Volcán del Viento, Argentina
Prominence: 468 m, 1536 ft
Elevation: 6028 meters, 19,777 feet
True Isolation: 4.83 km, 3 mi
|Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)||27° 11' 28'' S, 68° 28' 25'' W|
-27.191184, -68.473607 (Dec Deg)
552138 E 6992280 N, Zone 19 (UTM)
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|There seems to be a great deal of confusion regarding this peak. |
The first question has to do with nomenclature. I believe that the 6120m peak currently listed in the database as Volcán del Viento is actually Cerro Medusa. This is based on the information published in John Biggar's book The Andes and confirmed by personal correspondence with Johnson Reynoso, the local expert on the Puna. The peak identified here appears to be the true Volcán del Viento. Locally, I believe it is often referred to by another name, something military-related (Cerro Gendarmería?). Note that the 3rd edition of Biggar's book actually refers to the nomenclature error published in the 2nd edition.
The second question regards the actual elevation of this peak. Biggar lists it at 6028m, but notes that it "does not appear as a 6000m peak on any Argentine map." My GPS recorded an elevation of 6037m. If in fact it is deemed to surpass the 6000m threshold, it may be worthy of consideration on this website's list of 6000m peaks in the Andes. It may not qualify as a ranked peak, as it seems to have just under 500m prominence.
Nonetheless, regardless of the nomenclature uncertainties and the true elevation doubts, this is a legitimate peak that warrants inclusion on this website.
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