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I was born in Zakopane and spent my childhood living very close to the Tatra National Park borders. Naturally, Tatra valleys close to Zakopane became my playground, where I spent lots of time with friends. Afterwards I started hiking in this beautiful mountains with my parents and friends.
Once, I found myself on the hardest, signed path in the Tatras - known as Orla Perć (Eagle Path)- and I spot some climbers on Zamarła Turnia (Death Crag). I knew straight away that was going to be my next step: to get to know our mountains even better.
My first climbs in the Tatras were in 1992, at a climbing course organised by a Mountaineering Club from Zakopane. Consequently, Since then, I have climbed many more routes, in summer and in winter. As a result of this, I gained more and more experience, spending all my free time after school in the mountains.
I was lucky to climb on other great mountain ranges around the world such as Yosemite in California, Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps, the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, the Dolomites in Italy, the Gorge du Verdon in France, the Stubaier Alps in Austria or Ben Nevis North Face in Scotland.
Apart from climbing in the mountains, my second nature and passion is skiing. Up to the age of 15, I used to take part in alpine skiing competitions. Shortly after that, I discovered ski touring, or so called ski alpinism, as a fantastic way to visit the mountains in winter.
The experience I gained climbing and skiing for many years, resulted in my life as a mountain professional. Below you can find my most important qualifications:
-Tatra Mountain Guide - A certified qualification obtained after passing an official long term guiding course as well as the final exams.This certificate allows me to guide people, in summer and in winter, in exposed mountain terrain, with the use of ropes and climbing techniques.
-Mountain Rescuer (Tatra Mountain Search and Rescue) TOPR - In winter, I work full time at the rescue service in the Tatras. I specialise in handling avalanche dogs. I own a certified avalanche search dog, named Has (border collie)
-Skiing Instructor (Polish Skiing Association) PZN - This is an internationally recognised, skiing instructor certificate, which allows me to teach skiing at all levels.
In my prívate life, I am a happy husband to Aleksandra and the father of two boys- Klimek and Staś. We all love life in the outdoors and try to spend there as much time together, as we can.
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