Rock climbing is often seen as the basic stage from mountain climbing. Yet, it may also be treated as an independent sport, where its most basic level is climbing a rock face, using only hands, feet and a safety rope. Excellent terrains for rock climbing are situated at Patalsu, Bharmour and Manali make them popular with rock-climbing enthusiasts. Rock climbing is becoming popular in India now and many mountaineering clubs in the country are imparting training to the novice. Since it is a part of any expedition, the mountain climbing enthusiasts have to learn and practice this game before one can think of joining the expedition. Himachal Pradesh being a hilly state has the best rocks and rock climbing areas spread all over the state. The best thing is the availability of all rock features like - slabs, chimneys, walls and overhangs at almost all the places. The Mountaineering Institute has branches at Dharashala, Bharmour, Narkanda and Jispa, where training on the rocks is imparted. Those who do not have the time or opportunity can learn it from the books.
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