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Monte Sarmiento


Monte Sarmiento is a pyramidal peak with a glaciated saddle-shaped summit located within Alberto de Agostini National Park, in the Chilean portion of Tierra del Fuego. It rises abruptly from the east shore of the Magdalena Channel and marks the western border of the Cordillera Darwin. The mountain is frequently shrouded in clouds, but when it is visible is "the most sublime spectacle in Tierra del Fuego" according the words of

Charles Darwin, one of the many people who have been captivated by the breathtaking beauty of this mountain.

History

The mountain was called "Volcan Nevado" (Snowy Volcano) by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, who thought it was a volcano. Phillip Parker King named it Mount Sarmiento in honor of the mentioned explorer.Voyages of the Adventure and Beagle, Volume I Retrieved on 2007-10-08

Several unsuccessful attempts were made to reach its summit, including those of

Martin Conway in 1898 and of Alberto Maria de Agostini in 1913.

Monte Sarmiento was climbed in 1995 by a party including the British mountaineers Stephen Venables, John Roskelley and Tim Macartney-Snape.

In literature

The mountain is mentioned in the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

In cinema

An attempt to climb the mountain in 2003 is the subject of the Brazilian documentary film Extremo sul.

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