Carstensz Pyramid 12/3/08 dispatch
Hello Mountain Madness, this is Mark calling in with December 4th’s dispatch. Yesterday we had a really big day. Our team dropped down off the ridge that we had camped on and crossed the big valley to a pretty exciting river crossing!
Our porters set up a zip line across the river and in no time were working to get our gear across. Three porters stood on each side of the line holding it up as we sent our large duffels across the river. The rest of us followed stripping down to one light layer and wading the chest deep river barefoot while clinging to the line to reach the other side.
We plan to have a well-deserved rest day tomorrow and then try for the summit on December 5th. The team is feeling good, a bit tired but everyone is healthy! We are looking forward to getting to the mountain and making our summit push!