Guesthouse being built at Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya)

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Guesthouse being built at Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya)

by Roger » Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:20 am

Well as I predicted a few months ago a guesthouse is now being build by Werner Weiglein who owns the Baliem Valley resort and other trekking organisations at Wamena and has substantive links to government officials in West Papua and Indonesia.

As expected Werner through his various companiess has been given exclusive management rights to the shelter and its subsequent profits.

Papua building guesthouse on MT Carstensz's top

No input from any other interested parties, no clear planning, etc......

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by isostatic » Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:34 am

In fact, Carstensz's peak was one of The Seven Summits in the world with the six others being Mount Everest (Asia), Concagua (America), Kilimancaro (Africa), Elvurus (Europe), McKinley (North Pole) and Mount Vincent (Antartica).

Interesting spelling of many of the Seven Summits!
And Denali (Mount McKinley) must have been relocated! :shock:

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by xDoogiex » Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:05 pm

So now I can take out the north pole and denali in one shot

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by Roger » Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:13 am

Here is the new guesthouse drawings as I reported some time back

What do you all think keeping in mind this chap claims exclusive management rights to this guesthouse kindly built with Freeports assistance, staff, helicopters and so on.

Lucky he is good mates with Freeport


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by jspeigl » Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:33 pm

Freeport operates copper mines with billions of dollars in income. What do they care about climbers on Carstenz? Their biggest concern is to keep everyone happy. It seems like this guy has an in with the governor, so maybe that why Freeport has anything to do with it.

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by Alpinist » Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:21 pm

I actually view the Carstensz Shelter as a good thing, not because I like mountain huts. In fact, I prefer to sleep in a tent rather than a noisy crowded hut. However, it sounds like they are finally trying to attract climbers rather than chase them away.

The single biggest risk when climbing Carstinesz is that your group will get turned back by one of the myriad of local government entities because you didn't have all the right permits, or that your guide would abandon you during your trip. Imagine shelling out big bucks and taking time off of work only to have your trip canceled because of a bunch of thugs. No thanks! If the creation of the guest house brings with it the consequences of having a more stable / less risky bureaucratic environment there, then I welcome it.

"There have been thousands of foreign tourists who wanted enthusiastically to climb up to Mount Carstensz's peak but because there was no infrastructure, especially a guesthouse, they canceled their plans to go there," Werner said.

Bullshit!! People are afraid to go there because of the high risk of being turned back by corrupt authorities or the mining company, and/or that your lousy guides will screw you - not because of the lack of a hut!

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