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 Alpine Ascents: Carstensz Pyramid (16,023ft/4,884m) Irian Jaya 2007


11/9/07: Hello everyone from hot and humid Papua. It is a scorching day here where being out in the sun feel nearly deadly. We have had quite a few days of seeing the sights in Manado, Sulawesi Indonesia before arriving here in Papua yesterday evening.

We were able to pull off a couple of days of snorkeling just off of Bunaken Island near Manado. The reef was spectacular and everyone seemed to have scorched their back similarly except for Robin who was smart enough to wear a t-shirt during the outing. We also had time to find the best bars and food in Manado so that we can go straight there upon our return for a celebration! We also had the opportunity yesterday to enjoy a brand new hotel in Manado with a great pool when we found our original early a.m. flight cancelled. Anyway, we are here now and everyone is psyched.

By tomorrow evening we will hopefully be in BC and in position to make a trip to the summit on the 11th or 12th. We did get a glimpse of the range today from the plane as it was a rare clear day above the mountains. Matthew, Adrian, Geri and Robin are all doing well, taking their malaria medication on schedule, and generally keeping in good spirits. The exception may have been the realization that beers cost the same in Papua as they do at Aconcagua BC! We are having a good time today wandering the hot and dusty streets smiling back and forth with the Papuans as neither of us has any idea what we are saying to each other.

I'm looking forward to another successful year here on the top of Carstensz Pyramid! Keep your fingers crossed with us. We will be in touch as soon as we can!

All the best, Dave

 

 
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