Climbing course or winter mountaineering course?
Mountain climbing or sport climbing?
Or maybe multi-pitch climbing course?
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. Please contact me if you need an advice.
Base level – indoor top-rope and bouldering. I strongly recommend trying climbing first at the indoor climbing wall
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.
What will you learn: 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.
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”
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. Is often regarded as the best way of climbing as there is no fixed anchor gear and protection so you leave no trace.
What will you learn: You will learn how to use and place trad gear, how to build correct belaying stances, belay from the top and operate half rope system. 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 trad climbing.
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!”
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.
What will you learn: You will learn how to lead on multi-pitch sport routes, 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 more advanced climbing skills, techniques, problem-solving, have lots of fun and will build your confidence in multi-pitch climbing.
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.”
Base level – It’s advised on the beginning to get mountain fit doing lots of easy trekking and scrambling in summer and winter.
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.
What will you learn: 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 mountain winter conditions.
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.”
Definition: 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 you will learn: We will teach you how to organise your winter climb on mix ground or ice, how to organise stances and place protection specific for winter. We will discuss safety measures like avalanche risk and weather management.
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 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.”