Babia Góra

January 18, 2016

View from Sokolica

I just love mountains. I love the unconstrained space, views and the feeling of freedom. It was a Friday afternoon, just before finishing work when this crazy idea sprung to mind. I looked Babia Góra on the internet, checked all the treks and found a very short one, only 2.30h to climb the highest peak Diablak, 1725m. We (me and Karolina) arrived quite late, about 6PM but I knew it was enough time to get there for the sunset. I didn’t think much about going back down at that time :)

The image above and the one below are from the first peak, Sokolica (1367m). We got there after about 45 minutes and It was the first spot where the trees didn’t obstruct the views. Finally!

Close up from Sokolica - Ski Lift

Karolina wasn’t impressed but I just loved it! I could live in the mountains. I bet I would quickly get used to exhausting treks and quickly changing weather conditions :)

After a while we arrived at the next peak – Kępa (1521m). I think it was not as exhausting as the first segment of the trek. From there we could see the observation deck at Sokolica (see below). Wow! I did not think we had gone that far!

View From Kepa

Kępa was where Karolina decided she’s not crazy enough to be going farther as the sun was slowly setting down. Did that stop me? No! I am crazy!

So I kept going. The path was not that steep anymore and it was easier. I was running out of time as the sun was really low over the horizon. I knew I wouldn’t make it to the top on time, but I didn’t even want to, I just wanted a nice place to take a photo of the top of Babia Góra and the sunset in one place. There was less and less vegetation, no trees, hardly any bushes. Just grass and rocks. I knew I was getting closer :)

And then I arrived ad Gówniak (really funny name when you say it in Polish, I could translate it to Shitter), 1617m. It turned out that Gówniak has a nice rocky peak so I decided this was as far as I went and took a few photos there. I think it was the best moment to take photos that evening. It was magical.


This is where I decided it was time to get back. I met a few people on my way back who were going the opposite direction with tents and everything to spend a night in the mountains. How I envied them…. Maybe some day…


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