TUMAKURU: As many as 1,853 students from colleges in the city set a record by scaling Asia’s second largest monolithic rock standing at 1,200 metres at Madhugiri on Sunday.This effort entered them into the India Book of Records for the “most people assembled for trekking at a single place”, according to the certificate issued on the spot.The adjudicator of the records said the trekking was video recorded and the passes issued to the participants were also collected to count the number for the record.
The ‘Megatrek, V2.0’ was held by the Rotaract District Council in association with the Rotaract Club of Banashankari, said Naveen Kumar, secretary of the club. In fact, 2,100 people had gathered but 1,853 scaled the rock, said Bhasker Reddy, Rotary functionary in Madhugiri. They were guided by 200 supervisors and four doctors and an ambulance were kept on standby. Students of Christ College, RVCE, PESIT, BIT and RC College among others took part. They were charged `450 per head. “The surplus amount will go to a charity for the physically challenged,” the organisers said.