This is one of the most memorable trekking event in my life. Its involved a lot of preparations, lot of commitments and challenging of the event. It’s most memorable because; this is the maiden two days event with Bangalore Ascenders (BASC), a challenging long trek in dense forest around 30-35 km in two days, my two other close friends (Sudhakar & Chandrakanth (CK)) were part of this trek and glorious unforgettable experience at Dabbe Falls and Kanoor Kote (Fort).
I would like to personally thank to each one of the 18 friends (co-trekkers) who were with me and also very co-operative at each of the moment during the trek. Sharing the foods, clicking the solo photographs as and when requested, mutually understanding the pace of trek. Special thanks to Raveendra (Event organizer) who given opportunity to not only me and also my other two friends who were part of this event and trusted on our confident to complete the trek. Karthik who was co-volunteer with me for food preparations. How shall I forget the Chandru (HR) who was keen and could able to get permission from the Forest Department.
The beauty of BASC is, while going to trek you will be alone and when you join the event become too many friends. It was not different compare to my earlier three events with BASC. I could able to make new 16 new friends. I had been waiting to get opportunity for two days event with BASC, unfortunately I had been waiting list for two events and one is postponed due to forest permission issues. After seeing my name along with my two idiot friends felt so happy and from that point of time my preparation went on….
We all three were so excited and eagerly waiting for 22nd February, 2013 night. Being an volunteer for food preparation along with Karthik, purchased grocery and arranged vessels for cooking the dinner on 23rd Feb night.
Along with CK reached the BASC assembly point Shanthala Silk at 9.20pm. There were already gathered most of the friends. Sudhakar was joining us at Yeshwanthpura which informed to Raveendra well in advance and I have taken the responsibility to align him in-time. We all filled the indemnity bond. Vehicle left Shanthala Silk at 10pm as per schedule and Sudhakar joined us around 10.30 pm.
Introduction of the members was most interesting and informative. Everyone need to self introduce with previous trekking experiences. Most of the friends trekked every corner of nation with different groups. It took almost two hours to complete the introduction of 19 members. While finishing the time we reached a Dhaba near Tipatur where we took a small break. After the break everyone went to deep sleep and my mind was around Dabble & Kanoor Forte challenges…..
23rd February 2013 – Day 1
It was around 5.00 am, bus was stopped at Mavinagundi, which is just 5km away from Jog falls. Driver suggested to have the breakfast and get the parcel of lunch. We finished our morning duties at public toilet one by one. Around 7 am the breakfast Idly and Parotha ready and packed the Chitranna for Lunch. Finished the breakfast and left towards Hosagadde the starting point of trek.
Hosagadde - Starting point of Trek
The initial path around 1-2 km was jeep track and later entered in Jungle. Whole path we get enough of water resources, small streams and tree shades. Almost two hours took to reach Gaudara Mane which is the welcome place for trekkers who want to visit Dabble Falls.
At last around 4:30 pm we reached Kanoor village. Initially it was the plan for night camping at Kanoor Govt. School whereas few of friends insisted to walk further since we had enough of time. Mean time few of us went into village to find out the distance and probability of night camp. Luckily we got a guide Somaya who got ready to take us to the Kote. The friends were made mind to relax at the Kanoor, but considering tomorrow long journey everyone got ready within 5 minutes and headed towards Kote.
Kanoor Govt. School
As per somaya, fort distance is around 10-12 km and we need to cover 4-5km today before to reach night camp.
We reached the pre-defined night stay Doctor House at 8.30 pm but unfortunately the owner was out of station. Guide told us to stay outside and start preparation of dinner. The place was not so convenient for night camp as we need to struggle for water, wood, accommodation for 17 members. By grace of god we could able to accommodate the house of Ramanna.
Malenaadu (Western ghat) people are so kind heart and warm welcome to everyone who comes to their contact. We had very hearty welcome by Ramanna family. They offered hot water to get fresh to our friends who tiered by continuous 12 hours trekking from morning 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Since am the core committee member of food preparation, started to gather all utensils and groceries. I should appreciate Shanti Prasad, Karthik and other friends who were played major role for preparation of food. We prepared hot soup and rice for Puliyogare. Karthik brought home made Puliyogare paste. Everyone had delicious dinner and went into deep sleep.
24th February 2013 – Day 2
We woke up around 6.00 am and got ready to leave to Kanoor Kote. Once again our Shanti Prasad served so tasty coffee to all and few friends packed yesterday Puliyogare for lunch. We all took group photograph along with Ramanna family and said good bye to beloved hearts.
Somaya leaded towards Kanoor kote. The journey continued in thick forest and everyone were in enthusiast. Within a short time we covered good distance.
Getting Ready for 2nd Day Trek at Ramanna House
We all become good friends in two days and promised each other to meet in next trek.
Picture Coutesy: Mari Muttu, Shanti Prasad, Chandrakanth