'Now we had a dilemma. We knew we must preserve this important find, but was it right to remove her from the mountain? Still, I was worried about what might happen if we left her. The sun and volcanic ash would damage her, and looters might plunder the site. In the past they have dynamited ceremonial platforms, destroying the mummies just to get to the artifacts burried with them. And, any day a snowfall could make it impossible for us to return to collect her.'

Ice treasures of the Inca, National Geographic