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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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  • 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 »
  • Spectacular views as long as the weather is good. We came up from Morskie Oko on the Polish side. Apparently there is a relatively short ascent on the Slovakia side. It took us just over four hours to...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The view is just breathtaking. Amazing hike. Love it
  • Top experience climbing to the peak
  • Beuatiful views

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