Morskie Oko is one of the most interesting climbing locations in the Tatra Mountains. It is a lake surrounded by big mountains like Mieguszowieckie Szyty, Cubryna and Rysy. Climbing here is varied and challenging. It is mainly on granite and it is mainly trad. Routes are from 3 to 20 (or so) pitches long and there are lots of options at all levels of difficulty. Descents are often tricky and require either multiple abseils or scrambling down from the summits. There are also several sport crags and alpine style ridges that are usually quite exposed but in good weather give fantastic views of the Tatras.
By the lake, there is an old mountain hut built in 1874. For over 150 years it’s been a meeting place of Polish alpinists. It is also a perfect base for climbing. Approaches usually take 1 to 2 hours from the hut. It can be quite busy on weekends when lots of tourists come here from Zakopane to have szarlotka (apple pie – classic!) but during the week it is normally much more quite while only mountaineers stay in the hut.
Plan of the meet: