Winter mountaineering advanced course in the Tatra Mountains will teach you all the necessary skills for advanced trekking or scramble in winter conditions. You will use crampons and an ice axe and rope when required, practice avalanche awareness and climbing and mountaineering techniques as terrain and weather are usually challenging.
Course price: €500*
(*if only two persons booked the price will increase to €650).
What’s included?: 6+ hours of activities every day, winter mountaineering instructions and workshops, all climbing equipment, harness, crampons, ice axes, helmet, full support of the local qualified instructors, evening movie and lectures.
Dates in 2021:
- 17th January – 21st January
- 7th February – 11th February
- 28th February – 4th March
- 28th March – 1st April
Experience needed: To be able to take part in this course you should have summer walking experience, outdoor climbing experience, ability to belay and tie knots would be desirable. Good fitness level required.
The course is run by a very experienced Polish Mountain Guides or Instructors of Alpinism (read about us more). Instructor to student ratio is 1:6 on days 1/2 and 1:3 on days 3/4. It means that you are benefiting from low ratio and small group and therefore excellent instruction.
Required personal clothes for winter mountaineering course: mountaineering boots suitable for C1 or 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 mountaineering course program:
Day 1 (Sunday) Pick up in Zakopane, drive to Godówka hut, meeting&greeting, indoor workshops about avalanche awareness, ropework technique for winter, lectures about clothes and equipment, an alpine movie in the evening.
Day 2 (Monday) Trekking to the Morskie Oko hut, avalanche outdoor workshop, crampons and ice axe skills, self-arrest practice,
Day 3 (Tuesday) Winter ropework techniques, building stances for belaying using different snow and rock anchors, team arrest practice, top rope ice climbing or dry tooling climbing, abseiling off.
Day 4 (Wednesday) Moving together (simul-climbing) on steep and exposed ridge or gully at grade I/II, building winter emergency shelters, repetition of skill. End of the course.
Day 5 (Thursday) Unguided hike down and return journey.
Please note that the program is subject to change due to weather conditions or other factors.
We offer as well course/tuition in winter climbing. This will prepare you for any serious alpine or winter climbing. We will have to place special protection like ice screw, use crampons and ice axes to ascend the route. You become a truly independent alpine climber when you learn those skills. To read more please go to this page WINTER CLIMBING 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 “Głodówka” hut in the foot of the Tatra Mountain will be our base for the first day. After a night there, we are trekking to the “Morskie Oko” hut 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.