Cerro El Amago

The inhumane climb to Cerro El Amago with 19% ramps

Cerro El Amago is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.703m (5587ft) above the sea level, located in San Luis Province in central Argentina.

The road to the summit is asphalted, with some concrete sections near the summit. It’s called the Provincial Route 9. At the peak of the mountain there are many antennas, to broadcasting TV signal and telephony. It’s a long brutal climb, very demanding, and the final part is covered in wrinkled cement.

Tucked away in the Argentinian Precordillera, the ascent is very steep. Starting from San Francisco del Monte de Oro, the ascent is 17,4km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 905m and the average gradient is 5,2%, hitting a 19% through some of the ramps (200m between 10,8 and 11km).

The pass is 35.1 km (21.81 miles) long, running north-south from San Francisco del Monte de Oro towards Carolina. The drive is very scenic with excellent views: San Francisco, a deep gorge, Cerros del Socoscora, Valle Reservoir Las Palmeras... And you can observe the condors.
Pic: Club Atletico Rincon

 

 

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