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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta:
Pico Oriental North Face M3-4 Trad, Mixed, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade III
Pico Ojeda North Face M2-3 Trad, Mixed, Alpine, 3000 feet, Grade IV
Pico 17,612 North Face AI2-3 Trad, Ice, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade III
Pico Ojeda NE Ridge 5.5 AI2 Trad, Ice, Alpine, 5000 feet, Grade IV
South Face of Pico La Reina 5.6 WI5 Trad, Ice, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1200 feet, Grade III
Featured Route For Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Climb the north (Caribbean) face of Pico Ojeda (18,012 feet; 5,490 meters). Pictures and a description of the ascent may be found in the book Secret Corners of the World (published by National Geographic in May, 1982)....[more] Browse More Classics in International