Hiking Mount Toubkal – three lessons learnt

Being the highest peak of North Africa – Jebel Toubkal located in Atlas mountains attracts more hikers, both experienced and those less experienced, every year. Reasons for this are cheap convenient long weekend Ryanair flights from Krakow to Marrakech, relatively low costs of drive from airport to Imlil (mind! you do not want to spend more than 300 dh on taxi, for that you would need to negotiate surely), spectacular views to name just a few. The idea to climb Toubkal came into my mind during the first solo trip to Morocco while driving through Atlas on a way to…

Western Tatras – Czerwone Wierchy this wintertime

During the first days of spring it goes without saying that this winter has been somewhat magical. Discovering something you never knew you might like so much is quite exciting. The route this weekend was demanding, the best one so far and probably the last one done this winter. Although distance-wise it was very reasonable, only circa 16 km long, with the route chosen the climb started immediately, no time to get used to or to adjust the tempo. Heading from Kiry through a black route, the turn was taken to a red and at Przysłop Mietusi ultimately changed to a…

Tatra mountains – from Grzes through Rakon to Volovec

It is 10 PM on Friday and packing to Tatra mountains is still on the way. You are making sandwiches. For many reasons sandwiches taste so much better at the top, where there is a silence, clean air and you know you did your best to deserve them. A thought is circling in your mind “Sleep, you will miss it so much tomorrow”. The trip starts from Krakow at 5:20 AM to arrive to Siwa Polana Parking at around 7:20 AM. On a way you pass a beautiful sunrise view behind snowy Tatras. The hike from Siwa Polana to Polana Chocholowska…