about me

Peter is a certified and experienced mountain leader.

As the Tatraleader, Peter is working together with mountaineering professionals whom he has known for a long time. All the members of the Tatraleader team has a real passion for mountaineering and an excellent professional knowledge.

Peter Svätojánsky is also a senior professional at the Mountain Rescue Service of Slovakia where he has been working for nearly a decade. He participated in high number of rescue missions and coordinated numerous operations of the rescue teams.

He received his official mountain leader certificate in 2013 from the Union of International Mountain Leader Association (UIMLA). He is a founding member of the Slovak Association of Mountain Leaders, which is a member of UIMLA. He also works as a trainer, coaching the future mountain leaders.

In addition to his exceptional local knowledge of the High Tatras, Peter has visited most of the major high mountains in Europe and spent months in the mountains of Canada and the USA.

He grew up in Štrbské Pleso, spend his childhood surrounded by mountains, nature, and the atmosphere of many sport events. He started to ski at age three and won his first ski competition at age six. He started to hike mountains at age four and his love for the mountains is enormous ever since. He graduated in sports specialized in cross-country skiing in the secondary school of Štrba.

In addition to cross-country skiing, Peter reached a professional level in several sports, including triathlon, duathlon, hill running, road and mountain biking and ski mountaineering. The latter being his favorite, for him it is the most beautiful sport in the world. For more than eleven years he represented Slovakia in the most important international ski mountaineering races as the member of the national squad. His most significant results are 3rd place at the World Championships in 2002, 3rd place in Pierra Menta in 2008 and 3rd place in the European Championships in 2001. His proudest victory is the Canadian High Range Classics Championships in 2007 where he defeated Kilian Jornet Burgand, the legendary ski mountaineering classic.