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The High Tatras Mountains of Poland and Slovakia

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diagonal route

diagonal route

Ganek, NE ridge

Ganek, NE ridge

bivy

bivy

good night Andrej

good night Andrej

in the morning

in the morning

good night

good night

getting more steep

getting more steep

linked up two routes

linked up two routes

and the storm comes...

and the storm comes…

soloing

soloing

climbing in snow storm

climbing in snow storm

good stuff

good stuff

again in storm

again in storm

this way up

this way up

and this way too

and this way too

summit in strong wind

summit in strong wind

I used the rope

I used the rope

way down and the sun is here again

way down and the sun is here again

tricky moves

tricky moves

this is it

this is it

dodo kopold self portrait

dodo kopold self portrait

Zelezna brana tower summit

Zelezna brana tower summit

start in steep snow

start in steep snow

start

start

summit of Kacaci mnich

summit of Kacaci mnich

good to be down again

good to be down again

second bivy, hard stuff

second bivy, hard stuff

deep snow

deep snow

free climb the line

free climb the line

in ice

in ice

is it still climbing?

is it still climbing?

like in paradise

like in paradise

steep solo climb

steep solo climb

upper part of the face

upper part of the face

way up

way up

getting dark

getting dark

way up

way up

bivy

bivy

close to the summit

close to the summit

before we will sleep

before we will sleep

summit after 2.5hours

summit after 2.5hours

The High Tatras Mountains of Poland and Slovakia

Photos by and courtesy of Dodo Kopold – The rugged High Tatras mountains are east of the Alps, on the border between Poland and Slovakia. Though the Tatras’ high point is only 2,655 meters (8,711′), and though many North Americans have never even heard of the range, top eastern European climbers trained on these rugged peaks for decades while their travel was restricted. Slovakian Dodo Kopold has no such problems, but he still loves the High Tatras. This fall and early winter, Kopold has been putting his stamp on his native mountains in a big way. Read more.