Back

Climbing the rock face

Climbing the rock face

Małopolska can boast an immense number of various different size rocks entwined with a network of climbing routes. You can find passages mapped out on crystalline rocks in the High Tatras, sandstone rocks in the Beskids and in the Carpathian Foothills, as well as limestone rocks on the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland and in Pieniny.
There are some original climbing routes in the quarries. Climbing enthusiasts in Poland do not need any special qualifications or cards. However, it is recommended to undergo appropriate training courses, organised by numerous mountaineering clubs and climbing schools. Finishing such course, in line with a curriculum of the Polish Mountaineering Association (Polish: Polski Związek Alpinizmu), allows to attain relevant knowledge and skills. It is worth knowing that some rocks are closed for climbing, either on account of the requirements of environmental protection or the lack of permission from the land owners to make them available. Information on such rocks may be found at climbing websites and in guide books. Those interested in climbing on the territory of the Tatra National Park do not need any formal qualifications or cards, and do not have to be members of mountain climbing or mountaineering clubs. The only formal requirement is to sign the Tatra Climbers Record (Książka Wyjść Taternickich) available in mountain shelters throughout the High Tatras. There are also some limitations pertaining to zones that are open for climbing. On rainy or winter days, or for training purposes it is possible to visit one of numerous climbing walls that are being created both in cities and smaller localities.

Multimedia

Play Play