/ Seeking information about climbing in the Tatra
If you’re staying at Hala Gasienicowa, there is a Polish Mountaineering Association training hut there, called Betlejemka, I’m sure they will be able to advise on routes, conditions etc. Guidebooks available in Polish but not sure this would be of help. Polish High Tatras are relatively small so you can easily cross to Dolina Pieciu Stawow valley(through Zawrat col) and Morskie Oko for more choice of routes. If you’re looking for purely ice climbing, Dolina Bialej Wody valley is the place to go.
Some good easy routes on Orla Perc ridge and on Swinica (peak) in Dolina Gasienicowa.
I haven't been but I spent some time with a bunch of Polish climbers in Scotland years ago and they talked about "grass climbing" which was basically turf climbing. They showed me some photos and the routes looked long and very steep, following thick turf filled runnels. Some of their photos didn't even look wintery; the grass and turf and underlying soil were frozen solid but there was no snow and hardly any frost. They were keen to exchange titanium screws for warthogs as they reckoned they'd be the business on the "grass."
There are no ice routes around Hala Gasienicowa except one small ice fall. There are plenty of mixed routes, though, and they are great! I spent half a week there last year, and also did a few climbs at Morskie Oko 2-3 years ago. I really enjoyed the Tatras and can only recommend them.
Route information can be found at taternik.net. You also might want to contact Christian Beck for advice (registered user at ukclimbing). He is English and has been living and climbing in Zakopane for several years.
Defo the bigger portion of the Tatry on the Slovak side.
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