Scott Woolums, our lead guide for our 2014 Carstensz Pyramid expedition called in the team’s first post. The climbers are all in Bali and about to begin their journey to the island of West Papua.
At 16,023 feet, Puncak Jaya, as it is known locally, is the highest peak on the continent of Oceania. Located in the southern part of the western half of the island that includes Papua New Guinea to the east. It rises as a sharp ridge line above the world’s largest virgin rainforest, often shrouded in clouds, and despite it’s location at only 4 degrees south latitude, can often be snow covered. The rock is hard, sharp limestone, which makes for very enjoyable climbing!
Scott will call in regularly as the team negotiates the challenges of getting to the peak, which includes many flights and a helicopter to transport the team to the base camp at the Yellow Valley.