Alpinist wrote:I don't know whether Dr Werner Weiglein's involvement is good or bad but generally speaking, I think it's great that they are finally trying to attract climbers. Carstensz has been too unsafe and unstable in the past for me to consider it. I've been waiting for precisely this kind of stability before I would take a trip there.
Mountain Bandit wrote:Yeah the situation is a little frustrating considering that this part of the world is one of the most spectacular in the world for hiking/climbing.
Having just climbed the highest mountain in PNG (Mt Wilhelm – 4509m) I’ve experienced similar hostilities. Different in the fact that PNG has little (some people even doubt if any) military presence. Tribal influence seems to be the main influence there.
We climbed Wilhelm via the more difficult ‘traverse’ route (the vast majority climb just up and down from Kegsugl), which covers a lot of distance (3 provinces in fact). We couldn’t get a single group of guides to guide us over the mountain as they are ‘not allowed’ into other tribes’ regions – It’s a pretty complicated system which we didn't understand ourselves. In fact the three strongest men that climbed to the summit with us actually stopped 50m short of the summit because apparently the summit marks the exact boundary of two provinces.
Well don’t let all this talk deter you from going to the area – it was one of the more rewarding experiences in my life. You learn a lot about life, living on the land and survival up there with the natives, not to mention seeing some of the most spectacular scenery in the world!
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