Our team collectively has over 30 years of climbing experience and exposure at international climbing gyms. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment for the Indian climbing scene to explode.
I studied graphic design in an art college in the US. Started climbing in my final year of university there.
Until then I had never really played many sports or spent much time outdoors. I would struggle to even stay fit. Climbing changed all of that. It helped me not only get fit and become strong physically, but I gained immense confidence in other aspects of life.
Over the years I’ve travelled and climbed in locations in India and other parts of the world. I’ve met people and learnt a new way of life through climbing. I now climb for the sheer joy of it.
I'm a mathematician by education and enjoy playing with data and dabbling in the equity markets.
I started climbing because I got injured as a runner about a decade ago. Within a year, I had stopped running and I was only climbing. Slowly, it has become somewhat of an obsession for me. Now that I'm helping open a gym, I can devote even more time to it!
I like climbing because of the process of problem solving and execution involved in the physical movement.
I started climbing when I joined college. Climbing is all that I did during graduation. Once college got over, I went for an MBA and thoroughly missed climbing. Thankfully, BoulderBox became operational around that time and I could continue climbing.
Later I started working at a bank but the climber in me couldn’t stick there for too long and I found my way to BoulderBox, now as a crew member. My job here is to encourage more and more people to try bouldering to grow the community and the sport. Looking forward to doing my bit for the sport while improving my bouldering skills and making new friends along the way.
My climbing journey began in 2013 and there was no looking back after that. Though I was into other sports before climbing, this has its own sense of thrill. I have a lot to explore yet, but I got to travel and meet lots of people in the climbing community with the same level of obsession for the sport and some even more.
I love bouldering and I have participated in several competitions even in nationals, climbing not only helps me to stay fit but also helps me to know myself better with each ascend.
I feel estatic to be part of Boulder Box in enabling climbers to explore the vertical!
Although a Philosophy major, I was engaged in all sorts of co curricular in college hoping to find my true calling and it was then that I was introduced to climbing 5 years ago now. Initially the idea was to get fit through climbing but with time it grew onto me.
Climbing became a medium for meeting new people from all facts of life, exploring new places and experiencing different highs and lows (literally). I've had prior experience in the industry as a climbing instructor and events manager where I've learnt a thing or two about climbing.
At the box, I will be introducing climbing to you new folks, coaching kids and hosting events.
Excited to have you at the Box!
I recently moved to New Delhi in search of a better opportunity & exposure!
I think I just found one by joining ‘The Boulderbox’ as a Front Desk Manager. I'm trained in hospitality & management and previously I worked as a soft skills trainer.
Although I hail from the hills, I had no climbing experience until I joined ‘The Boulderbox’. I couldn't be happier to start this journey from here. The climbing community, in general, is the most supportive & encouraging folks I have come across! I’m learning & experiencing new things every day and I love it.
I look forward to seeing you at the centre. Cheers! :)
Hi, I am Arenn.
I'm so thrilled after joining as a front desk associate at Boulder box. I have years of work experience as a front desk associate in Aloft hotel - Bangalore. I love to explore new places and travel as it helps me to learn about the diverse cultures and ways of life!
My job role is to welcome you, clear all the doubts & inquiry and build a strong community. I'm happy to help, and i hope you have the best experience visiting our centre.
Born into a family of climbers I have always been surrounded by rope and chalk. I began climbing as a child and was always fascinated by the previous generation of climbers and their stories which inspired me to create my own. Having studied at boarding school in Himachal Pradesh i fell in love with the mountains and spent all my vacations outdoors, climbing and trekking. The rock makes me feel thoughtless and calm. In the search of this peace I've traveled around the country and climbed at the best bouldering spots India has to offer.I have dreams to climb and open boulders all around the world and give back to the community that has helped me become the person I am.
Intrigued by the lifestyle climbing has to offer I chose to join Boulderbox to climb, learn and grow along with this community.
I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast, proficient in rock climbing, surfing and highlining.
Although i trained to be a commercial pilot, I was bitten by the climbing bug in 2013 while preparing for my pilot's licence examinations. A subsequent trip to Hampi the same year reinforced my love for the sport. The flow I found while moving on rock gave me a sense of tranquility, akin to meditation.
Since those formative years, I have found the same love for other sports such as surfing, highlining and skateboarding.
I joined the boulder box team as a climbing coach since it gave me an opportunity to pass on my passion for climbing to those new to the sport.
I started my journey in climbing when i was just 7 years old. As a kid, i was more into athletics than in academics. Rather than being confined in one space, i liked playing, exploring places and trying new things out. And with climbing, comes the perks of exploring places, travelling to different environments and meeting new like minded people. Now climbing has become an important part of my life.
So far, I’ve been able to secure Asian Youth Championship on two occasions. In addition, i have also achieved 9 consecutive National Championships medals. I also am the reigning India’s National speed Champion. My other accomplishments include competing in the 2018 Asian Games and finishing second in India's composite ranking and having ranked 2nd combined rank in India.
My ultimate goal is to become a World Champion in all discipline i.e. Speed, Lead and Bouldering. I know it’s still a long way to go, but it’s all perseverance!
I'm most definitely not a good boy. Instead I am certainly a bad boy. But it cannot be helped.
When I see new people my instincts kick in. Then I vigorously approach them and constantly tell them I must smell them in order to calm down.
Life goes on. I'll go sleep now.
I'm the local indoor 'crag' dog. My job involves sitting on the pads and being a good boy. I often let humans pet me because it makes them feel better.
I occasionally get over-excited when urging climbers through the crux and get in the way. But Im a good boy so I get out of the way as soon as Im made aware of it.
I like running and helping out with yoga. My personal favourite asana is the downward dog.
I try and help patrons of my gym push themselves by providing extra pressure in various directions during intense stretches. I take tentative steps towards building pressure and jump right away if it gets too much for them (or me)!
I'm Donna the Madonna. This isn't to say I have an attitude problem. Quite the opposite. Im a small helping of love.
Now come scratch my ears.
We started climbing in separate continents. Vrinda started in Chicago, USA during her graphic design degree. I, Yadu, started slightly earlier at boarding school in Somerset, UK.
Back in Delhi, we found that facilities simply did not compare with the ones we started out on. Eventually our passion for climbing lead to the building of a bouldering facility at home. Over the years, we have had friends from all over the world climb and set with us at home.
The demand for a world class climbing gym in the capital was and is very apparent to us. So two years ago, Vrinda started working to find an appropriate location for the gym. After countless site visits she finally decided on the Vasant Kunj site.
About a year ago, the location was finalised and the work truly began with wall designs, space conceptualisation and more.
Civil construction for the building and the climbing walls began in the Summer of 2018. Many aspects of walls were adjusted at site to maximise the use of the space.
As construction continued in the background, we started interviewing people for our team. We knew Varun through the scene in Delhi already; Rahul was an ever present figure in the climbing world of India; We met Viraj fortuitously through the interview process.
Refinements in construction was an endless process. At some point we concluded the centre is safe to operate and decided to take our leap of faith. Final preparations were made around the clock thanks to our tremendous team.
After our launch we look forward to seeing the challenges 2019 brings us. In particular we are excited to see how we can help the climbing community in India grow.