Tag: Indonesia

Carstensz Pyramid: Another Day of Weather Delay

After another 04.30 wakeup and 05.30 departure to the heliport for Team 1 (Paul, Nick and Jordan) things looked more promising than on previous days – we could see the mountains – but after four hours of waiting, no flight again today, and a return to the hotel.  That’s life in the Faust lane… We […]

Carstensz Pyramid: Second Day of Weather Delay

Last night’s clear skies and stars led to… cloud cover this AM, as well as rain (though less than yesterday). The picture below shows the maximum progress we were able to make towards the Yellow Valley basecamp and Carstensz Pyramid. So, in the afternoon we went to lunch in the neighboring gated community and on […]

Carstensz Pyramid: Weather Hold Today

Today was a 04.30 start for a 05.30 departure to the waiting helicopter for three members of our team (with the rest staged in two waves, each one hour behind the last).  Team One (Paul, Jordan, and Nick) waited at the Timika heliport while rain poured for several hours. Eventually it was clear that flying […]

Carstenz Team Arrived in Timika with a Short Stop at the Immigration Office

Every expedition to Carstensz Pyramid has heard stories from the past where the local authorities (or tribespeople) shut down expeditions that were cleared months ahead of time. When we landed in Timika today we got the hairy eyeball from the local immigration enforcement and were called in to the Timika immigration office for further inspection. […]

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