Curating a New Climbing Community: Suru Fest 2018

By | October 23, 2018

By Tenzing Jamyang
23 October 2018

Bouldering session in Suru

Bouldering session in Suru
Photo Credits: Sharad Chandra

This year marked the third edition of Suru Fest and climbers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world made it to this celebration of the outdoors. Like every other year, the festival started on the 25th of August, ending on the 7th of September. Around 150 people travelled to Suru to participate, coming from different parts of India and more than 20 other countries.

Suru valley is blessed with beautiful rock and a landscape favorable for extreme outdoor sports, hence it was always our plan to incorporate as many activities as possible at the fest. Our broader vision is to create a larger platform for all outdoor sports at Surufest and this year we managed to achieve that toa certain extent. Apart from boulderers, this year we also saw some trad climbers, kayakers, slack liners, downhill mountain bikers and yoga practitioners. Interacting with people from different communities and observing new lines being discovered was a great experience!

Highballing

Highballing
Photo Credits: Sharad Chandra

For this year’s fest, we were fortunate to partner with a multitude of sponsors. Our title sponsor Tata Hexa, generously gave us eight brand new Tata Hexa cars for the duration of the fest, alongside extending their much-needed support. Indian outdoor gear company Gipfel Climbing Equipment sent us top-of-the-line camping gear. BBLINE, Tokyo Powder, Mishmi Takin, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism and All Ladakh Tour Operators Association rounded up the list of our sponsors.

Now that we have over 300 boulder problems developed in the area, we will be releasing the guide book later this year. Once the guide book is available, we hope that Suru will become a more popular destination for climbers from all over.

We’ve approached some local schools and would like to establish a climbing wall in the Sankoo High School to encourage children take up climbing. One of our participants, Prerna Dangi, also organized a workshop with the local girls and spoke to them about reusable sanitary pads. Our intention has always been to help out the locals in as many ways as we can and we’d like to take that forward by hosting varied workshops for them to benefit from.

Over the course of these three years, Suru Fest has emerged as a platform for creating some exceptional content and we are thankful to be able to work with some of the best photographers and videographers. Sharad Chandra has created magic with his compositions while Taatvik and Flowmo have captured the essence of the festival through their films. We’re looking forward to releasing the content later on this year and can promise you it’ll be a treat to watch!

Suhail Kakpori, GraviT Climbing

Suhail Kakpori, GraviT Climbing
Photo Credits: Sharad Chandra

 

Tenzing Jamyang, GraviT Climbing

Tenzing Jamyang, GraviT Climbing
Photo Credits: Sharad Chandra

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