The Polish High Tatras was a challenging trip with incredible views and a lovely atmosphere. The mountains are spectacular but busy at times. Well worth it though!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Our first attempt at climbing with chains was a particulary proud moment for me. It definitely got the heart racing from the start with narrow ledges and very steep long drops. It felt brilliant to reach the top and take in the view knowing what you have just achieved.
Our group was great - friendly and laid back. It was good to be with such a supportive, helpful and 'professional' bunch of people!
- What did you think of your group leader?
What a character! You often find that the guide can make a big difference on the enjoyment of a trip like this and I think we were very lucky.
She had an excellent knowledge of the Tatras and obviously loves the area. She quickly gained an understanding of the abilities within the group and was able to both challenge and support us. She was particularly good at this on the chain sections of the walk.
The huge number of stories and anecdotes she had were both interesting and amusing at times. She showed a great sense of humour but was strict when it was needed. I have definitely come back with a greater knowledge of Poland thanks to Theresa.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you are worried about heights think carefully about this trip - there are a couple of days when it can get a bit exposed in small sections. It all adds to the challenge though.
Pack carefully for the actual trek - you can leave stuff in Zakopane. I was pleased I had taken sandals to the mountain huts as the last thing you want to do after a shower and change of clothes is put your boots back on!!
Travel Scrabble and a pack of cards are always fun!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Definitely a trip I would recommend to friends. The Tatras were the best part but Krakow is pretty cool too. It seems like a chilled out city and its easy to get around.
We visited Auschwitz on the way back to Krakow. This is a sombre and and difficult place to be but I am glad I went. It certainly is a place people should visit, if they have the opportunity, to either pay their respects to the people who were imprisoned there and/or to understand better what went on.