Climbing Europe - Topo
The Climbing Europe Project of the University Alpine Club of Warsaw (co-financed by the European Union) is mostly dedicated to Polish climbers. However, you can find here short descriptions of the most popular Polish climbing areas.
Jura is a name for a large area lying between Częstochowa and Kraków in the southern Poland. Jura crags are made of specific limestone that is characterised by holes, hollows and pockets on vertical slabs. The rock surface is not really rough and easily becomes slippery, especially on more popular routes. These characteristics of Polish limestone make climbing here totally different from climbing on typical grey and yellow limestone of the southern Europe - so don't miss the opportunity to check your skills!
Morskie Oko is the most popular Tatra's valley. The history of climbing in Morskie Oko is the history of Polish climbing in general. Its granite walls hardly exceed 300 m. but famous north face of Kazalnica (part of the Mieguszowiecki Czarny peak) is the most beautiful and hardest wall in the Polish Tatras. In Morskie Oko you find not only a classical mountain climbs where nuts, friends and pitons are required but also some bolted routes, particularly on slabs of Mnich and Kopa Spadowa.
Kamieniec is a small sandstone area - visit it, if you are around.
We hope we will cover more Polish areas in the future, so check our website (www.uka.pl) for information and feel free to e-mail us in case of questions. And if you are going to stay in Warsaw for a while, join us in the Club!
Grading scales comparison.