Winter climbing course in the Tatra Mountains will prepare you for alpine climbing which combines and makes use of traditional and multi-pitch climbing skills in winter condition. You will encounter ice, snow, rocks and difficult conditions during ascent and you will need to place special protection, use crampons and ice axes to ascend the route.
Course price: €650*
(*if only one person booked the price will increase to €950).
What’s included?: 6+ hours of mix climbing activities every day, winter mountaineering and climbing instructions and workshops, evening lectures, all climbing equipment like a harness, crampons, ice axes, ice screw and other protection, helmet, ropes, HMS crabs, belay device, slings etc.
Dates in 2021: TBC (drop me an email)
Experience needed: This is a high-level winter climbing course. Winter mountaineering and summer mountain trad climbing experience are essential. A good fitness level is required.
The course is run by a very experienced Polish Instructors of Alpinism so it means excellent professional instruction from a local expert. Instructor to student ratio: 1:2. (Is best to come with your climbing partner and learn skills together).
Required personal clothes for winter climbing course: mountaineering boots suitable for C2 (semi-automatic) crampons, gaiters, waterproof jacket and trousers, softshell trousers, insulated jacket, base layers, warm fleece, warm socks, warm external gloves, thin inner gloves, hat or balaclava, head torch, flask, good backpack. This is an absolute minimum.
Winter climbing course program:
Day 1 Meeting in Zakopane, 2 hours hike to the hut, general safety and avalanche awareness in winter, how to use avalanche detectors, crampons and ice axes, self-arrest skills, evening lecture about ropework and technical skills.
Day 2 Ice climbing on grade II-IV route, discussing ice climbing techniques, organizing belying stances with winter anchors, placing and removing winter protection, abseiling off.
Day 3 Alpine winter climbing on complex terrain at grade III-IV route. End of the course.
Day 4 Unguided hike down and return journey.
Please note that the program is subject to change due to weather conditions or other factors. This is a suggested program for the winter climbing course but we can adjust it to your needs and time. An extra day will cost €300. If you think you are not ready for this type of intense winter climbing course check our WINTER MOUNTAINEERING COURSE!
Where: Tatra Mountains, Poland
The Tatra Mountains are the highest range in the Carpathian Mountains and Poland’s alpine-type mountains. They form a natural border between Poland and Slovakia. The highest summits are Gerlach (2655 m, Slovakia) and Rysy (2499 m, Poland). Thanks to the relatively small area of the Tatras compared to the Alps, there’s a cosy atmosphere, but you can also feel like you’re in really high mountains. The landscape of the High Tatras is very interesting and is dominated by alpine type ridges, towering walls and rocky peaks, which is a testament to the strong action of glaciers.
The “Morskie Oko” hut is our main base situated at Morskie Oko* Lake, in the Rybi Potok Valley. It is located at an altitude of 1410 m above the sea level on the bank of a glacial moraine. It was built in 1908 and has 78 beds mostly in bunk-style dormitories. It’s only 2 hours away on foot from the main car park and therefore, is a good and very popular place for trekkers as well as an excellent base to reach the best climbing routes in the Tatra Mountains.
*this could be changed due to weather conditions or other factors.