Rescuers from the Karkonosze group of the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service received as many as seven calls to tourists on Saturday. Conditions for hiking are also very difficult in the Tatras, where the third degree of avalanche danger applies. Wanderers in the Bieszczady Mountains are also asked to be careful.
The weather in the Polish mountains is not conducive to hiking. According to the head of the Karkonosze group of the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service, Piotr Zamorski, seven times were intervened on Saturday.
Around 5 p.m., rescuers received a report about two tourists who got stuck over the Smogornia boiler. As Zamorski said, 15 goprovots set out to help on foot, which managed to locate and bring the tourists in a state of hypothermia. They had no source of light and were dressed inappropriately for the conditions.
“Luckily, there was a telephone connection that helped them call for help,” said the lifeguard.
Rescuers also rushed to help a tourist with a broken limb who got stuck on the slopes of Śnieżka, they also participated in pulling a chilled man from the vicinity of the Burnt Watchtower.
Level 2 avalanche danger
There is a second degree of avalanche danger in the Karkonosze Mountains. The conditions are difficult – 40 centimeters of snow fell in the last 24 hours. On Śnieżka, the layer reaches as much as 60 centimeters.
“In the top parts of the Karkonosze Mountains, the temperature ranges from -7 degrees C to -3 degrees C during the day. The wind from the east is weak, moderate in gusts – it lowers the perceived temperature. Total cloud cover and fog in patches, variable visibility” – reads the release avalanche.
On the website of the Karkonosze National Park, tourists were urged to follow the markings on closed sections of trails.
“Above the upper limit of the forest, in conditions of limited visibility and significant snow cover, we hike only on trails with poles. We do not recommend hiking to the ridge of the Karkonosze Mountains and to the forest area during strong wind. the risk of falling branches and trees.
Nine trails in the top parts of the mountains are closed.
Dangerous also in the Bieszczady Mountains
In the upper parts of the Bieszczady Mountains on Sunday, the first – in a five-point, ascending scale – degree of avalanche danger is still in effect. There is 10-14 cm of snow in the valleys.
Tomasz Stabryła, the duty rescuer of the Bieszczady Mountain Rescue Group, informed that “avalanche danger occurs mainly on the northern slopes”.
– It includes, among others, the massifs of the Wetlińska and Caryńska mountain pastures, Tarnica, Mała and Wielka Rawka and Wide Wierch – he said.
In the Bieszczady valleys, e.g. in Cisna and Ustrzyki Górne, thermometers in the morning showed zero degrees Celsius. The snow cover there is 10-14 cm.
– The snow is wet and the mountain trails are unpaved and slippery. Tourist conditions should be described as difficult – noted Stabryła.
Those who go to the mountains, he reminded, “must remember that winter conditions prevail in the Bieszczady Mountains.” – Therefore, you should bring caloric food, warm drinks, flashlights, spare gloves and a charged mobile phone with the “Rescue” application in it – summed up the lifeguard on duty.
Avalanche “three” in the Tatra Mountains
In Tatra Mountains from an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level, the third level of avalanche danger applies. Snow cover on many steep slopes is moderately to weakly bound, the release said.
“Avalanche triggering is possible even with a small additional load, in particular on steep slopes indicated in the avalanche report. In some situations, large, and in a few cases also very large avalanches can descend spontaneously” – warns the Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service.
The conditions are largely unfavourable. TOPR people reported that moving around required a lot of experience and skills, as well as having a very high ability to assess the local avalanche risk. Therefore, tourists should avoid steep slopes and use elementary safety measures.
Main photo source: GOPR Karkonosze