Ascent of Cerro de Monserrate on 2014-01-17

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adam Helman -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Friday, January 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro de Monserrate
    Elevation:10574 ft / 3222 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climb this hill three days after our Ritacuba Blanco ascent.

We spend our last day sightseeing around Bogota. We hike up Cerro de Monserrate en conmemoracion a Cataluna Espana (long name!) which is a prominent (visually if not topographically) and very popular summit on the edge of Bogota overlooking downtown (and is the reason why downtown is on the edge of the city. There are long queues for the cable car and funicular (ticket office at N4.60296 W74.06098) so we follow the well made and popular trail, 500m ascent in two miles (and coincidentally it is two miles above sea level). At the top is a large religious complex (church, via crucis sculpture trail and an extensive set of stalls selling goods and trinkets: a stallholder writes down the full name for us. The place is crawling with police (seems to be an event on in the university ( - so Adam asks one of them if it's ok to climb the fence and visit the high point behind a communications mast! "I'll have to ask my superior" He comes back with the OK - with the proviso that if we get in trouble with the landowner that is our problem. We hop over a low wooden fence and identify the highest point at the corner of a razor wire fenced compound N 4.60752 W 74.05459, 3223m, P133 m approx based on SRTM contours and a local saddle. We quickly head back down, thank the officer and melt back into the tourists. We descend by cable car as the funicular is closed pm. Both ticket offices are also closed - cable car tickets for sale at the refreshment stall at the top station.

Bogota photo album

Monserrate and Museo del Oro photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1650 ft / 502 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Main trail
    Trailhead:Lower cable car station  8924 ft / 2720 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Minutes

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