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Monday, September 30, 2013

My second trip with BASC and first night trek ever, and from the word go, I knew this was gonna be epic! Here’s the scoop …
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I heard from my friends that Bangalore has got lot of hiking groups. Though I joined this group about a year back when I came to Bangalore for the first time, I always waited for some company to go on a trek. This time I decided to go anyway and registered for the trek alone. 
IMG_4316The journey started from majestic. A group of 19 of us gathered at majestic bus stop. To my surprise, there were at least 4 people who were doing their trek for the first time like me. The journey started with a movie The Conjuring, it was midnight, a perfect time to play. After travelling for around 6hrs, we stopped our bus about 2km before the base camp. We reached the base camp at around 6:30 AM, where we were greeted by a pair of dogs :P. After finishing with our morning activities, Vinay & Varun prepared lemon tea for us and had our breakfast which we brought along.

One more journey with all those unknown people, to unknown places, for unknown experiences.

Meeting up all of them on a common track, with all the excitement seen clearly on faces.

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It might sound a little too much, but we started with colors and skips and whoever had WILD, won…!

Carrying on to playing dumb and back on to the days of understanding the sign languages, surely those ancestors would have had fun…!

DSC_2390Waking up at 3:45, gearing up for "Dudhsagar".

Turning down our expectations (not enthusiasm), on those tracks we continued our 'safar'.

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Walk in forest, crossing smallest streams, lunching was a good break.

IMG_0813A better break - jumping into a stream of river felt like icing on the cake.

With the ride on the jeeps there was a kick of a different beginning of this journey.

The sound of silence, sight of green, and a drive which cannot be bribed by any power of money!

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The haunted house or temple was just a decided place.

But the destination was right there in the middle of the two, right in that space!

Now I know how it feels to have a ray of hope, now I know how difficult it is to maintain it, now i know how important it is to have it…,

For when it is not there, something called darkness will never quit!

DSC_2419Did I just call them  unknown people or were they the souls with just a common spirit…?

Or were we all just celebrating the fact that there were so many people around blessed with their voice as  god's gift.

 

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  Well, then comes a moment when you feel you are truly blessed, so much so that a tear can roll down from your eyes.

A moment when you have sky to shelter, real stars to perform, wind to set the right breeze, river for the music, ALL of them together to give you those highs..!IMG_5753

Of course we did not forget that there should be a trek in this trek, so this time   it was not for a peak of a mountain but the height from where that water falls…!

Splash that water by yourself and you will know how it feels; but for that you got to get dirty, spend your weekend with those snakes, leeches instead of malls!

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How it feels to see that water falling, to feel the water falling, to see it upside down, to just be in there.

You would go again like we did, but for that you got to leave your comfort zone and jump in, would you dare?

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Out from water and there is a splash from nature in form of rain.

So we got down and jumped in the stream again!

And the magic happens when rain meets music and we witness them complimenting each other.

It gets better when we look around just to find the right company of those rivers, mountains and clouds just to foster.

DSC_2393 Can it get better when you embrace the beauty of those mountains together sitting in one compartment while crossing those tunnels and the same dudhsagar just turn out to be more magnificent coz of the same rains…?

Or it can, with just Mafia and such other set of games.

IMG_0758 One more toast raised for all those known souls, to all those real destinations, to all those common spirit we lived…!

Leaving from a common track to get on to a common concrete jungle with all the feelings mixed.

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Written by: Pooja

Image Gallery: Gautham Baliga, Manoj, Johnson Pinto, Megha

Composed by: Chyavan K S

Event organized by: Raveendra G N

Event Date: 28th & 29th September 2013

The Crew: Ashok G, Rahul, Gautham, Manoj Kumar N, Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Nitin Sharma, Johnson Pinto, Chandru, Abhishek Guptha, Vijayananda SB, Sudheendra Sharma, Shanthi Prasad J C, Megha DS, Kavyashree KN, Ashwini Rao, Vidya Sagar H, Sudhakar H, Yashaswini, Jayanth V, Sanjay, Raveendra GN

Monday, September 16, 2013

DSC_0098 Today morning when the blaring sound of the TV and unforgiving honking of the uncaring motorists of Bangalore (or any other city for that matter) gave me a wake up jolt, did I truly realise my call to wilderness.Like our womb mothers the universal “mother” too handles her children gently, especially at wake up time. She wakes us with the tenderness of a cool breeze and the sweetness of her innumerable nightingales. If the confluence of the chirping birds, buzzing of the busy bees and the whistling of the winds are not her melodious symphony, then what is? Unfortunately, we her children, have distanced ourselves from her in our ambition driven avaricious pursuits and encasing ourselves in economic monstro-cities, where we neither have time nor the inclination to hear her call of losing a child.

Monday, September 9, 2013

1175558_335157156629721_1956740916_n After spending about 8 months at my home in Calcutta, largely doing nothing of note except for being overfed on home food, I decided to move to the city of Bangalore to pursue my interest in biking slightly more seriously. While I have spent most of my weekends cycling since getting a bike in Bangalore, I have also done the odd trek now and then. I had attempted the 300 Km brevet on Aug 31st and decided not to ride much the next weekend (and in the process give my sore legs some well deserved rest).I was desperate for a trek so I called my friend Sanju Baba.Well-networked Sanju baba soon found out that BASC was organizing a day trek on Sunday.
DSCF2778 Mist evening with rain; sky covering dark slowly; lost the trail and since 3 hours struggling to find out the way to reach the base camp; alas!!! We had hardly 30 minutes to reach the civilization; lost in the Jungle. These all are the wonderful and so very adventurous memories of 2 days BASC (Bangalore Ascenders) trek around Mullayanagiri – Chandradrona Parvatha on 7th – 8th September 2013.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Written by Shamanth:
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Charmadi ghat is around 300 KMs drive from Bangalore. It is a part of Western Ghats and located in Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. It is a unique place as you can find variety of rare medicinal plants and rare animal species in the world. But for a nature lover, this Ghat is just a package of unlimited natural beauty. The real beauty of Charmadi can be seen only during the monsoon season. My First two day trek with BASC.