Have you ever wondered where the names of peaks, places, rivers or passes come from. All these Przysłops, Kiczoras, Turbczes, Kotelnicas or Prehybas? It seems that there is exoticism and beauty in them. Like some voices from the remnants of memory, reminding that it was different in the past. Indeed, most of the names are very old, and some retain extraordinary durability, despite the years and changes in the conditions in which they were created. In the Beskids, most of the names are derived from Wallachian – from the Volloch – a mysterious Balkan-Ruthenian people who appeared in our area in the 15th and 16th centuries as a kind of refugees, but much better received than those of the contemporary. Wolos gradually dissolved into the surrounding element, but the names remained. Most names are Wallachian, not all, though.
Mogielica (1170) [grave mounain] – the name of the highest summit on the new section of the route 102 km has a Slavonic origin, of course derived from the word “mogiła” [grave], which in the older form of “mogyla” also meant a mound and a hill. Mogielica comes from a grave, quite special, however. This is the place where dead people were buried premature and unexpected deaths, ie suicides, drowns or victims of the plague. According to folk beliefs, these were undefined beings, demons on the verge of life and death, and that was why it was necessary to bury them not in the cemetery, but at the borders. And our mountain, large and lofty massif, separating various human abodes was treated as a classic border.
Borrowing names went here the other way round. The Slavic expression of the “mogyla” was transformed by the Wolohs into a “magura” – a lush, lonely mountain massif, and we have a lot of Maguras in our mountains today.
Our Mogielica is still interesting to note that at the Carpathian Branch of PTT conference in 1936 it was included to Gorce Range (!). It was only post-war regulation that “allocated” it to the Beskid Wyspowy. We follow a bit in the footsteps  of this conference. Mogielica has a similar character to Gorce and will be the biggest attraction of the final ssection of our longest route. All the more so at the top is also the beautiful lookout tower and the sea of ??mountains around.
In the photo above, Mogielica is the inconspicuous, but highest peak in the background. To the left of it is a large piece of 102 km route. The beautiful glade in the foreground is called Podskały (58 km) and is part of the Ten Glades Way, designated in 1926 by Walenty Gadowski, the creator of famous Orla Perć in Tatra Moutains.