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 to climb in 2010 in the South Indian granite paradise of Hampi. Since then I have been collecting experiences in bouldering, sport climbing and mountaineering in places such as India, Spain and Malaysia. In Malaysia, I worked as a route setter also. I am now ready to start a new chapter of my life at BoulderBox New Delhi.
I started climbing as a mode of exercise and got hooked on to it like a fly on a spider-web. I stuck to it during my education as a molecular biologist and climbed mostly indoors. Soon after studying, I got sucked into it completely as I spent most of my time climbing outdoors. Climbing to me is much more than a sport and is a medium to really connect with nature and understand one's own mind-body balance. It is also an art through which one can express oneself based on movement.
I started climbing in 2012. Before that I indulged in getting experience trekking and mountaineering. It was difficult to find time to travel to the mountains, and so rock climbing was a good escape in the beginning. Now climbing has became such an obsession that travelling to remote places for climbing is what gives me sheer joy. I have been climbing and exploring boulders around India. With Boulder Box opening up, I am psyched to be a part of the team.
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)!
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, construction and more. We now look forward to opening the centre very soon!