DescriptionThough the lowest of the fabled 7 summits Carstensz Pyramid offers some exhilarating climbing. After summiting late October 1999, we were on our way back across the long summit ridge when we came upon the Gap again.Clouds rolled in constantly, but at least the snowing of a few hours before had stopped. I knew that left of the ridge should be a vertical drop onto the jungle, a few kilometers below. To the right was the steep North face we had climbed to get here, but we could see only the clouds...In theory we should have been able to see the sea to the South-West as Jan Carstensz saw this peak from it when he sailed past in 1623. Later nobody believed him when he said that he saw snow and ice near the equator, but the mountain kept his name, though the Indonesians called it Puncak Jaya - Victory Peak.Jaime and Jose are almost ready to do the abseil in the gap, while climber Leszek Cichy already had climbed back up on the other side and is standing on the ridge. He had just finished climbing the 7 summits, 19 years after a winter ascent -the first ever- of Everest was his first..Shot with Canon 500n, October 1999 on some Kodachrome film.
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..