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Mt Wilhelm – Pindaunde Valley.

Intrepid Expedition members:

Dr

Jim Beget

USA

Prof

Keith Bennett

United Kingdom

Ms

Iona Flett

Australia

Dr

Simon Haberle

Australia

Prof

Geoffrey Hope

Australia

Dr

Fusa Hoshino

Japan

Dr

Noriko Hagiwara

Japan

Dr

Sumiko Kubo

Japan

Mrs

Masae Kubo

Japan

Dr

Hugh H. Mills

USA

Dr

Rachel Nanson

Australia

Dr

Sakae O'Hara

Japan

Dr

Dave Rhode

USA

Dr

Klaus Schwarzer

Germany

Other stops: We have booked good quality hotels (twin share) and will be traveling in a minibus with short walks involved. Some will be to soft or muddy ground.

To bring (in preparation for wet and cold weather): warm sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a small pillow. You will also need good quality walking boots, a warm jacket, a gortex (or equivalent) rain jacket and a woolen hat for high altitudes. We recommend long-sleeved shirts and trousers even in the lowlands (prevention from sun burn and insect bites) and you will need a broad brimmed hat as well. Bring a torch/headlamp, water bottle, plastic cup, sleeping bag inner sheet, and lighter clothes for the hotels. New Guinea is very informal so you won’t need ties, jackets or equivalent. Sun screen and mosquito repellent can be purchased in Cairns or Mt Hagen. We must try to keep luggage compact and recommend soft bags (eg kit bags) as these pack well and are preferred by carriers over frame packs. You can exchange Pounds, Yen, US$ and AU$ in the international terminal (not domestic) on arrival. Money can also be obtained from bank teller machines in the main towns using credit cards.

New Guinea in August is generally drier and cooler than any other month, but showers can be expected in the afternoon in the highlands. On Mt Wilhelm light frosts (-2°C) can be expected and advice on a suitable sleeping bag and clothing will be provided. Geoff Hope and Simon Haberle are palynologists who have a lot of familiarity with the areas to be visited. We also hope that a vulcanologist can also join

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