It’s 10:30 pm on the clock.. Dads just dropped me at the Kalanagar bus stop as soon as i meet Mr. Govind Pandit who was there for last years Malshej Camp too. I am all excited and set for my first adventure camp of the year (finally! Yeah..) and the fifth, with Camp Fire India. The green bus with Mahalaxshmi travels written on it just arrives at 10:45 pm and I see Deepa Kolwalkar waving out to me from the first seat! I met her too at last years Malshej and had my return journey with her. I pick the third seat and i greet my fellow rappellers. The bus moves and I am just struggling to keep my eyes open. Soon Sion arrives and another few hop in, including Jayant sir, our camp coordinator. After a little conversation with him, I don’t realise when i doze off… “Harshad sir, lets begin the trek!” I heard my voice. It had begun to pour and the dark grey clouds took over sky. I was charged for the midnight trek. It was 1 am when we begun. there were about 50 of us with 5 instructors from Mumbai and Pune both. We crossed a lil’ stream and my shoes were heavy, soaked in water. A chill ran through me as i went further. The rain got heavier. As soon as we reached up, we could see the light from the cave. We got in at about 4 am, changed and drank hot tea. A lil nap took away our time until about 7am and then we got ready to rappel. While I was climbing up the pinnacle, the wind was trying hard to blow me away. But thanks to Jayesh sir, he pulled me up each and every time! The clouds were still there, taken over the beautiful scenery of mountains and lakes which relaxes and refreshes one. My chance was waiting for me and I began to rappel the 300 ft. It was tough going down and putting my wait in the beginning.. but then it got simpler. As soon as i covered half of it.. I could see clouds everywhere.. I look up, there r clouds.. I look down there they are.. I rappelled down and celebrated! But this wasn’t it.. The scariest thing was yet to come.. the Travers. That’s when one is going back to the cave. You have to walk back and you’re like at the edge of the mountain. Its like.. what if one moment your leg slips and you fall off the hill? With CFI your secure with the snap. A snap is a carabiner attaching you through the harness with the rope. We had nice yummy lunch at the cave and left for Mumbai. I reached home, happier than ever and the smile had taken over my face..
The bus comes to a halt and I wake up with a start. I was watching the nostalgic movie of 2007 Naneghat rappelling camp playing through my mind and that’s what my near future is like. I pick up my sack as Jayant sir calls me and we start trekking up with our torches at 3.00 am. The stars are shining bright and the clouds aren’t here to cover my sky, the rain isn’t here for passing the chill pills nor my shoes are as I am wearing my floaters, this time! We trek up with a few breaks and finally reach the cave early in the morning at 6 o’ clock in daylight! A warm welcome from arun sir erases my fatigue and I go off for a lil’ nap. I wake up fresh by about 7am as my usual alarm rings and have a good hot cup of tea. Breakfast of yummy pohe follows the tea. We start to climb up the pinnacle and I go valley crossing as soon as i get the call. Valley crossing is fun, not at all scary but awesome! The valley below you… all so green… wow! After a Lil photography I begin climbing the pinnacle again for rappelling. Yeah! Last year’s back! This time there aren’t any clouds so i know how high am. But as i look below i see i am high above other mountains, lakes and villages. It freaks me a bit as it strikes but all is fine. I go ahead rappelling and that’s what I am here for. Jayant sir, swapnil sir and other instructors offer me water and chocolates once I reach down. I sit there for a while..the view below is beautiful. Later after 4 of us gather there, we begin to go back to our cave.. yes the Travers! We clear them and fill our stomach with mouth watering lunch at the cave. After a while we leave for Mumbai via Malshej with never ending memories and waiting for history to repeat again. Next, I’m off to Malshej 1200 ft for Waterfall Rappelling with Camp Fire India as the weekend last year.. yeah.. plays again.. 🙂
Here’s Moozicfreak signing off! Take care and see you next time..! 🙂