Whilst on holiday in Zakopane,South Poland we took in 2 small walk's in the Tatra Nationa Park.On friday we took the cable car up to Kasprowy Wierch,we had to endure a 3 hour wait in the queue but it was well worth it for the view's when we got to the top.Looking to Beskid.
View into Slovakia.
The ridge to Beskid follow's the Polish Slovakian border and is marked by these marker post's.
Me at the summit of Beskid which is 2,012 metres,6,601 feet high,the highest mountain we have been on.The pointy one behind is Swinica which is 2,301 metres and 7,549 feet high.
We took a detour on a path that led into Slovakia for a while.
Before climbing up to the summit of Kasprowy Wierch which is 1,987 metres and 6,519 feet high.
We then walked to the cable car station for the ride down.
The plan for saturday was to walk up Giewont,1,894 metres and 6,213 feet tall.The weather was overcast and raining at first as we paid to enter the park and followed the stream up to Siklawica waterfall.
The going was easy up to here but now it started to get steep as we made our way through the tree's.
Looking on the map i bought i reckon we were 4/5ths of the way up before we were hit by a massive rain/hail storm,the heaviest rain i've ever been out in,and then the loudest clap of thunder i've ever heard overhead so we made a hasty retreat back down the mountain.Here's Julie in the rain/hail.
Within the hour the sun was shining and Giewont was clear.
Total distance walked was 15 miles with 3,000 feet of ascent and 2 top's.