Ridge hikes

Gerlachovský peak 2655 m.a.s.l. – by ridge Martinka

You can get  to the Highest peak of Slovakia by one of the most beautiful ridges in High Tatras.

 

History:

Question about the first  known ascent is still not unambiguously resolved .  Year  1834  is often mentioned   as  the year of the  first  ascent  by  teacher  from Nová Lesná  Ján Still,  but he often modestly  denied this information.

Initially climbers used to reach  the summit  from Gerlachovský kotol by  southwestern ridge of Kotlový štít.

The  first  ascent  from Velická dolina via Velická próba was organized and guided by himalayan mountaineer  Mór Déchy in 1874. It was the sixth known ascent to Gerlachovský štít.

One year later  the guides from Štôla Ján Pastrnák and Ján Rumun Driečny jr.  as the first passed  Batizovská próba, but  only  on 15th August  1877  they reached  the summit  on this route  with engineer  from Krompachy Viktor Lorenc.

 

Present:

The ascent leads first by Velická valley to Litvorové saddle and here begins more difficult climbing terrain . We rope up  and  ascent by the ridge  via summmits of Malá Litvorová veža ( LittleLitvorova tower), Veľká Litvorová veža,( Big Litvorová tower), Lavínová veža(Avalanche tower), Lavínový štít(Avalanche peak), Zadný Gerlach  and next we reach the summit of Gerlachovský  peak.

Elevation: 1055 m

Difficulty:  III. UIAA

Duration: 8 - 10 hours

 

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Historical informations  used from book : Ivan Bohuš –The  High Tatras – Talking about  the names and the first ascents to the Tatra´s summits.