Monday, 19 September 2011

Expedition shortlisted in Berghaus Adventure Challenge

The really great news is that my 2011 Carstensz Pyramid Glacier expedition has been shortlisted to win the Berghaus Adventure Challenge! - if I win, I get £1,000 towards the expedition, plus £1,000 worth of Berghaus kit, which would be a huge boost. Over the last few days the lead has changed hands several times between my nearest competitor and me, but at the time of writing I hold a lead of 50 votes with 32 hours left until voting closes. Will this be enough?!

It would be great if you could take a few moments to visit the link above and vote. Just click "Vote for this entry" on my Carstensz Pyramid Glacier expedition, easily register your email address, password and name, and you're done! I would also really appreciate if you were able to spread the word on Facebook/twitter etc or forward the details to your friends and family.

As a reminder, the objectives of the expedition are to:

- safely climb Carstsensz Pyramid via the normal route up the north face.
- compile a photographic record of Papua's few remaining and fast-receding glaciers for analysis by climate change researchers in the UK, US and Australia

For info, I'm promoting the expedition using the following media:

Twitter: and my own Twitter page -
Vimeo: I have been hard at work editing the video footage shot on an earlier expedition to Papua last year, but due to work demands in Bangladesh, have had limited time. In the interim, I have uploaded an introduction that summarises my previous Africa 3 Peaks expedition here:,

I will also raise funds again for Raleigh International's Youth Partnership Programme, which gives underprivileged young people the opportunity to experience a life-changing expedition overseas. Please visit to donate online.

I am very happy to announce that both BDL ( and Gibson Pensions & Investments ( are both supporting the expedition financially. In addition, the Jeremey Willson Charitable Trust and Winston Churchill memorial Trust have both extended their support. I'm extremely grateful to all of my sponsors and supporters.

Team news: The logistics on this expedition are being handled by a local agent and the expedition was open for international clients. The other expedition team members come from UK (1), USA (3) and China (1). I will meet up with the team in Bali on 24th October.

Cheers, Ricky Munday

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Carstensz Pyramid itinerary

The 19-day itinerary for Carstensz Pyramid has been confirmed as follows:

DAY 1 - 24 Oct: Meet expedition team in Denpasar, Bali @ Ramada Bintang Bali Resort (

DAY 2 - 25 Oct: From BALI to TIMIKA by Garuda Indonesia airlines. Check-in @ Hotel Golden for breakfast. Meeting/briefing. Equipment checking with guide. Weight measurements for people and equipments @ airlines office for chartered flight.

DAY 3 - 26 Oct: TIMIKA - ILAGA (Charter flight) – Trekking to PINAPA Village (2 hours). Stay @ Chief of Village’s hut. 1 day kept in reserve in case of bad weather affecting charter flight.

DAY 4 - 27 Oct: TREKKING TO CARSTENSZ PYRAMID BASE CAMP: trek in the muddy forest. 7-8 hours to Camp 1, called Wind’s Door.

DAY 5 - 28 Oct: TREKKING TO CARSTENSZ PYRAMID BASE CAMP: trek over broken, hilly terrain. 6-7 hours to Camp 2, Riverside.

DAY 6 - 29 Oct: TREKKING TO CARSTENSZ PYRAMID BASE CAMP: trekking over hilly terrain, then a long flat, swampy area with 3-4 river crossings. 7 hours to Camp 3, Mapalapurom.

DAY 7 - 30 Oct: TREKKING TO CARSTENSZ PYRAMID BASE CAMP: a shorter trek through small hills and muddy, rocky terrain. Mainly swampy. 7 hours to Camp 4, Lakes Scenery.

DAY 8 - 31 Oct: TREKKING TO CARSTENSZ PYRAMID BASE CAMP: small, dry hills then big flat area again, swampy, 5-6 hours to Camp 5, Nasidome.

DAY 9 - 1 Nov: TREKKING TO CARSTENSZ PYRAMID BASE CAMP: trekking through some running water, then scrambling across New Zealand Pass to CARSTENSZ PYRAMID BASE CAMP of Lakes Valley, 6-7 hours,

DAY 10 - 2 Nov: Summit attempt. The climb to the summit and back to base camp normally takes between 10-14 hours. We keep 1 extra day in case of bad weather. I hope to use this extra day to climb neighbouring Ngga Pulu and create a photographic record of the remaining glaciers on Papua. This initiative is supported by the Alpine Club of Canada Environment Fund.

DAY 11 to 15 - 3-7 Nov: Trek back to PINAPA-ILAGA village. If team arrives in Pinapa before night falls, it’s possible to continue walking to Ilaga. If not, team will have to walk early morning (04.00) from Pinapa to Ilaga airport.

DAY 16 - 8 Nov: FLIGHT ILAGA-TIMIKA and connect to Bali flight. We keep 1 day reserve in case of bad weather for flight Ilaga-Timika.

I'm extremely excited about my return to Papua after a difficult expedition in 2010. I'm very focused on being in the best possible physical condition on this expedition I also look forward to representing my sponsors and supporters in the best way possible on this and future expeditions. My training at the moment consists of a progressive weight training regime (5 days per week) and lots of running, both on the treadmill and in my local 'park' in Dhaka. Running outside here is tough due to the combination of temperature (30 + degrees C) and high humidity (60-90%). I have been slowly building up my CV fitness and I am currently running between 7 and 10km on my training runs.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Return to Papua 2011 - Carstensz Pyramid

It is with great pleasure and a sense of excitement that I can now announce my return to Papua in October 2011. I have agreed terms with a local agent to join an international expedition to climb Carstensz Pyramid, with departure scheduled on 24th October 2011.

We will fly first to Timika in Mimika Regency then charter a light aircraft to fly us to the remote airstrip at Ilaga village, from where we start a 6-day trek in to the Sudirman mountains. The local agent will handle all local access issues, which blighted my attempts to climb Puncak Mandala last year.

The expedition will last 18 days in total and I am now working hard on my fitness to ensure I'm in peak condition by the time I depart for Indonesia. This expedition will give me the opportunity to complete a photographic record of Papua's few remaining and fast-shrinking glaciers; this was one of the main objectives of my Australasia 3 Peaks expedition last year.