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The second notch made the first notch look like a game of patty-cake. It was convoluted, steeper, deeper, and appeared out of place on this already unworldly ridge. Pulling on our parkas against the now serious rain, we pulled our hoods up over our helmets, which amplified the rain’s patter. I also put on my fingerless gloves. Pacing the edge, it took us some minutes to figure a strategy and rig an anchor. Then, we belayed each other on the downclimb into the notch, and with a second belay, on the climb out the other side. Suddenly, our speedy ascent was reduced to a creep. When the tone of the patter inside my helmet changed, I looked up to see the air filled with snow.

– Gerry Roach - from Ten Tadasanas - Touching the Stone Age
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Oceania’s Carstenz Pyramid, 16,003 feet

Oceania's Carstenz Pyramid, 16,003 feet Carstenz Pyramid as seen from the equatorial snows to the northeast

Carstenz’s incredible limestone north face rises 4,000 feet above Yellow Valley

The climbing route ascends the center of this face to the flat spot on the west ridge to the right of the summit, then traverses the tortured upper west ridge to reach the main summit

Carstenz is also called Puncak Jaya

Photo by Gerry Roach
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