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Oct 252011
Carstensz Summit Brief Recap

Carstensz Pyramid was without a doubt the most exotic, logistically complicated and, capsule from a pure climbing perspective, rewarding of all the 7 Summits. In my usual approach, I will post a full trip report, FAQ and photo/video gallery but for now, some highlights of our summit day. As I previously posted, strikes at the huge local gold mine created massive uncertainty with our flights to Carstensz base camp (BC) resulting in having to charter several helicopter flights to avoid the 6 day trek across the Paupu jungles. But we were here to climb, not trek, so the entire team continue reading

Oct 212011
Summit: Audio Dispatch from Carstensz Pyramid

I summited Carstensz Pyramid on October 22, 2011. It was a great climb. Read the full trip report for all the details. This is the audio dispatch I posted live from the summit; the 7th of my 7 Summits climbs. Click to listen: [audio: Pyramid 2011 Summit.mp3|titles=Carstensz Pyramid Summit Audio Dispatch|artists=Alan Arnette] These climbs are to raise Alzheimer’s awareness and $1M for research. I lost my mom and two aunts to Alzheimer’s. Please join me to end Alzheimer’s by making a donation today. Read the details. Climb On! Alan Memories are Everything

Oct 192011
Carstensz Summit Push in 10 hours

We leave our summit push for Carstensz Pyramid in about 10 hours, leaving camp around 1 AM local time. It should take between 8 to 12 hours roundtrip.Attached is a picture of Carstensz’s face we are climbing. The route is to the right gaining the ridge…

Oct 182011
Carstensz: Commit to the Goal

Our Indonesia adventure continues. We were supposed to fly out today from Timika on the southern coast of Papua to Suagpa north of Carstensz, but a snag in the logistics foiled this plan. Before I go on, a bit of background. Adjacent to Carstensz is one of the largest gold and copper mines in the world. It is the primary employer in this area and around 9,000 of the 12,000 workers went on strike on September 15 for higher wages. They make about US$2 to $3 a day, according to some press reports I have seen, and want $43. The continue reading

Oct 172011
Welcome to Sagapa

We achieved major progress today and are now in the village of Bilogai in the area of Sugapa. We received notice that the airplan had left another airport to pick us up in Timika about 7 this morning so we hustled to the airport with no drama. There we…

Oct 162011
Inguinity, Papua style!

OK, progress – Papau style! With the local issues, fuel has become the major problem in reaching the base camp of Carstensz Pyramid. But, impressively, our local team has been working on several solutions. So as it stands right now, subject to change, we will fly out of Timika tomorrow, Tuesday, to Sugapa where we will catch a helicopter to base camp. This involves an additional air drop of multiple fuel barrels in order to refuel the helicopter for the three trips it will take to get us and our gear there. Conveniently, Sugapa is also the starting point if continue reading

Oct 162011
The Carstensz Adventure Begins!

Well it didn’t take long for the adventure part of Carstensz Pyramid to begin. I finally made it to the southern mining town of Timika today, Sunday, after leaving home on Wednesday spending almost all of the time flying or in airports. My journey took me from Denver to Los Angles to Bangkok; then directly to the Bali airport of Denpasar where I met up with the rest of the Mountain Trip team and our leader, Scott Woolums who was passing on one delay after another to us – all part of the “flexibility” required on a trip like this. continue reading

Oct 092011
The Leeches of Carstensz Pyramid

If that title and picture didn’t get your attention, I don’t know will! :-D. I leave for the next climb of the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything in mid October. This will be the 7th climb, but to be precise, I will actually climb one more, Kosciuszko in Australia immediately after Carstensz; why? Check out this post to see why I am climbing all 8 of the 7 Summits! OK, so what’s up with the leeches? Carstensz is located in Indonesia’s New Guinea in the province of Papua formally named Irian Jaya. New Guinea is the world’s continue reading

Oct 032011
The last 2 Climbs (#7 and #8) of the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's

It has been a busy year! Starting in November 2010 with Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson, I have now climbed 6 of the 7 Summits and have only two left. OK, before you accuse me of using ‘new’ math, let me explain why there are 8; 7 Summits. Back in 1981 a Texas oilman, Dick Bass, dreamed up the idea of climbing the highest peak on each of the earth’s continents. He looked at a map and  came up with 7: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and … um Australia. Off he went and by 1985, he had climbed continue reading

Sep 292011
Kilimanjaro 2011 Final Trip Report

Glacier from Kili’s Summit Kilimanjaro was all I expected and much, much more. The climb itself was not the hardest but the descent was amongst the toughest when I twisted my ankle and had to be carried down from 15, try 000′. In my normal manner for all my climbs I have added a few pages to my site to document the expedition: Kilimanjaro 2011 Trip Report with videos Kilimanjaro FAQ Kilimanjaro and Serengeti Photo Gallery In spite of the last few hours of difficulty, the overall climb was good albeit a bit rainy and cloudy for over half of continue reading