Urban Goa’s first climbing wall — The Eye — is now up and running in between the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) Indoor Stadium, near the Swimming Pool, Campal, and the Youth Hostel, on the banks of the Mandovi River in the state capital, Panaji. A joint venture between the Magsons Group and Adventure Breaks, the wall is 20 ft high and fitted with a combination of holds. The Wall is suitable for first-time climbers as well as those with more experience. Novices can climb using all the holds, while more technical climbers can find routes that suit their abilities, using colour coordinated sets of holds.
Safety is the highest priority. The very latest imported climbing harnesses, carabiners, kernmantel ropes and belaying devices are used. Climbing without safety gear is not allowed. A highly trained coach gives instructions and supervises each climber.
What you’ll have to take care of:
1. Comfortable clothing
2. Climbing shoes: If you don’t own a pair of climbing shoes, get regular BATA canvas shoes. Ensure that you buy a pair two sizes smaller then your actual shoe size
3. Bring drinking water
4. Avoid wearing accessories and jewellery
5. Trim finger nails
6. Carry your climbing shoes to the wall. Do not arrive there wearing them