Carstensz Pyramid Altitude 4,884m/16,023ft - Duration 22 Days - Grade 4A

Rising from the dense tropical jungle of West Papua in Indonesia, Carstensz Pyramid is the most elusive of the Seven Summits. Its remoteness, combined with government restrictions, political instability in the region and frequent tribal warring, has meant that few people have climbed it since the first ascent in 1961. It is undoubtedly the most adventurous, exciting and uncertain trip.

The climb itself follows a direct route up slabs and corners on the north face of the mountain to reach the summit ridge. This lower section of the climb involves scrambling and rock climbing up to grade 'severe' (USA 5.4). On the ridge, three 'notches' must be negotiated, the first of which necessitates abseiling/rappelling into the notch and jumaring a fixed rope out the other side.

Sponsors

The whole expedition will cost £100,000 so we plan to match this cost and raise £100,000 for Cancer Research.

With charities it is not only the fundraising that is important! Raising awareness, heightening charity profile and commitment from corporate sponsors and individuals is another vital piece in the charity jigsaw puzzle.

It is safe to say that everyone in their life will have been touched by cancer in some way, therefore support to Cancer Research is imperative.

Firstly donating to Just Giving will make a difference but costs of the expedition are also required.

We need sponsors to cover the cost of the expedition so most of our time can be spent fund-raising for the charity.

A maximum of 2 sponsors will be required for each mountain as this will enable us to focus all our advertising and Media exposure to include both these sponsors.

Sponsors will also be on our new website and all printed advertising regarding our Expedition. On top of this website addresses and logos will be sewn into garments worn on the climb, and most importantly your company logo and name will be captured with Steven at the summit of the mountain..

For more information on becoming a sponsor please contact

steven@8summits.co.uk

A Real Adventure

West Papua boasts a long ridge of snow-capped mountains, which overlook impenetrable jungle, mangrove swamps and broad rivers. The primitive Dani people, who are related to the Australian Aborigines, the Papuans and the Polynesians, inhabit the region. The contrasts of the landscape and the stone-age culture of its inhabitants has bewildered and amazed all who visit.

The mountain and the area surrounding it is designated a nature reserve (also named after Jan Carstensz, the Dutch explorer who discovered the mountains in the 17th century). This, and in particular the dense jungle surrounding the mountains, is vibrant with wildlife. West Papua contains over 600 species of birds, with crocodiles, snakes, anteaters, butterflies, tree kangaroos, wallabies and other typically Australasian species.

Carstensz Pyramid is an impressive name and the mountain lives up to it. The normal route of ascent follows the line pioneered by Heinrich Harrer in 1962 up the north side of the mountain. There are now many other routes up Carstensz, but the Harrer route is by far the most popular and one of the most straightforward.

Climbing

Puncak Jaya is one of the more demanding climbs in one version of the Seven Summits peak-bagging list. (It is replaced by Mount Kosciuszko in the other version.) It is held to have the highest technical rating, though not the greatest physical demands of that list's ascents. The standard route is up the north face and along the summit ridge, which is all hard rock surface. Despite the large mine, the area is highly inaccessible to hikers and the general public, requiring a 100-km hike from the nearest town with an airport, Timika, to the base camp, which usually takes about four or five days each way

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Sponsors List

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Equipment Sponsors

Cotswold Outdoor.