I have the new map of Cordon del Plata in front of me. It's based on SRTM-3 Final and the altitude of Pico Vallecitos is given at 5461m.
The weird thing is, the map has no elevation for Cerro Vallecitos.
On other hand, the peak 99% of the climbers go for is the lower trekking summit, not the 10-20 meter higher technical summit.
Hi Corax and everyody!
According to some friends of mine (Mountain guides in Mendoza)the Vallecitos peak has two summits: "False" Vallecitos 5470m, wich is the most climbed (the one with the iron stick...or what remains of a metal cross???).
True Vallecitos (aprox. 20 higher) is the futher north promotory that one can see from the "false", but best known top summit
The latter is dangerous, loose rock and reached few times.
The first one, usually climbed is considered technically the summit.....it's the same discussion of the two Ojos del Salado summit...doesnt matter both are te target.;-)
According to new measurements in 2009, the new altitude is 5.435m. They did a whole new map last year.
Even cerro Plata now has a new altitude of 5.938m.