Hampi has some basic stores where you can buy/ren climbing gadgets (crashpad, chalk etc). If you are particular about your favorite brand of accessories, consider bring it along with you.
Cities like Bombay (Mumbai) and Bangalore has some adventure sports stores. Also be specific about your requirements for Hampi.
You need not have to lug all those heavy stuffs like camping tents and the heavy sleeping bags for bouldering in Hampi. You’ll be disappointed for the effort as Hampi is more of a bouldering area than say mountaineering.
Again, remember the bouldering locations in Hampi are typically few minutes away from the lodges where you stay. So outdoor camping is not a necessity. Instead consider bringing an extra pair of those old climbing shoes lying at the corner of your garage. The hard granite can wear out your footwear easily, if you are on for a long haul in Hampi. In any case you can leave back the unwanted accessories at one of the guesthouses, if you are looking for a lighter backpack when returning home.
Tom & Jerry Climbing Shop Rental of climbing equipment, climbing trips, sessions at Hampi. They are located in Virupapur Gadde area.
Thimma Climb Operated by local climbing guide. Also rents/sells crashpad,chalk bag, magnesie/chalk, Tape etc. They are on the Virupapur side.
If you are heading from Bangalore and looking for some equipment rental options, you may even check the website of Bangalore Mountaineering Club (www.bmcindia.org ) , a private initiative by some mountaineering enthusiast. The rental rates and contact details are shown in their website.
Also if you are heading to Hampi from Bangalore and want to buy some gadgets, checkout Wild Craft (#121, 3rd Block, 8th Main Jayanagar,Bangalore, PIN- 560011 ) or Ozone (# 4, 9th Cross, 12th Block, Kumarapark West, Bangalore, PIN-560 020. Tel : + 91 – 80 – 2356 1871 / 72, Fax : 2344 8054 , www.ozoneindia.com ) .
Getoff Ur Ass is a Bangalore based store selling adventure sports gadgets. They also rent out stuffs you may require ( www.getoffurass.com )
Most of the rental agencies ask for a refundable caution deposit before renting things out. The rental scene is Hampi is a bit different, since the rental services are typically associated with the lodge you stay.
Decathlon store in Bangalore is well stocked sports showroom. Checkout with them if what you are looking for is in their stores.
( Decathlon Sports India, Tata Xylem Building, ITPB Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore – 560 048 M : +91 8095500075 / 76767 98989 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org )
In any case you can rent crash pad in Hampi for about Rs50 (USD1) per day. Inquire at your lodge. For all that matter you may get a couple of crash pads as a complimentary service from the lodge!
You may also want to checkout the Guide book, Bouldering Guide: Golden Boulders (ISBN 978-3-00-041342-1)
Bouldering Topo . Sample page from the Guidebook Golden Boulders ( ISBN 978-3-00-041342-1)
Cautious Bouldering at Hampi
A word of caution on bouldering in Hampi. It goes without saying that bouldering is a risky sport. If you are a beginner try it only under proper guidance.
To a question on his climbing movie Pilgrimage Chris Sharma responded saying Hampi is sacred to the Hindus since it is the birthplace of Hanuman, the monkey god. Also Hampi is a place for pilgrimage to the boulderers, since boulders are temples for them.