At least two of us will be going and have agreed to book now. 12/13/14 January back on 15th in time for work. Another three seem possible. Please tell soon if you will come. Unfortunately the later date doesn't suit me any more. If anyone does want to go then
There were a few questions asked privately that the answers might be worth putting out for everyone:
What gear should I take?
Think big Scotland. One of the few other places where turf (actually "grass") climbing is normal. Nuts, friends (maybe - not good in ice), 4 ice screws (more on icefalls), warthogs and/or bulldogs for grass (equivalent of turf). Definitely pitons and experience using them. Two thin 60m dry treated ropes etc. Technical crampons set up for mixed terrain.
Cold can be variable. Normally -5 but easily down to -20 or more. Think about things like down belay jackets and face masks. Several pairs of gloves.
More importantly, this can be Avalanche terrain. It is now normal and accepted for climbers to take beacon/probe/shovel. Make sure everyone knows how to avoid problems.
Ski mountaineering gear or snow shoes can be very helpful. I often climb in ski boots.
What about novices?
For this trip, with us, not really unfortunately. I don't think we are really able to look after you. Three possible answers:
- I know some (Polish climbing association qualified) instructors active in the Tatra at least some of whom speak English. I could help arrange contact.
- Probably Scotland or Wales are easier places to start with the club; certainly I'll be there the next two or three weekends.
- Consider the BMC courses run e.g. by Glenmore lodge.
What about different timing?
I won't be able go again in Jan/Feb but I can support if someone else wants to try. There were several people interested. Get in touch with me and I'll share our planned schedule / afterwards I will give some report. Post on here and we can discuss.
What about starting from other areas of the country?
It looks like in most cases you either fly to Krakow and take a bus from there or you come to London and fly to Slovakia from there. Schedules vary so everybody has to check their own airports.