Two Polish climbers killed in Slovakia’s High Tatra mountains

A file photo of the High Tatras near the Baranie Rohy peak in Slovakia. EPA/BALAZS MOHAI

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Two young Polish climbers have fallen to their deaths in Slovakia’s High Tatra mountains amid high winds and heavy snow, the local rescue service said.

Slovakia’s mountain rescue service said its team “found two bodies of Polish climbers (aged 27 and 25 years)”, on Saturday afternoon near the 2,558 metre-high Kežmarský peak, according to a statement.

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The climbers had set out on Friday but it was not clear which route up the popular but demanding peak they had intended to attempt.

Their bodies were found in “avalanche terrain” under a rock wall in the Great Ice Valley, the rescue service said.

The High Tatras straddle the Slovakia-Poland border. The highest peak is highest peak is Gerlachovský at 2,655m (8,711 ft).

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