Climbing course or winter mountaineering course? Trad climbing or sport climbing?

It may be a bit tricky to choose what is best for you. Below you will find a quick guide to help you made a good decision.climbing path

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

Level 1

Sport climbing for €250

What is this?: This is a form of rock climbing that relies on permanent anchors (bolts or spits)fixed to the rock for protection against the fall. Sport multi-pitch climbing is the ascent of long climbing routes with one or more stops at the fixed belay station. This is the most common way people climb outdoor.

What will you learn?: During the course, you will have a chance to climb some fantastic routes around Yoora. You will experience the joy of outdoor climbing and the genuine reward of reaching the top of a climb on different angles of the walls. We will cover many skills like clipping bolts, threading anchors, building stances, lead climbing and belaying, abseiling, backing off the route and basic rescue procedures. We will start with top roping and progress to lead climbing. You will have lots of fun and you will build confidence in outdoor climbing so after the course you will be an independent climber!

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.

Customer feedback: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” Vicky Laker.

Level 2

Traditional climbing for €300

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. Is often regarded as the best way of climbing as there is no fixed anchor gear and protection.

What will you learn?: During the course, you will have the chance to climb some fantastic routes around Yoora. You will learn how to use and place trad gear, how to build correct belaying stances, belay from the top and operate rope systems. You will lead climb using and placing trad protection and abseil off. We will cover basic rescue procedures, more advanced climbing skills and techniques, have lots of fun and will build your confidence in outdoor climbing so after the course you will become an independent trad climber!

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

Customer feedback: “Thanks so much for a really 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!” Adam Weymouth.

Level 3

Mountain multi-pitch climbing course available for private guiding and tuition.

Level 1&2 – Summer and winter walking. It’s advised on the beginning to get mountain fit doing lots of easy trekking and scrambling.

Level 3

Winter mountaineering for €475

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.

What will you learn: During the course, you will have a chance to trek and climb some fantastic surroundings in the High Tatra Mountains. We will teach you to use crampons, ice axes and how to self-arrest in case of a slide or fall. We also cover basic rope techniques, how to move together when roped and basic anchors. You will also learn how to abseil in winter. We will discuss general safety in winter and teach you about avalanche awareness and how to use detectors. You will have lots of fun in the snow and we will build your confidence in a winter environment so after the course you will become an independent mountaineer!

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

Customer feedback: “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 totally safe at all times, I can’t recommend it enough. I will definitely be back, no question about it! Thank you again.” Chris Manlow.

Level 4

Winter climbing for €625

This is a style of mountain climbing which combines and makes use of trad and multi-pitch climbing skills in winter condition. 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.

What will you learn?: During the course, you will have a chance to climb some fantastic routes around Gąsienicowa Valley. You will learn how to place and remove winter protection, how to build correct belaying stances and belay from the top or bottom of the stance, operate and organise ropes, swap leads and multi abseil down the route. We will cover mix and ice climbing skills, techniques, problem-solving, have lots of fun and will build your confidence in outdoor climbing so after the course you will become an independent climber!

Experience needed: This is a high-level course in winter climbing. Winter mountaineering and trad climbing experience are essential. A good fitness level is required.

Customer feedback: ”I did the winter climbing course with Tatra Climbing School. I had a lot of fun with Marcin while learning, and my confidence with 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.” Oskar Høy.

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