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!

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Two silhouettes clink beverages in the early morning in view of the Andes Mountains.

    Expedition Mindset: When “Showing Up” Means More than Physically Arriving

    The anticipation and physical preparation have been exhausting. The iron has been pumped. You have been ripping up stair sets for breakfast. Every precious ounce of your kit is honed. But have you stretched your expedition mindset? An expedition is much more than the physical climb of a single mountain. For several weeks you will […]

  • Tents near Denali Base Camp.

    What to Expect: Denali Expeditions

    In this series, we break down what to expect at the start of our expeditions. Where will you stay? Are there any tips or tricks to make the trip begin more smoothly? Though a Denali expedition can last 20+ days, the first two days can set the tone for the rest of the journey. While […]

  • 3-Day Rainier Climb: Lunchtime

    So you’ve signed up for our 3-day climb of Mount Rainier, but are wondering what to pack for lunch each day. While we provide delicious, masterfully prepared, real-ingredient meals for breakfast and dinner, you’re right to take extra time to consider your snacks (known as “lunch” in the frontcountry!). Calories are fuel, and are almost […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International