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Day 11: Camp III to Camp II

Date: August 29, 2012 Category: Carstensz

I like to think of the penultimate day of something as the “last” day, because the actual last day is generally pretty easy to complete (psychologically). This harks back to a lesson I learned from my high school cross country … Continue reading

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Day 10: Camp V to Camp III

Date: August 29, 2012 Category: Carstensz

Today was a hellishly long day. We combined two of the days from the hike-in and the result was an epic 9-hour slog through hail, mud, and jungle. The day started well enough; the weather was fine until around midday. … Continue reading

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Day 9: Base Camp to Camp V

Date: August 29, 2012 Category: Carstensz

Though we had hoped to make it all the way to a camp between Camps IV and V, we were pleased to at least make it to Camp V. It was a surprisingly tough climb up and over New Zealand … Continue reading

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Day 8: CARSTENSZ SUMMIT DAY!!!

Date: August 29, 2012 Category: Carstensz

I don’t know if I’ve had a more exciting summit day than today… I actually can’t even think of the best place to begin. I guess I’ll go chronologically: The “day” started during the night. We woke up just before … Continue reading

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Day 7: Camp V to Base Camp

Date: August 28, 2012 Category: Carstensz

We’re finally here! Phase one of the expedition accomplished. It was a pleasant five hour hike up and down the rocky granite Jaya range. We went over New Zealand pass and down to the base of Carstensz. The mountain appears … Continue reading

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Day 6: Camp IV to Camp V

Date: August 28, 2012 Category: Carstensz

It was nice to have a solid five hour day after the agony of days three, four, and five. It was a rolling day, first down into a winding valley and then slowly up the valley to the base of … Continue reading

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Day 5: Camp III to Camp IV

Date: August 28, 2012 Category: Carstensz

I write this at Camp IV, within sight of the Pyramid. Seven hours of long, arduous trekking and we can finally see our goal! Today’s terrain was markedly different from the dense jungle we had walked through the past three … Continue reading

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Day 3: Suangama to Camp II

Date: August 28, 2012 Category: Carstensz

Another day of hard jungle trekking down. Today was much more difficult than yesterday. We started at around 9am after a filling breakfast of rice and eggs. We hiked until 3pm with minimal breaks. It was very, very muddy. We … Continue reading

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Day 4: Camp II to Camp III

Date: August 28, 2012 Category: Carstensz

Phew today was hellish. Nine hours of muddy jungle hiking to get to Camp III. The highlight of the morning was a large river crossing on a single tree branch suspended over gushing white water. At one point I thought … Continue reading

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Day 1: Bali to Timika to Sugapa

Date: August 28, 2012 Category: Carstensz

My mother and I stayed up all night in order to catch our domestic flight from Bali to Timika which left at 2am. The flight was 3 hours long and I slept the whole way. It was surprisingly comfortable as … Continue reading

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