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Climbing Base - WinterClimb.com https://winterclimb.com Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:52:45 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Rock climbing in Poland https://winterclimb.com/articles/item/121-rock-climbing-in-poland-jura-sokoliki-podkarpacie https://winterclimb.com/articles/item/121-rock-climbing-in-poland-jura-sokoliki-podkarpacie Rock climbing in Poland

Poland is mostly flat but we have some mountains and rock climbing. I cannot describe all of them (~200), so just I write about best spots where you can do rock climbing. Lucky this locations are very close to big cities like Kraków, Katowice or Wrocław. In a different article, I write about mountaineering in Tatras (the highest polish mountains) - check if you want.

Very quick - like I say. Poland is mostly flat, but on the south side, you have almost 200 climbing areas and probably 15000-20000 routes! You will find in Poland typical rock: limestone, granite, sandstone. Routes have to 30 meters, from 3+ to 9a. You will find sport and trad routes. Generally, all that you need ;). We have also mountaineering, dry tooling, bouldering but I will don’t write here about this. Just only rock climbing.

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Rock climbing near of Kraków (Łabajowa Rock in Będkowska Valley)

Below practical info and later bigger description of areas.

Practical info

Poland is a big country with long history. There is a lot of things to see. Good idea is to connect climbing with touring or hiking. Of course, we are climbers then first I will tell you about climbing. At the end of the article, you will find some ideas for a rest day.

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Trad climbing on Wronia Baszta (Kobylańska Valley near of Kraków)

Getting there?

Poland has good airplane connections with almost every country in Europe. To Kraków, Katowice and Wrocław fly cheap airlines like Wizzair, Ryanair. At this places, you can rent a Car, but airports have good public transport. From Kraków and Wrocław you can go to crags by public transport! From Katowice, You have a good connection to Kraków, Wrocław, and Częstochowa.
The most comfortable will be traveling motorway by car. Be prepared that polish roads are not so good like in Germany ;). In every bigger climbing area, you will find camping or guest houses.
Be careful and parking only in designated places (the best way to avoid conflicts with locals). Usually, the best places to parking you will find in guidebooks. Good option to check a status of the crag is on website naszeskaly.pl (Our Crags). Something like American Acces Fund. On naszeskaly.pl you will find info and status of different crags
Approach to crags depends from the area - on Jura it should not take more than 30 minutes (rare is 40-60 minutes), on Sokoliki 25-45 minutes.

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Granite climbing in Sokoliki

Accommodation and food

Accommodation opportunities depend from a place. But almost everywhere you will find private rooms and in most popular crag areas will be campsite or hostel.
In the most cases sleeping in the woods is not allowed. There are some places like Kobylańska Valley (free campsite in the Valley) or in Podlesice, but the better option will be to use (cheap) campsites (2-3 euro for tent, 5-7 euro for a bed in the house).
On my climbing school website, I wrote two articles about accommodation near of Kraków and Sokoliki. Articles are in Polish… but you can use Google Translator and Google Maps ;).
Accommodation and eating near of Kraków
Accommodation and eating near of Sokoliki

Generally in every place is no problem with finding grocery shops. In bigger cities (even villages) will be a market.
Popular crags areas are places where is a lot of people, then you will find there some restaurant (check my articles about Kraków and Sokoliki).

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View from Krzywa Turnia (Sokoliki)

Guidebooks

Almost every crag in Poland is in the guidebook and descriptions are quite good :-). We don’t have guidebooks in English, but I think that every climber with a quarter of the brain will know how to use books :). In guidebooks, you will find maps, GPS locations (crag and parking), approach patches and short notifications “How to Use the Guide” in English.
The most popular (and very actually) are:

Jura
Jura Południowa, Grzegorz Rettinger [South part of Jura (near of Kraków)]
Jura Środkowa, Grzegorz Rettinger [Middle part of Jura (near of Zawiercie)]
Jura Północna, Grzegorz Rettinger [North part of Jura (near of Rzędkowice)]
Jura 2, Paweł Haciski [South & part of Middle Jura (Kraków to Olkusz)]
Jura 3, Paweł Haciski [North & part of Middle Jura (Częstochowa to Smoleń)]

Sokoliki
Góry Sokole, Michał Kajca
Rudawy Janowickie, Michał Kajca [out of sale, but this summer should be new edition]

Others
Podkarpacie - Przewodnik wspinaczkowy, Jacek Trzemżalski [South-east part of Poland).
Hejszowina - Przewodnik wspinaczkowy

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Climbing on Sokolik Mały

Where to buy?

You will buy a proper guidebook in this places:
Campsite 9up (Sokoliki), Tabor pod Krzywą (Sokoliki), Trafo Base Camp in Podlesice (North Jura), 8a.pl in Gliwice (very near to A4 motorway), KsiążkiGór (climbing bookstore (also online) in Kraków), wspinanie.pl (online climbing bookstore).

Another option is Big Brother Google. A lot of crags topo is available online. Highly recommended are websites like: wspinanie.pl, goryonline.com, toprope.pl, drytooling.com.pl (my website with topo of multipitch climbing in Tatras). But the best website is Portalgorski with its topo base of polish crags! You also have dedicated App ;).
Last but not least - Watch out! Advertise ;). If you want help then write an email to Me. I will try to advise you the best option for classic climbs in Poland.
You can also hire me to be your Climbing Guide or Instructor. Check my offer on this page: Climbing Courses in Poland.

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Trad climbing on Malinowa Rock (Rudawy Janowickie

Best season for climbing

In Poland, you can climb all year, but for Rock Climbing best season is from April to September. One important thing - Our climate doesn't have something like “long period of stable weather”. It is mostly random and I can just tell you that some months probably will be ok, but you never know ;). Generally is ok, last long period with big rains was in 2009 (almost one month of rain and floods) ;). Usually 1-3 days of rain (Mostly light rain).

January-February-March: We have winter. Sometimes you can climb, when are better periods of good weather. These periods are very random and temperatures are from 0-10°C (mostly below zero). But this is a good time for dry tooling.
April-May: There is spring but weather can be random. Usually, the temperature will be from 10-30°C but can be also 0-10°C in some days. Spring in Poland has good weather, not so many rainy days (usually storms) and temperatures are quite good for hard climbing. In this time Jura is very beautiful with fresh green grass and trees.
June-July (and two weeks of August): The hottest (20-35°C) and most wet (storms) time of the year. But like I say before, usually, it is a storm, then you can climb very quickly after rain. But shit happens and you can have 2-4 days of heavy rain. But mostly you must search for crags in shadow because Sun is too hot.
The second part of August-September: Probably best time for climbing in Poland (if you are a serious climber). A few rainy days, good temperature (10-25°C), rare storms and autumn in our country is wonderful.
October: For hard climbing is very good (5-20°C). Not so many rainy days (but happens that 2-3 days of rain). Days are shorter and sometimes crags in deep Valleys (like near of Kraków) can be wet (morning fog).
November-December: For rock climbing not recommended time: a lot of rainy days, low temperatures, short days. But a good time for dry tooling ;).

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Sukiennice in Sokolikie. One of the best crags in Poland

Climbing in Poland

You will find here almost 200 hundred crag areas with 15-20k routes (mostly sport, but you will find also nice trad routes). Difficulties between 3 and 9a (even 9a/a+). We have three main type of rock: limestone (Jura), granite (Sokoliki and Rudawy) and sandstone (Podkarpacie and Hejszowina).
Routes are to 30 meters high, but average high is 15-25 meters. We have almost rock formation what climber need to live. There are some higher crags like Sokolica, Łysina or Żabi Koń where you have multipitch climb (usually well bolted).

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Polish limestone has challenging routes on tiny holds with worse friction than the one found in most of the climbing spots in the Western Europe. Jura has a lot of small pockets (worse than on Frankenjura) and on harder routes, this pockets will be your footholds. Watch your fingers! I promise that after climbing trip to Poland your strength in fingers and footwork will improve ;).
Typical Polish route (at grade 6b-7b, ~20m) in white limestone is vertical with small crimps, pockets, small footholds and endurance climbing. We don’t have many overhanging routes like in Spain, but there is some climbing in roofs. Don’t dream about climbing on tufas in Poland ;).
Granite in Sudety (Sokoliki) are roughly and they have a lot of crimps and cracks. Cracks are not like in Yosemite where you have only cracks... and jamming is mandatory. In Sokoliki lot of (not every) routes have cracks, crimps, jugs and other holds.
Usually, grades have been given in the Kurtyka Scale. Below is a table with the comparison.

Skala trudności wspinaczkowych - porównanie, tabelka 

Routes are equipment in rings. Belay stances are from 2 rings and chain. Nowadays is very rare to have a route with old protection (especially bolts in limestone).
There is some outstanding trad climbing - most of them in Sokoliki, Hejszowina (sandstone) and Tatras (multipitch). But some of them are on Jura and this limestone trad climb is mode demanding (irregular crack, then you must use nuts and hexes).

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Limestone climbing in Bolechowice Valley (near of Kraków)

What gear do you need?

Standard rope in Poland is single 60m. 13-15 quickdraws should be enough. On polish limestone, the best are climbing shoes with a hard sole and sharp tip (a lot of small pockets). The standard for belays are 2 ring + chain and routes are well equipment.

For trad climbing gear rack:

- set of cam (to #4 Camalot Black Diamond) on harder trad routes set of microfriends.
- set of nuts
- set of slings
- some alpine quickdraws

On Jura (limestone) better than cams are hexes (irregular cracks).

Jura

The most popular area for climbers in Poland is the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (in Polish: Jura Krakowsko Częstochowska). These limestone crags are located between Kraków and Częstochowa. Very good access from Kraków (airport) and Katowice (airport).
For climbers, Jura has 3 sections: South (10-40 from Kraków), Middle (50-60 km from Kraków and Katowice) and North (50-100 from Kraków and Katowice). Every area has almost the same type of limestone ( the difference is usually with the size of pockets and… slippery). A lot of crags are hidden in the forest, but many are on hills with an outstanding view!

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Rock climbing on Jura

The best places on Jura

South Jura
Będkowska Valley (Dolina Będkowska). Crags: Dupa Słonia, Sokolica, Łabajowa, Wysoka, Brandysowa
Bolechowicka Valley (Dolina Bolechowicka)
Kobylańska Valley (Dolina Kobylańska). Crags: Żabi Koń, Zjazdowa Turnia, Wronia Baszta, Sępia Baszta
Kluczwoda Valley (Dolina Kluczwody). Crags: Jaskinia Mamutowa (Mammoth Cave), hardest polish routes in roof.
Others: Pochylec, Słoneczne Skały, Dolina Brzoskwinii, Skiała nad Potokiem
Last but not least. In Kraków (near city center) you have 2 old quarries (Zakrzówek, Krzemionki) where the journey is quick, and even if you have 2-4 hours you can climb ;).
Local climbers go after work to crags near of Kraków (20-30 min by car or 20-60 min by public transport).

Middle Jura
A lot of crags in the forest.
Pazurek, Podzamcze, Zegarowe Skały, Goncerzyca.

North Jura
There are more crags on hills. Rock has more pockets than on South Jura.
Olsztyn, Mirów, Rzędkowice, Łutowiec, Góra Zborów, Góra Kołoczek, Biblioteka, Jastrzębnik, Okiennik Skarżycki, Góra Birów

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Kobylańska Valley (near of Kraków)

Sokoliki
Góry Sokole is the north-west edge of Rudawy Janowickie, but is often regarded as a distinct location. The rocks here are also granite, and the area is subdivided into three regions: Krzyżna Góra, Rejon Sokolika and Rejon Sukiennic, all of which are also a part of Rudawy Landscape Park.
This small mountain range offers best granite climbing in Poland (I don’t include multipitch climbing in Tatras). On this area is ~1000 sport and trad routes (also multipitch climbing to 60 meters).

Best crags in Sokoliki and Krzyżna Góra
Sukiennice, Krzywa Turnia, Sokolik Wielki, Sokolik Mały, Tępa, Jastrzębia Turnia.

Rudawy Janowickie
Rudawy Janowickie is a mountain range in the Western Sudetes, fairly close to the border with the Czech Republic and Germany. It’s located about 100 kilometres west of Wrocław and is enclosed by Rudawy Landscape Park (Rudawski Park Krajobrazowy). The mountain range is commonly divided into four regions: Rejon Zamku Bolczów, Grupa Fajki, Grupa Skalnego Mostu and Starościńskie Skały, each of which offers numerous granite rocks, higher than the limestone peaks in Jura. Lot of climbing in Rudawy are on trad. Also area is bigger than Sokoliki - You will have longer approach to crags.

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Granite slabs in Rudawy Janowickie (Starościńskie Skały)

Best crags in Rudawy Janowickie
Starościńskie Skały, Malinowa, Fajka

Other places
In Poland you will find more (small) crag area. I will mention about most popular and recommended to climb.

Sandstone areas
Probably best sectors are: Rożnów (close to Nowy Sącz), Kamień Leski (near of Sanok) and Czarnorzeki (close to Rzeszów). This second should be better (more routes).
On the Lower Silesia (border between Poland and Czech Republic) is Hejszowina, where are big sandstone walls. But protection is from rings (long distance between them) and knots :). Like in Czech: Ardspach and Teplice.

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Sandstone sport climbing in Czarnorzeki (near of Rzeszów)

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Climbing in Tatras (more info here: Mountaineering in Tatras)


I hope that this article was helpful for you. If you have any question then contact with me. Also I'm climbing instructor then if you want I can be your guide on polish crags or you can take part in my climbing courses near of Kraków or Sokoliki. Check there for more information: Climbing Courses in Poland.

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rob.granowski@gmail.com (Damian Granowski) Articles Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:57:42 +0000
Mountaineering in Tatra Mountains https://winterclimb.com/climbing-base/item/34-climbing-in-tatra-mountains-poland-slovakia https://winterclimb.com/climbing-base/item/34-climbing-in-tatra-mountains-poland-slovakia Mountaineering in Tatra Mountains

The Tatra Mountains are located between Poland and Slovakia. They are the smallest Alpine range in Europe, with their highest peak Gerlachovský štít reaching only 2655 m above sea-level. They offer a lot of exciting rock climbing opportunities in summertime, yet wintertime can offer even better climbing options. The heights of walls reach up to 900 meters, about 200 - 300 meters on average. Their altitude is usually 1800-2300 m, so you don't need acclimatization.

The foothills around Zakopane consist of grassy Alpine meadows, with a distinct highland flora. The High Tatras are rocky and wild. Everything is there: from easy scrambles and ridge walks such as the renowned Orla Perć (Eagle's Path) via ferrata, to multi-pitch rock routes at all difficulty grades.

In this article I am going to write about multi-pitch climbing on the Polish side of the Tatras mostly, accommodation and a lot of other stuff you can enjoy while mountaineering in this amazing region. If you want read about rock climbing in Poland, check this article: Rock climbing in Poland.

I'm originally from Poland therefore I have better knowledge about climbing in Polish Tatras than I have about Slovakian side.

Jacek Kierzkowski on Direttissima of Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki . Fot. dg

How to get there?

Polish Tatras

To get there you can fly to Kraków, and from there you have only about 110 km left to get to Zakopane. There is plenty of buses to choose from, departing from Krakow main bus station and arriving in Zakopane. Once you get there, the local transport companies can take you to the surrounding valleys (Morskie Oko, Hala Gąsienicowa) or to Slovakia. With easy communication from Kraków to Zakopane, it is entirely possible to organise a “long climbing weekend” in the Tatras.

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Slovak Tatras

The best option is to reach Tatras from Poprad - 5 hours by train from Bratislava, 8 hours from Prague and 10 from Budapest.

From Poprad take one of the electric trains to Stary Smokovec or another resort. If you want to start from Strbske Pleso this takes 1.5 hours though.

Marcin Gąsienica-Kotelnicki on Mnich. Photo: Adam Kokot

Accomodation

While in Poland, you can stay in Zakopane, with lots of private rooms, hostels (rather cheap) and a few campsites on offer. Being a very popular touristic destination, Zakopane is in its peak season during holiday periods and winter weekends so if you want to avoid the crowds there are also lodging options in the surrounding villages (Bukovina, Bialka Tatrzanska, Kościelisko). Note that you will have a long way to walk from Zakopane to climbing walls. A good idea is to stay in a mountain hut then. Mountaineering Huts provide food and beverage and you can also rent a bed (during summer and winter seasons they are usually overcrowded, but you can sleep on the floor). From any of those huts, you have only 1-2 hours walk to start climbing. In Slovakia, it is similar but sometimes the walks may take longer.

Climbing on Maly Osarpanec, Zlomiska Zatoka. Photo Mateusz Kosakowski

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Refuges:
Morskie Oko

“Murowaniec” (Hala Gąsienicowa)

Pięć Stawów

Chata pri Zelenom Plese (Kiezmarska Valley)

Skalnata Chata (Skalnata Valley)

Teryho Chata (Valley Piatich Spisskych Plies)

Zbojnicka chata (Velka Studena Valley)

Chata Popradske Pleso (Mengusovska Valley)

Chata pod Rysmi (Zabia Valley)

D. Granowski na drodze w Samo Południe

W Samo Poludnie (Bula pod Bandziochem). Photo. Cezary Klus

Maps and trails?

Maps are easily available in many shops in Zakopane. Online maps are accessible at the following addresses:

High Tatras (Slovak: Vysoké Tatry, Polish: Tatry Wysokie)

Western Tatras (Západné Tatry, Tatry Zachodnie)

The Slovak 1/50.000 Vysoké Tatry map (nr. 113) is a very good map.

Throughout the Tatras, trails and paths are signed with coloured markers, and there are lots of wooden arrows to show the way on most crossings. You shouldn’t get lost as long as you have a map and stick to the trails, however in towns you do sometimes have to look a bit for where the trails start.

Michal Dorocicz on Starek-Uchmanski. Photo. dg

Where you can climb in Tatras?

Climbing in the Tatras is allowed only in the designated regions in the High Tatras. In Poland, all the climbers must provide detailed written information about their planned climbing excursion in the Book of the Climbers’ Departures (Księga Wyjść Taternickich). These can be found in shelters.

Designated regions:

  • Morskie Oko area: the region from Bialczańska Saddle (Białczańska Przełęcz), Rysy, Mięguszowieckie Peaks (Mięguszowieckie Szczyty), Cubryna to Chałubiński Gateway (Wrota Chałubińskiego) and the Monk (Mnich)

  • Five Ponds Valley (Dolina Pięciu Stawów) and Beech Forest Valley (Buczynowa Dolina) area: from the top of Świnica to the Zawrat Saddle (Przełęcz Zawrat) between the ridge and the red marked tourist track and in the region of the ridge and the below walls from the Przełęcz Zawrat to the Mała Buczynowa Przełączka

  • Hala Gąsienicowa: in the region of the ridge and below walls from Żółta Przełęcz, through Granaty, Kozi Wierch, Zawratowa Turnia, Świnica to Świnicka Przełęcz, with the side ridge of Kościelec to Karb
    marked up on the western wall of the rock gate at the entrance to Dolina Lejowa

  • marked up on the rock in the Jaroniec.

Climbing on Kutta Route (Batyzowiecki Peak). Fot. Julita Chudko

On Slovakia you must be associated in Mountaineering Club. Here you have link to restriction. If you want climb you must operate on routes on III UIAA grade. Be prepared than on Slovakia trails are officially closed from the first of November to 15 June.

In Slovakia you must have the insurance, as you must pay for mountain rescue if needed. In Poland the Mountain Rescue services are rendered free of charge (TOPR).

Camping on the face is allowed only in extreme, life-threatening situations.

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Character of climbing

Guide with client, on Grań Kościelców. Photo: Adam Kokot

Summer

The typical climbing routes in Tatra have grades between IV and VI UIAA and to get the most out of the area you should be comfortably climbing at VI UIAA level on OS.

The High Tatras rock type is granotodioryte (almost like granite). There are lots of corners, cracks, chimneys, slabs, small roofs and other typical mountains formations. Usually, the fricktion is very decent.

Similar to granite, there are no pockets, only typical small edges, crimps, side clings and cracks.

Winter

During this time, you will find alpine terrain covered with snow, ice, rock and... frozen grass. Lots of routes in Poland are quite difficult during the summer season due to presence of grass and loose rock, but during the winter... YES… the grass patches freeze over and you can stick your ice tool in this, like in ice :-). Sometimes there is only grass and you must climb in this like in ice (protection from warthogs and ice pitons). Getting scared? Don’t be frozen, overhanging grass is mainly found on easy pitches. The harder pitches are usually rock.

If climbing conditions are good, then you have consolidated snow, frozen grass, lots of alpine ice and sub zero temperatures.

View from Galeria Gankowa. Photo. Damian Granowski

Grades

In Tatras, “tatrzanska” scale is employed, basically the same as UIAA grade. In winter, Slovaks use M grade for mixt. In Poland, we use the M scale sometimes, but we have also our original winter grade. We write grade in Arabic numerals. It’s harder about half of degree than mixt scale. For example, if you have 6+, then it will translate to M6. Here you have link about tatrzanska scale.

Descent from Nizne Rysy. Photo. Damian Granowski

Protection

Whilst climbing, it is forbidden to install or uninstall permanent protective elements without the permission from the Tatra National Park authorities. The majority of climbing routes have to be completed on your own protection, you can find plenty of pitons and sometimes some bolts on most of them.

On most popular walls, you will sometimes find prepared belays (like on Mnich, Osterva), but usually you must build them yourself.

Below is the list of some of the hardest sport routes (up VII to X UIAA grade).

 

Tadek Grzegorzewski on ice climbing on Sniezna Dolina. Photo Damian Granowski

Typical set of gear on most routes is like that:

Summer:

Half rope 2x 50-60 m

Set of nuts

7-10 cams (to #C2)

2-3 micro-cams (on serious climbing (like Kazalnica))

10-12 quickdraws (the most of them are mountain quickdraw)

4-6 loops (120 cm. Dynema with carabiner)

2 loops (not dynema) to build belays

Pitons (on serious routes)

2x angle piton 50mm

2x knife blade 40 mm

1 x beak

Hammer

Climbing on Mnich. Photo. Magdalena Dudek

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WINTER

Half rope 2x 50-60 m
Set of nuts + 2-4 Tricams

7-10 friends (to #C2)

2-3 microfriends
10-12 quickdraws (the most of them are mountain quickdraw)

4 loops (120 cm. Dynema with carabiner)
2 loops (not dynema) to build belays

Pitons (always!)
- 2x angle piton 50mm
- 2x knife blade 40mm
- 2x beak
- 1x Lost arrow Piton
- 1x Ice Piton
- 1x Warthog) (or another Ice Piton)

Hammer

Technical Crampons. Better with monopoint in mixt. On frozen grass and Ice better will be duopoint

Ice Axes (Petzl Nomic, BD Fusion, DMM Swith) with pics to mixt.

NE Pillar of Ganek. Recommended route, The wall has about 850 m denivelation. Fot. Maciej Chmielecki

When is the best time to climb in Tatras?

You can climb all year round in the Tatras. However there is no guaranteed period of stable weather conditions. You must therefore be prepared for unexpected spells of bad weather. Good luck is what you need as it is not possible to correctly predict when the weather will be good enough.

Maciej Chmielecki on descent from NE Peak of Swinica. Photo Damian Granowski

Summer season (mid of May to mid of October)

Summer season starts about mid of May, when you can usually go rock climbing on walls with S, SE and SW exposures. In June, the temperature increases but there still can be some snow on couloirs and shaded walls can be wet. June to end of July is the season of afternoon’s storms - be prepared to depart early when the sky is still clear. From the end of July to the end of September the weather should be reasonably stable (however there is still small chance of storms). September is the month with the lowest number of rainy days.

Anita Słowicka on Dieska Route. Photo. Damian Granowski

In June, July and August the temperatures can vary from 0 to 30 °C. A lot of climbs are at altitudes of 2000 metres above sea level or more. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that while it’s 30 °C in Zakopane the peak of  Mnich will be 20 °C. The weather can change quickly and it snowfalls in June or July are not unheard of.

You can climb also in November and October, but then probably climbing will be possible only on the walls with S, SE and SW exposures

Winter season (Mid of November to mid of March)

 

View from point, below peak of Gerlach, Stanislawski Route. Fot. dg

Sometimes in mid-November you can climb with use of ice tools and crampons. Probably there will be very little snow, but routes with grass/ice should be frozen. An even better time will be mid-December when there is more snow, the temperature is lower and you probably will have pleasant conditions, however the days are short.

Sometimes you may experience Halny, a strong and hot southerly wind, similar to Foehn in the Alps. Although the temperature increases, typically it will bring bad weather.

Weather forecoast and webcams you will find there: Weather for Tatras (PL).

Other activities

Sport rock climbing – There is some limestone spots near of Tatras. On Podhale (near of Zakopane) you have Jaroniec, Przelom Bialki and... Cracow area offers lots of limestone rock climbing possibilities. Check this article: Rock climbing in Poland.

In Slovakia, there is Tatranska Kotlina.

Dry-tooling – during winter time you may go visit Wdzar quarry near Zakopane and some other spots (check with local climbers). In Slovakian Tatras, there is Tatranska Kotlina, Vecny dazd, and Sektor Bartka.

Caving in Tatras – There are some caves in Tatras, however I am not sure about the access for foreign climbers. Some useful information can be found there.

Trekking/hiking in Tatras – With hundreds of kilometres of trails in Tatra, you won't get bored. You can also visit other mountains near the Tatras,  like Pieniny, Gorce and  Veľká Fatra.

Ski-tour – Tatras have some very good spots for skiing (here you have some propositions). Be aware that there can be risk of avalanches. If the weather is not in your favour then I would suggest going to other mountains in Poland (Gorce, Pieniny, Babia Gora) and Slovakia (Veľká Fatra ...).

The best ski-tour guidebook is "Tatry. Przewodnik Skiturowy" (by Wojciech Szatkowski).

Skis – there are lots of ski lifts in Poland (Bialka Tatrzanska, Kasprowy Wierch) and Slovakia (better infrastructure. Hopok, Tatranska Lomnica).

Thermal pools – You will find thermal pools and spas in the Tatra region, like the ones in Szaflary, Bialka Tatrzanska, Bukowina Tatrzanska, Tatralandia.

Rafting on Dunajec – Scenic rafting (aboard wooden rafts) on Dunajec River in Pieniny is an ideal family oriented activity.

 

Damian Granowski on Miedzymiastowa, Mnich. Photo Anita Słowicka

Best walls to climb in Tatras

Here you have link

Recommended peaks in Tatras

Batyżowiecki Szczyt
Durny Szczyt

Ganek
Gerlachovsky stit
Giewont
Kazalnica Mięguszowiecka
Kezmarsky stit (Kieżmarski Szczyt)
Kołowy Szczyt
Kościelec
Jastrabia veza (Jastrzębia Turnia)
Jaworowy Szczyt
Ľadova kopa
Ľadovy stit (Lodowy Szczyt)
Lomnicky stit (Łomnica)
Mała Śnieżna Turnia
Maly Kezmarsky Stit (Mały Kieżmarski Szczyt)
Maly Lodovy Stit
Mnich
Nizne Rysy
Swinica (Świnica)
Mieguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki (Mięguszowieckie Szczyty)
Vysoka (Wysoka)
Żabi Koń
Zadni Mnich

Gallery from some of this peaks on drytooling.com.pl.

Recommended climbing routes in Tatras

Here you have link

Michał Król on Pulp Fiction IX-, Kościelec. Fot. Adam Kokot

Here is my talk about classic winter routes in Tatras (from M5+ to M7)

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Guidebooks:

Paryski, Witold Henryk: Tatry Wysokie Przewodnik taternicki. (25 tom of climbing in High Tatras)

Puskas, Arn: Vysoke Tatry, monografia I-X (10 toms of climbing in High Tatras)

Taternik (officially magazine of PZA)

Grzegorz Głazek: Mastertopo posters

Marian Bobovcak, Marian Jacina: Vyber Tatranskych Stien, volume I and II

Internet:

drytooling.com.pl – My polish website about winter climbing and alpine. But also you will find lot of topo of climbing routes in Tatra, especially Polish. Here is link to list of routes in Tatra and here you will find list of peaks.

google.pl – YES, You Can ;)

goryonline.com – website of GORY polish climbing magazine. There will be lot of materials about Tatras.

james.sk – Slovakian climbing website

lezec.cz - Czech climbing website

supertopo.pl – Small site with topo (very good) of “the most beautiful climbing routes in Tatra”

taternik.net – Very nice site with photo topo of walls in Tatra Mountains. Recomended.

tatry.nfo.sk – The best climbing website about climbing in Tatras (Slovakia side). Lot of photo-topo, and routes. Very recommended if you want climb in Slovakia Tatras.

wspinanie.pl – Some nice topos and forum about climbing in Tatras.

Here you have Polish-english climbing dictionary.

Weather forecoast and webcams you will find there: Weather for Tatras (PL).

Montano.pl - polish producer of climbing clothes. Very nice quality and price ;). The have shop in Nowy Targ (about 20 km from Zakopane)

My panoramas from Tatra :-)

Also you can phone to me, to ask question about climbing in Tatras. My phone number:  +48 794-010-870. I'm also climbing instructor and my offer you will find here: Climbing Courses in Poland.

You can also like my FB page ;)

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Many thanks for Natasza Przybylska for proofreading! 

Text: Damian Granowski

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Recommended climbing routes and walls in Tatra Mountains https://winterclimb.com/climbing-base/item/35-recommended-climbing-routes-and-walls-in-tatra-mountains https://winterclimb.com/climbing-base/item/35-recommended-climbing-routes-and-walls-in-tatra-mountains Recommended climbing routes and walls in Tatra Mountains

Here you find list of some of the best climbing routes in Tatra Mountains. Enjoy! Soon I will write more :-)

 

Best walls to climb in Tatras

Poland

Summer

Kazalnica Mieguszowiecka, Morskie Oko

Mnich, Morskie Oko

Zamarla Turnia, 5 Stawow Valley

Koscielec W face, Gasienicowa Valley

Winter

Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki, Morskie Oko

Kazalnica and Kociol Kazalnicy, Morskie Oko

Nizne Rysy, Morskie Oko

Cubryna, Morskie Oko

Bula pod Bandziochem

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Slovakia

Summer

Galeria Ostrvy, Mengusovska Valley

Volia veza, Mengusovska Valley

Maly Osarpanec, Zlomiska Valley

Batizovsky stit, Batizovska Valley

Velicka stena, Velicka Valley

Maly Lodovy Stit I Ostry stit, Mala Studena Valley

Lomnicky stit, Mala Studena Valley

Kezmarsky Stit W face, Skalnata Valley

Maly Kezmarsky Stit, Bielej vody Kezmarskiej Valley

Jastrabia veža, Bielej vody Kezmarskiej Valley

Galeria Ganku, Biela voda Valley

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Winter

Maly Kezmarsky Stit N face, Bielej vody Kezmarskiej Valley

Rumanov Stit, Kacacia Valley

Javorovy mur, Javorova Valley

Icefalls, Bielej vody Valley

Lomnicky stit E face, Skalnata Valley

Recommended climbing routes in Tatras

 Droga Kutty IV, Batyżowiecki Szczyt
Puskasov pilier IV-V, Czarny Szczyt
Szare Zacięcie VI+, Czołówka MSW
Królewski Okap M12, Durny Szczyt
Orłowski VI-, Galeria Gankowa
Droga Stanisławskiego IV, Gerlach E wall
Droga Kurczaba, Gerlach W wall
Jetstream X/X-,    Jastrzębia Turnia
Filar Ganku V+,    Ganek
Prawy Filar Rumanowego V, Rumanowy Szczyt
Innominata M7+,    Kocioł Kazalnicy Mięguszowieckiej
Długosz VIII, Kazalnica Mięguszowiecka
Wielkie Zacięcie VI+, Kieżmarski Szczyt
Prawy Dziędzielewicz VI-, Kościelec W Wall
Motyka V, Łomnica E wall
Hokejka VII-, Łomnica W wall
Stanisławski V,    Mała Śnieżna Turnia
Stanisławski V+, Mały Kieżmarski
Kurtykówka VI+,    Mały Młynarz
Szewska Pasja VII+, Młynarczyk
Młynarzowy Żleb IV, Młynarz
Metallica, Mnich
Kant Klasyczny VI-, Mnich NW
Direttissima IV, MSW N ściana
Tomkowe Igły V, Niżne Rysy
Halkova Cesta VIII, Osterwa
Śnieżna Dolina IV WI4,    Śnieżna Dolina
Filar Świnicy IV, Świnica
Droga Puskasa VI, Wołowa Turnia
Droga Motyki V, Wschodni Szczyt Żelaznych Wrót
Droga Motyki IV, Wysoka E wall
Stanisławski V, Wysoka N wall
Droga Komarnickich IV, Zadni Gerlach
Motyka V+, Zamarła Turnia
Grań Żabiego Konia II, Żabi Koń
Direttissima VIII-/VIII    Żółta Ściana
Grań Morskiego Oka    
Grań Żabiej Lalki    
Główna Grań Tatr    
Grań Jaworowa    
Grań Wideł    
Plškova Cesta VI-, Szarpane Turnie
Alicja z Krainy Czarów M7 WI5, Biała Woda

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rob.granowski@gmail.com (Damian Granowski) Mountain Base Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000