Carstensz Climbing Team catching up on sleep in Sugapa before heading out on the trek

Hello there friends, family, and loved ones, this is the Carstensz Climbing Team calling in from Sugapa; we’re in a small village. We’ve transferred all the way from Bali to Timika, and then from Timika into the heart of Western Papua, in a little village known as Sugapa. And we are spending the night here and catching up on our sleep from all the jet lag we’ve had. Everybody’s very happy to have taken a nap today.

We’ve also met some of the locals here. Probably the most iconic was a man with only a penis gourd and a cell phone, very fascinating to juxtaposition technology in the Stone Age and the Modern Age together. We’ve walked around town and purchased a few last minute items at the shops here and are looking forward to trekking tomorrow; hopefully to the east and then up the valley towards the mountain itself.

So stay tuned to the future adventures of the Carstensz Climbing Team. Hopefully we’ll come up with a name for ourselves and then you’ll be able to identify us quite easily. So ciao ciao for now! We’re thinking of you, and glad you’re thinking of us. Bye bye!

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