The above title of my post would arguably have to be the longest one I've put up (and could think of). But then this particular adventure in Sakleshpura area was more than just a trek on misty hills. Never did a trek offer so much of adrenaline rush, non-stop, incessant rains, cloud drenched hills which would seldom clear up to give you a moments of exhilaration, and the mammoth army of leeches. Oh yeah, not to miss the near vertical climb on Ettina Bhuja (which I would come back to in the later part of this post).
Niranjan would send an event registration for this trek, which in all honesty I had absolutely no clue about. Bangalore Adventurers (BAT) was setting out on an adventure, and albeit after some hesitation I signed up. Google suggested this particular area is notorious for wild elephants and thick jungles where numerous instances of trekkers losing their path and getting lost (Ombattu Gudda, anyone?). This made the entire deal even more enlivening.
South India was experiencing 4-6 times more rainfall than the average annual rainfall. Rivers running above their danger limit, mudslides, and road closures were few of the many hardships people were facing. I was not sure if it would be conducive to go ahead as per plans. But after the assurance of BAT I decided to go on, brimming with confidence and excitement.