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Tatra Mountains

International > Europe > Poland

Description

The Tatra Mountains lie to the south of Poland. The range runs along the border with Slovakia. The stone is a blocky type of granite, somewhat similar to that of the Tetons. The Tatra's are often referred to as the "biggest, little mountains in Europe". This is evident by the serious nature of the climbing and the routes. Most of the faces require long approaches and that leads to some long days. Climbing here really gives one a feeling of adventure and solitude. The Tatras are all national park and hiking off designated trails is prohibited. As of my last visit, one had to be a member of a climbing organization (AAC, etc...) and have proper proof, in order to hike off trail.

Getting There

The closest major city is Krakow, which lies to the north. To access the mountains from the Polish side, one must pass through the beautiful mountain town of Zakopane. From here, it is possible to depart for the mountains or any of the huts in the area.

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Smaller mainly climbers shelter. 25 PLN or 8 USD a night.
[Hide Photo] Smaller mainly climbers shelter. 25 PLN or 8 USD a night.
Smaller climbers only shelter. No bar but a fireplace.
[Hide Photo] Smaller climbers only shelter. No bar but a fireplace.
Main dining hall of biggest shelter.
[Hide Photo] Main dining hall of biggest shelter.
Trail marker. All trails are well marked and many on incredible granite steps.
[Hide Photo] Trail marker. All trails are well marked and many on incredible granite steps.
Approaching the shelter after a two hour hike in.
[Hide Photo] Approaching the shelter after a two hour hike in.
One of the many mountain lakes. Kościelec (2,155 m) in the back.
[Hide Photo] One of the many mountain lakes. Kościelec (2,155 m) in the back.
Giewont moon rise
[Hide Photo] Giewont moon rise

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Allen Hill
FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
[Hide Comment] actually there's a very good guide book that covers the range in five languages including english. Published in 02. Horolezecky Sprievdca written by Robert Galfy and Alexander Luczy.. You can buy it in Poprad. Great mountains and very tough. Like Chamonix but without the glaciers and lifts. Jul 2, 2010
[Hide Comment] new guide

Hello everyone.
There is newer and free internet guide for the Slovak part of Vysoké Tatry. The webguide is been updated on (almost) "daily basis". It meens that when the first ascent is done and climbers are kind to send info, these info is published on web right away. I recently added two roots from the above mentioned webpage to the mountainproject.
We have published the book guide as well, you can look it up on the same web page. Mar 27, 2013
Jacek Czyz
Chicago, Summit CO; PL
[Hide Comment] Grade
A comparison for some of the free climbing technical rating systems including USA, UIAA and polish’ Kurtyka Grade = Skala Krakowska

wspinanie.pl/topo/skale.htm Feb 14, 2015
[Hide Comment] Trying to find Climbing schools or individual guides for Tatras Mointains. Email: lawlormarin@gmail.com. Feb 2, 2018
[Hide Comment] it is nice written Tatras guide przewodnik-po-gorach.pl/abo… Oct 19, 2018