climbing instructorMARCIN PIELA

Managing Director, Rock Climbing Instructor and Tatra Mountain Guide

I am actively climbing and mountaineering for nearly 20 years. I was lucky. My teacher at school was very passionate about the outdoors and she regularly organised trips into the mountains. Later on, I studied physical education at university which introduced me to Maciej Kurek – the president of an Alpine Club in Opole my hometown,  a renowned climber and mountaineer himself. I have joined a club immediately.

After intense training on my homemade climbing wall, I took my first climbing trip to the limestone of Jura and them following a trip to the Tatra Mountains in 1998. These trips changed my life and convinced me that I wanted to do this forever. Perhaps it was the clear mountain air or the sense of freedom or the great company that decided it, but it was an amazing sense of euphoria that I still feel today.

I moved to London in 2004 and after settling in, I decided to take professional courses. I have become a member of the British Mountain Training Association and have followed their structured system to become an instructor and a guide. I quickly improved and developed my skills on the excellent and accessible rocks around the country.

Since then I have climbed myself at many places in Europe and beyond and had worked in many climbing walls and outdoor crags teaching others climbing and mountaineering. In 2012, I started up a Polish Alpine Club in London in order to share my passion and knowledge.

In 2014 I set up my own climbing business “climbingholidays” which is now called “Tatra Climbing School” where we follow the best practice from British and Polish mountaineering traditions. In 2018 I have moved back to Poland to settle.  I have taken Polish courses to become a guide and an instructor. I’m running my business now and I’m working at K2 Arena Sport Center as a climbing instructor in Opole city.

What climbing means for me?

Climbing and mountaineering mean freedom. It means a journey into the mountains and into yourself. It is a great way to live. Climbing is a way to overcome weakness. You can discover how tough you can be in extreme situations, how much you can trust in and rely on a partner and how close you can be to complete happiness. I have found that anyone can conquer their own Everest, whatever it might be. It’s not the height or the subjective difficulty that counts; it’s the commitment and effort that is more important, it’s about what that experience means to the individual. These experiences, a connection to what’s truly real, are rare in our rat-race world. By climbing I’m trying to rediscover these moments. I’m privileged to be able to share those moments and my knowledge and passion with you.

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climbing instructorŁUKASZ DEPTA

Climbing Instructor of Alpinism – the highest Polish Climbing and Mountaineering Award 

I was born in Krakow and sometimes even visible from the city, the Tatra Mountains attracted and fascinated me from an early age. Luckily, my adventure with mountains and climbing has started in high school.

After the first solo trips to the Tatra Mountains in summer and winter and climbs at rocks around Krakow there was a need to acquire basic knowledge and technical skills necessary to move safely in the mountains. I had acquired them under the watchful eye of instructors from a Polish Association of Alpinism PZA on rock climbing course and shortly thereafter a mountaineering course.

In the following years, I developed those skills in various mountains of the world. From my homeland Tatra Mountains to the Alps. From the Caucasus Mountains to the Great Ranges of Asia – Himalayas and Karakoram, Hindu Kush, Pamir and Pamir-Alay. I had the opportunity to establish many new routes in these mountain high walls and ascend a few unclimbed 6000m peaks.

Currently, I share my passion and experience as a climbing instructor on summer and winter courses and I voluntarily work as Mountain Rescuer.climbing instructor

climbing instructorJAN KUCZERA

Climbing Instructor of Alpinism – the highest Polish Climbing and Mountaineering Award

Climbing for me is a great passion. Freedom and adventure are what most draws me in climbing. I like to climb, both in the sun-warmed rocks and in cold winter mountains. But without a doubt, I’m most satisfied with committing climbing and mountaineering in summer or winter on long routes, where the degree of involvement of both body and mind reaches an absolute maximum.

I know that without the help of people who helped me in the early years of my climbing adventures, I wouldn’t go too far in climbing. As a climbing instructor of Polish Association of Alpinism PZA , I would like for you to be who my more experienced colleagues were to me earlier – a teacher, not just an instructor.

So far, I have instructed and trained many Youth Groups from PZA, participants of Polish Winter Himalayan Mountaineering Expeditions and Polish Himalayan Alpine climbers, Mountain Rescue members and many other groups and individual enthusiasts and mountain climbing lovers. I have climbed many new routes and made fast repeats of many difficult routes in the Tatra Mountains, Scotland, Norway, the Dolomites, the Julian Alps and the French Alps, Greenland, Kirgijskim-Alajuela Pamir and the Karakoram in Pakistan.climbing instructor

We’ll welcome you to Poland with open arms!