The conditions on the trails in the mountains are difficult – they are unpaved and slippery. There are several dozen centimeters of snow in places. On Babia Góra, in the snowdrifts, it is up to a meter. The first degree of avalanche risk is in force in the Tatras, Bieszczady and Karkonosze Mountains.
There are very difficult conditions on the hiking trails in the Beskids. On Saturday morning, in the higher parts of the mountains, the temperature dropped to -8 degrees Celsius. There was also a strong wind.
– There is already a lot of snow in the higher parts of the mountains. On Babia Góra, in the snowdrifts, it is up to a meter. By the shelters: in Markowe Szczawiny there is about 30 centimeters of snow, and in Hala Miziowa 25. The temperature on Saturday morning ranged from -5 to -8 degrees – informed the lifeguard on duty of the Beskidzka Group of the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service from the station in Szczyrk.
Difficult conditions in the Beskids
In the Beskids, the yellow trail is closed, the so-called Perć Akademików. It is only used to ascend Babia Góra. Tourists who get lost on Saturday morning in the area of Babia Góra have found out how difficult the conditions are in the mountains today. – They got lost on the north side, in the steep terrain. The action has already ended. Tourists were brought to a safe place, the Goprowcy team said.
At Babia Góra, in the Karkonosze and Bieszczady Mountains, the first, in a five-degree, increasing scale, level of avalanche risk is in force. An avalanche can only be triggered with a high additional load in a few places on very steep slopes. It is possible to descend a small avalanche on its own.
Frost in the Bieszczady Mountains
On Saturday morning in Ustrzyki Górne, thermometers showed -10 degrees Celsius. There is even 70 centimeters of snow above the upper edge of the forest.
– Nine degrees of frost were recorded in Cisna, and five degrees below zero in Sanok – said Jakub Dąbrowski, a lifeguard on duty in the Bieszczady Mountain Rescue Team. As he noted, “everywhere is sunny and no wind”.
There is 15-20 cm of snow in the valleys of the Bieszczady Mountains. In turn, in the upper parts of the mountains, the snow cover ranges from 30 to 70 cm. In the opinion of the lifeguard on duty, “the tourist conditions can be described as difficult”. – The hiking trails are unpaved and slippery. Some of them are blocked by, among others, fallen branches and tree limbs that have broken under the weight of the snow, explained Dąbrowski.
Avalanche danger occurs mainly on leeward slopes. It concerns, inter alia, Wetlińska and Caryńska, Tarnica, Halicz, Wielka Rawka and Szeroki Wierch pastures.
Avalanche “one” in the Tatras
The first level of avalanche risk is in force in the Tatras.
“The trails are covered with a fresh layer of snow, under which there is ice. It is still slippery. The increasing wind has created snow drifts in some places. The course of many trails is invisible” – informs the Tatra National Park on the website. Navigating in winter conditions, in the higher parts of the Tatra Mountains, requires experience in assessing the local avalanche risk and having appropriate equipment (crampons, ice ax, helmet, ABC avalanche) and the ability to use it. It is also slippery on the lower routes and access roads to the shelters. When going to the lower parts of the mountains, we recommend taking handles and poles with you.
Tourists who go on a trip to the mountains must dress appropriately for the season. Suitable shoes for hiking in the mountains are essential. Have a charged mobile phone with the Rescue application with you. When planning a trip to the mountains, you should take into account that nightfall falls early.
In the event of an accident, GOPR can be called on the free emergency phone number: 985 or 601 100 300.
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