Most of us have climbed Gattuppal and some of us have rappelled there from the third hill. A drop of around 60 feet… Fun!.. But you all asked for more.. so we’re giving it to you...
THIS TIME, WE’RE GONNA RAPPEL OFF THE EAST FACE.. 150 FEET OF PURE GLORY from the top of GATTUPPAL.. NO PROPER KICKOFF, NO PROPER LANDING, NOTHING BUT THE LITERAL HEIGHT OF ADRENALIN HIGHS!!
Ghattuppal hills are located near Ghattuppal , a small village can be reached from the NH9. Around 90km from Hyderabad and 30km from NH9 high way [near choutuppal] , there are huge rock formations locally called "uppala ghattu" means high place in uppal region. Also called Chita Rocks/Granite Rocks.
Tentative Itinerary :
The plan is to leave Hyderabad at 2 in the afternoon and start climbing the hill to get to the top by 5 pm.
This is a medium trek and its uphill all the way. Be sure that you wanna do this before you RSVP as you will be carrying alot of weight, especially water, tents and ropes for 2 days and your backpacks will be heavy.
As with most trips with me, you can expect a little biology, astronomy, knife and knot sessions and some wilderness cooking sessions as well. :)
The weight of the 4 tents, climbing ropes, equipment food, and tarps that are needed will need to be shared equally among the entire team, so please leave some space in your bags for them.
1.30 pm - Assemble at Paradise take away centre - Masabtank Flyover Junction
2:00 pm - Start for Gatuppal
3:30 pm - Start climbing
6:00 pm - Reach the top and set up camp
7:30 pm - relax and maybe a bonfire and then crash for the night
5:00 am - Rise and Freshen up
6:30 am - Start Rappelling the east face
1:00 pm - Pack up and head down to the bus
We will be hiring a bus and a simple dinner will be packed from Hyderabad consisting of Roti / Parathas, tomato pickle and some vegetarian curry / dish with buttermilk to wash it all down.
We will also be carrying along a simple breakfast of Bread / Jam / Butter. You are all enouraged to carry some snacks to supplement your meal such as biscuits, chips and other dry items.
Fruits and Dry fruits are a great option for you to carry along as well as something you like to drink.
Damages: Rs 800 per head.. Costs include shared expense for the travel, light dinner, breakfast and a light lunch. Everything else is on your own cost. In-case the expense is more that this, it will be discussed and shared by everyone.
Payment Details: Transfer the amount asap, to confirm your place. You can also meet me or Faisal near Hitech City / Masabtank or Abids and give us the money in person and we will move you to the yes list. Closing date for amount receipt and transfer is 12th Jan 2012, Thursday
Ac Name: Mel Irwin
Ac#: 061 215869 006
Branch: HSBC Bank, Waltair Uplands, Visakhapatnam
ISFC Code: HSBC0530002
Send me a message / call me after the transfer is done. Contact details below
No Refund if you drop without replacement or within 48 hours of start of the event as we are booking a bus and paying for food in advance and this will put the expense burden on the rest of the team
What to Carry:
1) Wear Light Colour Clothes, full sleeve T-shirt and track pants (DO NOT WEAR TIGHT FITTING TROUSERS, SHORTS OR THREE QUARTERS AS WE NEED THE MAXIMUM PROTECTION from rocks, thorns and creepy crawlies)
2) Jacket / shawl and some extra clothes just incase the weather plays foul. its gonna get cold on top of the hill, so come prepared
3) Water - 5 litres minimum per head
4) Sports / trekking shoes, (No Sandals/Converse/Formals or other casual shoes)
5) Sleeping bag or a good sheet if you dont have one
6) Electral / ORS / glucose
7) Torch / Head lamps and atleast one set of extra batteries (No cell phone torches)
8) Snacks - chocolates/ energy bars/ biscuits
9) A big smile, and tons of energy :)
We have some members who just RSVP "Yes" for a meetup and never show up at the meetup. Such members who do not turn up are blocking a seat and are preventing and denying another member a good opportunity to participate
Please respect the organizers time and efforts and cooperate. Do not do 'Yes' RSVP if you are not sure about attending. If you have a valid reason for not attending please inform the organizer 12 hours before the commencement of the trek and remove your RSVP.
Organising Committee will take strict action against such members who do not show up after RSVPing 'Yes'
I WILL BLACK LIST YOU IF YOU RSVP AND DO NOT SHOW UP OR DROP OUT 48 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT!!
- Mel Irwin - [masked] / [masked]
- Faisal Ahmed - [masked] / [masked]