Climbing course or winter mountaineering course?

Mountain climbing or sport climbing?

Or maybe a multi-pitch climbing course?

What about ski touring?

It may be a bit tricky to choose what is best for you and where to start. Below you will find a quick guide to help you made a good decision. Please contact us if you need a bit of advice.

We are running this service in the Tatra Mountains, Sudety Mountains, Jura Uplands.


Summer courses

Base level – indoor top-rope and bouldering. We strongly recommend trying climbing first at the indoor climbing wall 

Sport climbing

Sport climbing course in Jura

Definition: This is a form of rock climbing that relies on permanent anchors (bolts or spits) fixed to the rock for protection against the fall. This is the most common way people climb outdoor.

Experience needed: This is a basic/intermediate level course. Indoor top-rope climbing and bouldering experience desirable but complete beginners are also encouraged to book. A good head for heights essential 🙂

Vicky Laker: “Couldn’t praise them enough, bags of passion and enthusiasm. Marcin was super accommodating and was climbing with me until the late hours so I was able to pack the most into my trip. This was a spur of the moment trip and turned out to be one of my most enjoyable thanks to Marcin and everybody else that was there. A million thank you”

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Mountain climbing

climbing course in jura

Definition: Sometimes called short “trad” climbing is a style of rock climbing in which climbers place all gear required to protect against falls during a climb and remove it when a route is completed. It is often regarded as the best way of climbing as there is no fixed anchor gear and protection so you leave no trace.

Experience needed: This is a more advanced level course. Some experience of outdoor climbing, multi-pitch climbing, the ability to lead and belay on bolted climbing routes is very useful if not essential.

Adam Weymouth: “Thanks so much for a great week in Poland. I was looking to develop my confidence in outdoors, and with trad climbing in particular, and that was exactly what I got. I’ve noticed a real improvement in my climbing since I’ve returned home. Great value and great people too. Thank you!” 

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Multi-pitch climbing

Multi-pitch climbing course in Costa Blanca

Definition: Multi-pitch climbing is the ascent of long climbing routes with one or more stops at the fixed belay station. Usually, you will climb a few pitches, organise belay stance and after a climb, abseil off the whole route.

Experience needed: This is an advanced level course. Outdoor climbing experience, ability to lead, and belay a bolted sport routes are essential.

Tobias Poppe: ”I had a wonderful time on multi-pitch climbing in Spain. He is warm-hearted and patient and makes sure that everyone has a great time. He looked after the group from the morning until the late evening. Marcin made sure that everyone was climbing at their potential albeit a mixed group of climbers. I have been climbing for 16 years and still learned a few tricks from Marcin.”

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Winter courses

Base level – It’s advised on the beginning to get mountain fit by doing lots of easy trekking and scrambling in summer and winter conditions.

Winter mountaineering

Ice climbing course in Tatra Mountains

Definition: This is the type of advanced trekking in which mountaineers climb or scramble easy grade mountain terrain in winter condition, using crampons and ice axe and occasionally rope. They need to have a very good level of navigation skills and avalanche awareness as terrain usually is challenging. If there is a glacier they need a special set of skills to move safely on this terrain. 

Experience needed: To be able to take part in this course you should have summer walking experience, some outdoor climbing experience, ability to belay, and tie knots would be desirable. Good fitness level required. You must have proper winter boots and clothes.

Chris Manlow: “My mountaineering course in Tatra was so much better than I could have hoped. The location is beautiful, the instructors are top quality and everyone was so friendly and helpful. I felt safe at all times, I can’t recommend it enough. I will be back, no question about it! Thank you again.” 

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Winter climbing

Winter climbing course in Tatra Mountains

Definition: This is a style of mountain climbing that combines and makes use of trad and multi-pitch climbing skills in winter conditions. Climbers will encounter ice, snow, rocks, and difficult conditions during ascent and they will need to place special protection, use crampons and ice axes to ascend the route.

Experience needed: This is a high-level course. Winter mountaineering, the multi-pitch trad climbing experience is essential. A good fitness level is required. You must have proper winter boots and clothes.

Oskar Høy: ”I did the winter climbing course with Tatra Climbing School. I had a lot of fun with Marcin while learning, and my confidence in climbing gear and winter conditions has grown a lot. When you’re not climbing, you can enjoy the great food from the hut cook and have a beer with your climbing companions. The Tatra Mountains are mesmerising and fun.”

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Private guiding
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Alpine preperation
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Ski touring
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Please go to the specific page for more information and to book a course 🙂