Ascent of Rysy-North Peak on 2005-09-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rysy-North Peak
    Elevation:8199 ft / 2499 m

Ascent Trip Report


My wife Rose and I came to THE BEAUTIFULL SKI RESORT OF ZAKOPANE and the Tetra Mountains to climb MT RYSY, POLAND'S HIGHEST POINT, located due south of Krakow, on the Poland/Slovakia border.
Mt Rysy is a mountain in the crest of the High Tatras, at the Poland/Slovakia border. It has 3 peaks - the Northwest Peak (2499m) and Poland's Highest Point, the Middle Peak (2503m), and the Southeast Peak (2473m). The highest of the 3, the Middle Peak is just inside the Slovakia border, a short scramble away.

5h30 hrs - I hopped on the bus in front of our Zakopane hotel for the 1 hour bus ride to THE TATRA NATIONAL PARK.

6h45 hrs - I ARRIVED AT THE TATRA NATIONAL PARK MAIN GATE, PALANA PALENCIA (elev 3200') ... it was too early for the horse carriage service from the Park's Main Gate to the Hostel at the 1st Lake so I had to hike (9km) the dirt access road to the Hostel (elev 4600').

8h45 hrs - I LEFT THE HOSTEL after a short break, the trail follows the left side of the 1st Lake, and moderately up to the 2nd Lake. Continues around the left side of the 2nd Lake to the other end, where the real climbing starts (elev 5200'). The trail climbs steeply up a bare ridge, scrambling, safety chain on the top section of the ridge. You hug the rock face as you work your way around the main spire to the summit.

12h15 hrs - Arrived NORTH WEST SUMMIT (8199') AND POLAND'S HIGHEST POINT. A rocky spire with very little room, full of people, a border post with Polish and Slovak signs. I scrambled down to the col on the Slovak side, then a scramble up to THE MIDDLE PEAK (8212') AND MT RYSY'S HIGHEST POINT. Took photos. Scrambled back to the north side.
A very spectacular jagged rocky mountain, unfortunately not the greatest day for views.

15h30 hrs - BACK TO THE HOSTEL, 2 1/2 hour descent, after a short break I hiked 1km down to the horse carriage stop where I elected for a ride to the gate.

16h30 hrs - Out at the Polona Palencia main gate, a mini bus BACK TO OUR ZAKOPANE HOTEL and Rose, arriving 1 hour later.

From here we will continue our "Eastern Europe 2005 Tour", the next main destination is Pobierowo, Poland, a sea side resort on the Baltic Sea. Mykailo's (Roses's relative) parents and brother live and work there.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4971 ft / 1515 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.4 mi / 28 km
    Route:from hostel on N side/around 2 lakes/up ridge
    Trailhead:tatra national park, polana palencia main gate  3228 ft / 983 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble

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