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Voluntary Eco drive…. Lets give a thought!


iQuest Adventure is Proud to propose a Voluntary Clean Up Drive to the Nature Enthusiasts…!!!

  A good   opportunity to spare your time with the nature in its service.

Here is a Call to the Passionate of the Nature, Rocks and Greenery to join in….


About Turahalli:

This is a reserved forest very close to Bangalore . Also the closest rock climbing area , boasting of a variety of granite formations for climbing . Wildlife sightings such as peacocks,  and other as well as a lot of birdlife.

Turahalli hillock is a place with lot of boulders and wildlife,  Just off  Kanakapura road, around 8 kilo meters from Banashankari Temple in Bangalore South. It has been the practising ground for the rock climbers in and around Bangalore for many decades.

thuralii mountain

At present it is very sad to know that, general public do not care for the preservation of this important natural site. It has  been littered heavily by the general visitors.  And this is causing a threat to very existence of this natural spot in Bangalore.


Therefore, a “Clean Up Drive” will do a multi fold task.

  1.  Reduce garbage, thus increasing the greenery and also .
  2. To increase awareness among the communities about the nature.

iQuest Adventure  conducts its activity with the main emphasis on learning take away’s.

Click here to download  one day proposal.

How does “Children’s Camp” helps Children???


Have you been to any camp before ???

If  you’re then, you will not be surprised when you hear about the advantages of the camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound optimistic effects that still matter to you as an adult, and you also know that you want the same thing for your own kids:-)!!!

But if you didn’t go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their kids to camp. So here is a list of the most important reasons to send your kids to camp.



At camp, children Expertise, Experience and Explore To New Things Like;

1.      Children spend their day being physically active !

As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, it provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing!

2.       Camp Enables to experience success and become more confident !

Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accomplishment every day.

3.      Camp helps conquer fears & Gain resiliency !

The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try.

4.       Camp is real Unplugged  from technology!

When kids take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do.

5.      Camp  help inDeveloping  life-long skills !

Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents, and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp, makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do.

6.       Camp helps kids to Grow more independent !

Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions.

7.      Have free time for unstructured play !

Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. It is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh, and be silly all day long.

8.      Camp builds teamwork!

Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a cabin with others, kids share chores, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication.

9.      Reconnect with nature !

It’s a wonderful antidote to “nature deficit disorder,” to the narrow experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor experience enriches kid’s perception of the world and supports healthy child development.

10. camp creates friendships!.

Camp is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, It encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together  “Everyday.”


Camp is “Great”!!!

So wait no more to give an unique experience to your child.


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Expedition Behavior

Helping a fellow student get through a rough day by carrying some of their weight, turning back due to bad weather, bringing your tent mate a hot drink, or keeping a smile on your face during five days of torrential rains are just a few examples of Expedition Behavior in action.

“Expedition Behavior” has evolved into a catchphrase—and an even shorter acronym, “EB”—that carries with it endless implications. In 1965 they were just two words Paul used to explain a suite of behavioral concepts, as simple as using the word “teamwork” on a football squad. Today, expedition behavior stands as an integral part of the NOLS curriculum, describing behaviors that help a group cooperate and attain goals.


Expedition Behavior

  • Serve the mission and goals of the group.
  • Be as concerned for others as you are for yourself.
  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Support leadership and growth in everyone.
  • Respect the cultures you contact.
  • Be kind and open-hearted.
  • Do your share and stay organized.
  • Help others, but don’t routinely do their work.
  • Model integrity by being honest and accountable.
  • Admit and correct your mistakes.

A good expedition team is like a powerful, finely tuned marriage. Members cook meals together, face challenges together and finally go to bed together. A bad expedition, on the other hand, is an ugly, embarrassing thing characterized by bickering, filth, frustration and crispy macaroni.


Nearly all bad expeditions  have one thing in common: poor expedition behavior (EB). This is true even if team members follow the stated rules, such as No Standing on the Rope, No Kerosene in the Food, No Soap in the River, No Raccoons in the Tent, and Keep Your Goddam Ice Axe Out of My Eye.


Unfortunately, too many rules of expedition behavior remain unspoken. Some leaders seem to assume that their team members already have strong and generous characters like their own. But judging from a few of the campers we’ve encountered, more rules ought to be spelled out. Here are ten of them.



Get the hell out of bed.

 Suppose your tent mates get up early to fetch water and fire up the stove while you lie comatose in your sleeping bag. As they run an extensive equipment check, coil ropes and fix your breakfast, they hear you start to snore. Last night you were their buddy; now they’re listing things about you that make them want to spit. They will devise cruel punishments for you. You have earned them. Had you gotten out of bed, nobody would have had to suffer.


 Do not be cheerful before breakfast.

 Some people wake up perky and happy as fluffy bunny rabbits. They put stress on those who wake up mean as rabid wolverines. Exhortations such as “Rise and shine, sugar!” and “Greet the dawn, pumpkin!” have been known to provoke pungent expletives from wolverine types. These curses, in turn, may offend fluffy bunny types. Indeed, they are issued with the sincere intent to offend. Thus, the day begins with flying fur and hurt feelings. The best early-morning EB is simple: Be quiet.



 Do not complain. About anything. Ever.

It’s ten below zero, visibility is four inches and wind-driven hailstones are embedded in your face. Must you mention it? Do you think your friends haven’t noticed the weather? Make a suggestion. Tell a joke. Lead a prayer. Do not lodge a complaint. Yes, your pack weighs 87 pounds and your cheap backpack straps are actually cutting into your flesh. Were you promised a personal Sherpa? Did somebody cheat you out of a mule team? If you can’t carry your weight, get a motor home.



4 Learn to cook at least one thing right.

 One expedition trick is so old that it is no longer amusing: on the first cooking assignment, the clever cook prepares a dish that resembles, say, Burnt Sock en le Sauce Toxique. The cook hopes to be relieved permanently from cooking duties. This is the childish approach to a problem that’s been with us since people first started throwing lizards on the fire. Tricks are not a part of a team spirit. If you don’t like to cook, offer to wash dishes and prepare the one thing you do know how to cook. Even if it’s only tea. Remember that talented camp cooks sometimes get invited to join major expeditions in Nepal, all expenses paid.



 Either A) shampoo, or B) do not remove your hat for any reason.

After a week or so on the trail, without shampooing, hair forms angry clumps and wads. These leave the person beneath looking like an escapee from a mental ward. Such an appearance could shake a team’s confidence in your judgment. If you can’t shampoo, pull a wool hat down over your ears and leave it there, night and day, for the entire expedition.



Do not ask if anybody’s seen your stuff.

Experienced adventures have systems for organizing their gear. They rarely leave it strewn around camp or lying back on the trail. One of the most damning things you can do is ask your teammates if they’ve seen the tent poles you thought you packed 20 miles ago. Even in the unlikely event you get home alive, you will not be invited on the next trip. Should you ever leave the tent poles 20 miles away, do not ask if anybody’s seen them. Simply announce, with a good-natured chuckle, that you are about to set off in the dark on a 40-mile hike to retrieve them, and that you are sorry. It’s unprofessional to lose your spoon or your toothbrush. If something like that happens, don’t mention it to anyone.



Never ask where you are.

 If you want to know where you are, look at the map. Try to figure it out yourself. If you’re still confused, feel free to discuss the identity of landmarks around you and how they correspond to the cartography. If you A) suspect that a mistake has been made; and B) have experience interpreting topographical maps, and C) are certain that your group leader is a novice or on drugs, speak up. Otherwise, follow the group like sheep.



 Always carry more than your fair share.

 When the trip is over, would you rather be remembered as a rock or a wuss? Keep in mind that a pound or two of extra weight in your pack won’t make your back hurt any more than it already does. In any given group of flatlanders, somebody is bound to bicker about weight. When an argument begins, take the extra weight yourself. Then shake your head and gaze with pity upon the slothful one. This is the mature response to childish behavior. On the trail that day, during a break, load the tenderfoot’s pack with 20 pounds of gravel.



Do not get sunburned.

Sunburn is not only painful and unattractive—it’s also and obvious sign of inexperience. Most greenhorns wait too long before applying sunscreen. Once you’ve burned on an expedition, you may not have a chance to get out of the sun. Then the burn gets burned, skin peels away, blisters sprout on the already swollen lips. You get the idea. Wear zinc oxide. You can see exactly where and how thickly it’s applied and it gives you just about 100% protection. It does get on your sunglasses, all over your clothes and in your mouth. But that’s OK. Unlike sunshine, zinc oxide is non-toxic.


RULE #10

 Do not get killed.

Suppose you make the summit , chain-smoking Gilanes and carrying the complete works of Hemingway in hardcover. Pretty macho, huh? Suppose now that you take a vertical detour down a crevasse and never make it back to camp. Would you still qualify as a hero? And would it matter? Nobody’s going to run any fingers through your new chest hair. The worst thing to have on your outdoor resume is a list of the possible locations of your body. Besides, your demise might distract your team members from enjoying what’s left of their vacations.


All expedition behavior really flows from this one principle: Think of your team, the beautiful machine, first. You are merely a cog in that machine. If you have something to prove, forget about joining an expedition. Your team will never have more than one member.

Climbers Dictionary

  “Here are few  abbreviations associated with rock climbing.

This might be helpful answer  for some questions of rock

climbers or help you feel more familiar with the scenario.”



  • Aid Climbing – The use of anything other than the natural features to ascend up the rock.
  • Anchor – The point where the rope is fixed into the rock.
  • Barn Door – An off balance move that causes a climber to pivot on two points of contact. The result looks like you are opening the barn door.
  • Belay – To keep the climber safe by controlling the rope.
  • Belayer – The person keeping the climber safe by controlling the rope.
  • Belay Device – Usually a metal device which the belayer uses to control the rope. There ae several types of devices, all creating friction against the rope, allowing the belayer to catch a falling climber.
  • Belay Betty or Belay Bob – The significant other of an addictive rock climber.
  • Big wall – A long route that takes many pitches or rope lengths to ascend.
  • Biner – Short for  “carabiner”, a short loop of metal with a gate that can attach things together.
  • Boulder – A rock short enough to climb relatively safely without a rope.
  • Bouldering – Climbing low to the ground and without a rope.
  • Brake Hand – The hand that holds the rope securely.
  • Camming Device – A removable, portable protection that helps stop a climber if they fall.
  • Carabiner – A removable, portable protection that helps stop a climber if they fall.
  • Crack climbing – Climbing continuous cracks in rocks, requiring specific techniques and protection methods.
  • Crimp – Gripping so that the fingertips contact the hold with slightly raised knuckles.
  • Crimping on the Way Radical Tiny Gnarlies – climbing a route with really small holds.
  • Cross through – Reaching with a hand or foot that crosses the other appendage.
  • Crux – The most crucial., difficult part of the climb.
  • Descender – The device used for rappelling.
  • Dirt Me – Climbing speak for “Let me down”, after finishing or giving up on a top rope climb.
  • Don’t Slap Rude if You’re Shaky at the Crux – duh… Don’t slap rude if you’re shaky at the crux… Dude!
  • Downclimb – Climbing downward rather than upward.
  • Dyno – Climbing move in which the climber jumps from one hold to another.
  • 8-Ring – A common rappel / belay device shaped like the number “8”.
  • Elvis leg – A leg shaking uncontrollably during a climb, usually due to nerves or over contraction of the muscles. Sometimes called sewing machine leg.
  • Enscarfment – A food break at the edge of a cliff.
  • Epic – The story of an ordinary, well planned, climb that suddenly turns into an adventure thriller!  With an eventual happy ending.  As the drama unfolds around the campfires at night or to a wide-eyed audience in the local tavern, it becomes increasingly difficult to sift the fact from the fiction.
  • Figure 8 knot – The most common knot used to attach the climber’s harness to the rope.
  • Flag – Dangling a leg to improve balance.
  • 4th Classing – see Free Solo
  • Free Climb – To climb upward using only the natural rock features, and only using man made gear for protection.
  • Free Solo – To free climb without the use of any manmade protection.
  • Going To Church – Climbing on Sunday.
  • Gravical – The adrenaline high a climber may experiences upon a lot of air between climber and the ground level.  ( i.e., “This is gravical, dude!”)
  • Gumbie – An inexperienced or new rock climber.
  • Hang Dog – To rest on the rope while climbing.
  • Lead – Starting with the rope on the ground, climbing by clipping into protection points on the way up.
  • Poser – Someone trying to make you believe that they climb much better than they actually do.
  • Rack – The climbing gear carried during an ascent.
  • Rappel – Descending down the length of a rope.
  • Rarppele – One who enjoys sliding down ropes instead of climbing up rocks.
  • “Rock!” – A warning yelled to anyone below when a piece of rock is falling on a climb.
  • Scrambling – Easy climbing, usually unroped.
  • Slab – A climb that is less than vertical.
  • Summit – The top of a mountain or rock.
  • Sling n : A sewn, typically shoulder-length nylon runner used to clip in long to protection, build anchors, carry gear, etc.
  • Sloper n : A downsloping handhold that relies on skin friction and an open-hand grip.
  • Smear n, v : To apply your entire forefoot (and not just toe) to the rock, often while slab climbing, stemming, or on large, sloping features.
  • Sport climbing n : Gymnastic face and overhang free climbing, with the climbs typically having fixed protection like bolts (usually equipped top down with a power drill). Another key feature is the acceptance of hang dogging.
  • Squeeze chimney n : Bigger than an off-width but smaller than a chimney, a squeeze chimney (12 to 18 inches or so) is a crack up which you must wriggle; these are infamous for provoking claustrophobia. A wise climber will ensure that his torso squeezes through unimpaired, even on a full in-breath.
  • Stem n, v : To splay and oppose your legs, {sansV}-like, across a dihedral or to otherwise enter a splits position.
  • Traditional climbing n : Before sport climbing, all climbing was traditional climbing, in which you started on the ground, placing pro as you went. Today’s slightly modified meaning seems to encompass all gear-protected (natural) leads.
  • Under cling n, v : Any hold used by turning your palm upside-down, as if receiving alms, and walking the feet up.

Hampi Photography trip

A visit to Hampi

Is a sojourn into the past

And the best way to

experience this

World Heritage Site

Which now lies in ruins,

Is to take a leisurely walk.

And go on an enchanting journey

Of excitement and discovery.



to the team that returned from the Hampi Photography trip ,. Divya, Sindhu, Hinglaz, Saransh, Saket, Ami, Taushik and myself ( Sunand) went through some really memorable moments during the trip , Lot of sharing , Learnings teachings  and  Progress.

Nov 5, 2013 - Creatives, Mountaineering    No Comments

A poetry by N.Terence Huxley

 “Under The Peaks,

Under the spell of his rhythmic body,

He and the silent mountains

Stood face to face

As pure living sensation

And lifeless matter;

Each finds in the other

A mysterious completion”.

                                             – N.Terence Huxley