Rysy (German: Meeraugspitze, Hungarian: Tengerszem-csúcs) - the highest peak in Poland 2499 meters above mean see level, but on the Slovak side is 2503 m a.m.s.l.
Rysy name is derived from the slopes of the whole complex grooved Niżne Rysy, Żabi Szczyt and Żabi Mnich. Name created by Polish highlanders.
differences in the heights
Rysy are one of the most visited peaks of the Tatra Mountains. Entrance from the Polish side is well protected (360 meters chains), however, requires the preparation of tourism and condition. From the entrance to the Tatra National Park by Palenica Białczańska denivelation is 1504 m, and from Morskie Oko 1104 meters. From the "Czarny staw" average slope of the trail is up to 30 degrees. The trail passes through the shaded areas, which causes the temperature drops and the high is much probability of residual patches of snow in the summer. Since the opening of the trail to the Polish Rysy killed there more than 50 people.
perfect view in the morning
Peak of its popularity owes a magnificent panorama from the top you can distinguish 80 peaks of the Tatra and approximately 50 peaks in other groups of the mountain, admire the 13 major lakes in the Tatras, and see even distant approximately 90 km Kraków.
Rysy are the highest point in the Tatras, which leads hiking trail. In the period November 1 - June 15 trail from the Slovakia is closed. Rysy belong to the Crown of Polish Mountains, Tatras Crown and Crown Europe.
my wife in front of "Eye of the Sea"
we in front of "Eye of the Sea"
Expedition to the Rysy we planned for a long time, I once tried to go there in 2010 then unfortunately failed. Another time when I had planned a trip the day before I got high fever ..., so third time lucky ...
Morskie Oko - "Eye of the Sea"
"Eye of the Sea"
This time we were free only on Sunday, weather forecasts were encouraging for the trip in mountains, we were better prepared and more determined than two years earlier.
nice view of Tatra mountains
signpost on trail
Black Lake below Mount Rysy
Considering that about 11 or 12 hours of climbing to the top was waiting for us we left Krakow before 4am. We were in the parking lot at the Łysa Polana about 5:20 and from there our adventure had began.
great mountains around us
Czarny Staw - Black Lake:)
view of the "Black Lake"
According to the weather forecasts possibility of fog in the morning was high, so we were worried about visibility, but we were greeted by beautiful weather in the Tatras, visibility was great and even sun wanted to be our company on the way to the top.
We set off at a very good pace, after a quick passing Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza, a little over an hour later we were by Morskie Oko.
"Black Lake" in the background
view of the "Black Lake"
And again break to replenish water and a took few photos, and we filled the questionnaire which in this day made students from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow about knowledge of the Tatra Mountains.
begins with a steep climb up
pause on "Bula pod Rysami"
After passing the Czarny Staw begins steep climb to the top on the stones. On one side we can see lingering snow for this time of summer, the other side high ridges Tatra doing a great impression.
Then we come to the so-called "Bula pod Rysami", where you can relax and enjoy the wonderful views, among other things, a great view of the Czarny Staw and Morskie Oko. A lot of people make here rest a bit before the most strenuous trail from the chains which need to hold tightly to keep from falling down.
great views from "Bula pod Rysami"
my wife on "Bula pod Rysami"
Just before the summit is quite dangerous passage over the precipice, and next is short climbing up to the highest peak in Poland.
my wife on the highest peak in Poland
great views of Tatra mountains
the peak Rysy on the Slovak side
"Wysoka Mount" and "Ciężki Szczyt Mount"
view of the Slovak side
nice views on the Slovak side Tatra mountains
...and beautiful polish side Tatra mountains...
view of the "Morskie Oko" and "Czarny Staw"
I in the highest peak in Poland
we on the Rysy Mount
...whole Poland under us...