Started from Starý Smokovec and got to the main refuge by lunchtime. I cooked a meal at the stream a couple hundred meters above the refuge. I continued up the main trail going east of the massif. I had to leave the trail some 800m horizontal and 600m vertical from the summit. I soloed the east face. It was mostly 4th class with some easier and some harder sections. In the lower section I saw some fixed hardware, chains and metal steps. Higher sections I saw a couple pitons and rap slings.
To descend, I followed NE ridge to the first obvious saddle and then folllwed a snow couloir which, in early evening, was quickly freezing and hardening. An axe or crampons would have been useful. If there weren’t already some steps I would have kept to the rocks. As I descended I navigated in an attempt to avoid cliffing out. The hairiest part was downclimbing 15-30m of vertical chimney. There was substantial running water so it was delicate. After the chimney there was another short snow slope upon which my adidas lost traction and I slid 10m. I lost some skin off the knuckles but otherwise ok.
I regained the trail just before dark and continued N and E to Poland. I made camp at Łysa Polana.
Wonderful ascent in perfect conditions from Sliezsky Dom, good and confortable hotel, ideal base for doing the climb and enjoying spa on the return!
gerlach is really a very interesting mountain and climb, one of my best climbs! 4h15 to the top, 8.30 round trip with stops. 743.5 hpa on the top.
I would have preferred to stay in the climbers accommodation at Sliezsky dom, but it was fully booked for the next couple of weeks. Instead, I started from Novy Smokovec, and that turned it into a long day. But as the forecast was excellent (sunny, and no chance of rain, let alone thunderstorms) I wasn't worried.
almost perfect weather, fog near the summit, later pure sun on way down, mega expositions, slovak Tatras are amazing!
A sudden change in the weather two days earlier had turned the HighTatras into a winter wonderland. Had the summit all for ourselves.
Awesome winter climb. On sunny day. Nobody else on mountain.
Summer ascent on the normal route in 2001.
beautiful night with full moon on descending :)))
My first peak in central part of High Tatras. From motorway they look really small and uninteresting in comparing with others same altitude mountains in Europe, but once you'll get in, you'll see that the beauty of Tatras is not just a rumors. From the top, one of the most interesting view for me. Gerlach is not a difficult mountain, in good weather, but really only for experienced climbers and hikers. About the obligation of having a guide. Rather save your money and don't feed this nonsense. On the way up you'll be probably threaten by guides to pay penalty. Stay calm, try to explain them, that you are experienced enough. They don't have got any moral right to do this, it's just a matter of their dishonest bussiness and a way to show to their clients how "necessary" they are.
Krcmárov žlab - Zleb Karczmarza - 2009/12/05
Great winter climb. My second visit on Gerlachovsky Stit, but the first so alpine experience in High Tatras. Beautiful route, climbed with Igi, Jck and Brade.
Normal route through Velicka Proba - 2009/08/02
Climbed with Igi, Rafal, Mariusz and mountain guide, Janek.
Nice and easy summer climb, but IMHO, recommended without any assistance of mountain guides, if possible.
Gets a bit complicated while leaving Velicky couloir and traversing Kotlovy Stit on a way toward the summit. Descent through Batizovska Proba.
Krcmárov žlab- Zleb Karczmarza- December 5, 2009
Fantastic couloir climb. The rocky step was in nasty ice conditions but the rest of the couloir was almost perfect. Endless steep snowfield traverses below the summit ridge. Brocken spectre on the top of Gerlachovsky stit. Very recomendable. Climbed with Radek (brade), Ania (Mooliczek) and Igor (Igi).
Martin's Route- July 14, 2009
Climbed with Radek (brade). After retreat in November we finished the route from Tetmajerovo Sedlo. Easier than we expected, perfect weather.
With Slovak mountain guide Jan Peto and Anna Kliminska from Poland. Rain and snow on top.
We set out from Sliezsky dom at 6am with my two younger brothers and our guide. The weather was fantastic - no wind, no clouds, phenomenal views. We were so pumped up from the beautiful views that we made it up in our guide's seasonal record 2:45. On the way down to Batizovska valley we really enjoyed the climbing parts and because it was so warm we ended up bathing in Batizovske pleso. It was a memorable trip for all of us .
Great weather and great mountain! Had a very good local guide. 7 hours up and down.
My wife and I climbed this fine peak in perfect weather from the west (Velicky route - about 4h)and descended via the Batisovsky couloir. We were guided by Peter Sperka, and accompanied by Ladislav Zadic and Vilem Stanke. We were privileged to witness the installation of the new summit logbook. Three TV crews(Czech, Slovak and Polish)broadcast the event.
Nice climb with a mountain guide, but not too difficult. Great tour in using both "normal routes".
Great weather and views from the top.Interesting climbing
It was a long and hot day(after Batizovsky in the afternoon), we summitted Gerlach at 7pm in golden sunset rays, met 2 Czech climbers on the peak, great impressions as usual, descent the same way... Watch out! No more chains on the route in Batizovsky couloir what makes it a bit more demanding and interesting.