26th to 28th Feb

Dhauj has a deep history of climbing and has produced a generation of bold climbers. The first wave of climbers came through in the 70’s and the process of exploration and development continued into the 90’s. Mohit Oberoi published the ‘Guide to Climbing Around Delhi’ in 2000 which extensively covered the climbing around Dhauj. Unfortunately, by then artificial walls came into the scene and the focus of the climbers shifted to competition climbing and Dhauj became irrelevant.

A new generation of climbers has emerged over the last few years that want to climb outdoors and are trying to rediscover Dhauj. Dhauj is a climbing paradise with a couple hundred trad lines and a dozen of boulder problems, but it’s a shame that only a handful of people climb there regularly. Gritfest is an attempt to establish a real outdoor community, who not just seek Dhauj for the climbing but truly love this oasis surrounded by one of the biggest metropolises in the country.

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Trad + Boulder Competition


This is a unique competition format that we have developed while specifically considering the Dhauj style of climbing. Traditionally Dhauj has been a trad climbing area and has over 250 documented trad lines but over the years, climbers have also been bouldering around Dhauj and have come to realize the potential it holds for bouldering.

The intention of the competition is to bridge the gap between trad climbing and bouldering by teaming up boulderers with trad climbers and putting their skills to test through some beautiful climbing. The competition is divided into 2 days, first day for trad climbing and the second day for bouldering. The total score from both the days will be considered as the final score.

All participants are expected to bring their personal climbing gear, harness, shoes, crash pads, chalk etc. along with their trad climbing gear. Additional Gear can also be rented at the base camp.

Rules

  • A team will comprise of 2 people. 1 boulderer + 1 trad climber (teams will be selected through drawing lots)
  • First day of the fest is for trad climbing and 10 routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.8 will be part of the competition.
  • 10 points for each route
  • Both climbers have to lead at least 1 route
  • All routes have to be lead and cleaned ground up
  • Second day of the competition is focused on bouldering and 10 boulder problems ranging from 5C to 6C will be a part of the competition.
  • 5 points for each climber sending a problem
  • Unlimited attempts
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26th Feb 2021

10AM

Welcome Address

Teams will be announced for the competition and terms of the competition will be discussed.

11AM – 5PM

TRAD Climbing Competition


Delhi's Trad Climbing Festival - Come try climbing the way it was meant to be!

11AM–5PM

Top rope session at sanctuary area for beginners


The Delhi Climbs team will host the beginner climbing workshop, which will kick off with a warm up and stretching routine followed by a safety briefing.


The focus of the workshop will be on sharing basic climbing techniques and developing confidence on the vertical terrain. Many easy top rope routes will be set up that will challenge the participants mentally and physically.

11AM–5PM

Highline Session


We will also have highline sessions on all throughout the day set up by Samar Farooqui from Slacklifeinc. One of India's most celebrated highliner.

5PM– 7PM

Trick line competition

It is a showcase competition and we have invited 6 of the top trick liners from around the country to display their skills. The crowd will vote to decide the winner.

8PM

DINNER

Climb. Eat. Fun. Repeat.

DAY ENDS

27th Feb 2021

7AM - 9AM

Walk through Manger Bani with Sunil Harsana


Sunil is an environmental activist who has been working towards conserving the region’s natural history for around 10 years now. He is the founder of the Mangar Eco Club, created in 2015, to introduce local and urban children to the biodiversity of the forest. He has been documenting the species here for the past six-seven years, and can rattle off the names of the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit this informal sanctuary.

10AM – 5PM

Bouldering Competition


Bring your power game to dhauj boulders.

10AM–5PM

Highline Session


We will also have highline sessions on all throughout the day set up by Samar Farooqui from Slacklifeinc. One of India's most celebrated highliner.

10AM – 5PM

Bouldering Workshop For Beginners


The Delhi climbs team will host the bouldering workshop which will kick off with a warm up and stretching routine followed by a safety briefing. The participants will be made aware about spotting and falling techniques along with pad placement. There will also be an emphasis on climbing movement and topping out on boulders. The participants will be guided to several easy boulder problems which will be ideal for beginners.

6PM – 8PM

Movie And Prize Distribution

We have produced a couple of films on the climbing scene of Dhauj which will be screened here for the first time. The movie will be followed by Q and A session with some of the veteran climbers of Dhauj.

8:30PM

Dinner

Climb. Eat. Fun. Repeat.

DAY ENDS

28th Feb 2021

7AM

Yoga

We will start the last day with a relaxing yoga session

8 AM

Breakfast

9AM - 3PM

Bouldering and Trad climbing

This session is for all the participants to choose their own climbs and spend the day with friends choosing to either trad climb or boulder.

4PM

Cleanup Drive


Dhauj in the recent years has received a lot of attention from senseless picnickers, which has resulted in rubbish piles along the rocks. The Delhi community has been cleaning up whatever is possible to avoid further damage.

This cleanup drive will be an attempt to create a larger community effort towards maintaining our crag along with the locals of dhauj and manger villages.

DAY ENDS

Accommodation and Food


Aagman farm stay is an eco camp in manger village close to the sanctuary area. They have some luxury tents and ample space to pitch tents. The farm stay will be our base camp for the festival and food and accommodation will be managed by them.


YOUR CHOICE

We have the right package for you

Glamping

₹ 3000 per day
  • Luxury Tents
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Registration Fees included
  • Competition Fee
  • Highline Session
  • Beginner Climbing Session
  • Campsite Facilities
  • Workshops & Showcases

Camping

₹ 1500 per day
  • BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent)
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Registration Fees included
  • Competition Fee
  • Highline Session
  • Beginner Climbing Session
  • Campsite Facilities
  • Workshops & Showcases

Day Pass

₹ 1000 per day
  • Dinner
  • Registration Fees
  • Competition Fee
  • Highline Session
  • Beginner Climbing Session
  • Campsite Facilities
  • Workshops & Showcases

FAQs

It’s a typical delhi winter. Where the rocks have good friction

You can take a cab . It’s the easiest way it drops you right next to our base or you can take metro till chattarpur and then take a cab or you can also drive down your own vehicle

From South delhi it is 18 kms

Yes, there are also options and guidance for people who wants to start

There is top rope climbing for beginners and also bouldering and there are also routes for all levels

Yes, we do have a place to camp.

Yes. You can also pitch your own tents

Yes. If you have your own arrangements and provisions

Yes

Yes, if you have one or there is also other options you can rent or buy. Just let us know prior and for top rope climbing we provide rope

The ground water is good and we can drink from the taps. There is no problem

Rates for Luxury tent is as follows: Double Sharing - Rs. 3000 per person Triple sharing - Rs. 2500 per person Quadruple sharing - Rs. 2250 per person DOM tent: Triple sharing - Rs. 1350 per person BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent) - Rs. 1000 per person Above rates are including breakfast + dinner and accommodation. Thanks

Yes. It is called rock climbing guide in and around delhi. It is written by mohit oberoi

Yes. Registration fee 1000 per day which will be competition entry fee and for the beginner it will be for top rope session or bouldering, also highlining and all the workshops are included in it • can I travel up/down during the fest?

No. But in very rare situations, we can always talk about it

There are no specific lockers. But you can always keep your valuable things in our base .

It is very safe

The closest shop is 2km in manger and the market is 4 kms in dhauj

Yes. The closest hospital is 4 km away

Yes

Yes there is electricity in and around our base

Yes. You can

The private option has separate toilets for each and there are also common toilets for people camping

Registration fee 1000 per day which will be competition entry fee and for the beginner it will be for top rope session or bouldering, also highlining and all the workshops are included in it.

Yes. You can but we always prefer you registering before. So that we know the count and organize accordingly

Yes. They can pay for accommodation and food is included in it

Yes

Usually you see a lot of birds around .

Yes

Can be arranged if told prior

Yeah. We provide crash pads and also if you can bring one will be welcomed.

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