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CME accredited medical expedition to climb Carstensz Pyramid presented in association with Andes Mountain Guides

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Mountain Medicine | Carstensz Pyramid USA

03 September 2017 to 20 September 2017

This highest peak in Oceania - Carstensz Pyramid (16,023 feet/ 4884m) is one of the most exotic of the world's famous seven summits and still one of the worlds most spectacular adventures. Trekking to the Carstensz Pyramid is one of the most beautiful treks Papua can offer. Although, it is demanding the things you'll see and experience on the way, are wonderful and absolutely unique.

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There are several routes leading to the summit. The least complex one is the “normal” route, which was first climbed in 1962 by Heinrich Harrer. The normal route follows a series of gullies up the north face for 600m of solid rock before breaking out on the ridge. Riddled with notches, the summit ridge undulates for half a kilometer from this point to the summit. On our descent we will rappel short distance and down climb most of the way

The rock is extremely good, rarely loose, and always provides good friction even in wet weather. It is important that you have basic rock climbing skills and are comfortable with rappelling and jumaring

This accredited curriculum's highlights include pathophysiology, treatment and prioritization of care for a variety of medical problems commonly encountered in wilderness environments and settings remote from hospital/ definitive care. Physicians and allied health care providers who counsel patients traveling to remote areas will be interested in the topics covered during this unique CME event. Curriculum includes altitude safety, altitude risk reduction, recent recommendations on altitude-related illnesses prophylaxis, rescue strategies and ethics, as well as real Everest war stories- uncovering what it really takes to deliver health care in the high mountain environment. This will be achieved through didactic lectures, small-group discussions and hands-on training.

Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid at 4884 m (16023 feet) is the highest mountain in Australia and Oceania and one of the seven summits of the world. Carstensz Pyramid is situated in west Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, which is the worlds second largest island. The journey to Carstensz Pyramid will take us from the beaches of Bali through the Papuan jungles to the rocky rocky summit of Carstensz. The climb, is mostly rock scrambling and fixed line travel, and entails some moderate roped rock climbing.

Scale the most exotic of the Seven Summits, venturing into a land rarely seen by the outside world, in an adventure through tropical forests, across bridges constructed of grasses, and past equatorial glaciers to the highest point of Oceania, learn the latest skills in Wilderness and Jungle Medicine, meet great people, and receive 17 hours of category 1 CME credits as well as credits toward a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine from the Wilderness Medical Society.

Climbing and travelling in Papua, Indonesia entails a great deal of uncertainty and requires tremendous flexibility. In addition to the fickle equatorial weather, political and bureaucratic challenges exist and can hinder the progress of the expedition. For these reasons we have built additional flexibility into this itinerary and request that all team members fully understand the nature of where we are going. With that said this is also what makes this expedition so special

Additional Non-Physician Wilderness Medical Education Cost: $250.00 (Wilderness Education Diploma from The Everest ER and Andes Mountain Guides).

Included                                                                                                                                          Certified Mountain Guides
All domestic flights from Denpasar (Bali) to Papua and return                                                       All internal flights                                                                                                                                 Hotel accommodations as stated in the itinerary (based on double occupancy*)
All meals as stated in the itinerary                                                                                                       Up to three nights accommodation and meals in Timika (in case of delays)
All group camping & climbing equipment
Papuan leadership and guide staff
Satellite phone service where possible (minutes not included)
Porter support for up to 15 kgs of personal equipment from Sugapa to Base Camp and return
Camp staff and cooking staff
Private ground transportation throughout the trip
24/7 assistance in the US before and during the program                                                          AMG Cap
Real time online dispatches if possible

Not included                                                                                                                            International round-trip airfare and travel expenses to/from Bali. (Bali is served by daily connections to many international transit centers, including Tokyo, Singapore, Taipei, Bangkok, etc.)
Accommodations and meals not included in itinerary
Personal clothing and equipment (see the CME/Carstensz Pyramid Equipment List)
Indonesian tourist visas
Airport arrival and departure taxes
Indonesian customs duties
Excess baggage charges
Personal expenses, room charges and laundry
Personal drinks and beverages
Customary guide gratuities
Personal equipment
Personal Insurance (Global Rescue or Travel Ex) $500,000 (required)                           Personal expenses
Rescue costs and extra expenses caused by abandoning the expedition
Costs incurred as a result of delays or events beyond our control
Medical, hospitalization and evacuation costs
The cost of delays due to weather, road or trail conditions, flight delays, government intervention, illness, medical issues, hospitalization, evacuation costs (by helicopter or any other means), or any other contingency which we or our agents cannot control are not included.

Ben Mattingly, MD, FAWM: Ben is the Owner of Wild Med Adventures LLC and the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Baystate Medical Center and is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dept. of Emergency Medicine.



Day 1 September 3rd Depart home country. Flight to Denpasar, Bali (DPS). Most flights from the United States require a stop in a major city such as Tokyo, Singapore, Taipei, or Bangkok en route to Denpasar.

Day 2 September 4th Arrive Denpasar. Arrive Denpasar, Bali: We transfer to our hotel and get some rest before our evening reception and welcome dinner. Overnight in Denpasar. (D)

Day 3 September 5th Timika onward to Sugapa . (B,D) BACKCOUNTRY MEDICAL KITS (5pm - 6pm): Detailed discussion of medical supplies needed in remote environments

BACKCOUNTRY WATER DISINFECTION (6pm - 7pm): How to effectively purify and disinfect surface water. Participants may have the opportunity to test different water purifiers and learn about chemical and natural water purification techniques.

Day 4  September 6th Food Prep and Final Gear Check.

Day 5 - 8 September 7th - 10th Trek to Carstensz. (B,D)

Day 9 September 11th Arrive Carstensz Base Camp.(B,D)

Day 10 September 12th Rest Day and Climbing prep.The day is spent at Base Camp preparing and reviewing climbing techniques and resting for the climb. (B,D)

Day 11 Septemebr 13th Summit Day. Following an alpine start, we initially climb a series of rock gullies before traversing along the narrow summit ridge and over a series of small notches, to the summit. The climbing involves mostly scrambling, with a few short sections of mid-fifth-class climbing. We also use both fixed lines and Tyrolean traverses to bypass difficulties. (B,D)

Day 12/13 September14th/15th Extra Summit Days. Only used in the event of poor weather or other delays. (B,D)

Day 14 - 16 September 16th-18th  Trek Out. (B,D)

Day 17 September 19th Arrive Sugapa. We trek the final stretch though the jungle, returning to the village of Sugapa. (B,D) 

Day 18 September 20th  Flight to Timika. A morning flight takes us out of the mountains and back to Timika, where we enjoy a hot shower and some time by the pool. Overnight at the Rimba Papua. (B)

Day 19 September 21st  Flight to Denpasar. We return to Bali to celebrate the end of our adventures. Overnight in Denpasar, Bali. (B)

Day 20 September 22nd Flight back Home. Transfer to the airport. End of the program.

Restaurant meals included: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner


Designation Statement:
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and Andes Mountain Guides. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Full disclosure statement:
Faculty member Dr. Mattingly has disclosed no real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of this presentation.

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