On a cold night, at 23:50 in Bangalore; a group of eight friends planned for a trekking. Everyone was uncertain whether 15 minutes after will we all be out for trek!
As we knew it wouldn’t be a great success and as expected only 3 were able to make it as the rest were enemy for the climate.
We 3 started @ 00:10 in 2 bikes. Yamana RX for Vikky, Me & Libin on Passion with all the passion to reach our destination to start trekking.
Stopped twice for tea/’dhum/sutta’ break before we crossed the city limit.
When the speedometer showed 90 kmph it was merely a hairbreadth ‘scape from a highway robbery gang!
Without even turning back, our bikes fled away from the Highway to an artery. For about 35 mins the bike went on in the same road without knowing whether we’re on the right path!
First stranger at around 01:40, with a great hope that he can help, I asked Skandhagiri ge yava route hogathe? (Which route leads to Skandhagiri), before I could finish the question he said Gotthilla (Dont know!), which we never expected from the localite!
Another 20 mins ride on the same road, looking at a mountain at a distant, was confused by another mountain at the other side!! Now on a conclusion either of this is going to be our destination, we headed towards…
There was a santro loaded with 4 bouncers holding some paper, stopped bike at a decent distance, I walked towards and about to speak, before which a guy asked me in english, Do you know the way to skandhagiri? I laughed and called my friends out there… Without a clue why I’m laughing, Why calling my friends… all of them looked puzzeled!
After knowing we too are looking for the same sacred place ‘for trekkers’ he showed up the map which he had… (Thinking without the map we’ve reached upto there! We just took a look at that, without understanding what the places are… returned it to’em.)
Then a localite in a Splendor approached us knowing we are looking for something… He asked us to follow him… without even thinking who he might be and is he really going to show the way, we followed him.
On the way following him, many thrilling old movie scenes were on mind about where are we going, whence the route we’re going to reach and Et Cetera.
Finally to the goodness he showed a route & appended some left and right to that. Thank god! We’re back ontrack on our own!
Yes! There is the hill that we were looking for!
It was at 02:25, experienced the actual darkness!
Just when the head lights are off, I couldn’t see either Vikky now Libin!
We were together just with our voice…
Puzzeled where to start, heard few other voices…
Do you need guide? We can take you up there in two and half hours… Without any idea we said not required! Headed up few steps away… The road was so smooth that could even skit us while walking… realising that we’re walking on Vaikol (Straw, an agricultural by-product), understood that we walking nearby fields.
Again some villagers, who calls themselves the guide to skanthagiri enquired do we need a guide till the top. It was a mutual decesion that we asked them to show the path where to start from, for which we’d to pay 200. Agreed upon, he asked us to follow him, for which we just turned right and walked few steps… He paused by, said this is the way to start from!
It was unthinkable to reach th etop without a torch… And we knew it’s going to be a challenge as it was tough when we walked on the road without a torch!
And the replacement for the torch was vikky’s Nokia’s camera flash! Luckily the battery was more than 80% and we could manage for another 2.30 hours, post which we got the sunrise.
On our way up there, some more people started following us thinking we knew the route!
Without knowing we are at the brim we blindly moved ahead hoping we would reach the top to witness the eternal sunrise first handedly. Rested on a huge rock on the way up there.
Finally after four and half hours continues effort we are at the top now! Enjoyed the sunrise! Discussing among ourself that we never seen a sunrise when at home as our early morning was when the shadow doesn’t fall on anyside! Started taking snaps and some Et Cetras are on now!
On the way down we saw & wondered the hurdels we passed through easily at the early hours without knowing they are hurdles! Now wondered on each place where we rested and struggled to climb up.
After 2 hours we are on the road again! Now the natural scenary of the village were on our Cam!
On the way home, we not only took away the adventurous memory! But some management tasks that we learned too!
The required tools (skills) to achieve a task (destination) you should carry all along the (through out the project) map (application document) to the destination and you should get help from skilled associated from other project (the guy on Splendor, who showed us the path to Skandhagiri) though they might not complete your task, but can help on routing you to the proper way.
And the trainings required to keep you armed throughout the project (torch to be carried, to ignore the hassle) when the hurdels are not know/not seen as hurdles, that can be passed easily (realised that we were on brim of the hill at the sunlight when we came down!)
Every moment has something to teach us! And this trekking taught me some management basics!