SPORT CLIMBING IN INDIA
Sport Climbing involves the scaling of an artificial surface. It tests physical strength, agility and endurance of an athlete. What separates chalk from cheese however is the athlete’s mental toughness. What is unique about the sport is its ability to bring together in competition true adventurers,
which few sports are capable of doing. The climbers that we see competing would be some of the top mountaineers and rock climbers in the country. It is now wonder that the police and military organizations draw much of their training from experts in the sport.
There are 3 formats to the sport:
a) Lead Climbing: which tests how far one can climb.
b) Speed Climbing: which tests how fast one can climb.
c) Bouldering: which test how difficult a route one can climb.
Sport Climbing started in India with the setting up of a climbing wall at IMF, Delhi with a grant from that doyen of adventure, JRD Tata. Ever since, the sport has made steady progress with over 150 walls built across the country and the sport percolating to places across the country. The sport has been the foster child of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, which has a substantial role in funding and developing it in India.
The sport as such holds immense potential for those who seek it. Few other sports could give such an adrenaline rush and at the same time be as accessible as sport climbing. In the age of fastfood and instant messaging where everybody has lesser time to do what they love, it makes for an ideal hobby. It also excels at channelizing the latent energies of youngsters, which would otherwise have been put to unproductive uses.
Economically, a whole new generation of entrepreneurs can find exciting opportunities in the sport. Climbing equipment, accessories and walls would need to be produced on a massive scale to meet the future demand. International sports equipment manufacturers have already started entering into the Indian markets to get an early bird advantage.
Climbing Wall at Netaji Club Bolpur (Shantiniketan) West Bengal
The IMF and the Central and State Governments have solely supported the sport. If growth truly needs to happen in leaps and bounds, private investment and participation are inevitable. To this effect, model of gymnasiums which are hugely successful in Europe could be emulated by us. In this, gymnasiums with walls are set up and run on the lines of conventional gymnasiums where the users have to pay a fee.
Currently, the IMF is the prime regulator of the sport in India and does so through its Sport ClimbingClimb Committee. This committee inturn directs the functioning of the 6 Zonal Committees.
The National Level Competitions have hugely added to the growth of the sport and given it direction. On the other hand, the IMF Cups, a series of events designed to popularize the sport in areas which were hitherto Climbnot reached out to have been hugely successful in meeting their objectives. The first of the events was held at Mussoorie followed by events at Hyderabad Chandigarh, Wellington, Kolkata, Leh, Amritsar and Bikaner. The police and military have also taken a keen interest in competitions with the ITBP dominating competition in the North Zone Competitions. To give a fillip to the sport in Asia, India played a leadership role by hosting the first ever Asia Cup in Uttarakhand in 2004.
Recently, there have been initiatives to promote the sport by setting up world class infrastructure in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Uttarkashi and Wellington. Delhi is infact now home to an ‘Official IFSC World Record Wall’ which meets the specific requirements of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC). This now enables Indian athletes to benchmark their performances with those of their international peers.
Such initiatives have resulted in a steady improvement in the performance of our athletes internationally. The first ever Indian representation at an international event was in 1991. However, it was not until 2002 that we were able obtain a medal tally with 2 silvers at the Asian Youth Championships in Malaysia. Since then, we have continuously brought laurels with 8 medals in 2008, 11 in 2009 and 3 in 2011. With the sport being awarded full recognition by the International Olympic Association and fair chances that it will be included in the 2020 Summer Olympics, the signs look encouraging for India but a lot remains to be done if we have to meaningfully participate in that arena.
Despite the limited resources, we have worked well to make the right decisions in growing the sport. Our athletes have performed exceptionally well given the circumstances and have continuously bettered themselves. IMF encourages greater private participation to truly get the sport to International levels.
LIST OF MAJOR CLIMBING WALLS INDIA
1. Outdoor climbing wall at Mira Model School, B- block, Janakpuri, New Delhi. 15 mtrs high x 4 mtrs wide . Rating ; 6 TR . 1993.
2. Outdoor climbing wall at Shyama Prasad Vidyalaya, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi. 10 mtrs high x 5 mtrs wide . 6 TR. 1996.
3. Indoor Climbing wall at ‘Legend Inn’ Hotel, East of Kailash, New Delhi.12 mtrs x 4 mtrs ; 6 RC. 1994
4. International Standard Sport Climbing wall at The Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi. 2010(. 15mtrs)
5. Outdoor Climbing wall at the Yamuna Vihar DDA sports complex . 15 metrs x 5 mtrs . 7 TR/ CP
6. Indoor climbing wall at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi.10 mtrs x 10 mtrs . 1997. Rating ;8 TR.
7. Outdoor shell concrete wall at Destination Point, Faridabad, Haryana.8 mtr high x 6 mtrs wide. Rating : 7 RC.
8. Outdoor climbing wall at Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali. 10 mtrs x 12 mtrs . 6 TR.
9. Outdoor free standing climbing system at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering , Uttarkashi. 10 mtrs high x 8 mtrs. 6 TR. 1997/8
10. Bishop Cotton school, Shimla. 2002. 8 mtrs high 6 TR
11. Outdoor climbing wall for Bidhan Chandra Vidyalaya, Moti Bagh New Delhi 12 mts x 4 mts .1999.6 TR
12. Outdoor free form wall for The Himalayan Adventure Institute, Kempty Falls, Mussorie,U.P. hills. 12 mtrs x 6 mtrs . 8 - TR / CP. 2001.
13. Outdoor artificial climbing system at Vinay Nagar Bengali Senior Secondary School, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi. 12 Mtrs high x 3 mtrs wide. 6 TR.
14. Free standing outdoor climbing wall system at Ramjas Sports and Mountaineering Institute, West Patel Nagar, New Delhi. 15 mtrs high x 3 mtrs wide. 8 TR/ CP. – 1997.
15. SVP National Police Academy, Outdoor free standing artificial climbing wall . [12 metres high and 5 mtres wide]. –2000 . 7 - TR/ CP.
16.. Outdoor artificial climbing at The American Embassy School, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi. Three sections of climbing surface , 150 sq. mtres of climbing area. EN 12572;199 CERTIFIED.
17. Indoor climbing wall for Mountaineering and Skiing institute, I.T.B.P. Force, Auli, Joshimath, Uttaranchal. [8 mtrs height x 5 mtrs wide].
18. St. Stephens College. Delhi University. Delhi. 10 mtrs x 5 mtrs. 2004. 7 TR.
19. Outdoor climbing wall at SPRING DALE SENIOR SCHOOL. Amritsar, 10 mtrs high x 5 metres wide. 2005
20. Wall at MCM DAV College at Chandigarh.
21. Wall at Sainik School, Kunjpura
22. Wall at Zamia Milia Islamia, Delhi
23. Indoor and Outdoor climbing walls at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, West Bengal. 1996 . 15 mtrs wide x 6 mtrs high. Rating 8 TR.
24. International standard outdoor free standing wall at Salt Lake Stadium, Calcutta. 17.5 mtrs high x 6 mtrs wide. 1996/ 7. Rating ;7 TR / CP.
25. Portable free standing climbing wall system for West Bengal Mountaineering and adventure Foundation, West Bengal.
26. International standard artificial climbing wall system at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, West Bengal. 2000. 9 TR/ CP.
27.. Free form artificial climbing wall.[ 6 mtrs high and 10 metres wide], at “SPACE CIRCLE CLUBS AND RESORTS” , Kolkata. 7 RC 2001
28. Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, Jamshedpur. . 15 mtrs high x 6 mtrs wide. 2003. 8 TR/ CP.
29. Chandanagar Mountaineerng Association: CMA climbing wall at Chandan nagar. Kolkatta. 10 mtrs high - 6 TR. 1999./ 2000.
30. Durgapur Childrens Academy of Adventure and Culture. Zone C. Durgapur. 10 mtrs x 5 mtrs high. 7 TR 2003.
31. Outdoor independent climbing wall at HERITAGE SCHOOL, KOLKATTA, 10 mtrs. 2005
32. Wall of Netaji Club at Bolpur(Shanti Niketan). Height 13 Mtrs(two faces).
33. Wall of Kamarhati Trekkers at 24 Prgs(N). Height 13.4 Mtrs(1 face).
34. Wall at Kalyani, Nadia. Height 7.3 mtrs(three faces)
35. Outdoor shell concrete climbing wall at Chamundi Vihar Stadium, Mysore, for General Thimayya National Academy, Bangalore. 8 mtrs high x 8 mtrs wide. 6 TR. 1998.
36. Outdoor climbing wall at DYSS Centre, Tumkur, Karnataka. 2000 . 6 TR
37. Outdoor Artificial climbing wall at DYSSO , District stadium, Davangere, Karnataka Installed in the Davangere District stadium for the school children, tourism and awareness of adventure amongst the public. 15 mtrs x 3 mtrs. 8 TR/ CP.
38. International standard artificial climbing wall at Kanteerva Stadium, Bangalore, for the GETHNAA. Largest climbing surface in the country. [15 mtrs x 4 mtrs wide x 3 sides]. Two difficulty climbing sides and one speed climbing wall. 9 TR/ CP.
39. Outdoor artificial climbing wall at DYSS center. Nrupthanga road , Bangalore, 12 mtrs x 3 mtrs. 1994. 7 TR/ CP
40. Outdoor climbing wall at MPM Recreational Centre, Hyderabad. 8 mtrs high x 5 mtrs wide. 6 RC.
41. Indoor climbing wall at “Prasad the Experience” IMAX / Multiplex theatre, Hyderabad. [09 mtrs high x 3.00 metres wide. 6 RC. 2003.
42. Outdoor climbing wall at TARUN BHARAT SANGH, 10 mtrs high , Bel gaum – 2005.
43. Outdoor shell concrete wall for HAKONE ROCK CLIMBING, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai. 11 mtr high x 6 mtrs wide. 6 RC. 1998.
44. Outdoor climbing wall at R3 Resorts on Jaipur-Bikaner Highway, Rajasthan. 2000 10 mtrs high x 3 mtrs wide.6 RC.
45. Outdoor free form at Multiple Entertainment Centre, Ahmedabad – Gandhinagar Road, Gujarat. 8 mtrs high x 6 mtrs wide. 6 RC.
46. Outdoor climbing wall for the Indian Navy, Marine Commandos, INS Abhimanyu, C/O. Western Naval Command, Fleet Mail Office, Mumbai.
15 MTRS X 3 MTRS . 6 TR.
47. Outdoor free standing climbing wall for Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Pune. 17.5 mtrs x 5 mtrs . 8 TR/ CP. 2001.
48. Standing artificial climbing wall at Chougan Stadium, Jaipur for Jaipur Development Authority, Jaipur, [ 15 mtrs high x 6.0 mtrs wide]. 2002. 8 TR/ CP.
49. Outdoor “bolt on holds” climbing wall at “SAHAAS” camp, Nagpur. [12 mtrs high x 5 mtrs wide]. 2003. 7 TR/ CP.
50.. Arun Sawant memorial climbing wall. Goregaon. Mumbai. 12 mtrs high x 6 mtrs wide. - 7 TR / CP. 2003.
51. Outdoor free standing wall at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium, Bikaner, Rajasthan. 1996. 7 TR / CP.
52. Outdoor climbing wall 10 mtrs high x 5 mtrs wide at DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, Ahemdabad.
53. Outdoor climbing wall at Chitrakoot Public School, Sikar, Rajasthan.
54. Wall at Laxmibai National University of Physical Education, Gwalior
55.. Outdoor free standing wall for Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association, Imphal, Manipur. 15 mtrs x 6 mtrs . 7 TR / CP. 1999..
56.. Wall of Nagaland Rock Climbing & Mountaineering Association, at Dimapur, Nagaland. 46 Feet X 16 Feet( one face)
57.. Wall of Youth Affairs & Sports Department at Agartala. 12 mtrs(four sided.