Tales of the Tatras Peaks III- The Enticed by Heights

A sixteen-year old boy was once standing on the seashore of the Morskie Oko mountain lake; desiring to be the first on the top of the Mengusovský Peak. Was it a longing for appreciation, recognition, or just for conquering the unconquered he was driven by? His achievement has inspired many. Until the 19th century people believed the Lomnicky peak to be the Tatras highest. To conquer it was the boldest dream of the youth from Kežmarok. Who was the first one on its top stays still a mystery. Enticement to be the first on the top of the Lomnický Peak turned into an enticement to conquer its challenging western wall. It attracted two of the best Polish climbers, too. Just a coincidence helped one of them to gain victory. They both, however, paid in the mountains the ultimate price....

Tales of the Tatras Peaks III


For a long time people hesitated to walk in these mountains. Supposedly, it's the land of dragons, but also treasures hidden among 999 peaks of the High Tatras. They had no idea, how much of the legends about treasure guards, Satan, and angels are true nor what is hidden in mysterious valleys, deep tarns and on the tops of the untouched mountains. As time came and people dared to raise their heads and ascend to the heights, as they dared to smell the scent of the Tatras granite. As they got to know the spirit of the mountains, desiring to get something more from the ancient power of nature.


Mengusovský štít 2438m

English: Mengusovsky Peak, Polish: Mięguszowiecki Szczyt, German: Mengusovsky Spitze, Hungarian: Menguszfalvi‐csúcs

The Mengusovský Ridge – that's how old Mengus shepherds and herbalists used to call probably all the ridges creating the borders of their valley. However the rising interest in the peaks at the end of the Mengusovská Valley asked for a more precise topography. The massive bordering Mengusovský Ridge, dividing the Hincova Valley on the Slovak side from the Rybiego Potoku Valley on the Polish side, was renamed to the East, the Middle and the Big Mengusovský Peak. Long after the first ascent on the Big Mengusovský Peak, Poles were naming it the Chałubiński peak.

First documented ascent in summer: 1877, L. Chałubiński, W. Roj, M. Sieczką
First documented ascent in winter: 1906, E. Dubke, A. Martin, J. Breuer, J. Franz

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


Lomnický štít 2632m

English: Lomnicky Peak, Polish: Łomnica, German: Lomnitzer Spitze, Hungarian: Lomnici-csúcs

Its old names Father, Grandpa and Grandfather resulted from the respect for its majesty as well as from the belief in its altitude primacy and inaccessibility. When Kežmarok gained the town privileges in 1269, it also gained the right to govern a big part of the Tatras landscape. The Zelené pleso Valley with the surrounding mountains and its highest Lomnický Peak belonged to it. To reach the Grandpa's top was the boldest dream of the youth from Kežmarok. It was regarded as an inaccessible summit. Who was the first one on its top stays still a mystery.

First documented ascent in summer: 1793, R. Townson. presumable ascents: Fábry family (18th century ), D. Frölich 1615
First documented ascent in winter: 1891, T. Wundt, J. Horvay

Ascent of the peak is possible with a mountain guide from Lomnické sedlo or Malá Studená dolina.

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