w00t!! Courage Beyond Fear

After having a great trek trip to Doddamakali a couple of months back, we thought it was just the right time to pack our bags again for yet another adventurous trip. We have been really scratching our heads for selecting the destination though. We decided to go on a two day trip, 80% opting for core adventure and at the same time to explore Karnataka. Team mates wanted waterfalls, trek, rappelling, parasailing, safari, swimming etc etc etc. We had prolific destinations to select from, also to mention the packages offered my several resorts. Finally Coorg seemed to be the best destination and Jungle Mount Adventures (JMA) for just there for that.

On 15th Evening, we assembled at 10:30 pm at office premise. With “Dhoom Machale” in high volume we started our trip dancing and everyone hoping to have an awesome and a memorable weekend. Enthusiasm and Fun was in the air. Energy level was high for quiet some time until our friends “Jack Daniels” and “Kingfisher” showed up. Rest of the story, I leave it to you for your imagination (Like Taare Zameen Par)!! We started a bit late though but it helped us reaching our destination not too early in the morning. We just reached perfect. Finding “Jungle mount adventure” (JMA) was getting difficult as mobile phones were off no use and there weren’t sufficient directions. (Sagar!! Please put in some direction board, a small plate on the telephone pole won’t be sufficient especially when traveling at night time)

Sagar (JMA) drove our luggage and few of our team members to the base camp while the rest preferred to walk. The morning was misty and cold. Fresh morning dew on grass was glistening in the sun. The view was spectacular with the sun rising from the distant mountains. I so very had a very good feeling that we certainly are going to have fun. We all got freshened up in half hour. Only a few brave ones dared to take shower, rest of em, naaahhh!! Brushing and face washing was more than sufficient. God bless the inventor of Deo!! Had hot poori’s with saagu for breakfast and we all packed our bags for the first event of the day!! Rappelling!! Two jeeps took us to vicinity of the fall and from there we started our trek to the base of the fall. The first view of the fall is still locked up in my eyes. Not a so very gush of water but it was falling at a gentle speed from a height of about 300ft. I couldn’t wait for the team and took a plunge right away into the cold water. It was so damn cold and awesome. Soon I was joined by my team members and had a great time swimming and playing in the falls. While we were playing, the JMA team were preparing for rappelling. We started climbing uphill to start with our rappelling event. Dr. Topez, a 61 year old youth (Everyone will agree with me, I am sure) gave us clear instructions about the gadgets used in rappelling mixed with his humorous stories. He instigated us and gave us the support and encouragement assuring us that it’s completely safe. He even fell down intentionally while rappelling to give us the confidence that nothing with happen!!! He said “Even if you are dead half way, you’ll be still hanging in mid-air” J and what he said was absolutely right.

When they asked for who wanted to go first, several hands went up but I got lucky. Harness was clamped around my waist with cantilevers and descenders. With gloves on, I was all set to go on my first rappelling. After a brief photo session, (Pic to remember for life) I descended downhill. Goshhh, I could still feel it. The very excitement of hanging from a rope about 300m above the ground was AWESOME. Sagar told me to look down the moment I descended and looking at the falls from there was truly spectacular. One should do it to feel it. As I was giving myself more rope through my left hand, I was descending down slowly, with my right hand to control the direction. 2 minutes of pure adventure, joy and fun!! I enjoyed the moment and in the mid-air I was posing for pictures which were being taken by my friend at the ground. Slowly and steadily I descended safe and the members of JMA helped me to remove the harness and other gadgets off me. There I was already telling the people how it felt to descend down. Also succeeded in convincing few people to rappel who weren’t ready before!!! Following me most of my friends rappelled and descended safe and sound and everyone truly enjoyed it!! After rappelling, we took a day safari to the peak of a mountain. Sagar said that we will definitely enjoy the scenery and he was damn right. Two jeeps with skilled drivers took us there and gossssh, it was more beautiful than we all thought. Enjoyed the view and had nice photo session after which we started back to our base camp.

We were damn hungry!!!! Lunch was already prepared and ready for our attack. Lunch was neat and delicious (Sagar, thanks for the pork, it was yum). Before laziness crept inside after lunch, I headed for canoeing with a friend of mine. Wanted to try my hand on Kayak, but it wasn’t there on that day. Rowing was more difficult than I imagined but it didn’t take us long to understand and there we were already rowing like professionals. Once we returned back to the base, we already saw people having fun in the river. I couldn’t resist myself and plunged in right after leaving the canoe at the shore. It was awesome swimming in the river. I didn’t have the stamina to hang on for long, so I wrapped a life jacket around and was just floating for a couple of hours until it got dark. I had great fun swimming and playing with friends out there. In fact I was introducing myself, with new teammates from other company who came that evening to JMA, right in the middle of the river. Someone said what a place and time to get introducedJ. By the time I got out of the river, my friends already started with a game of cricket. Evening was cold and nice. With intermittent power failures, it was completely dark and everyone was just lazing around playing pranks scaring one another. By that time, we had our camp fire ready. There we went and started anthakshari. It was so much fun coz we can sing in any language (Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam). I must say that Pavan’s team was strong and he was proud about it. He claimed their groups as “Google” and in fact they were. I was wondering how the hell they could remember so many songs and bring it out in an instant. We were upset at the fact that most of the songs in Hindi would end with “Ha” and our team running out of songs that would begin with “Ha”.
Sagar came in at the right time and asked us to get ready for Night safari.

I heard a lot about JMA’s Night Safari and Sagar is the only person who can do that. So he took is us in batch and I was in the first batch of 14 people. The next 30 mins, I never thought that something like that would be even remotely possible. We were all clinging at the back of the jeep. This guy (Sagar) turns off the lights and there he goes into the mountains, in pitch dark pulling off all possible stunts. Turning left, turning right, going reverse all of a sudden, taking us to the end of a peak, stopping by in a scary place where we could hear a distant waterfall, it was nice. It was awesome on our way back. After briefly taking a break, he started off downhill at a freaking ~120kms. I am not kidding here. I am sure he must have hit more than 120kms. I wouldn’t even dare to drive at such speeds even on a highway. Everyone were screaming and shouting at the top of their voice. Some of them could hold on to the jeep neither other, they just sat down merely supporting themselves. Oh My God!!! I could fell the G-Force (I understand that G-force is a bit exaggerated but I don’t have any other word to explain what we all felt). Once we returned, the next batch was ready. We were sitting by the fire side warming our self and we could hear the distant shouts that second batch was making. We sure knew what they were going through!!! Sagar!!! You rock!!!

There our day ended after a nice dinner and off we went to our huts and tents with a fun filled and a memorable weekend that we will remember for life!!!!

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