South ridge from Batizovske Pleso

South ridge from Batizovske Pleso

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 49.16644°N / 20.11459°E
Additional Information Route Type: Hike
Additional Information Time Required: Most of a day
Additional Information Difficulty: UIAA 0
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The normal Koncista summit route starts its run at Batizovske Pleso(1884) lake at the threshold of Batizovska Valley.

It is easily accessible by marked routes :

1 1/2 h by red marked Magistrala trail from Sliezsky Dom mountain chalet in Velicka Valley

2 1/2 h walk-up from Vysne Hagy (yellow marks) .

Route Description

Starting at southern shore of Batizovske Pleso lake we follow first red marks of Magistrala towards south-west to nearby,
wide south-eastern Koncista ridge (20 min.) .
We turn onto the ridge and begin a long, really arduous walk-up in the north-western direction along the ridge through
slightly sloping grassfields and rocky terrain till we reach the first south ridge rocky culmination(2277) .
The ridge becomes now rocky and rather narrow, we climb it for 15 minutes after what descending a bit to the west from the ridge
we hike it round under almost horizontally to the north to a really huge screes of Koncista's western slopes where we hike up further to the right
by a wide, shallow, scree couloir until we reach the main summit with characteristic boulder rock on it (45 min.) .

2 1/2 h from Batizovske Pleso lake .

Essential Gear

Summer : Normal hiking gear ...

Winter : ice-axe and crampons (usually necessary by traverses in the summit area) .

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Tomas Kristofory

Tomas Kristofory - Jan 19, 2006 1:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

of mine, Peter Babik, died on this route on 14th of november 1998 at the age of 14. He was just amazed by he grace of the mountain, but unaware of the dangers of november's ice on the rocks. During the ascent he slipped on the ice and fell into the Batizovska valley from the ridge...

Remember, that due to the official document regulating behaviour in the High Tatras national park it is forbidden to climb out of tracks routes of UIAA classification less than III. This route is than also banned also for climbers. I think it is of no reason, because Slovaks have no respect before the law and Park officials have too little stuff to control the whole area of Tatras. You are to decide, whether not to go, or break the law, that is broadly not respected. Peter chose, but didn't have enough luck to summit Koncista... He loved mountains so much...

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