Archive for July, 2009

Climbing on Arunachala’s north side

July 31, 2009

Carol and I have been continuing to explore the north side of Arunachala, near the “Northside Promontory.”

This day we explored the next hillock, to the east of the Northside Promontory. To get there we went up the path as described inthe earlier posting, To the top of Arunachala’s Northside Promontory and continued up the trail, rather than turning right to go to the promontory.

Below is a map that shows the route pictured in this post.

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Heading up the path. The banyan tree we reported in the last post is in the center of this photo. During this walk we tried to get to it, and were not successful. Maybe next time.

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Looking down from Arunachala. The Northside Promontory is in the center of the photo. We are looking down on it now.

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Three panoramic photos down from the north side of Arunachala.

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This old tree has grown leaning on and seemingly merged with the rock to its side. The photo does not show this well enough.

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The view up the hill. This is exploration for later trips.

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The Arunachala peak.

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We are heading across the side of the mountain.

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Looking up towards the peak.

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Looking towards Parvati Hill.

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This hillside here is covered with clumps of grass.

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Looking across to the promontory and beyond.

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Carol is coming down the hillside.

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This time I got the whole Promontory in the photo.

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Looking across the grassy hillside. The village women come up and harvest long grass stems from here, carrying the bundles down the hill on their heads. 

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We are going to go down here.

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Climbing down into a creek bed, where we think there will be a trail out.

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Looking back up the hill to the Arunachala peak.

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Carol leads the way down.

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In the creekbed, there is this ancient cactus, with its leaves about twenty feet over our heads.

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Here is the creek and path down.

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This is the way out.

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One last look up the hill.

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Our exploration of Arunachala continues. Each time we make one of the journeys of exploration, we come to know one more small path of the mountain. Somehow, as we see one part of the mountain, we come to know the whole of Arunachala more fully. We see what seems like a part and come to know the whole of Arunachala. This is part of the joy of this exploration.                            


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