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Vanakkal Betta

  • Grade context: US
  • Ascents: 1

Access: Currently not safe to Climb

'Swabian Dream' bolted is currently the only route in the crag which can be safely climbed.

Other Routes have old bolts with a fence at the base.

Hence currently not safe to climb.

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Created 9 months ago

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Summary

Vanakkal Betta is about 70 odd km from the center of the city. There are eight currently known routes here, including one two-pitch route.

Description

Technically, the crag is in the Ramanagara Vulture sanctuary, but there are no nesting sites here, and it is abutting a residential area (2016). The legality of climbing here is in the grey area. Except for one route put up by Achim Noller, the older routes have really old bolts. Climb at your own risk. As of July 2019, the Bangalore-Mysore highway bypassing Ramanagara seems to be going along the base of this crag.

Access issues inherited from Ramanagara, Mysore Highway

You need to get a clearance for rock climbing in Ramanagara from Regional Forest Office located in the Ramanagara Town. A fee will be charged. The office is only open on weekdays. The rocks are cleared for activities from 6 AM to 6 PM.

Approach

On Bangalore-Mysore Road, before the center of Ramanagara town, make a right turn towards Ghousia College of Engineering (you would have to drive up further, make a U turn and then come back to make this a left turn). And as you continue driving, for a kilometer or so, past the residential area, the first hillock you see to your left is Vanakkal Betta or Hallimalla

History

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This crag has a long history of climbing associated with it and was eventually developed for sport climbing by Dinesh Kaigonhalli and Mohit Oberoi in the 1990s, with a multi-pitch route being added in 2014 by Achim Noller.

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Routes

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1 5.10a
2 5.7

Bolted in 2014 and currently the only route in the crag which can be safely climbed.It's the first route starting from the left side. It's a 2 pitch route.

P1: 5.10a. 30 meters. 12 + 2 bolts.

Crux is from second to third bolt. Reachy slopers, with smear for feet. Another 20-30 feet of 5.9ish section. Can rap-off with 60-meter rope from pitch one.

P2: 5.7. 50 meters. 3 + 2 bolts.

Extremely flaky, and an easy scramble towards the end.

Exit requires you to cross over to the valley before the next crag and walk off to the right, and after a distance get on to the adjacent crag’s sloping ridge.

Route credit: Achim Noller, 2014.

Set: Achim Noller

Old bolts with a fence at the base. Hence currently not safe to climb.

Set: Dinesh Kaigonhalli & Mohit Oberoi

Old bolts with a fence at the base. Hence currently not safe to climb

Set: Dinesh Kaigonhalli & Mohit Oberoi

Old bolts with a fence at the base. Hence currently not safe to climb.

Set: Dinesh Kaigonhalli & Mohit Oberoi

Old bolts with a fence at the base. Hence currently not safe to climb.

Set: Dinesh Kaigonhalli & Mohit Oberoi

Old bolts with a fence at the base. Hence currently not safe to climb.

Set: Dinesh Kaigonhalli & Mohit Oberoi

Old bolts with a fence at the base. Hence currently not safe to climb.

Set: Dinesh Kaigonhalli & Mohit Oberoi

Old bolts with a fence at the base. Hence currently not safe to climb.

Set: Dinesh Kaigonhalli & Mohit Oberoi

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