July 15, 2012
IMG guide Dan Zokaitas reports that the Carstensz team put in a solid 10 hour day yesterday, and managed to go from their Camp 5 to Camp 3, completing the crossing of the Plateau. Today they go back into the forest, and are heading to the Camp 2. This was the day on the way in with 5000 ft up and 2000 down, so on the way out it will be reversed, which will be a bit easier. After that, they hope to reach Sugapa tomorrow with another long day from Camp 2. Everyone is hanging in there, and looking forward to getting back. The porters are all fired up to get back too, with the big Papua Bupati elections coming up — they are looking forward to getting back in time to vote!