The Tatra Mountains lie to the south of Poland. The range runs along the border with Slovakia. The stone is a blocky type of granite, somewhat similar to that of the Tetons. The Tatra's are often referred to as the "biggest, little mountains in Europe". This is evident by the serious nature of the climbing and the routes. Most of the faces require long approaches and that leads to some long days. Climbing here really gives one a feeling of adventure and solitude. The Tatras are all national park and hiking off designated trails is prohibited. As of my last visit, one had to be a member of a climbing organization (AAC, etc...) and have proper proof, in order to hike off trail.
The closest major city is Krakow, which lies to the north. To access the mountains from the Polish side, one must pass through the beautiful mountain town of Zakopane. From here, it is possible to depart for the mountains or any of the huts in the area.
By Allen Hill From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine Jul 2, 2010
actually there's a very good guide book that covers the range in five languages including english. Published in 02. Horolezecky Sprievdca written by Robert Galfy and Alexander Luczy.. You can buy it in Poprad. Great mountains and very tough. Like Chamonix but without the glaciers and lifts.
Hello everyone. There is newer and free internet guide for the Slovak part of Vysoké Tatry. The webguide is been updated on (almost) "daily basis". It meens that when the first ascent is done and climbers are kind to send info, these info is published on web right away. I recently added two roots from the above mentioned webpage to the mountainproject. We have published the book guide as well, you can look it up on the same web page.