American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

South America, Colombia, Colón, Bolívar, El Guardián and Loma Cebolleta, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

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  • Publication Year: 1975

Colón, Bolívar, El Guardián and Loma Cebolleta, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Peter Devine, David Mainer and I, of a mountain climbing and spider collecting expedition of five, climbed Pico Colón (18,947 feet), and Pico Bolívar (18,943 feet) on January 10 and 11. I climbed alone Pico Nieve de Naboba (ca. 17,500 feet) and on January 15, Devine and I ascended El Guardián (17,340 feet). A 15,500-foot rock pinnacle on the south ridge of La Reina was climbed for the first time by Devine and Mainer. I visited alone the northeast slopes of the range and climbed all the major peaks of the upper Loma Cebolleta group (ten peaks ranging from 12,650 to 13,840 feet). In March I climbed several 6000-foot peaks near Atanquez. I urge all climbers to stay away from the Sierra Nevada for another year. All three tribes of Indians have joined to keep out foreigners. The Colombian army has stepped in to keep the Indians under control and they are keeping out all foreigners.

John A. Kochalka, University of Vermont Outing Club

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