My Parallel Rope Walk Experience

I was watching the rescue operations in Uttarakhand… “With the launch of Burma Bridge across Alaknanda River at Lam Bagar on Joshimath – Bardrinath road, it is now possible for pilgrims to be evacuated from Badrinath to Govindghat.” The Indian Army and Indian Air Force personnel have put their heart and soul in the rescuing operations, carrying people to safety, lending them helping hand, providing food and all this at the cost of his/her own life! What a challenging job! I salute their spirit! Recollecting the various challenges I have faced in life I am tempted to recount my experience at service selection board for IAF.

My daughter doing Burma Bridge.

I went through the selection procedure at Mysore for five days! The group events though challenging were easy. It is always easy to meet challenges as a group, however when alone the task may look difficult but definitely possible! The individual physical events look difficult and very challenging if you have never done them. One such event which remains clearly etched in my memory is the ‘parallel rope walk’.

(Parallel rope walks have two ropes tied parallel to ground to two strong poles. The lower one is at a good height from the ground and the top one six feet above the lower one.) I started off with lot of confidence and courage holding on to the top rope tightly. Since I was no talented rope walker, to cross the distance I slid my feet on the lower rope, one after another and my hands on the top rope simultaneously.

Initially it looked fine and as I moved with increased speed, the rope started oscillating. The more I moved forward the oscillations increased vigorously. Now I felt a little scared, because though my hands held on tightly I was worried my feet would fall off the oscillating rope below and I would be left dangling. My mind said: SLOW! I decided to halt, took deep breath and thought for a while. I was almost half way that is why the oscillations were highest if I move further towards the finish point the oscillations would reduce (simple physics). Returning to start point would take the same time as reaching the finish point. Jumping down from there would look foolish!

I had to comfort my mind: after all officers are not supposed to get scared. They have to lead their men from front and that kept me going! Finally I completed the challenge successfully and did I relish it? Of course! I did!

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33 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    That is fantastic! I can't even imagine being able to do that, but then I am a real "chicken" when it comes to heights! I'd still like to do something like this and I do admire you for having done it!! Thanks for sharing, Indrani!! Hope your week is going well!

  2. Cloudia says:

    You are awesome!

  3. Hilary says:

    Oh excellent! I would love to see a video of you completing your rope walk. Good for you!.

  4. How did the rest of selection go . nice to do such adventurous activities regularly .

  5. Thanks for the comments friends! The rest of the selection too went off well.

  6. Renuka says:

    I am yet to experience my first rope walk…but reading about yours was fun 🙂

  7. Wow.You are made of stern stuff.Yes army life calls for incredible courage ,confidence and never-say-die spirit.They know to improvise and overcome unexpected challenges with no spotlight on them
    A good post.

  8. You were excited, wow, and good.

  9. It was a great feat achieved by you. The determination with which you did this should inspire many to face challenges in life.

  10. Gattina says:

    I am getting dizzy !

  11. Carver says:

    Congratulations on doing such a difficult task. Looks thrilling.

  12. George says:

    I'm very proud of you. I'm not sure I could do it.

  13. DeniseinVA says:

    Well done Indrani, it must have been exciting yet just a little bit terrifying (for me). I think you are very brave and your feat is something to be proud of. I doubt I could have done it, and knowing that I am even more impressed with your fine accomplishment. The good people who are in this line of work, for the protection of others and who do this sort of thing every day, I hold in the highest regard.
    Denise
    An English Girl Rambles

  14. Rajesh says:

    This is an experience to remember for life time.

    But In Uttarkand what our armed forces have done in rescuing more than a lac people is simply unmatched anywhere in the world. I salute them.

  15. Jeevan says:

    A real challenge! You are very courageous… great job. We should heartily appreciate our men in uniforms. They are the Real heroes.

  16. Wow, rope walk! this is awesome experience to you. but I'm very excited to see the video/any photo of her rope walk experience. if you have, please share.
    thanks for sharing your travel.

  17. Thanks for the comments, I don't have any video, nor do i have any pics of my selection in Mysore SSB, sorry!

  18. I can do this if I am alone on the rope. Not otherwise.

  19. jahid says:

    U are truly adventurous!

  20. sugandha says:

    I wish I could try these, I have a severe height phobia.

  21. That is quite exciting and SSB selections are really tough and I am glad you completed all the task…

  22. Great to hear about your experiences in the services ! Do write more often about it.

  23. that is quite though .. My cousin is captain in navy .. have heard lot from him .. i guess they don't allow to have any photograph posted what they do in training . !

  24. Nabanita says:

    Wow.. I don't think I can ever do it !

  25. We need such a brave heart. Salute you for your courage and indomitable spirit.

  26. Its certainly a challenge and an achievement. I too have acrophobia. However, I do feel that the most dangerous rope walk is between the Spouse and In-Laws. Do you agree?

  27. Bravo! I wouldn't have been able to do what you did! Really…These are also the experiences which strengthen you mentally

  28. I cant wait to do that! Looks Scary but adventurous and fun 🙂

  29. congrats…i have done some ropes course works and it can be quite intimidating….congrats as well on the POTW over at Hilary's

  30. TexWisGirl says:

    congrats on your potw!

  31. A-MAZ-ING! I'd have been scared out of my mind. High five to you.

    And congrats on your POTW from Hilary.

  32. I did my five days at Mysore too.

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