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The photo shows a mountain rigde between the 'Gaborovo Sedlo' Pass (1938 m, PL: Gaborowa Przełęcz) and the Klin Mountain (2176 m, PL: Starorobociański Wierch) in the Western Tatras.

This is late autumn, and the grass covering the mountain at this altitude (too cold for other vegetation) is already red. The temperature was about 0 degrees C.

This is the main ridge, separating Poland and Slovakia. I started the trip in Kiry, Poland, to pass through this place, reach Bystr (2248 m), Slovakia and come back to Kiry, Poland.

I have identified this place as 'Slovakia' because almost all terrain visible is at the Slovak side of the ridge (and the border). Only the small black places in the shadow visible here are located in Poland.

Water from the southern (visible) slope flows to V醜, Danube and the Black Sea. Watwer from the northern (invisible) slope flow to Dunajec, Vistula and the Baltic Sea. The southern valleys are much sunnier and warmer than their northern counterparts.

The trip is symbolic: during the late communist era, when I started my mountain hiking, it was forbidden to cross the border in the mountains: it was only possible via road, and for some 'heavier' periods of communism it was hardly possible. Now you are generally free to walk along the existing tourist routes.

You can see a silhoutte of a tourist, and a white PL/SK border stone right in the Gaborovo Sedlo/Gaborowa Przełęcz pass.

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