Target = Phoenix Hill and Crocodile hill.
Place = Kondamadugu hills some 40 kms outside Hyderabad.
Aim = Is to conquer both those hills ( he he…more of getting our lazy bones to the top of the hills).
This was a day trip into some hills and to try out some rock climbing, bouldering, chimneying and some hikking. We started early in the morning from Hyderabad in a small bus playing Antakshari which is a good ice breaker game when 20 total strangers pool up to spend a day together 🙂 .
Reached Kondamadugu village in a couple of hours. It was a hot and dry day. Phoenix hill was a hill with a bit of altitude and Tortoise hill was a hill with more width and out aim was to reach the top of both. The names of the hills come from the shapes they were in.
We did some warm up exerices at the foot of the hills and started hikking. The route was to go to each level of the hill which was filled with a mild forest and bushes. It was a easy ascend and took like an hour to reach the top. We found some nice trees and did some tree climbing challenging the monekys …
Then came the stopper. We had to get down a bit of slope and …gulp… it was tough. We had to look for cracks on the hill slope and using our hands for grips we need to slowely get down. One slip and off we go down into the bushes. One by one we slowely got down with the help of our organizers guiding us. At a point I was hanging with both my hands and with no grips for my legs. Makes your heart skip a beat such times 😦
Once we got down then came the toughest part, climbing the top peak of the phoenix head. It was two opposing rocks and the aim to get to the top doing some chimenying. It was my first time doing so much of rocks. After struggling, dangling, streaching out for reaching the grips, some of the brave hearts reached the top. It was a exciting experience, one of its kind.
Sat of the Phoenix’s head, enjoyed the view and got down. Though this might be the smallest of small heights we have climbed, one thing I got is when people attempt to climb these big mountains, its not the adventure to reach the top which is exciting, its the climb which gives us the kicks and the fun.
We breaked for lunch and then started to conquer the crocodile hill. Though its not big in altitude, to reach the top we had to go through some painfully thorny buses and trees. A thorn which still sits deep in my thumb is a memory I have got out of this trip !!! As it was a hot day, we were running out of water fast and getting to our exhaustion level soon. We reached the top by evening to enjoy the setting sun.
A celebration dance of gangnam style by some, was fun to watch on the top of the hills.
The view was peaceful. After an exhaustive hike, we just lay down on the rocks to watch the sun go down.
Overall it was a nice hike with rock climbing, trekking, some nice views.