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Mt. Wilhelm

At 14,793 feet the high point of Papua New Guinea. These pictures are from three trips to the mountain in 1975, 1978, and 1979. The '78 and '79 pictures are combined to provide a continuous pictorial narrative. Place names like The Forest and Valley of the Apes are unofficial. "Pindaude" is the spelling used for the high lakes as it appears in the 1975 Information for Climbers. These lakes have various names depending upon where one sources one's information. 1975 pictures are scans from 35mm negatives, my camera at the time obviously light-leaky. 1978 and 1979 are scans from 35mm Kodachrome transparencies.
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Highlands Highway

The country's main artery, Lae to Mt. Hagen. Pictures from travel on the Highway between Lae and Kundiawa in the late '70s, primarily by motorcycle. Pictures start on the coast, at Lae. Scans of 35mm Kodachrome transparencies.
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Ramu Highway

Highlands Highway to Madang. No bridges in 1979 when I did this road on my motorcycle, a hard day's riding. Scans of 35mm Kodachrome transparencies.
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PNG Aviation

Perhaps no country owes its development more to flying machines than PNG. These pictures were taken in the 1970s when many parts of the country were - and still are - accessible only by air, or a very long walk. My life-long love of airplanes started here! Aiyura/ Ukarumpa was home base.
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