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Carstensz Pyramid

Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m or 16,024 ft), the highest mountain in Oceania (according to a tectonic plate division method), located in Papua, Indonesia. Summited on Novermber 5, 2015.


Possibly the most exotic mountaineering location on earth, Carstensz Pyramid in Western Papua is a large limestone escarpment jutting out of the rainforest. Coveted as the highest peak in Australasia, Carstensz Pyramid is – after Mt. Vinson – one of the most remote of the Seven Summits. Carstensz appears as a mysterious and relatively unvisited climbing objective, flanked with glaciers and rising like a shark’s fin out of the mist of the jungle.


The expedition had the attributes of a classic rock climb combined with a rare cultural experience. It was a journey of discovery and achievement, and most likely was my best chance of experiencing this part of the world while also being able to stand on the summit of this exotic peak. Whilst travel in this region was often problematic, the rewards of the adventure into this wild corner of the globe were substantial. Unlike any other peak I climbed so far, this expedition definitely enabled me to redefine adventure.


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Taken on November 4, 2015