The entire Blockade Busters team reaches the summit in a mix of hail, snow and sleet.

Hey there friends, family and loved ones! Blockade Busters from the top of Australasia, Oceania, the top of Carstensz, here we are, we made it up here! Sleet, hail, snow, we should have been mailmen! We made it anyway, despite the weather and everybody is ecstatic to be on top and we’re so happy you got to share this moment with us. We’re standing at over 16,000 feet right now and the air is thin, and very moist. There’s ice and snow and wet, but fortunately it’s not raining cats and dogs, no one stepped in a poodle. So thank you very much for following along with us, be sure to stay tuned to the descent of the Blockade Busters!!! Oh hey, just wanted to mention that Todd, Tom, Marshall, Patrick, Foxy, Alain and Mark as well as myself, Vern Tejas standing on top of Carstensz!!! Ta ta for now.


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