American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Australasia, Irian Jaya,Carstenz Pyramid, South Face Variation

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1996

Carstenz Pyramid, South Face Variation. Between November 8 and 10 our party of 10 climbers completed an approximately 25-mile approach to the bottom of the South Face of the Pyramid. Thereafter, nine of our climbers summitted the mountain on November 11 and 12, including Dolly Lefever, the first American woman to climb the seven continental summits (both Kosciusko and Carstenz options). English leader Nick Banks and New Zealander Colin Monteath fixed a Tyrolean traverse across the summit ridge’s crux notch, eliminating the more time-consuming rappel and 80-foot South Face pitch (5.8) classic to this route. Other summitters included Bill Martin, Mike Hightower, Randy Carnahan, Richard Birrer and Paul Pfau and Indonesian Ripto Mulyono. Australian Martin Reeve was also an expedition member.

Paul Pfau

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