How Poland Found Itself in the Mountains
In the decades before the First World War, Polish mountaineering became a form of nationalism for a lowland people.
The Tatras are the most striking part of the Carpathian mountains that arc through Central and Eastern Europe. With over 60 peaks higher than 8,000 feet above sea level, they are a continuation of the Alps to the west. Whereas today they lie on the frontier of Poland and Slovakia, in the period before the First World War the mountains were divided between the Austrian and Hungarian halves of Austria Hungary.