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Rysy

THIS picture of Rysy, a 2,499-metre peak in the High Tatras, was taken in 1902. Eduard Blasy, the well-known chamois hunter, was the first to climb it in 1840. However, until the end of the 19th century, Rysy was not a place to which many people ventured.

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THIS picture of Rysy, a 2,499-metre peak in the High Tatras, was taken in 1902. Eduard Blasy, the well-known chamois hunter, was the first to climb it in 1840. However, until the end of the 19th century, Rysy was not a place to which many people ventured.

In the 20th century, however, the isolated locations on the Slovak/Polish border gradually gained in popularity and became the destination for mass ascents. National "pilgrimages" took place there and later international youth groups climbed the peak.

Communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is reputed to have climbed the peak in 1913, and a memorial notice in his honour was erected there. When the totalitarian regime fell, so did the notice.

Today, the hike to Rysy is one of the most popular of the many picturesque trips in the High Tatras.


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