Ascent of Babia Góra on 2012-08-16

Climber: Martin Richardson

Date:Thursday, August 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Babia Góra
    Elevation:5653 ft / 1723 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to tackle it from the Polish side from Zawoja Markowa, after reading about the so-called Academic path - the Perc Akademikow. This path was devised by a university professor who wanted to show his students the range of flora that can be found at different heights on the mountains - and it also sounded interesting because it involves scrambling and the use of chains/steel steps. The cover photo on the map I bought in Zawoja shows a group of young people clambering up a chained section.
So, off I set on the green marked path through an extensive pine forest to the Markowe Szczawiny refuge. Found the start of the Perc Akad. and felt disappointed as it just seemed to traverse the hill for a while - and the flora was not particularly remarkable. Then it started to rise uphill fairly steeply but with no difficulties. Admittedly there were some nice flowers at times, however the scrambling was a bit tame. The photo on my map was taken of the most difficult section on the whole route - about as hard as a climbing frame in a children's adventure playground. And the views were great.
Once on the top there was a path that followed the border for many kilometres in both directions. I decided to go west as far as a minor summit Mala Babia Gora (1517m/P100+ i.e. a Hump)
Then it was back down to the refuge and an alternative longer (and slightly regretted) black marked path through the forest to the start point.

For pictures and context, see my blog 'Went up a hill and came down' at:
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