Climbing Puncak Jaya

9 May 2015

To climb Indonesia’s Puncak Jaya (4,870m), you fly in a small air­craft to a village near the peak, then walk 5 days through “very dense jungle” with “regular rainfall” to reach the base of the peak. Reach­ing the summit re­quires another day, at which point, you’re: (a) about 500km from the equator; (b) sur­rounded by glac­i­ers (!); and (c) 4km from Grasberg Mine, one of the largest open pit mines in the world (map) (!!).

I suppose the workers get in and out of the mine via he­li­copter but there must also be some sort of road–? Climb­ing moun­tains isn’t sup­posed to be easy, but this does remind me of the Goon Show: “For a hundred miles Blood­nok and his party hacked their way through the jungle that ran along­side the ar­te­r­ial road.”