Godsend for rock climbers

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 23.12.05
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Dec. 23: Budding mountaineers and rock climbers in the city have got what they have been looking for all these years ? an artificial climbing wall that will allow them to practice throughout the year.

The 40-feet high wall, the only one of its kind in the state, has been set up at the 4th Assam Police Battalion campus at Kahilipara and is designed by Delhi’s leading rock climber Mohit Oberoi.

The wall will enable mountaineers and police personnel to carry out climbing exercises throughout the year as the state police will allow members of the Assam Mountaineering Association to use the wall for practice.

Kanak Chandra Deka, commandant of 16th AP Battalion and a deft mountaineer, said the wall has been erected under an Assam police modernisation scheme at a cost of Rs 12.5 lakh. He said it is difficult to find artificial climbing walls because they are expensive and require special construction material.

Besides, the Kangla Rock and Sports Climbing Wall in Imphal and the Assam Rifles base in Shillong have artificial walls.

The Assam police are also setting up a second wall at its Commando battalion campus at Mandakata.

“Though the Mandakata wall will be exclusively for police personnel, the wall at 4th AP Battalion can be used by the general public,” said Deka, who is also the president of the mountaineering association.

The association will start the 16th Children’s Adventure Orientation Camp tomorrow at the newly-constructed wall.

“We are very excited about the camp. Previously, we would use the natural rocks at the Assam state zoo, but now with this artificial wall we will be able to train the children better. We will teach them the basics of rock climbing. The idea is to get them enthused about adventure sports,” said Bimal Chandra Goswami, the association’s general secretary.