Guide to Mountaineering in the Tatra Mountains
Situated between Poland and Slovakia, theTatra Mountains are a dream destination for any avid climber, and since this is the smallest Alpine range in Europe, it’s often a good choice for anyone new to climbing.
Serene and majestic, this is a mountain range that should be on every climber’s bucket list.
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Getting to the Tatra Mountains
The Tatra Mountains have two main places where climbers can begin: Poland and Slovakia. Climbers can ascend either side of the mountain, or an entire weekend can be set aside to climb the entire mountain.
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Most people choose Strbske Pleso or Stary Smokovec as their starting point.
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Preparing for Your Climb
There are a lot of general preparations you鸿运福彩app下载安装 need to take to climb a mountain successfully. Let’s start with one of the big ones:
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Plan Your Trip
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- Obtain a map of the area and the trails
- Plan to go with a group for added safety
- Hire a tour guide if you鸿运福彩app下载安装’re new to climbing
- Join forums and ask for information on the climb
- Look at videos and pictures of the area
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- Five Ponds Valley
- Hala Gasienicowa
- Morskie Oko
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When it is best to begin you鸿运福彩app下载安装r climb?
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- Zabi Kon
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