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Tatra Mountains - Poland

Following the success of the meet to the Polish Tatra Mountains, situated on the border with Slovakia, last year a second follow up visit was arranged.  Ten members attended. 

There was limited ice this time, but good mixed conditions.  Ascents were made of Koscielec (2155m), Swinica (2301m) and Granty (2240m). Variable route grades and limited topos made for an exploratory feel. 

Overall it was an excellent trip.  The planning by Raf Malczyk ensured it all ran smoothly, and he must be thanked for his patience translating for the rest of the party.  The area is spectacular and the good weather allowed us to fully appreciate it, taking in the summits.

A return trip is planned for the summer 2019.  A full report will appear in the Club Newsletter.