The setting is idyllic. Black rock cliffs braced by the surf, a bird of prey hovering over the coast, colourful fishing trawlers casting their nets, crabs making occasional appearances on the moist stones. Manori, known for its beach and weekend resorts is not very far from the bustling crowds of Mumbai, yet there is no noise except that of the sea, breeze and your very own heart-beat.
There may not be a better place to begin your tryst with rock climbing, a sport that offers challenges, tests your endurance and perseverance, bring you to the edge of your phobias and addresses the inner urge to succeed.
As we walk to the cliffs, our anxiety rises and very quickly we reach over the edge not expecting to see some 30-50ft drops. Setting up gear takes a few moments and then we begin with the instructions. This is followed by the demonstration, few tips and tricks. One may find it very easy to watch someone climb, but once you are into the harness and move towards the rock, your heart begins to pound, fingertips sweating. Touch the rock and your confidence is shaken. This is the moment of truth.
With continuous instructions from the guide and amidst shouts of encouragement from fellow climbers, you slowly make your way up. You may smoothly go past various crux and reach the top, but chances are your nerves will be tested all along. Fingers turn soar, muscle ache and you reflect on your physical self. However more of mental strength is required to sideline your fitness to keep at it. You hold on to the rock with your dear life but when it is time to give up, you let out a loud scream. For a moment you may see your life go past you in a whiz, but the rope holds and you heave a sigh of relief. They say that real climbing begins to be fun only after you take your first fall. Trust in the system and a little bit of resilience is what is required to finish the day on the top. There is no other pleasure than reaching the top.
Your day out is made safe with some of the best equipment employed and a lovely environ for you to excel in. Rock climbing cannot be learnt in a day, but if you like your experience you will want to be back, and challenge yourself to better challenges.
Odati Adventures can also organize Rock Climbing at other sites near Mumbai like the Pinnacles of Tel Baila, Cliffs of MalshejGhat etc.
Strong safety anchors, appropriate safety gear, safety supports and learning the right technique makes this activity very safe and exciting. Odati Adventures deploys the best equipment available for all technical activities and ensure that we meet high standards of safety.