Climbing course or winter mountaineering course?
Mountain climbing or sport climbing?
It may be a bit tricky to choose what is best for you and when to start. Below you will find a quick guide to help you made a good decision.
Base level – indoor top-rope and bouldering. I strongly recommend trying climbing first at the indoor climbing wall 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
Base level – It’s advised on the beginning to get mountain fit doing lots of easy trekking and scrambling.
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.
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.
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.
Experience needed: This is a high-level course. Winter mountaineering, multi-pitch trad climbing experience are essential. A good fitness level is required. You must have proper winter boots and clothes.
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.