The Greater Hyderabad Adventure Club (GHAC) in association with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation South Zone (IMF- SZ), organized the first ever Hyderabad Climbing Championship (HCC) 2012, in Andhra Pradesh at Shamirpet, Hyderabad. It was supported by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), Society to Save Rocks, ALLIED, PETZL. Commencing on the23rd December 2012, HCC had participants gathered from all across the country, combined with a team of around 100 including the Founder, Organizers, and Volunteers, and the audience making this event one of a kind.
Some of them said it was tough, some said it was possible while others were somewhere in between. But all participants of the Hyderabad Climbing Championship 2012, agreed that it was a great event and they would come back for more.
The Sunday event was preceded a day earlier by a special seminar conducted by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) which was addressed by India’s top mountaineering Administrators and Climbers.
50 of the country’s top climbers including students exhibited their top notch skills at HCC 2012 which amazed spectators and the judges alike. The competition commenced at 8 and the first round had to complete by noon.
The granite rocks at Shamirpet proved to be a handful with the sharp edges which resembled a blade in some cases. Based on a route setting done by IMF officials, 15 rocks of various degrees of difficulty were set for the semi-finals. The participants under the watchful eyes of the judges had to traverse the rock in the minimum number of attempts. Each Boulder had a Route Judge who would judge the climbers based on the number of attempts and the endurance level of the participants. While some cleared the rocks with ease, it proved to more than a handful for others.
The event was held in two Climbing categories: Juniors (Upto 17), Seniors (18+). The Top 3 finishers were awarded first, second and third place.
Among the junior participants, Prateeksha from Bengaluru won the first prize in girls category by topping 9 boulder with 9 attempts, while Sonali and Sadhvi were the Runner ups. Rafiq from Bengaluru won the first prize in boys category by topping 13 boulders in 8 attempts. Bharat Pareira, and Deekshith were the Runner ups.
Chea Marak from Bengaluru was the winner while Shanti Rani and Sushi Rani were the Runner ups for Senior Women category.
For the Senior Men’s Category results in the order:
1) Sandeep, from Delhi, National and International Climber, IFSC rated 12th
2) Tuhin Satarkar, from Pune, National and International Climber, IFSC rated 14th. 3) Aziz Shaik, from Pune, National and International Climber.