Tales of The Tatras Peaks II - Dreams of Freedom

The High Tatras, Slovakia's symbol - offer shelter and asylum to all those who seek calm and refuge for their souls... Their inimitable ambience and majesty absorb man in his entirety. Anyone who enters their realm should come with humbleness and reverence. It is a unique environment where dishonesty and pride are not tolerated. They remain stony-faced to those who have come to conquer them. But they reveal a little of their mystery to those who come humbly to learn from them...

Tales of the Tatras Peaks II

Ganek 2461m

English: Ganek, Polish: Ganek, German: Ganek, Hungarian: Ganek

Ganek doesn't belong to the peaks that would preferably interest you while observing the panorama of the High Tatras. However, it will impress you with its great northern wall which can be seen only from the peaks of the surrounded mountains. With its 300 meters, it is considered to be the most difficult wall to climb in the winter Tatras. Until 11th August 1895, after two decades of failures, Klimek Bachleda – a Polish mountain guide, was the first who reached the summit of Ganek. Klimek was also the first mountaineer who reached Rumanov Peak, Bradavica and Kačací Peak, as well.

First documented ascent in summer: 1895, K. Bachleda, J. Gąsienica, W. Kleczyński
First documented ascent in winter: 1910, M. Lerski, J. Maślanka

Ascent of the peak is possible with a mountain guide from Zlomisková dolina.

Žabí Kôň 2291m

English: Frog Horse, Polish: Żabi Koń, German: Simonturm, Hungarian: Simon-torony

"Climbing up Žabí kôň, we found out that without a doubt it's one of the most difficult in High Tatras to access." This sentence is supposed to be said by the first climbers who reached the top of it. Žabí kôň became in 1906 also the place of the first sport climbing tragedy of High Tatras. From the cinematographic point of view, the reaching of the summit is an adventure that doesn't allow you to breathe...

First documented ascent in summer: 1905, K. Bröske, S. Häberlein
First documented ascent in winter: 1913, A. Grósz, T. Kregczy

Ascent of the peak is possible with a mountain guide from Mengusovská dolina.

Vysoká 2560m

English: High, Polish: Wysoka, German: Tatra Spitze, Hungarian: Visoka, Viszoka

During the Stalinism era, the Tatras were the place where people came looking for freedom. In that times Moscow put a ban on intelligence and religion. The story of the cross on the top of Mount Vysoká, is the story of a young guy from the mountain hut, who made a cross and placed it on the top of the mountain as a protest against the regime. The communists insisted on removing the cross, and despite the risk of not obeying, nobody was willing to do so...

First documented ascent in summer: 1874, M. Déchy, J. Ruman Driečny, M. Spitzkopf
First documented ascent in winter: 1903, H. Berceli, K. Jordán, J. Franz st., P. Spitzkopf

Ascent of the peak is possible with a mountain guide from Zlomisková dolina.

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