As is the case on many mountains, weather and other forces of nature sometimes prevent climbing efforts. Unfortunately, Carstensz was not climbable last year due to forest fires, so Dr. Carr submitted Kosciusko – the highest mountain in the Australian mainland at 2,228 meters (7,310 ft) above sea level, and is considered by many to qualify as one of the Seven Summits. The team will be going back for another try this fall (October 2016)!
Carstensz Pyramid (or Puncak Jaya, 16,024ft) is the fifth of the seven summits on Dr. Carr’s peak-bagging list slated for this October. Rock climbing prep has been underway to tackle what is considered the most technical of the Seven (McKinley, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Elbrus, Everest, Carstensz Pyramid). Located in Indonesia, it’s the highest on the island of New Guinea and the continent of Australia. Few people make the climb due to its remote location and difficulty.