Giewont Mountain, Zakopane

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Giewont is a mountain massif in the Tatra Mountains of Poland, and is 1,895 metres AMSL at its highest.It comprises three peaks (all m/metres in AMSL): Small Giewont - of Kondratowa, Małej Łąki and Strążyska. Long Giewont and Great Giewont are situated at a higher altitude than the nearby town of Zakopane, making them clearly visible from that city.On Great Giewont, there is a 15 m steel cross (erected in 1901) - the site of religious pilgrimages. The area is notorious for its hazardous nature during thunderstorms, so this should be taken into consideration when approaching the summit.Geologically, Giewont is composed of dolomite and limestone caves, as well as gneiss and granite in the southern section.The first recorded ascent to Giewont's summit was undertaken in 1830 by Franciszek Herbich and Aleksander Zawadzki (the 19th century explorer, not the 20th century communist). The first winter ascent of Giewont occurred in 1904 by a group of five mountaineers led by Mariusz Zaruski. Nowadays the climbing on Giewont is strictly banned. On the other hand hiking on the hiking trials is allowed and the access (except the winter) is not difficult hence Giewont is a very popular destination among amblers and Sunday tourists. In the summer up to few thousands tourists a day ascend the top.
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  • August 19, 2017
    We were there, 14.08. Due to the long weekend happened to this day were a huge queue. Photos from the Internet it's not fejk ... Unfortunately, the approach to the top we had to wait more than 3 h. We gave up and we feel hungry. Surely we will return to Zakopane again and try once again to get the top. Beautiful views, the same approach results in bone, although probably more tiring is the descent from the top. I recommend to anyone he feels enormous satisfaction in looking at Giewont from the bottom.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Giewont is a mountain that gives mega satisfaction as it arrives, even more as the Centre of Zakopane is looking on the mega top with mini cross. Handle a fairly comprehensive but tailored to their abilities and their pace to come by, however, requires care and attention. Breathtaking TATRA MOUNTAINS are beautiful!
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  • August 14, 2017
    It's a demanding hike (if you're not already a mountain-climber) up to the top of Giewont, 1895 MSL, Tatramountains, South Poland, but so worth it! Part of the strech is very steep with only a chain t...  more »

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