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Carstensz Pyramid Dispatch — Summit Reached!

Good Morn­ing Moun­tain Mad­ness, Mark here call­ing in with an update! Our team arrived into base camp Decem­ber 4th around 4:00pm. We start­ed out with a beau­ti­ful day, climb­ing through the tech­ni­cal part of the trek to base camp; but the weath­er didn’t hold. Just before we arrived in camp it start­ed to rain and kept rain­ing many hours into the night. The team enjoyed a great din­ner after get­ting warm and dry! 

On Decem­ber 5th our team took a well deserved rest day. It was a pris­tine day and we all enjoyed the scenery at base camp, star­ing out at the small turquoise lakes that sur­round the camp. Once again we saw a change in the weath­er and it pro­ceed­ed to rain for the next 36 hours!

At 1:00am on Decem­ber 6th we had a break in the weath­er and decid­ed to make a sum­mit push! After get­ting some hot cere­al down we head­ed toward the wall to make our sum­mit attempt.

Our team was so for­tu­nate to have per­fect weath­er dur­ing the climb! The route was in good con­di­tion and we all enjoyed the climb­ing includ­ing the spec­tac­u­lar Tyrolean Tra­verse on the sum­mit ridge. We reached the sum­mit and took pho­tos under per­fect clear skies. Our team had plen­ty of time to make a safe decent down to base camp, it was a great day.

Now we are all back at base camp recu­per­at­ing from our adven­ture. Every­one is hap­py and healthy and sends their love to friends and family!