwa Madhav Rao.
In Durgastamaana (kannada novel by T.R.Subbarao famous as ತ.ರ.ಸು) there is a mention about Nijgal fort like how strong the fort was and how Chitradurga Paalegaara Madakari Nayaka who supported Hyder Ali acquired Nijgal Fort
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Monday, September 17, 2012

That was a" Gusty Windy Night Trek" (Saturday-sunday, 15th sep Posting this after a long time ) . after a few drop outs and last minute registrations finally 23 ASCENDers made it to the trek. A simple Trek turned out be an "ad-hoc" Adventure. we left the concrete jungle at 8.00 PM on saturday which was supposed to be at 5.30PM Thanks to "Bangalore City Traffic."  We started to trek from a village called  "Manchenbele" started moving towards "Kaurava halli" in the dark night lit with stars around us. there came a Question from one of the participant called " Varun" - Vinay last event was a Moon light trek to "Chennagiri", y cant we see any moon this time ?? so my obvious answer was " Dude that was moon light trek and this is a "No Moon" trek. there were Giggles among the participants and " pallavi" was trying to spot some "Ghosts" in the TAMARIND TREES" . "Pallavi even Ghosts are scared of you" Lolz.

The "trek" route was into the Farm fields, lakes, villages, and highways. Dogs greeted us as we entered Villages. Thank god no one Mistook our Group for "Dandupalya Gang" as the Dog barks wakened the villagers from their deep sleep. Thanks to our Doctru who Communicated to the villagers about our trek.

After loosing the trails a couple of times we finally made it to the camping place. the Camp Fire started tio Roar in the heavy winds at 3 A.M, the intro session happend amidst the chilling winds and warming camp fire which went on till 4.30A.M with some fun and entertainment. Then We people decided to sleep and started Erecting the tents, the wind was Robust and turbulent, it was a herculean task in Erecting the tent. the wind was soo turbulent one could feel the lift of his body from the ground. it was an amazing feeling. One amongst the 5 tents erected Flew off at 5AM and it was Our "Doctor Harish's " My sleep of 15min ( One hand holding the Tent grill tightly and with one leg lifted supporting the tent) ended here when i heard screams from every one " Tent Haroithu, Tent Haroithu" uffffffffffff............. Then we began folding the tent, in the process the wind almost lifted Varun and mighty Asst Professor Mr.Bagurrrrrrrrr...
Soon we finished our breakfast and started decending down, A small elephant Tata Magic was waiting for us which ferried 24 of us to the Destinations where we parked our vehicles, people sat on Roof mud gaurd and hanged on railings, One could imagine a  "Fevicol" ad people sticking on to a lorry :P.

Once Again Thanks to our "Doctru Harish" Who helped us park our vehicles and also handling the Villagers, he is been soo kind to us ( though made it a bit late to the start point). 1000 Thanks to him for all the help. And last but not the least to the entire team of 22 U were simply gr8 miss you and hope to see you all in the future treks.

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Write up from Chaitanya Adumisili

Hi Vinay,

Here goes brief description & feedback on our trip:

Had nice nice trek with group of 23 to "Kaurava Kunda". This trek was of less duration when compared to my previous night treks. However, has excellent time while treking & on top of hill with group. Navigating is pretty difficult as we dont know the exact route & as it is night time. Saw how the villagers are very attentive if unknown people are walking through their houses in groups. 4-5 villages came out of their houses with big polls as their security. Breezes are pretty high and tents didnt withstand for that velocity. Had fun with group around campfire. Wish such treks comes in our way & BASC organizes them :)

 

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Write up from Madhu Bagur

Hello Bangalore Ascenders,

It was on a thursday when i came across a mail for a trek in a known area of Chikkaballapur, But had never ventured before into it ( as same as our Vinay

--  first timer in all places). made up my mind by seeing the topic of driving to the point. As BASC has always been a good companion for having a nice trek.

So came to the final moments where we were supposed to meet at CBI junction at 5.30 as told by Vinay, As i stay in kengeri road, I and Varun n Srini decided to

reach the same road a little further after Hebbal Flyover. We were there exactly at 5.40 pm. We never knew that we wud have to wait for nearly 2 hrs for all to come n leave.

But all happens for good as we had a McD in Esteem Mall, Ate n even packed for further Trek also...

Now Coming to the main part as the information of the previous trek was over flowing from Srini n Varun tht they had done with "Doctre" n one more famous person for me was "PRIYA". coz of her driving skills n her chubbyness.. people were crazily telling there exp's with all the people of the previous night trek to channagiri where they had very less light and was out of trek through the trek.. So i was actually waiting in complete horror as it was an amavasya night also. coz the night trek that i have gone r in pornomi night's.

Later came the team in 3 cars n two bike in one was this priya abt whom to be precise i was spell bounded by seeing her. so the question i asked her was r u " The Priya"... LOLZ.... n Arun was like "OMG yene nin bagge ellargu gothu".... IT was nearly 8 pm by the time we left hebbal towards the hills....  n then i all got introduced i am really sorry i dont remember much names.It was Chaitanya,Srini,Arun,Priya Ravi,Doctor, pramod,Varun,Rama, PAllavi n many more not to miss Garima...

it was at night 10.30 when we reached a village outside chikkaballapur.. from where the trek had to be started... was nearly a 6-7 kms of road trek thru the night.. hill was small n was around 1.5 kms in height took around 1.5 hrs to complete it...By the time we trekked it was almost 3 AM..

Than came the time of Pallavi after the camp fire was prepared by Ravi,Vinay,Varun n many others.... All of them were like stop it pallavi plz.... she is one of a brilliant person i thought i had ever met... has so much knowledge... n rag u like anything..... all had there turn one after the other came to mine was pretty much less intense than others... but when pallavi came it was like feast for all the waiting foxes.... question after question was put to her but she being a confi person gave back nicely to all n sang a beautiful song as well....

by 5 am all wanted to sleep so had put up there tents... by the time we also slept ravi got a call for doctor telling his tent was facing trouble as it was too windy out on top of the hill.... by the time me varun n raam reached the tent.. the tent got completely blown.. so i and raam tried to hold it n fold it... at that moment it was a life holding scene for me n raam as tht tent opened completely n dragged us like a parachute without any preparations.... "that was an end for all our ideas in folding the tent...." gave us chills like never before....

by 8AM all were up and ready to leave by now an ace was waiting for us down the road to drop us back to the vehicles whr we had parked...

So was a very brief about the experiences which i had... But had still more experiences n will look forward go with BASC whenever they plan one.... 

 

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A WriteUp from Pallavi in kannada,

 

ರಾತ್ರಿ ಚಾರಣ - ಕೌರವ ಕೊಂಡ( Kowrava Konda ) – 15.9.2012

ನಾವೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಕೂಡಿ ಒಟ್ಟು 23 ಮಂದಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಅಸೆ೦ಡರ್ಸ್ ಇಂದ ರಾತ್ರಿ ಚಾರಣ ಕೌರವ ಕೊಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊರಟೆವು. ನಮ್ಮ ಚಾರಣದ ರೂವಾರಿ ವಿನಯ್ ಸಿ.ಬಿ.ಐ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಎಲ್ಲರು ಸಂಜೆ 5 30ಕ್ಕೆ ಬರಬೇಕೆಂದು ಇ- ಮೇಲ್ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿದ್ದ. ಅಂತೆಯೇ ನಾನು ರಾಮ್ ನಮ್ಮ ಟೆಂಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ಸ್ಲೀಪಿಂಗ್ ಬ್ಯಾಗ್ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಎತ್ತಾಕ್ಕೊಂಡು 5 45ರ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ಸಿ.ಬಿ.ಐ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣವನ್ನು ತಲುಪುದ್ವಿ. ನಮ್ಮ ಮಹಾನಗರಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಟ್ರಾಫಿಕ್ ನ ದೆಸೆಯಿಂದಾಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಕಲೆತು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ಬಿಡುವ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ರಾತ್ರಿ 7 45.

ವಿನಯ್ ಗೆ ಆದಷ್ಟು ಬೇಗ ತಲುಪಿ ಬೆಟ್ಟದ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೋಂಡ, ಪುಳಿಯೋಗರೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಮಾಡ್ಬೇಕು ಅಂತೆಲ್ಲ ಆಸೆ ಇತ್ತು. ಯಾವಾಗ 25ಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಮಂದಿ ಬರ್ತಾರೆ ಅನ್ತಾಯ್ತೋ ಸಮಾರಾಧನೆಗೆ ಅಡಿಗೆ ಮಾಡ್ದಂಗೆ ಆಗತ್ತೆ ಅಂತ ಸುಮ್ನಾಗ್ಬಿಟ್ಟ.

ದಾರಿಯ ಮಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ತಿನಿಸನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ನಮ್ಮ ಡಾಕುಟ್ರಪ್ಪ ಹರೀಶ್ ಅವರ ನೆಂಟರ ಮನೆ( ಮಂಚಿನ ಬೆಲೆ) ತಲುಪಿ ನಮ್ಮ ವಾಹನಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸುವ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ರಾತ್ರಿ 9 50.( ನಮ್ ಡಾಕುಟ್ರುಗೆ ಚಿಕ್ಕಬಳ್ಳಾಪುರದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲೂ ನೆಂಟರಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅವರೆಲ್ಲಾ ಸಹೃದಯಿಗಳು ಎಂದರೆ ಅತಿಶಯೋಕ್ತಿಯಾಗಲಾರದು). ನಂತರ ಬಾಸ್ಕ್ ನ ನಿಯಮದಂತೆ INDEMNITY BONDಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಂದ ಸಹಿ ಹಾಕಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು( ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಏನಂತಾರೆ ಅಂತ ಯಡ್ಯುರಪ್ಪ- ಶೋಭಕ್ಕನ ಮೇಲಾಣೆ ನಂಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ), ಅಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಸೌದೆಯನ್ನು ಕ್ಯಾಂಪ್ ಫೈರಿಗೆ ಉರುವಲಾಗಿ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಲು ಎಲ್ಲರು ತಲಾಗೊಂದರಂತೆ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೊರಟೆವು. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನಮಗೆದುರಾದ ಕೆಲವು ಹಳ್ಳಿಗರು( ತೀರ್ಥ ಸೇವಿಗರು) ನಮಗೆ VTU ಪ್ರಶ್ನ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಿಂತಲೂ ಕಷ್ಟಕರವಾದ ನಾನಾ ತರಹದ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಒಡ್ಡಿ, ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಶಂಕಿತ ಉಗ್ರಗಾಮಿಗಳ ಪಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಸೇರಿಸಿಬಿಟ್ಟರು!!!!! :-(

ಆಗ ರಣಧೀರನಂತೆ ಬಂದ ಹರೀಶ್, ಅವರ ಗೌಡ್ರು ಸ್ಟೈಲ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದ್ ಆವಾಜ್ ಬಿಟ್ರು ಆ ಹಳ್ಳಿಯವರು ಉಸಿರೆತ್ತದೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಕಾಲ್ತೆಗೆದರು.

ಹಿಂದಿನ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜಕುಮಾರಿನ ಭೇಟಿ ಆಗೋಕೆ 7 ಸಮುದ್ರ, 7 ಬೆಟ್ಟ ದಾಟಿ ಹೋಗ್ತಿದ್ರಂತೆ. ನಾವು ಹೋದ್ವಿ ಗದ್ದೆ, ಕೆರೆ, ಬಯಲು, ಹೈ ವೇ ರೋಡು, ಕೌರವ ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ದಾಟ್ಕೊಂಡು( ರಾಜಕುಮಾರ ಸಿಗೊದಿರ್ಲಿ ನಂಗೆ ಕಾಣದಾದ್ರು ಬೇಡ್ವಾ) ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ ಮಧ್ಯರಾತ್ರಿ ದೆವ್ವ ಕೂಗೋ ಹೊತ್ನಾಗೆ (ಹಿನ್ನಲೆ ಸಂಗೀತ - ತಂಗಾಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ತೇಲಿ ಬಂದೆ). ಹುಣಸೆ ಮರದ ಹತ್ರ ಇಣುಕಿ ಇಣುಕಿ ನೋಡುದ್ವಪ್ಪ ದೊಡ್ದವಿರ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಮರಿ ದೆವ್ವನಾದ್ರು ಕಾಣದ್ ಬೇಡ್ವ. ಬಲೇ ನಿರಾಸೆ ಆಯ್ತು ಅನ್ನಿ( ಎಷ್ಟು ದಿನ ಅಂತ ಕನ್ನಡೀಲಿ ಮುಖ ನೋಡ್ಕೊಳ್ಳೋದು!!!)

ನಾವು ದೊಣ್ಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹಿಡಿದು ದಂಡುಪಾಳ್ಯದವರ ತರ ದಂಡಿ ಮಾರ್ಚ್ ಮಾಡ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಎದುರಾದ ಚಿಕ್ಕ 3 ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳನ್ನ ದಾಟಿ ಹೋಗ್ತಿದ್ವಿ. ಒಂದೊಂದು ಹಳ್ಳಿಲೂ ನಾಯಿಗಳು ನಮಗೆ ಭವ್ಯ ಸ್ವಾಗತವನ್ನು ಕೊರ್ತಿದ್ವು. ಆ ಸದ್ದಿಗೆ ಎಚ್ಚರಗೊಂಡ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗರನ್ನು ನಮ್ ಡಾಕ್ಟ್ರು ಇಂಜೆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕೊಡ್ದಲೇನೆ ಸಾಂತ್ವಾನ ಮಾಡ್ತಿದ್ರು.

ಬೆಟ್ಟ ಹತ್ತಿರ್ಬೇಕಾದ್ರೆ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬರುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಕಟ್ಟ ಕಡೆಯ ಯೋಧರಿಂದ ಸಣ್ಣದಾಗಿ ಕೇಳಿಸೋ ಜಾನಪದ ಗೀತೆ(ರಾಮ್ ಹಾಡ್ತಿದ್ದಿದ್ದು). ನಾನು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಕೇಳೋಣ ಅಂತ ನನ್ನ ನಡಿಗೆಯನ್ನ ನಿಧಾನ ಮಾಡಿ, ಬೇಗ ಬೇಗ ಹತ್ತೇ ಅಂತ ವಿನಯ್ ಹತ್ರ ಬೈಸ್ಕೊಂಡೆ. ಸರಿ ಮೇಲೆ ಹತ್ತಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಅಂತಿಮ ಗುರಿ( ಫೈನಲ್ ಡೆಸ್ಟಿನಿ) ತಲುಪಿದಾಗ ಸಮಯ ಮುಂಜಾನೆ 3 ಗಂಟೆ.

ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಯಾಂಪ್ ಫೈರ್ ಹಾಕಿ ನಂತರ ಬಾಸ್ಕ್ ನಿಯಮದಂತೆ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಸ್ವ-ಪರಿಚಯ. ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗು ಒಂದೊಂದು ಟಾಸ್ಕ್ ಇರುತ್ತಿತ್ತು ಮತ್ತು ಅದನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯವಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಲೇಬೇಕೆಂದು ತಾಕೀತು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆವು.

ಅತುತ್ತಮ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ ನೀಡಿದವರ ಪಟ್ಟಿ ಇಂತಿದೆ:

ಡಾ. ಹರೀಶ್ ಬಾಬು- ನಮ್ಮ ಬಾಸ್ಕ್ ನ ಕಂಬ( ಪಿಲ್ಲರ್) ಮುದ್ದಾಸರ್ ನಂತೆ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ.

ಹಲ್ ಡಾಕ್ಟ್ರು ಪ್ರಿಯ - ಬೆಲ್ಲಿ ನೃತ್ಯ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಿ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ರಂಜಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ.

ಕಲಿಯುಗ ಕರ್ಣ ರವೀಂದ್ರ(ಅಂಬರೀಶ್ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ನೊಂದ್ಕೊಬಾರ್ದು) - ಚಿಲ್ಲರೆ ಕಾಸು ಸಂಗ್ರಹಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅದನ್ನು ಬಾಸ್ಕ್ ನಿಧಿಗೆ ದಾನವಿತ್ತಿದ್ದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ.

ಉದಾರಿ ಮೋಹನ್ - ಹುಡುಗಿಯರಿಂದ ಹೇರ್ ಬ್ಯಾಂಡ್/ ಕ್ಲಿಪ್ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ ನಂತರ ಹಿಂತಿರುಗಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ!!

ಯೋಗ ಪಟು ರಾಮ್ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ವೇತ - ತಮ್ಮ ಸಂಗೀತ ಸುಧೆಯಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮ ಹೃನ್ಮನ ತಣಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ.

(ನಾಳೆ ನನ್ನ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ಹಬ್ಬ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿ ಬರ್ತಡೇ ಬಮ್ಸ್ ತಿಂದ ಜಿನು - ಇರಲಾರದೆ ಇರುವೆ ಬಿಟ್ಕೊಳ್ಳೋದು ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಇದೇನೇ)

ಆಮೇಲೆ ಸಾಹಸ ಮಾಡಿ ಟೆಂಟ್ ಹಾಕಿ ಮಲಗಿ ಹಾಡುತ್ತ ಇದ್ವಿ, ಎಲ್ರು ಟೆಂಟ್ ಹಾರ್ತಿದೆ ಅಂತ ಕೂಗಡೋಕೆ ಶುರು ಮಾಡಿದ್ರು, ರಭಸವಾಗಿ ಬೀಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಗಾಳಿಯೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಟೆಂಟ್ ಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ಸ್ಥಾನವನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ವೃಥಾ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದವು( ಇದ್ರಲ್ಲಿ ಅತಿ ಶೀಗ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೋಲೊಪ್ಪಿಕೊಂಡದ್ದು ನಮ್ ಡಾಕ್ಟ್ರು ಟೆಂಟ್). ನಮ್ ಟೆಂಟ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನನ್ನೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಇನ್ನೂ ಇಬ್ರಿದ್ದ್ರು ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದ್ರೆ ಗಾಳಿ ನನ್ನ ಸಮೇತ ಟೆಂಟ್ ನ ಹಾರುವ ತಟ್ಟೆ( ಫ್ಲಯಿಂಗ್ ಸಾಸರ್) ಯಂತೆ ಎತ್ತ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಹೋಗ್ತಿತ್ತೋ ಏನೋ!!!

ಟೆಂಟ್ ತೆಗೆದು ಬಿಸ್ಕೆಟ್ಟು ಅದು ಇದು ಹಾಲು ಮೂಳು ಅಂತ ತಿಂದು ಕೆಳಗಿಳಿದು ಬರೋಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ ಟಾಟಾ ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಎಂಬ ದೈತ್ಯ ವಾಹನ ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮ ವಾಹನಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ್ದ ಜಾಗದವರೆಗೂ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಹೊತ್ತೊಯ್ಯಲು ಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಯಾರೋ ಚವ್ಕಾಸಿ ಮಾಡಿ 270ರೂ. ಗಳಿಗೆ ಕುದುರಿಸಿದ್ರು. ಡಾಕ್ರು ನೆಂಟ್ರು ಮನೆ ತಲುಪಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕ ಪುದೀನ, ಬೀಟ್ ರೂಟ್( ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ಪಡೆದು) ಕಿತ್ತುಕೊಂಡು ಹೊರಟಾಗ ಸುಮಾರು ೧೦ ಗಂಟೆ. ಮಹಾನಗರಿ ತಲುಪುವಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ 11 ಗಂಟೆ.

ನಮ್ ಕಡೆಯಿಂದ ವಿಶೇಷ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು:

ಡಾ. ಹರೀಶ್ ಬಾಬು - ಈ ಭಾರಿಯೂ ಉದಾರತೆಯಿಂದ ತಮ್ಮ ಕಾರನ್ನು ತಂದು ಎಲ್ರನ್ನು ಲಗ್ಗೇಜ್ ಆಟೋ ಥರ ತುಂಬ್ಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದು, ಅವರ ನೆಂಟರ ಮನೇಲಿ ಗಾಡಿಗಳನ್ನ ನಿಲ್ಸೋಕೆ ಜಾಗ ಕೊಡ್ಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ.

ವಿನಯ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ - ಚಾರಣದ ಹೊಣೆ ಹೊತ್ತದ್ದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ

 

A writeup from Vinuthna,

Hi Vinay,
This is my First night trek So I liked it a lot,
To find out a way to reach the hill in the night time is very difficult,We walked through many trials to sort a way,
Some how we reached to Top of the hill,here started our trouble,Extreme winds are blowing through us,
We enjoyed a lot with Camp Fire in that winds and the interaction the team members,
Bit scared about pallavi ragging,when it comes to my turn she asked a simple question to tell five Novels of Famous Novelist "Yandamuri Veerendrenath" :).
I was not able to stand as the wind is pushing me back,Setting up tents is one more challenge for us,
Hardly I slept for 20 mins and saw the Sunrise from the top of the hill,Its an beautiful experience for me,
Even though its a small hill the view of the villages,farms,flower garden below the hill are awesome,
Team members are also very friendly and had a good time with all of them,
Thanks to Vinay for organizing the Night trek.

 

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Brahmagiri is a hill adjacent to Nandi hills near a place called Nandigrama. This was my second trek with BASC after the Ghati Subramanya night trek for beginners and I was all excited about it.
  We boarded 8.45Am train at majestic and reached Nandi railway station in about 2 hours. From there we travelled around 20 mins in an auto to reach the base of the hill. We got our lunch packed from a nearby restaurant and started the trek at 11.45 Am.
The climb was a mixture of open wide areas and narrow paths passing in between thorny shrubs. On the way up in between some of us thought of trying a shorter route, so we got split up and explored a new route, but we ended up reaching at almost the same time as the new route was relatively tougher with more narrower and thornier paths. After taking several breaks in between for photo shoots and snacks.. it was almost 2 when we reached the peak. The view from the top was awesome. We had our packed lunch there viewing the scenic beauty around.
 We started back by around 2.45.. The descend was very fast as we had to catch a train at 4.15 ( as we had spent lot of time clicking photos while climbing :) ) .  Luckily we all made to the base within 4.. the autos were waiting for us at the base to take us back to station. We reached just in time for the train.
Thanks to Mudassar who had reached the station ahead of us in a bike and had taken tickets, we were able to board the train :)  .. and were back at majestic by 6.15.
 It was great fun trekking and also got to make new friends.
Thanks BASC for organizing such treks for beginners like me. These 2 treks I went have surely made me more confident and prepared for tougher ones :)
Looking forward to many more treks with BASC.
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Testimonials:- By Sunil Kumar,It was an Amazing first time experience for me to be a part of the trekking event with your group to Brahmagiri Betta  (opposite to Nandi Hills ). Unbelievable experience ,Hats off to  the Organizers & especially for the  patience MUDASSAR has, Its not a joke to maintain like minded people with a  little bit of difference in frequency. He makes every one feel at home. If some one says Trekking is expensive , try it once with Bangalore Ascenders  & you will not believe. This trekking was for Rs 100.00 including transport & lunch. forget the money nobody cares as much they do.I am eager to be a part of more events in your group & Wish you all the very best for your group. YOU GUYS ROCK !
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Monday, September 3, 2012

      FRP Mission accomplished on Sept 2nd when we planted 1140 saplings and watered all of them.

     FRP was a really big event involving lots planning, preparation, hard work at field etc etc. To make this event success many have contributed like Forest Detpartment officials (RFO, Forester, Guard, Watchers etc), local people etc. And the hard work of 11 member team from BASC in planting and watering have made this event possible. Thanks to Anitha MS, Chirag Dedhia, Durga Shankar, Karthik HK, Rudra Aradya, Santhi Sree, Vasanth, Venkat, Vinay MP and Vinuthna Y.

FRP completed in two phases;
Phase 1: On 19th & 20th May 2012 --> Completed
Task: Identifying, preparing land. Which includes taking permission from Forest Department, digging pits using JCB/manual, etc

Phase 2: On 1st & 2nd Sept 2012 --> Completed
Task: Planting young plants (saplings) in pits and watering them.
Success stories by participants;

Experience from Vinuthna Yandamuri:

     "Gift your future generations with abundant natural resources and non polluted environment rather than money/property/assets because money can not create all these."

   I strongly believe in this and in my journey towards this I joined the Bangalore ASCENDers (BASC) group for great event “FOREST REGENERATION PROGRAM” (FRP) since I’m very much interested in it.
     One Man Thought+ Hundreds of members Contribution+Fourty people Hardwork+16 hours work=1140 saplings plantation in a Forest.
     Ambareesh Karanath is a core member of BASC, he had initiated the Forest Regeneration Program(FRP). Many members of the BASC had contributed for this event. Fourty people are the Forest Department officials (RFO, Forester, Guard, Watchers etc)+ local people +11 members from BASC.

 

     Second phase of FRP event is done on September 1st and 2nd. This Forest is a scenic place with hills all around, the top of the hills are covered with clouds and a reservoir in the down of the hills but unfortunately rainfall is very less here :( Second phase of FRP involves the following targets 1) Planting 1140 saplings in the pits which were dug out in the phase 1 (on 19th & 20th May) 2) Watering the 1140 saplings by getting water from the near by reservoir!

 

     To complete the First target asap we had taken the help of local people, We formed as a team of 2-2 members and started planting the saplings. We a team of eleven members had planted around 100-120 saplings by afternoon. The local people have planted the remaining by that time, Later we collected all the plastic covers of saplings place and burnt them.

 

     Then coming to the second target which is a real challenge for all of us. There are 1140 saplings and the water is 500-600 meters away from us!!! We need to carry the water with pots from the river and the land is with ups and downs. When Ambareesh was talking about this I'm thinking in my mind that "Is he joking :), for sure we can’t water even only half". Now when it comes to the action we eleven has taken it very seriously and started with a great energy. We eleven has divided the 600 meters distance from the river to the saplings and started carrying 2 pots at a time by passing them. After carrying 120 pots we have taken our first break (had some snacks). Then again started and had carried around 60-70 pots. First day we had carried around 200 pots and watered 400 saplings. Every one in the team is fully tired and having body pains, cramps etc... because almost every one are new to this kind of work.

 

     Second day we started the work early with out having break-fast. Now I got a chance to experience the beauty of nature at my best because I stood inside the river where I need to fill the pots and give them. It’s any easy job now so I'm listening songs and singing songs by seeing the beauty of nature, mean while the small fishes around my feet are playing by tickling me. After carrying 82 pots we have taken our break-fast. Back to the work again, this time most of them got exhausted and had 2 short breaks. We started carrying only one pot at a time now. We are praying to Rain GOD a lot, even though there are clouds its not raining at all. We are loosing our energy levels but still had a strong determination to do watering for all the plants. Santhi and Karthik had watered the last fifteen plants. It’s a big achievement for me I have carried more than 350 pots. I can say it’s just the hard work, Strong determination; dedication and commitment of the whole team had made us to accomplish the task. I have worked with one of the best team which is very co-operating and coordinating with each other :). This is called a true Team work.

 

     It has rained when we are leaving the Forest. We are back to Bangalore with overwhelmed joy and heavy body pains too. This is the best event I had done till to date which brought out the inner strength of me. I did this with my heart so I was successful. I’m thankful to Ambareesh Karanth for giving me a chance to participate in such a great event. “A natural disaster doesn’t know that you are billionare, great scientist or a common man, It may kill any one, so please do your part to protect our nature as day by day the environment is getting polluted by mankind in many ways” “Live and Let live”.

Experience from Anitha MS:

     "ಹಸಿರು ನಮ್ಮ ಉಸಿರು"
     ಬಿಹಾರದ "ಧರ್ ಹರಾ" ಗ್ರಾಮದ ವಿಶ್ವಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾದರಿಯಾದ ಅಪರೂಪದ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನುಯನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ ಸ೦ಸ್ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆಸೋದಿಕ್ಕೆ ನಮಗೆ ಆಗದೆ ಇದ್ರು........ಅನುಕರಣೀಯವಾದ್ರು...... ನಾವು (BASC) ನೆಟ್ಟ೦ತಹ 1140 ಗಿಡಗಳು ಇಡೀ ಭೂಮ೦ಡಲವನ್ನೇ ತ೦ಪು ಮಾಡಿ ನೆರಳನ್ನು ಕೊಡುತ್ತವೆನೊ ಅನ್ನೊ ಸ೦ತೋಷ ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ತು೦ಬಿತ್ತು.

     ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನಿ೦ತು ಗಿಡ ನೆಟ್ಟು ನೀರು ಹಾಕಿದವರು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪನೇ ಜನವಾಗಿದ್ದರು, ಅದರ ಹಿ೦ದೆ ಬೆನ್ನೆಲುಬಾಗಿ ನಿ೦ತವರು ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಜನ. ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಅರಣ್ಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು, ಗಾರ್ಡ್ಸ್,ಪಕ್ಕದ ಹಳ್ಳಿಯ ಜನಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ನೀವು(The Whole BASC).

     ಜುಲೈ ಹಸಿರಿನ ತಿ೦ಗಳು, ಮಳೆ ಪ್ರಾರ೦ಭ ಆಗೋ ಈ ತಿ೦ಗಳೇ ವನಮಹೋತ್ಸವ,ಆದರೆ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಎಕೊ ಮುನಿಸಿಕೊ೦ಡ೦ತಿದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲು ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆಗನುಸಾರವಾಗಿ ಮಳೆ ಇಲ್ಲ. ನಾವು ಕೂಡ ಆ ತು೦ತುರು ಹನಿಗಾಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟು ದಿನ ಕಾಯಬೇಕಾಯ್ತು. ಈಗ ಕನಸು ಪ್ರಾರ೦ಭವಾಗಿದೆ............. ಬದುಕುಳಿವ ಹೋರಾಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆದರಿಕೆ ಎನೆ೦ದರೆ ನಾವಿ೦ದು ನೆಟ್ಟ ಅದೇ ಪಾತಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ಗಿಡ ನೆಡುವ೦ತಾಗಬಾರದು ಇದು ಬಹುಶಃ ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಆಶಯ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದರೆ ಗಿಡಗಳ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆ ಅನ೦ದ ಅನುಭವಿಸಲು ಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಬರಬೇಕೆನ್ನುವುದು ನನ್ನಾಸೆ ಶ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ನನ್ನ ಪಾಲು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಇದ್ರು ಸ೦ತೋಷದಲ್ಲಿ ನನ್ನ ಪಾಲು ಜಾಸ್ತಿ, ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಗು೦ಪಿನ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗು ನನ್ನ ತು೦ಬು ಹೃದಯದ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು (Thanks To All Team Members). ನಮ್ಮ ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ಯಾವ Trekking ಗು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ, ಗಿಡ ನೆಡುವುದರ ಜೊತೆ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ತಿ೦ಡಿ ತಿನಿಸುಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ಕಿತ್ತಾಟ, ಓಬ್ಬರನೊಬ್ಬರು ರೇಗಿಸ್ತಿದ್ದದ್ದು, ಕೆಲಸದ ನಡುವೆ ಹಸಿವು ಮರೆಸಿದ ಯಾವದನ್ನು ಮರೆಯೊ ಹಾಗಿಲ್ಲ..

      BASC ಇನ್ನು ಇತ೦ಹ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆಯುಳ್ಳ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು. ನಮ್ಮಗಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರು ನಮ್ಮ ಮು೦ದಿನ ಪೀಳಿಗೆಗಾದ್ರು ಎನಾದ್ರು ಉಳಿಸಿ ಬೆಳಿಸಿ ಹೋಗೋಣ

     "ನಾನು ಹಡೆದವ್ವ, ಹೆಸರು ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಮಾತೆ ಅನುಗಾಲ ಬಾಳಿದವಳು ಅರಸಿಯ೦ತೆ" ಅನ್ನೊ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಮಾತೆ ಹಾಡನ್ನ ಮತ್ತೆ ನಿಜ ಮಡೋಣ, ಮತ್ತೆ ಅವಳನ್ನ ಅರಸಿಯನ್ನಾಗಿಸೋಣ

     We planted Avenue tree saplings, Few links & photos about the plant;
http://www.isibang.ac.in/~bhat/honge.html
http://giftingtrees.blogspot.in/2011/05/future-of-biofuel.html

Link to photo albums:
1. From Vinay MP:
2. From Venkat, Ambareesh;
3. From Anitha;

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Written by: Ambareesh Karanth, Vinuthna, Anitha
Event organized by: Ambareesh Karanth 
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Ambareesh Karanth, Vinay, Venkat & Anitha

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

     BASC celebrated Independence Day with special kids. It was very special and memorable day for everyone of us. It was a part of BASC's social event drive and, expenses were contributed from BASC Fund.

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     School selected for Social activity was "Antharaganga Mentally Challenged children’s Special education Residential School" near Kolar, 70km from Bangalore. There are 26 children from 6 years to 16 years of age, with different disabilities. The organization runs on the offerings and support provided by public, no help from the government is available. So they are in need of help from people like us. In all, 6 members of the staff are present to take care of children and their education, medication, food and stay.

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Below items were distributed at the school;
Toys such as Board games; Ring games; Balls; Stationary items; Colour pencils; Sketch pens; Ball pens; HB pencils; Brush pens; Erasers; Sharpeners.Groceries: Rice; Toor dal; Green gram; Urad dal; Beaten rice; Idli rava; Rava; Sunflower oil; Guntur red chilli. Carpet: Floor carpet size 28.5 x 6 feet
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Expenses:-
Groceries     =  7480
Toys            =  1555
Stationary    =  1765
Carpet         =  3100
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Total           =  13900
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     From BASC a team of 5, Ambareesh Karanth, Anitha MS, Girish NL, Rajesh P Nayak & Vinuthna were part of the occasion. Thanks to everyone to make it successful, and special thanks to Anitha MS for sponsoring transport.

     BASC is greatly thankful to all those who contributed to BASC Fund.

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Testimonials:-

     My First Social Event with Bangalore ASCENDers was one of My Most Memorable days,the school we had visited this morning is not having proper shelter and other basic amenities. It has 26 students with different (dis)abilities and 6 teachers to teach them, Good thing is that some children got selected in games at National Level( i.e games designed specially for mentally challenged children. I really appreciate the efforts made by persons who are running the school still even though they are having less funds. Anitha and Ambareesh from Bangalore ASCENDers had selected a school which needed our support. The event was well organized and the things we had given to them are very much useful and indeed they are in need of them. We also went to Antar-Gange Someshwara temple where one will have a surprise, water will be streaming out from the mouth of a stone bull (basava) throughout the year,and nobody knows the source of water or the place from where it originates. Thanks to Ambareesh who made my day with my Special Friends :),We were few I mean five Members but had a very gud time today,every one were very Friendly,Understanding,Funny too(Actually I didn't understand fully what they were talking abt but there expressions made me to laugh ;) ). I can say this day as a Beautiful day with people having Beautiful hearts.

     This was my First Outing with Bangalore ASCENDers after an year and I enjoyed a lot. Thanks to Bangalore ASCENDers team :-)
Vinuthna Yandamuri
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Event organized by: Ambareesh Karanth

Images By: Rajesh
Image Galleries: Girish NL

Sunday, June 10, 2012

     Its June and SCHOOLs have reopened. To support poor-rural-students, Bangalore ASCENDers [BASC] gave note-books and uniform cloth to them. This was the part of BASC’s social responsibility and for this BASC FUND was utilized. We have picked, 'Government Primary & Higher Primary school' Muddenahalli near Chikballapur. Reason being Muddenahalli is the birth place of the great great engineer Sir M Vishweshwaraiah

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Total numbers of children from class 1 to 7, were100. We gave four 200 pages note-books and a uniform cloth to each student. This event is a part of BASC's Social Activity, so expenses are from BASC Fund.
Books (per book 12.5 x 400)  = Rs. 5000
Uniform cloth (per piece 62 x 100)  =  Rs. 6200
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Total expenses = Rs. 11200
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     Special thanks to school Head-madam, Teachers and children for their kind co-operation and support. Finally thanks for all the BASC members who have contributed to the BASC Fund. Along with Ambareesh Rajesh and Karthik participated in the event thanks to their presence and support.
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Compiled by: Mudassar
Event organized by: Ambareesh 
Karanth
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Monday, June 4, 2012

The Nandi hills range has views across the plains and ideal for hiking. Channagiri hill is densely covered with shrubs. The trek starts from a temple near Sultanpet and the track goes behind the hill and culminates at the hilltop taking wholly about 2 ½ hours.
At 56 Kms from Bengaluru, it is one of the five hills of the Nandi Hill ranges is one of the 5 major hillocks in the Nandi Ranges. The others are Nandi giri, Skanda giri, Deva giri, Dibba giri. The Nandi hills range has views across the plains and ideal for hiking.
Channagiri hill is densely covered with shrubs. A small temple and a stone water pool within a fort stands in ruins. Hardly used by trekkers, Channagiri is suitable for teams to enjoy nature at its best. Expect strong winds as you near the top. Adjacent Nandi Hills and Kalwarbeta are in full view from Channagiri
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The terrain is very diverse, rocky at some places & evergreen forest on the slopes. The forest of the hill acts as a substrate for cloud condensation and every morning the trees are covered in water. This allows for many moist forest species of plants and animals. The hills are very rich in birdlife making it a very popular location for birdwatchers and bird photographers. The evergreen forest patch on top of the hill being a favored wintering location for many migrant species of warblers, flycatchers and thrushes. The forest patch is also home for a relict population of the Nilgiri Woodpigeon. A breeding pair of Shaheen Falcon, the resident race of the Peregrine Falcon is also often seen here. The Malabar Whistling Thrush, Uropeltid snakes and Pill millipedes which are otherwise known only from the Western Ghats ranges are also found here. The hill slopes are the home of the Yellow-throated Bulbul, a species endemic to the hills of peninsular India.

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A brief Write up from Aishwarya.

An ad-hoc trail, moon-lit sky, polka-dotted butterflies and much more ………

A Friday evening never began on a more exciting note before. I rushed home just to check the confirmed list of participants for the trek and to pack my back-pack with essentials. Soon, I found myself at the Food Street in VV Puram with many other fellow trekkers waiting to head out of Bangalore. They were warm, down-to-earth and easy to gel with. We were a group of 10 or more when we began on our drive to the destination. A couple of cars and a handful of bikes joined in, making it a whopping group of 26 eager trekkers. With a few delays and hiccups on our way, we finally reached a picturesque village called Sultanpet past midnight. Sultanpet is a hamlet located in Doddaballapur Taluk, located amidst few hillocks known for adventure trekking. Nandi hills, Brahma giri, Skanda giri, Dibba giri and Deva giri were all visible at a distance.

After reaching Sultanpet, we parked all our vehicles in Dr.Harish’s house and began to walk towards our much-awaited destination Channagiri Betta, which was just a few kilometers away. The sky was lit by the big, bright full-moon. Its luminosity swept me off my feet and bade goodbye to the sleep throbbing in the corner of my eye. It was the beginning of the trekJ. The village was fast asleep under the glorious sky, not wanting to disturb their deep slumber, we maintained silence and whispered among ourselves as we walked ahead.
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It was past two in the night by the time we arrived at our destination. It was a steep hill with densely populated shrubs. After flashing a few LED torches in all directions, we decided to begin the trek uphill.

It was an ad-hoc trail, awaiting to unleash itself with each step. The plan was to reach the top in about 2-2½ hours to witness the night sky turn into dawn.

The trek began on an exciting note—the fact that it was a night trek on an unknown trail made it equally adventurous and challenging. The trail was covered with thorny bushes and the terrain was rugged with loose gravel. The torches and the moonlight helped us trek through it with caution. We did take a couple of short, quick five-minute breaks at various points, while we waited for the others to catch up. As we climbed up we could feel the drop in the temperatures. The breeze was cool and the view got better and better. There were Eucalyptus trees spreading their fragrance and giving us company from a distance. The peeping moon behind the trees made its way to the top, mesmerizing us with its majesty.

After nearly two hours of restless trekking we seemed to have conquered a certain height. Phew! Many of us decided to perch ourselves at that point, while a handful of others went in search of the trail ahead. We chatted and listened to music, a few indulged in the setting dawn and the tranquility of the surroundings.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck with the trail ahead, so we decided to wait till the dawn set in. Meanwhile we collected a few dead shrubs and managed to light a campfire. It was a perfect treatment to the falling temperatures. We sat cozily around the burning twigs and introduced one another in a sequence. It was overwhelming for me to see a motley set of people from different backgrounds sharing a similar passion for trekking and to explore nature.

The chirruping of the birds, chilling breeze, the mist on top of the Nandi hills and the dew drops on the shrubs welcomed the much-awaited dawn. All the expert camera men were busy with their morning shoot, while a few finally discovered the way to the top. But, emmm…umm…to our surprise, we realized that we were exactly on the opposite side of the peak. With a few “Hmpfs” and “Grrrs” we trekked a few meters back and forth only to realize that we had one more uphill climb to do. But, it didn’t matter because the pandemonium finally came to an end. The destination was filled with mist covering the lush-green shrubs and trees and it offered a beautiful view. We desperately went ahead with the climb. The climb was steep with boulders on the path unlike the earlier trail. We trudged, we lugged and struggled and we finally reached our destination. Hurray!!!!

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The altitude offered a spectacular view to die for. There were ruins of an old fort, on the top. I climbed the walls of the fort and took a stroll, the vast view from that point gave me a trippy and a hallucinating effect.

We all reached the destination one after the other and each one enjoyed it at their own pace. After reaching, many fell asleep with a sense of achievement and pride while, some walked around and explored the area more. The others who were awake made tea and Maggie to beat the exhaustion.

It wasn’t long before the sun reached its peak. The summer heat was beginning to catch up. We decided to head downhill and we began our descent at noon. The path was clearly marked and left little or no room for confusion. It was a few kilometers downhill and it took us a couple of hours before we all reached Sultanpet again. The trail downhill took us through vineyards and farmlands, reminding us of our roots. I was also delighted to encounter a variety of butterflies on the trek downhill—Polka-dotted, Common Castors, small and pale green, commonly spotted on city trails and not but not the least the dark Striped Tiger.

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This was my first trek with BASC and it truly was an enjoyable experience. This shall definitely be part of my life journals as one of the most memorable treks that I have been on.

I used to be picky and rigid about the idea of trekking with an unfamiliar group. Trust me this is a water shed guys J. I thoroughly enjoyed and exhausted myself and I hope to play witness to many more.

I would like to thank and yell out three cheers to the organizer “Vinay” and to all my fellow trekkers for making this so special.

Write up from Priya:
Starting with the pre trek part i was very much excited when i got to kw tht im into the plan of trekking at last moment... from the time i left home i was wondering all bout the group im gong to meet and bit conscious about myself how dey are gong to accept me.... inspite of all the goose bumps on my body i pretty much felt tht i was the youngest and ppl did treat me well welcoming... i fwlt tht i kind off knew this group previously....\after the trek started i enjoyed every moment of nature since i had too much of adrenaline rush in me... i didn't care when i kin of got to kw tht v missed d trail... i just wanted to hv fun.... after tht awesome trek for which i can make my freds jealous of it was splendid... it was my first trek

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with basc.. ND FIRST UNDER MOON LIGHT i had mesmerizing one... with ppl around me to take care and also with humor its was overall amazing... u guys rock and from now on i ll surely wud like to join u ppl...the best part of the trek was bonfire....ill remember this day of my life...After all d fun and adventure i wud like to thank my friend arun for bringing me here.. Bangalore ascenders for welcoming me and all the group members to treat me like one among their family and last but not the least vinay so called d organizer for being responsible and to make my weekend memorable.. Thanks alot to one and all...

 Writeup from Arun Patil:
From very long time I had been hearing about BASC and the events they organize to trek/trips and all. Later when I heard from my friend telling registrations for Dhoodh sagar trek is open. I decided to register and so I did. On a boring Friday evening I got a mail from Vinay stating registrations for chennagiri hills/night trek. Immediately there was a glow in my face. Took my cell out and send a text to Anand(Andy) “Come online soon”. And there he was pinging me what happened. I told him about the trek and his reply was lets go. Even before thinking about asking my parents of going (which I have to always have to :/) I registered for this. Later heard andy telling I asked my mom and she said yes. I was like “ :-0 “ . Then the later part is bit boring which I don’t want to describe (fought and convinced parents :P)..

So Andy said I knw the organizer, there I was asking his facebook profile link, and I sent him a friend request with a message, im andys friend coming to the trip . Which I felt I should have done. Things u do when ur excited is not in our hands I know :P.

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Saturday evening while I was getting the bike chain lubricated got a call from Priya , I realized I could have told her about the trek and asked her casually “u coming” then I came to know she is interested and I made a call to vinay , “ is it ok if I can bring a friend of mine, she wants to come “ . Vinay was a bit hesitant and was kind enough to say okay J (thanks bud for that yes). Later that night, my self and priya left home (apparently we are neighbours) and decided to meet andy near KR puram Bridge. As usual Priya never had dinner and said im damn hungry I want to have dinner. Okay we said and went to a hotel, priya and andy got introduced. There she was hogging chicken , which made me and andy mouth watering, sadly andy never takes non veg on sat and I just had my dinner before leaving home.

Then we were in front of cauvery theatre in no time (sorry I don’t have a watch n don’t keep track of time :P) . There came nagaraj in his bike (1/2 iron man ) and behind was dimple cheeked girl Gayatri .. Saw that nice smile on nagaraj face as soon as he removed his helmet. (Guys im not being gay here J) .andy greeted them and priya and myself were looking at each other face withand expression “even I knw no one”. Then greeted nagaraj and gayatri . Then came one of my fav cars Chevy BEAT, from which vinay got down. Recognizing him from facebook pic I greeted him. Then we all gathered near by Dr Harish car. Where I met raveendra, varun , vinay , and they started teasing about how could you give your bike to a girl and please check the indicators after coming if could have been broken.

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Moved to Harish house to we parked our bike safe inside and boarded the xylo. This was the time wen started to free our self with each other whom we had recently met. We waited for the chevy beat to come and we met Kavitha and Ashwal cruising in bullet classic (wondering if it was 300 or 500cc). After parking the vehicles at a place. We all started to move with our leader in the front. My Dear dogs doing their duty by barking seeing a grp of people wandering their locality at night. Anyways just when we moved away from the village walking briskly, everyone noticed the beauty of the moon light striking the ground making us feel there is no use of the torch lights which we bought. Just as we started enjoying the walk under the moon light, the leaders were searching a path to start trekking.We halted at a place and waited for everyone to be under one group. All the small grps joined and the attendance was taken (mine was 14 th :P)and we moved on walking further. There was a place where vinay and others started exploring the trail. We stood watching them and helping them by throwing some torch light. It was too bushy n thorny (lol , dunno y lol after hearing the words :P bushy n thorny).I heard vinay saying at some point “I cant go further , I'm not wearing pants” I just giggled at myself. He had come in shorts and it was too thorny there. Ok so They then decided not to continue that route and we headed a little back to find another trail. Not sure if it was the right one, we all were very excited to start trekking.

There Started the actual trek with full energy racing between each other talking, making fun, breathing heavily…People got to know each other on the way introducing themselves , sharing water bottles, making way for others. So the feeling one family was picking up soon. There were a couple of places where we rested either waiting for others or waiting for the confirmation with people who were ahead of us, to knw if it was the right path. There were lot of thorns on the way, could see the bruises on the body. But all these were just adding to more fun and more sense of being adventurous. The steep was getting intense. There was a place when I heard from Vinay telling “The steep is close to 65% approx”. My dumb mathematical part of the brain woke up, thinking of what 65% would be on a protractor. After reaching a certain height, we could see Nandi hills opposite and we could see the city with lights. The body starting sensing cool breeze running in the air. Which eased our strain while we were resting on the steep side of the hill with very little grip to rest. The moon was almost began to disappear. The light was becoming dark. We realized we had to find a plce to camp. Few experienced trekkers went ahead in search of a place to halt, while we lazy ppl started to sleep listening to some nice music. (My best part of the trek) That moment which made us feel (atleast I felt so), hope life would be so cool with a sense of this relaxation forever. Just before my eyes about to shut. We were asked to leave and reach and that they have found a place to camp. So again the journey began for another 10 -15mins to reach the place best suited to put a camp fire.


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We started feeling cold, the breeze was getting cooler. We started collecting woods/small wood logs/ sticks/thorns and collected them on one place. Camphor/notes :P/grass all were tried to start the fire. Then some one had got a nice sheets of printouts. Then the woods caught the fire and in no time the flames were rising high. All started warming up themselves sitting close to the fire. Then after sometime gazing the fire, we heard from the captain, “Lets have the introduction session”. Just like kids behave seeing the principal, all sat in a position around the fire waiting for their turn. First was priya followed by me and then followed by other ppl :P. We all introduced ourselves teasing/ragging and making fun. There was one kind person distributing jamoons after each ones introduction and he was Raveendra, and there was another voice which made others to give a clap after each introduction , and she was Pallavi .(Felt like an introduction of a characters in film). So this way the introduction session was about to end while we started to see some day light. And in no time the light was clear and the photographers started to catch some nice view of mountain with clouds acting like hats to the mountains. The scene was beautiful.

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Then we decided to search for a way that could take us to the peak. The light was clear and after nice relaxation we were all set to start our trek to reach the destination. We started moving upwards again by taking lot of rests in between. I guess it was almost 7:45 when reached the peak where we saw a Anjenya temple (Hanuman temple) at the peak , with a small pond sort of think with stagnant water and a kalyani. Few people went in a hurry to just go and sleep, (I was one among them), just like our aim was to go to the peak and sleep. There were Photographers clicking some amazing pics and there was Hema trying to do some filmy stunts like flying the saree in the air and getting some pics J Sorry guys I really don’t know what happened after this coz I went into deep sleep. When I woke up I saw Nagraj sleeping on my stomach and some mixture all over my body. Then got up to see few ppl energetic as ever and few clicking pics and few preparing some snacks.

Then we had ppl preparing Maggie , and kavitha taking the role of chaiwala. Trust me that cup of tea was very refreshing in the morning after a tiery night. From here I was just dispersed not sure what people were doing. I saw Ashwal sleeping inside the temple, Priya running around like mad in hunger, Srini listening to songs on his broken i-pod, Anand taking pics, and so on, versatile Vinay searching for a place to go back down… After a lot of confusion to decide which place to take to reach to the bottom, we chose a route and thank god it was the right way. It was pleasing to see steps all the way

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to the bottom of the hill. Many were wondering what would be the case while climbing down when it was so steep. And then began the journey downwards as the sun started showing his power on us. We finally made it to the ground in no time. We reached the village , and the farmer was letting water in a 4 inch pipe :-). where we almost took bath. And continued walking to reach the road. Then we all gathered on the car and on the way back we had coconut water felt refreshed and drove back home . Sorry to end this essay,write up so abruptly at the end as my keyboard started to feel the pain while I'm hitting those key hard J

Write up from Dr.Harish:
Namasthe Ellarigu,
Thank You all for making this a memorable event to cherish. It was wonderful moonlight trek. I still cant believe that it happened....for I have been viewing this Channagiri hill for 37 years ( remember I told u that the place we parked our vehicles happens to be my maternal grandma's home & birthplace), also daily during my high schooldays @ Satya Sai High School in Muddenahalli. Every time I made an effort together a group among friends to trek this hill went unsuccessful.

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Event organized by:
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Vinay, Anand, Siddharth N.C, Tejaswi, Dr.Harish, Srini