Winter mountaineering course will teach you all necessary skills for advanced trekking or scramble in winter conditions. You will use crampons and an ice axe and rope when required, practice avalanche awareness and rescue techniques as terrain and weather are usually challenging.
Winter mountaineering course in the Tatra Mountains.
Professional climbing instruction for an affordable price in breath-taking mountains.
Course price: €550
What’s included?: 6+ hours of mountaineering every day, winter mountaineering instructions and workshops, all climbing equipment, harness, crampons, ice axes, helmet, full support of the local qualified instructors, evening movies and lectures.
Dates in 2018/2019:
2nd December – 7th December
27th January – 1st February
24th February – 1st March
17th March – 22nd March
7th April – 12th April
Advanced winter mountaineering course program:
Day 1 (Sunday)
Early meeting in Krakow/pick up from the airport, 2 hours drive to the Tatra Mountains, 2 hours hike to the hut, lecture about how to choose right clothes for winter mountaineering course.
Day 2 (Monday)
Avalanche awareness and rescue procedure, using avalanche detectors, crampons and ice axe skills, self-arrest, climbing knots and rope work technique.
Day 3 (Tuesday)
Building stances for belaying using different snow and rock anchors, abseiling off the snow anchors, a short scramble to practice skills, evening winter mountaineering movie.
Day 4 (Wednesday)
Crevasse rescue practice, moving up and down on fixed rope skills, top rope ice and mix climbing, free evening.
Day 5 (Thursday)
Moving together when roped on steep slopes and exposed terrain at grade II, possible summit attempt, lecture about planning an alpine trip.
Day 6 (Friday)
Hike down and return journey.
- Please note that program is subject to change due to weather conditions or other factors.
Where: Tatra Mountains, Poland
The Tatra Mountains are the highest range in the Carpathian Mountains and Poland’s alpine-type mountains. They form a natural border between Poland and Slovakia. The highest summits are Gerlach (2655 m, Slovakia) and Rysy (2499 m, Poland). Thanks to the relatively small area of the Tatras compared to the Alps, there’s a cosy atmosphere, but you can also feel like you’re in really high mountains. The landscape of the High Tatras is very interesting and is dominated by alpine type ridges, towering walls and rocky peaks, which is a testament to the strong action of glaciers.
“The Tatra Mountains are quickly becoming a super popular destination for climbing and must-see places amongst all mountaineers!!! “
The “Morskie Oko” hut is our base situated at Morskie Oko Lake, in the Rybi Potok Valley. It is located at an altitude of 1410 m above the sea level on the bank of glacial moraine. It was built in 1908 and has 78 beds mostly in bunk-style dormitories. It’s only 2 hours away on foot from the main car park and therefore, is a good and very popular place for trekkers as well as an excellent base to reach the best climbing routes in the Tatra Mountains.
- Mountain hut: I’m happy to assist you in booking a friendly mountain hut “Morskie Oko”. I don’t collect monies upfront for the hut. You will pay directly for the hut after your stay. The average price is €11 for a night (bedding, towel and local green tax included). You can buy breakfast (€5), dinner (€8) and snacks at the hut. Since this is a bunk bed style hut, you will share the room with others.
- Flights and transport: You are responsible for booking your own flight to the place where we run our course. Flights to Poland are at the average price of €120 return (check budget airlines Wizzair and Ryanair). Please book your flight to Kraków airport. From Kraków, you can take a regular bus to Zakopane. To maximize your time and have stress-free travel I strongly recommend to fly back the day after the course (Saturday). Zakopane is a busy resort and traffic jams occur very often despite very good transport. I’m happy to pick you up from the airport as long as you come on the first day of the course at early morning and fly back on Saturday.
- Experience needed: To be able to take part in this course you should have summer walking experience, outdoor climbing experience, ability to belay and tie knots would be desirable. Good fitness level required.
- The course is run by a very experienced Polish Instructor of Alpinism and is also overseen by me personally (read about us more). So it means that you are benefiting from low ratio and small group and therefore excellent instruction. Instructor to student ratio: 1:4.
- Required personal clothes for winter mountaineering course: mountaineering boots suitable for C1 or C2 (semi-automatic) crampons, gaiters, waterproof jacket and trousers, softshell trousers, insulated jacket, base layers, warm fleece, warm socks, warm external gloves, thin inner gloves, hat or balaclava, head torch, flask, good backpack (this is an absolute minimum).
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