Pico Cristóbal Colón
|Pico Cristóbal Colón|
Pico Cristóbal Colón in 2008
|Elevation||5,700 m (18,700 ft) |
|Prominence||5,508 m (18,071 ft)
|Isolation||1,287 kilometres (800 mi)|
|Listing||Country high point
|Location||Magdalena Department, Colombia|
|Parent range||Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta|
|First ascent||1939 by Wood, Bakerwell and Praolini|
|Easiest route||basic snow/ice climb|
Pico Cristóbal Colón is the highest mountain in Colombia, with an estimated height of 5,700 metres (18,700 ft). It is also the fifth most prominent in the world (see list of peaks by prominence). The nearest peak that is higher is Cayambe, some 1,288 kilometres (800 mi) away. There is a permanent snowcap on this peak and on the nearby mountains. It is part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta range, along with Pico Simón Bolívar. The peak is named after Christopher Columbus.
Pico Cristóbal Colón and Pico Simón Bolívar are the two highest peaks in Colombia and are very nearly equal in elevation.
Pico Cristóbal Colón was first climbed in 1939 by W. Wood, A. Bakerwell and E. Praolini.
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