Ascent of Gerlachovský štít on 2012-08-25

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gerlachovský štít
    Elevation:8707 ft / 2653 m

Ascent Trip Report

NB - GPS track only covers to and from Sliezky Dom

It was a very early start from Tatranska Polianka to the refuge at Sliezky Dom and into the Velicky Dolina. The route picks its way across some roche moutonnee and then the climbing begins up the steep eastern side of Gerlach, to reach a small notch on the ridge.
From there all the action is on the west side with a series of rising and falling traverses on difficult rock and the occasional permanent artificial aid. Finding the route is difficult, but careful inspection of the rocks shows where others have gone before. There is also evidence of old markings from a former time when the route was open to all - until, apparently, the MRT got fed up of almost daily rescuing lost and stranded 'walkers'.
The top is graced with a cross and there is just enough room to stand on the very summit. Unfortunately the mist restricted the view down - as ever, the mist cleared afterwards.
The descent route was alongside a couloir that leads into the Batizovsky Zlab - it is very steep, with a bit more permanent artificial aids than the ascent routes. Route finding is again quite difficult and however tempting we had to keep out of the couloir itself because of the looseness of the rock.
It was with a sense of relief when finally reaching the relatively less steep bottom of the Batizovska Dolina and it became a standard Tatry scramble over rocks and boulders to join a tourist path at Batizovske Pleso. Then it was just an hour's walk out to the Sliezky Dom refuge for a celebratory beer.
The refuge itself was being used for a wedding party and it was a bit odd to see men in suits and women in frocks in such a setting. The bride had obviously arrived on a snowplough.
Then there was the weary walk back down to T. Polianka and a large ice-cream.

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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