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Books & guides


There are few books about this mountain, at least no guidebooks; but there are several interesting travel stories.

  • Dr A.H. Colijn: Naar de eeuwige sneeuw van tropisch Nederland, (Dutch, no translation, 1933 (?), 286 pages). The story about the first expedition to the mountains; great pictures and even a map and vocabulary!
  • Heinrich Harrer: Ich komme aus der Steinzeit , (German, translated as: I come from the stone age (1963), 256 pages) out of print, but well worth searching for!

  • Bart Vos: op zoek naar het sneeuwgebergte. (Dutch, 1988) This is an excellent book describing the three attempts Bart had to make before reaching the mountain. Not reaching the summit, that was relatively easy, but the Freeport mine, the army and other bureaucratic structures kept him from scaling it he first and second time as he was removed befor reaching the mountain. No pictures and no English translation. Bart Vos was the first Dutchman to reach the top of Everest in the 80's.
  • Periplus Adventure guides: Irian Jaya/ Indonesian New Guinea: travel guide with useful info and great pictures. For sale at the major Indonesian airports.

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5 stars at Amazon! More general, but interesting reading material, especially if you want to do more than just climbing.

  • Throwim Way Leg : Tree-Kangaroos, Possums, and Penis Gourds-On the Track of Unknown Mammals in Wildest New Guinea
    by Tim F. Flannery: Australia-based mammologist-raconteur Tim Flannery recalls scientific expeditions in the wilds of New Guinea that convey both the thrill of discovery and the negotiations necessary to bridge huge clashes of cultures. A world expert on New Guinea's fauna, Flannery has discovered 20 new species during his two decades of research. Yet his ability to convey unalloyed adventure in his taletelling makes these scientific expeditions read more like hair-raising, funky Redmond O'Hanlon-style travels than disciplined, scholarly field trips. Energy and danger run high; Amazon rating:4.5 out of 5 stars


Have not read it myself, but the comments from Amazon readers don't make it sound very appealing... maybe for the collector (1 star)