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Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path

Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path


Postby tall-story » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:34 am

Date walked: 08/09/2016

Time taken: 8.25

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This is not really a report but more a selection of photos from my recent trip to a rather nice corner of the world, namely the Eagles path at Zakopane in in southern Poland.
We were there for a week and did various outdoor stuff including a bit of caving and lots of walking, but this set of photos are from the main Eagles Path which we started at the top of the cable car which you get at Kuznice and it takes you to Kasprowy Peak 1987mts which was our starting point for the walk. This took us up and over Swinica 2301mts then on to the Zawrat Pass 2156mts and on to Goat Peak 2291mts and just beyond that we descended down Goat Valley to end up at Black Pond then finished at the mountain hut at Gasienicowa Coom and finally back down to Kuznice again. It was a fantastic walk including some amazing scrambling :shock: , stunning views and I think it would be Via Feratta (with chains and not wire rope) ?? It was not a huge distance but with all the ascent and decent that was done it took a good time.
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The start of the walk at the cable car
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Our route lies ahead
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Swinica lies ahead
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Slovakia one side and Poland the other, no passport control up here
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Most of the paths are very good and well made
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View 1
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Pano looking towards Rysy 2499 and the Slovakian Tatras
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View 2
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Summit shot on Swinica
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Some fine scrambling
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Swinica 1
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Oh and the Via ferrata or is it something else ??
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Just stunning
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Looking into `Five Ponds Valley`
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Goat Valley and the way down to safety
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And the walk out towards Black Pond and the mountain Hut and BEER ;-)
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Black Pond looking back to where we came from
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The Mountain Hut
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The summit of another walk on Goose neck hill
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Goose Neck Hill again
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And finally one of many smashing sunsets of the Tatra range
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This may help with locations etc
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And this also, showing all the ridge but with less detail
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Re: Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path

Postby ChrisW » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:56 am

That looks a really enjoyable hike scramble TS and if not technically via ferrata it's certainly very similar. The via ferrata tends to be steel rope so you can clip up to it and walk along with the carabiners sliding happily alongside, I'm not sure how successful that would be with chains :think:

Anyway, it matters not, it's still a great looking hike/scramble and certainly one that I've 'logged' for the future :clap:
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Re: Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path

Postby tall-story » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:56 pm

ChrisW wrote: The via ferrata tends to be steel rope so you can clip up to it and walk along with the carabiners sliding happily alongside :

That is exactly what some people were doing, although I felt a bit unnecessary a lot of the time, but I guess some people are more safety conscious than me and others. Very slow though :wink:
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Re: Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path

Postby jacob » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:40 am

An ex-collegue of mine was crazy about the Tatras, though he never produced any pics of them. Seeing your report I understand his love for this part of Europe, it's beautiful.
Via Ferrata means nothing but Iron Road, so even this carabiner-unfriendly chain is imho a via ferrata. Doesn't seem too dangerous though to do them without carabiners and a viaferrata set. I guess in winter it's a very different story.
Nice report.
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Re: Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path

Postby basscadet » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:46 am

Wow that looks amazing :) We have often talked about visiting that part of the world, but we always seem to prioritise a trip to The Dolomites :?

ChrisW wrote:The via ferrata tends to be steel rope so you can clip up to it and walk along with the carabiners sliding happily alongside


If only that were true :lol: So many carabiner obstacles :roll:
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Re: Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path

Postby tall-story » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:45 pm

basscadet wrote:Wow that looks amazing :) We have often talked about visiting that part of the world, but we always seem to prioritise a trip to The Dolomites :?


Funnily enough I have been looking at the possibility of a Dolomite trip next year, oh but where to start?? :crazy: the choice is incredible!
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Re: Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path

Postby basscadet » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:24 am

tall-story wrote:
basscadet wrote:Wow that looks amazing :) We have often talked about visiting that part of the world, but we always seem to prioritise a trip to The Dolomites :?


Funnily enough I have been looking at the possibility of a Dolomite trip next year, oh but where to start?? :crazy: the choice is incredible!


There are plenty of reports on this site - try looking at trekker53 or mine from a year ago - I'm away to put up a whole lot more from the recent holiday too. We just bought the cicerone VF book and let that be our guide :D
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Re: Polands Tatra Mountains - Eagles Path

Postby Blokewithastroke » Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:35 pm

Quite a bit out of my league, perhaps, but from the photographs it looks absolutely stunning!
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