Rock Climbing at Dhauj, Haryana

Never linked adventure sports and Haryana together? At least I never did.- Till I got to know about Dhauj.

Located in Faridabad district of HayranaDhauj has been infamous for its mining mafia. The mining activity has subsided by now

but one can still see lakes dried up due to the digging and hills blasted through, in this village.

It is more famous as the place where Camp Wild hosts its camps, rock climbing, rappelling and birding activities. People come here on weekends in search of a small gate away. With its resort huts and tented accommodation, Camp Wild meets those needs.

 

Our Ride for the Day

 

Camp Wild

But the post is not about Camp Wild as I have no experience with that company. I ended up in Dhauj, 30 km from Delhi, with my climbing friends from Indian Mountaineering Foundation. The road from Delhi/Gurgaon to Dhauj is not great but the distance is less. Within one hour of driving, we were at the climbing area.

Dhauj is surrounded by huge Granite boulders and cliffs. It is well suited for climbing and some routes are even bolted already. There's also a small pond at the base of one of the cliffs.

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I would strongly advise taking crash pads along if one intends to engage in bouldering here as the terrain is undulating and full of sharp rocks. 

The morning was very cold and we warmed our bodies through some attempts on boulders. We had recently returned from a bouldering trip in HampiKarnataka and the confidence was visible in our moves.

The rock here is sharp. So be ready for some cuts and bruises.

Bouldering

Bouldering

After about an hour on the boulders, we moved out attention to a cliff which we intended to climb. We had expert climbers in the group who set up the anchor using the bolts already planted at the top of the cliff. The rope was set up and the belayer got ready.

The first climber, using the top rope, summitted the route! The route had a beautiful overhang halfway through and there's no way up if one can't tackle the overhang. It needs a lot of skill, a bit of power and loads of courage to even attempt this overhang move. Your hand slips and you might just collide with the rocks, even though you will be arrested from a fatal fall due to your belayer.

Most of us climbed till the overhang but gave up after about 4-5 tries. It was scary and seemed impossible.

But we had 3 climbers who overcame their fears and went for it, and they were rewarded with success. Find hand holds, position your feet, dig them in the wall, pull, move, pull and  you are above the overhang. One of the 3 climbers was so strong, he pulled himself up all the way through using just hand holds, without having to use any foot holds. This technique is called campusing.

after setting the anchor

first climber up the overhang

after tackling the overhang

that's how he campused his way up the overhang

up towards the top

holding on

look at the rocks and the pose!

relaxing after the climb

another climber trying to tackle the overhang

trying to pull himself up

and he did not fall after this!

 

he made it through!

Tackling this route needed a lot of determination and it is what these guys had in abundance.

It was mid-noon by the time we finished our tries and got into the car to return home.

Hi, I am Anurag. I want to

Hi, I am Anurag. I want to start climbing but I have no knowledge about it. I live in Chandigarh. If you point me in the right I'll be thankful.

Hi Anurag, We are based at

Hi Anurag,

We are based at Chandigarh & organize rock climbing & rappelling sessions on Shivalik Foothills. You may get in touch with us at: 09257207372.

Cheers!!!

Hi Anurag, I have never lived

Hi Anurag,

I have never lived in Chandigarh. But the best place to start climbing in cities is to find a place where you can climb an artificial climbing wall. You will meet like minded people at these places too. Just use google to find such walls or gyms or meetup groups. I am sure they exist. Do let me know if you cant find any thing like this. I can probably connect you with some friends.

Cheers,
Neha

Thanks for responding Neha...

Thanks for responding Neha...

its very awesome information

its very awesome information about Dhauj camps.I really like this blog & thankful for sharing such a great information.

Thanks for the comment...

Thanks for the comment... Keep dropping by...

Good pictures on rock

Good pictures on rock climbing.
Best clicks of rocks.
thanks for sharing..........

I have just visited this

I have just visited this place, and the rock climbing in Haryana is really a difficult task. So many people from all over the world visit this place for fun.

Ouch. Those rocks look sharp

Ouch. Those rocks look sharp and that roof looks gnarly! Can't wait for summer again to get back to the crags!

Oh Gosh! They are some

Oh Gosh! They are some inspiring pictures !

Yes, I had never associated Haryana & rock climbing, never knew about it !
Lake pictures are beautiful too. Smile

Thanks for sharing, now I can guide others in Delhi to this place.

Lovely article!and the lake

Lovely article!and the lake pictures are fabulous....you should write about your hampi trip as well...

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