Cerro El Plomo
|Cerro El Plomo|
The glaciated south-west face, visible from Santiago, with Cerro Leonera to the left.
|Elevation||5,424 m (17,795 ft)|
Cerro El Plomo is a mountain located in the Andes near Santiago, Chile. With an elevation of 5,434 m (17,783 ft), it is the largest peak visible from Santiago on clear days. The adequate season to climb this mountain is between November and March. In spring (September to November), soil conditions have abundant snow on the approach. The best time is in January and March, where the approach is snow free, except for some specific areas, and the climate is more stable. The incas climbed to its summit periodically in the 15th century. The first European ascent of the mountain was by Gustav Brandt and Rudolph Lucke in 1896.
The mountain was used as a ceremonial site by the Incas. The mountain achieved its fame in 1954 when a mummy of an approximately nine-year-old child was found on the summit. The mummy resides in the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Santiago, Chile.
- Report about the first modern ascent, with a picture of Brandt
- "Cerro El Plomo high shrine". Entry on the UNESCO Tentative List. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- Liesl Clark. "The High Mummies". Retrieved 2008-11-11.
- "???". Retrieved 2008-11-11.
Cerro El Plomo from Apoquindo Ave., partially occluded by Cerro Leonera.
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