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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 summits: the middle at 2503m; the north-western at 2499m; and the south-eastern at 2473m. The north-western summit is the highest point of Poland; the other two summits 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 are the party of the Polish naplanovali TUR Lysa polany to chat first den and porom to popeadu kind of day ... The weather was very nice although vprvy was already half of September on the eye, we have lunch and rest for preotene in presusit trick ... it was very telpo. straight up was super kdeze we had naplanovane to the top finish in the cas of the chat features of the too stihame there was not even a lot of ludi...na top of the weather changed so that, as "the half pasa" down very obliect all what we had ... + wind Cottage look nice surprised that there was only a petrolejkami just the nas was clearly of maju and collectors ... slnecne I was sklamany with the hotel food which nas krat zvytocne upozornoval (buzeroval nor) more ... zaverecna was a half a tenth place on the tenth. so nas have driven into the bed more ... otherwise the prices and the quality of the food was okay, I messed up the whole of the personal impression of the cottages ... otherwise I recommend
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  • On 03-08-2017 My son 9 years old wants to climb Rysy as we drove from our home Liptovska Tepla to Strbske Pleso, from car park it's a 4 hour walk to Rysy. Weather conditions were good clear sky but a ...  more »
  • - Rysy My wife and I camped in Zakopane, drove 35 mins to the large cheap car park in Palenica Białczańska, from the car park it's almost 2 hour walk along a long winding road, with a few shortcuts, s...  more »
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  • Great place to go for a hike. This place is the most highest place, i went hiking to. The walk/climb took us almost 5-6 hours, and we were pretty fast. Start the hike early, so you won't get punished by the sun in the summer. Be ready for some dangerous moments, so this hike is really not for kids. The climb is really amazing, and you need to take time to breath in all the atmosphere of this place. Under the top is small restaurant/bar with small amount of drinks and food, but better than nothing. Summit is amazing, but be careful where you put your foot. Remember always climb down with face facing the hill, not the opposite.
  • Highest point of Poland. Trail on the Slovakian side is well maintained, challanging but managable by most. It is very popular so it can be busy. The view is stunning.
  • The view is just breathtaking. Amazing hike. Love it
  • Amazing hike! Be prepared, it may start hot but soon you'll be climbing through the wind, snow and ice! There are some breathtaking views and some challenging 'via ferrata'-like parts with ladders and ropes. The Rysy hut takes about 4 hours to reach from Strbske Pleso.
  • Top experience climbing to the peak
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