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Rysy, Slovakia

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Rysy is a mountain in the crest of the High Tatras, lying on the border between Poland and Slovakia. Rysy has three peaks: the middle at 2503m; the north-western at 2499m; and the south-eastern at 2473m. The north-western peak is the highest point of Poland; the other two peaks are on the Slovak side of the border, in the Prešov Region.NameExperts assume that the Polish and Slovak name Rysy, meaning "scratches" or "crevices", refers to a series of gullies, either those on the western slopes of Żabie Ridge or the very prominent 500m high gully and numerous smaller ones on the northern side. A folk explanation on the Slovak side says that the name comes from the plural word rysy meaning "lynxes", although the habitat of the lynx does not extend above the timberline.The Hungarian name Tengerszem-csúcs and the German name Meeraugspitze mean "eye-of-the-sea peak", from the glacial lake at the northern foot of the mountain, called "eye of the sea" (Morskie Oko in Polish).HistoryThe first known ascent was made in 1840, by Ede Blásy and his guide Ján Ruman-Driečny, Sr. The first winter ascent was completed in 1884, by Theodor Wundt and Jakob Horvay. In the 20th century, the communist authorities claimed Vladimir Lenin climbed the mountain sometime in the early 1910s. Rysy is the highest point in Poland.
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  • We took 6-8 hours to climb this beast, not difficult but long! We hadn't fully estimated the effort required and were sore the next day but we enjoyed it and would most definitely recommend  more »
  • The hike is fairly easy at the beginning but at hte end it gets a bit technical for average folk. Even tough there are still a lot of people with minimal mountaineering experience and they seemed to b...  more »
  • It is 4.5 Hour quite strenuous hike from Štrbské pleso but totally worth of it - of course if the weather is good. I had i guess the Best possible weather-warm, little wind, sky without clouds so then...  more »