Ascent of Gerlachovský štít on 2013-07-29

Climber: Deividas Valaitis

Others in Party:Justina
Date:Monday, July 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Gerlachovský štít
    Elevation:8707 ft / 2653 m

Ascent Trip Report

1# in Eastern Europe Ranges; 1# in Carpathian Range; 1# in Tatra Range; 1# in High Tatra range ; 1# in Slovakia; 1# in Presov region of Slovakia; #11 in Europe by prominence; and etc..

So, at least six times first.. Who can resist : ).

Climbing without guide is not permitted (exceptions can be done for certified members of national alpine clubs ). Otherwise park authorities insisting on hiring guide. At the very last moment we catched one - Dusko. And i found him to be very good. I can recommend to everyone.

Because of potential afternoon storm we started at 4:30 from Selszky Dom. ~45 minutes to the bottom of the rocks. From there it is about 3-4 hours of grade II or III climb. All went smooth. Thanks for all kinds of advices and help from Dusko.

Sky was still crystal clear when we reached the peak. Gorgeous views to all directions. Most of High Tatras peaks visible around. I think we spent almost one hour on the top, sharing limited space with another ~15 people.

Scramble down was slower than I expected.. Even if guide chose easier trail via the West slope. After 3-4 hours we reached small lake, and from there it was simple, few kilometers walk. Few clouds accumulated however weather remain perfect.

In total we made approximately 13 kilometers, and gained/lost about 1080 meters. Excellent day and excellent experience. Something I would repeat again.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3543 ft / 1079 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3543 ft / 1079 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Guide
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3543 ft / 1079 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Start Trailhead:5164 ft / 1573 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3543 ft / 1079 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    End Trailhead:5164 ft / 1573 m

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