Carstensz Pyramid:  Team Packs and Prepares in Timika

Posted by: Alex Van Steen, Mark Tucker | June 27, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Carstensz Pyramid

Hello from Timika, Indonesia!

It’s Sara McGahan, I’m 17 years old, and you may remember me from 2011’s Mt. Everest Expedition! I’m now climbing with RMI Carstensz Pyramid team.

Today was spent preparing for the expedition ahead of us. We have organized gear, shopped for food, and protected everything in waterproof sacks or trash bags. This climb seems so different from any others I’ve done; For most of our expedition we will be hiking through a hot, humid rainforest with expected rain showers almost hourly. We must plan that everything will get wet, but we are trying to do what we can to prevent it from getting completely soaked.

The culture here is also so different from anywhere else I’ve been in the world. There are many parts of West Papua which are still undiscovered. Some tribes have only been in contact with Westerners since the 1970’s, and even now the people are still rooted in the customs and traditions of their ancestors. It is normal for some people to walk around with little to no clothing on, except perhaps for a grass skirt for the women and some shells for the men.
Personally, I am fascinated by the culture here and so excited to further experience it.

While it’s easy to type this in a nice hotel with internet and buffet breakfasts, this seems like a one in a lifetime experience that I can’t wait to begin. The terrain will be difficult both physically and mentally, but everyone in our team seems well prepared for the challenge and enthused for the adventure that awaits.

We are catching a 6 am flight tomorrow to Sugapa and then headed into the jungle. That’s all from Timika!

Sara McGahan

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Hi Sara, wow that sounds interesting!  Have fun!

Posted by: Candace Keach on 7/1/2012 at 3:02 am

Sara! I am so excited to follow your blog! I wish you and the team all the best :) Have fun! Can’t wait to hear all about it as you go!
Much Love,
The Girl Talk Team

Posted by: Maryashley Whitaker on 6/29/2012 at 6:10 am

Team - I am on the blog - with you all the way - ao

Posted by: Al Olivetti on 6/28/2012 at 6:14 am

Hi Sara, This climb surely does seem different from Everest and ice falls! Your description of the culture and environment is so realistic. Have a wonderful time and much love to you, Katie and Dad.
Grandma

Posted by: Ann English on 6/28/2012 at 5:48 am

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