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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 18,000'
Location: 10.79445, -73.66692 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta are considered by many to be the tallest coastal mountain range in the world. Located about 35 miles from the Caribbean are snow-capped peaks reaching to about 19,000 feet in elevation. See the book Secret Corners of the World (published by National Geographic in May 1982) for pictures and a description of the area.

The American Alpine Journal (AAJ) has documentation on some routes that have been done in this range.

Getting There 

Climbers historically approached from the inland (rather than Caribbean) side. The approach typically took (takes) several days from the nearest road in San Sebastian. Basecamp has frequently been located at about 14,000 feet elevation near a small lake with a crashed military helicopter.

Climbing Season

For the Colombia area.

Weather station 33.3 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: The giant overhang with icicles on the S Face of P...

South Face of Pico La Reina 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI5  South America : Colombia : Sierra Nevada de Santa Mart...
The route climbs a prominent icy chimney that is similar to, but harder than, the crux of the Black Dike on Cannon Cliff in New Hampshire. Above the chimney, continue on easier ground up toward the huge overhang. Skirt the right side of the spectacular overhang that is festooned with giant icicles that hang in space. Easier climbing leads a snow ridge, which can be followed up and right (east) to the summit (18,158 feet)....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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