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Schuster climbs a mountain

Slovak President Rudolf Schuster rests after scaling mighty Kriváň.
photo: TASR

High Tatras

Slovak President Rudolf Schuster climbed the Kriváň peak in the High Tatras mountains for the first time on August 14. Schuster reached the 2,494 metre peak, which is a national Slovak symbol, after a tiring trek.

Atop the peak he was greeted by members of Matica Slovenska (a Slovak cultural heritage organisation) and other random participants in the mountain climb. Schuster addressed the crowd and wished them good weather on the descent.

The first national ascent of the peak was held on August 16, 1841 with the participation of Ľudovít Štúr, the most important member of the Slovak National Movement and a renowned linguist, and Michál Miloslav Hodza, a poet.

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