Pico Phelps

Elevation (feet): 9,754
Elevation (meters): 2,973
Continent: South America
Country: Venezuela
Range/Region: Western Guiana Highlands
Latitude: 0.804812
Longitude: -66.006553
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: N/A
First successful climber(s): N/A
Nearest major airport: San Carlos de Río Negro
Convenient Center: San Carlos de Río Negro

Thanks to Eloy G. Boulton for adding this peak.

Pico Phelps is the secondary peak of Cerro de La Neblina's massif. Some brasilian maps show this peak as Pico 31 de Marzo, but that name should no be used in consideration of the original one (original names should always be maintained...or, at least, mentioned and explained).

With it's 2973 m., Pico Phelps is the highest elevation of the venezuelan state of Amazonas and also the highest elevation of Venezuela besides the andean mountains.

Pico Phelps was named so in 1959 by the north american botanist Bassett Maguire, during his second expedition to Cerro de La Neblina tepuy. Maguire discovered this tepuy in 1953.

Pico Phelps is completely located inside venezuelan territory and it's name honors the ornithologists William H. Phelps and his son William H. Phelps Jr. who both did unvaluable ornithological researches in Venezuela.

The best way to reach the summit, from Venezuela, is travelling Rio Negro downstream, from San Carlos de Río Negro all the way to the brazilian town of San Gabriel de Cachoeira. The route is mostly the same as for Pico da Neblina. A northern approach from venezuelan territory requires a very long and difficult route of many days, invest and efforts.

Permits are required on both countries.

Thanks to Eloy G. Boulton for this description.

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