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Skand Trek

Posted: March 1, 2009 in Life, Travel, Trek
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Kedars Klick

Kedar's Klick

Skandagiri , my 2nd continuous trek for the month happened on Feb 21st, 22nd. We were supposed to go on 7th,8th but got cancelled. We tried out all legal(& illegal:-)) options to get tickets but our efforts ended up in vain. This time, We booked tickets on our town to make sure it happens @ any cost. 

Two more feathers to our team, It was Kedar & Uttkarsh (UK), with a south indian ishtyle moustache, joined me and Archie for the trek. We were @ Central by 7:00; met Marcie and other fellow trekkers. Karthik, Varad were the known faces whom I met them @ Nagala, the previous week. The train departed well on time to reach Bng by 1 pm. We got introduced to each other, had a walk between compartments and shared words, whenever we felt bored. 

Mewk

Mewk

We collected our food for the rest of the days, received instructions from the organizers and departed to Chikballapur. The cab was ready to take us to the base of Sk-giri. With back packs on, we started the trek by 5:00. Initial moments of confusion created pandemonium amongst some of us. A boy came fwd to guide us for 350 Rs. Hema was bargaining well to bring it to 50 🙂  The sooner we trusted Marcie & Anala, we found the trail and travelled upwards. The sun was about to set and we were half way thru. We caught some beautiful pics on the way. Torches were on as it became dark and atlast we reached the peak by 8.

Ppl

Ppl

People started tenting; I helped on for the first 2 tents, then went in search of Archie.  We were then searching for dry woods for a camp fire. All were green and moist. Varad was the destroyer who got some dry branches.  All were set for the camp fire before which we sat for dinner. Marcie, with all chapathis in hand, was requesting people to stay calm and not to fight for chappathis :-D. The hungry stomach wasn’t ready to hear any discourses from any one. 

An unexpected magic show was in action. The sooner the parcels were opened, the sooner the chappathis got vanished. Mixing the chappathi with ketchup, sauce, yellow chuttney,the groudnut chuttney, etc.  made me to feel that I was @ a new branch of  Murugan Idli Kadai on top of Skandagiri, mixing sambar& chuttneys together.  The craving and the starving stomach got satisfied, CTC’s got into an exuberant mood.

Dear Friend - Kourtesy Kedar

Dear Friend - Kourtesy Kedar

The woods weren’t catching fire, We pulled out grasses near by and were burning them all till mid night. The whole team gathered near the fire which gave us a soothing warmth @ the windy top. Mr. Shanthi, our ‘Judge Dred’, started a game. It was an enjoyable game except those censored clues and questions.  People settled down @ tents but super enthusiastic Archie,  Kedu & UK devoted their sleep. Some other trekking team joined late night and maintained their distance hearing some loud snoring sounds from our tents :-D.

The next day started well early @ abt 4 in the morning. The picturesque sunrise was an unexpected surprise for most of us. We climbed up to the view point where a huge crowd was waiting to click the orange-red beam rising from the east. It went and hid under the clouds for some sec and the huge hollow red ball emerged out. CTC clicked a grp pic, refreshed themselves with a cuppa Tea and descended to the base. It looked to be a dangerous route. Gejoy and I were a bit afraid but managed to convince us to try the route. We reached the base well before noon with some Glucon D remained unopened. The tasty tender cocunut tempted to drink more whil our guys professionally restricted to 2.

Fireeee

Fireeee

We refreshed and rested @ the base until the van arrived. CTC were lucky to get a bus in minutes @ Chik’b’pur. which broke down on the way. We joined another bus which took us to Bng on time. Bye Byed to the bng team, We opted out to have our lunch @ KFC.  The usual veggie, meal no. 4 filled Archie’s plate as well as mine,  while Kedu & UK enjoyed their chicken pieces.

The terrible Brindavan snailrail, started an hour after the scheduled departure. Our fellow trekker were near the engine and we were seperated @ the tail. People sitting all over the way and it was sweating like anything. I planned to take  Archie, Kedu & UK to Murugan Idli shop or atleast to join them @ Saravan bhavan, for dinner . My drip irrigating nose and the soar body advised me to go home.  Despite all these, a coool bath and the sound sleep made the day & the trek very special. 

 

CTC

CTC

Thanks Doggy

Thanks Doggy

(As Sunil requested :-))

Thanks to the doggy who accompanied us the trek and even showed us the way@ occasions when we were blinking. I feel very sorry for the dog tat we didn’t feed anything during our dinner.(it absconded).  Sorry Varad & Sunil I didn’t have any other pic of the dog.

 

Beach Road

Beach Road

My 2nd trip to the Nagala mountains. I trekked after a very long time. It was DP last time and was very lucky enough to get Archie’s company this time. On contrast to the first trip, this was just a one day trek. The day unusually started @ 2:30 am in the morning. Packing things and a very early morning bath @ 3 made me fresh. I pitied on myself

 

My PULSAR roared the beach road. I wondered why all the neon lamps were on in that empty road. We were in front of Tidel sharp by 4. Balaji was the first to be met and then got introduced to our beloved Uncle, Mr. Giridharan. Formal introductions were on and the team geared up for the trek soon. The half an hour wait @ Koyambedu made us impatient but soon we were into action by 5:30.  

CTC @ Hotel

CTC @ Hotel

The ride @ 80s, 90s were really awesome. The fingers were numb when we stopped for a while to pick our breakfast. Debra, Ricky and Live were the new faces we got in touch with.  The sun was up by the time and the journey started again. Archie wanted to try out her biking skills. She had a very,very decent drive by the time our sweeper left us behind. We managed to catch them soon and had a pleasant drive till the Nagala base. I saw a different base this time whn compared to the Nag-2 trip, here we drove on a rocky road. 

Backpacks packed with the food, glucon D and other essentials, the trek started pretty well @ around 10.  The organizers gave us the instructions and we marched towards the pool. We reached their very soon and got into the coool waters. It was deep as said by other swimmers where I felt the absence of Mr. Peter. He who pulled me out of the water  @ TADA  and helped to swim across to the falls @ NAGALA, @ my earlier treks.  Glee caught me as I was dipping into the waters so did the COLD. We finished our breakfast and

Me & Archie

Me & Archie

started climbing the steep mountain and descended to reach the stream.  We really missed Mahi & Tanmoy. Archie felt lonesome without a Hindi speaking companion while we got introduced to Mahesh, Rahul, Praveen, Animesh and to an IITian (forgot his name)  in the mean time. 

The trek had lots of breaks and had gave us enough time to rest. Refreshed after an half an hour back we trekked further towards the stream. We came across many pools and stopped @ around 2 for lunch. The Pongal went in and invited sleep.  After sufficient rest, we came back the same route to reach our starting point. The upclimb was @ a different point where the rocks were really loose and we had to step carefully. 

A big rock came down falling and someone was warning us from the top about it. One of our friend got terrified. He lost control and fell down on our UNCLE.  Our Uncle was strong enough to take control of the situation. We ascended slowly to the top and got tothe view point. Got introduced to Basha, Dhinesh, RC, Karthik and some more gentlemen;

Lots of interesting incidents happened:

Meeeee

Meeeee

Archie, Rahul and Animesh started Antakshari  in a language which is alien to me. No other go for me except listening to it. 😀 

My IIT friend took a book out of his bag and was reading it. We all acknowledged that he is from IIT and requested him to put it in.   

When the big loose rocks were rolling, one of my junior called me and ask me to clarify some technical stuffs in j2ee. I had to reply him that my life is @ stake now and wud call him if I reach home safely :-).

All of us climbed up successfully and again descended the slope to reach the starting point. We rested for a while and started marching towards the base where we parked our vehicle. 

 

Inviting us again

Inviting us again

 Some in our batch lost track and had taken a different route but reached safely to the parking place. We were amused to see Anand coming  and settling the accounts, instantly. The stay lasted for 30 mins and we started our trip back home. The return journey of about 100 km on the same day was a bit painful with the whole body aching.

The tea @ Oothukottai refreshed us and we 3 bikers gathered together for the return journey. We maintained a constant speed around 50 where @ 1 occasion my bike went in freely into a big pot hole. Balance was intact and nothing great happened. Seconds later we started and reached Chennai around 10. It was too late for us to skip the dinner @ chennai deluxe and we preferred to dine in @ Murugan Idli Kadai @ GN Chetty Rd. A couple of idlies made us feel so ecstatic and we returned home with a great sense of pleasure and pain.

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The Team

The Team