Aside from some over-the-top mud spills into boots, our Carstensz Pyramid team enjoys their long days hiking in West Papua

Hello everyone, this is Ben calling in with Carstensz Pyramid here in West Papua. We are on our descent still. We are just below our Camp Three on the way up, and had another camp there just about an hour down from the Camp Three, that we used on the way up.

We got pretty lucky yesterday we had hardly any rain at all, just a little bit; it looked like it was going to rain all day long. It was beautiful in the morning as usual, but then the clouds came in pretty thick and pretty early. But we had lots of mud to go through, very different depths and types of mud on the way down. We were all happy that we had our mud boots, but we still got fairly muddy actually and we all had a couple over-the-top, sort of, mud spills into our boots from plunging too far down into the mud. But we’re all in good spirits, we’re having fun. It was a long day, it was about eight hours of hiking yesterday, just a little bit over eight hours, and we’ve got the same today here. We’re going to leave here in just a couple hours and head down to our Camp One that we started at, on the way up. So we’ve got another eight hours of hiking or so today and then followed by, on our last day, maybe a little bit less, six or seven hours to get back to Sugapa.

We’re doing well, everybody’s healthy, we’re still having a great time, and eating well, taking care of ourselves and just enjoying the last couple days we have together here in the jungle of West Papua. We just met another group, came in late last night, on their way up. Actually some friends from another company, but yeah, it’s been a great, great trip so far. It’s been fun and we’re looking forward to getting back to Sugapa and back to Bali, where we can take our first shower, in the last couple weeks, since we got out here.

Hopefully everyone’s doing well back home, and we will talk to you again soon, talk to you later.

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