Cerro El Muerto

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Cerro El Muerto
Cerro El Muerto.jpg
Cerro El Muerto as seen from Ojos del Salado
Highest point
Elevation6,510 m (21,360 ft) [1][2]
Prominence2,096 metres (6,877 ft)
Parent peakOjos del Salado
Coordinates27°3′28.44″S 068°29′03.12″W / 27.0579000°S 68.4842000°W / -27.0579000; -68.4842000Coordinates: 27°3′28.44″S 068°29′03.12″W / 27.0579000°S 68.4842000°W / -27.0579000; -68.4842000
Parent rangePuna de Atacama, Andes
First ascent23/02/1950 - Luis Alvarado, Jorge Balastino, Carlos and Oscar Alvarez (Chile)


Cerro el Muerto (sometimes El Muerto fully translated as The Dead One ") is a range or area at the border of Argentina and Chile. It has a height of 6,510 metres (21,358 ft). It's located at Atacama Region, Copiapó Province, at the Puna de Atacama. It only receives a handful of climbing attempts every year and most are from the chilean side.


It has an official height of 6488 meters,[3] however, based on the elevation provided by the available Digital elevation models, SRTM (6490m[4]), ASTER (6488m[5]), SRTM filled with ASTER (6490m[6]), TanDEM-X(6533m[7]), and also a handheld GPS survey by Maximo Kausch on 12/2010 (6519 meters),[8] Muerto is about 6510 meters above sea level.[9][10][11]

The height of the nearest key col is 4414 meters.[12] so its prominence is 2096 meters. Muerto is listed as range or area, based on the Dominance system [13] and its dominance is 32.2%. Its parent peak is Ojos del Salado and the Topographic isolation is 8 kilometers. [14] This information was obtained during a research by Suzanne Imber in 2014.[15]

Western slopes of Cerro El Muerto during the southern summer

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  1. ^ SummitPost: El Muerto
  2. ^ "Muerto". Andes Specialists. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  3. ^ "IGN Argentina". IGN Argentina. 14 April 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  4. ^ USGS, EROS Archive,. "USGS EROS Archive - Digital Elevation - SRTM Coverage Maps". Retrieved 12 April 2020.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ "ASTER GDEM Project". ssl.jspacesystems.or.jp. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  6. ^ "ASTER GDEM Project". ssl.jspacesystems.or.jp. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  7. ^ TanDEM-X, TerraSAR-X. "Copernicus Space Component Data Access". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Andean Mountains - All above 5000m". Andes Specialists. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  9. ^ "Andes Website - El Muerto". Andes Website. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  10. ^ "Andean Mountains - All above 5000m". Andes Specialists. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  11. ^ "Muerto". Andes Specialists. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  12. ^ "Andean Mountains - All above 5000m". Andes Specialists. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  13. ^ "Dominance - Page 2". www.8000ers.com. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  14. ^ "Muerto". Andes Specialists. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  15. ^ ap507. "Academic and adventurer describes the incredible task of climbing and cataloguing one of the most remote regions of the South American Andes mountains — University of Leicester". www2.le.ac.uk. Retrieved 2020-04-12.