Carstensz Expedition soon to be underway!
We are excited to be wrapping up final preparations for our journey to Indonesia. With a combination of excellent climbing and the unique, exotic culture of the Dani people, the Carstensz Pyramid Climb is truly one of our most fascinating adventures in one of the wildest remaining places on the planet. Located at latitude 4 degrees and 5 minutes south by 137 degrees and 11 minutes east longitude in the western central highlands of New Guinea, the second largest island after Greenland, 16,023 foot Carstensz Pyramid is the highest peak on the Oceania continent and one of the seven summits. Our team is scheduled to meet up in Denpasar, Bali on November 24th and consists of the following members:
Lead Guide: Mark Ryman from Seattle, WA
Second Guide: Pablo Puruncajas is Ecuadorian by birth and currently resides in Seattle, WA
Adriaan Wessels from Herwijnen, the Netherlands
Bill Burd from Chicago, IL
Sylvia Moser from Victoria, British Columbia
Joe Bonner from Tacoma, WA
Pablo and I will be arriving in Bali a couple of days early to meet with our outfitter and tie up loose ends on paperwork and provisions. The beaches there won’t do much for our acclimatization, but it should be good for settling in to a new time zone and getting a taste of Indonesian culture. We will be attempting a new approach on this trip. In the past, our trips have accessed the peak either by helicopter transport to the base of the mountain, or overland through property owned by the Freeport Mine. For various reasons, both of these options are not currently viable and we will be trekking in from a village that lies north of the peak. The trek will start in the jungle and take four to five days each way. It should be quite an adventure. I will be calling in dispatches as frequently as possible, starting with arrival in Bali later this week. Stay tuned and wish us luck!
Looking up at Carstensz