Beyond The Wall, as a company, has developed climbing routes by cleaning the rock faces off all the shrubs and bushes, bolting in the anchor and setting up numerous routes. So, it was easy to climb when surrounded by passionate people, the vibe was such an encouraging, positive vibe.
I reached Maldevta at around 8.30 in the morning with Divya. The two guys- Yash and Himanshu who started the company took the workshop themselves and were waiting for us. Himanshu led us to the site and it was peaceful. No people around, away from the hustle bustle of the city, calm with the sun rising behind the peaks. It felt right. The session started with them having a little introduction session and then we moved to the rock face to warm up.
Yash led the warm-up session and we did a full body warm up. Then we took a five minute break to look at the crag as they call it, (or the rocks as I call it) where we were to climb. Located next to the beautiful flowing Song river, the area is away from civilization and just a few cars pass by now and then on the gravel road. It was the perfect getaway into the outdoors, especially in this COVID time.
After the warm up, Yash and Himanshu showed us all the rock climbing gears and how to use them. From helmets, harnesses, shoes, belay devices, we learnt a lot of new things that day. And then we were off to climb. I was asked to put on my helmet and harness, then was led to the rock. There, they did a demo with Yash belaying and Himanshu climbing first. He went up like a monkey and came down in a jiffy. I simply assumed it was going to be very easy after looking at him.