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Carstensz Pyramid Testimonials

Fantastic expedition. Everything one might ask for from hair raising flights to jungle bushwhacking to cliff hanging. Full-on adventure. Excellent guides. And an unforgettable experience.

Jeff A

Great adventure – Indiana Jones stuff. Trip exceeded all expectations. It was much harder than expected but the group performed well and I think we all feel we had a larger than life adventure.

Jon L.

Carstenz was a lot more rewarding and fun then I had expected. Ben Jones did a great job with us. He is so kind, so patient, so easy to hang out with. I really liked him as a guide and as a person, he is **wonderful**. I’d sign up for Everest with him. Ben was terrific, the natives and the guides got along with him so well and he was always positive and reassuring with us. The rain and mud were hard, but it was absolutely other-worldly there, a step back in time with the barefoot porters and crazy muddy wet jungle trails. The mountain itself was FUN! Thanks – it was a very memorable trip.

In a nutshell, all expectations met. Vern, as always, outstanding.

The Carstensz Pyramid trek/climb was an absolutely wonderful adventure. The Adventure Indonesia guides were excellent. Ben Jones’ comfort and skill interacting with the porters allowed Trudi Seiwald and me to “share life” with the locals for a few weeks and enhanced our experience and understanding of the Papua people.

The trip was great (though I may not have been as quick to say that when I was trying to pull myself out of a waist-high mud bog at 10,000 feet)! I can honestly say that this trip was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done physically and ranks pretty high up there in terms of mental challenges, too. The jungle is formidable, to say the least. Initially, I was nervous about being the only female as well as the least experienced climber on the trip (and the only one to have never met Vern!), but the group could not have been nicer or more supportive. And, Vern Tejas is The Man, as I am sure you already know. I really feel privileged to have been on a trip with him. Also, having seen all the possibilities for mix-ups and delays, I am amazed that we proceeded exactly according to schedule. Kudos to Vern and Alpine Ascents for making everything work smoothly.

Carstenz was a lot more rewarding and fun then I had expected. Ben Jones did a great job with us. He is so kind, so patient, so easy to hang out with. I really liked him as a guide and as a person, he is **wonderful**. I’d sign up for Everest with him. Ben was terrific, the natives and the guides got along with him so well and he was always positive and reassuring with us. The rain and mud were hard, but it was absolutely other-worldly there, a step back in time with the barefoot porters and crazy muddy wet jungle trails. The mountain itself was FUN! Thanks – it was a very memorable trip.

Fantastic expedition. Everything one might ask for from hair raising flights to jungle bushwhacking to cliff hanging. Full-on adventure. Excellent guides. And an unforgettable experience.

Jeff A

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