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Mount Wilhelm
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Mount Wilhelm peak
Elevation: 4,509m (14,793ft)
Coordinates: 145°02′ E 5°48′ S
Location: Intersection of Simbu, Western Highlands and Madang provinces in Papua New Guinea
Range: Bismarck Range
First ascent: August 1938 by L.G. Vial
Easiest route: East from Keglsugl

Mount Wilhelm is the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at 4509m (14,793ft). It is part of the Bismarck Range and the peak is the point where three provinces intersect, Simbu, Western Highlands and Madang. Image File history File links Mount Wilhelm peak in daylight. ... Elevation has several related meanings: Geography The elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or possibly some other fixed point). ... This article is about longitude and latitude; see also UTM coordinate system Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (vertically) and longitude (horizontally); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which... Simbu, formerly known as Chimbu, is a highland province in Papua New Guinea. ... Western Highlands is a province of Papua New Guinea. ... Madang has many of Papua New Guineas highest peaks, its most active volcanos, and its biggest mix of languages (175). ... The most general definition of mountain range is a group of mountains bordered by lowlands. ... The Bismarck Range is a mountain range in the central highlands of northeastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea. ... In climbing, a first ascent (FA) is the first climb to reach the top of a mountain, or the first to follow a particular climbing route. ... Southern and northern Mount Everest climbing routes as seen from the International Space Station. ... Mount Cook, a mountain in New Zealand A mountain is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain in a limited area. ... The Bismarck Range is a mountain range in the central highlands of northeastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea. ... Simbu, formerly known as Chimbu, is a highland province in Papua New Guinea. ... Western Highlands is a province of Papua New Guinea. ... Madang has many of Papua New Guineas highest peaks, its most active volcanos, and its biggest mix of languages (175). ...


The peak is one of the highest mountains on the island of New Guinea, which incorporates Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian province of Papua. It is surpassed by Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid) in Papua at 4,884m. Map showing Papua province in Indonesia Papua is a province of Indonesia comprising part of the western half of the island of New Guinea and nearby islands (see also Western New Guinea). ... Puncak Jaya is the highest mountain in Oceania, the highest point between the Himalayas and the Andes. ...


History

Mount Wilhelm received its name in 1888 when a German newspaper correspondent, Hugo Zöller, climbed the Finisterre Range, south-east of Madang, and named the four highest peaks of the Bismarck Range after Kaiser Wilhelm and his four children: Ottoberg, Herbertberg, Mariaberg and Wilhelmberg. Madang is the capital of Madang Province and is a town on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. ... Wilhelm II of Prussia and Germany, Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert von Hohenzollern (January 27, 1859 - June 4, 1941) was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and the last King (König) of Prussia from 1888 - 1918. ...


It was not until August 1938 when L.G. Vial, a government officer, and two Papuan New Guineans made the first recorded ascent.


In the 50's a World War II American B-17 Flying Fortress crashed into the mountain while flying too low, killing all on board. Wreckage can still be seen today. World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb. ... A B-17 nicknamed Sally B in England in 2001 The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the first mass-produced, four-engine heavy bomber. ...


Numerous people have died attempting to climb the mountain including an Australian Army Sergeant, Christopher Donnan, who died in December 1971 when he fell down a steep slope. There is a plaque at the point where he was last seen.


In August 1995 an Israeli backpacker died after he sprained his ankle and stayed behind while his group continued. He subsequently wandered off the track and fell into a ravine in the pre-dawn darkness. His body was found about a week later.


More recently, on the 30th July 2005, Wilhelm took another life. 58 year old Bob Martin, a board member of PNG Tourist Promotion Authority and General Manager (Marketing) of Air Niugini, suffered a massive heart attack just below Christopher Corner, around 30 minutes from the summit. Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea. ...


Climbing

Dawn breaking on top of Mount Wilhelm
Dawn breaking on top of Mount Wilhelm

Mount Wilhelm is the most accessible mountain to climb in PNG. There are two routes to the top. By far the most popular is a fairly easy climb from the village of Keglsugl at the end of the road from Kundiawa in Simbu province. There is also a harder hike and climb from the village of Ambullua in the Western Highlands province. Image File history File links View from the top of Mount Wilhelm as dawn breaks. ... Simbu, formerly known as Chimbu, is a highland province in Papua New Guinea. ... Western Highlands is a province of Papua New Guinea. ...


The Keglsugl route involves climbing up and through a montane rainforest and then along a alpine grassland glacial valley to the twin lakes of Piunde and Aunde (mother and daughter). This takes approximately three hours. At Piunde there are two huts, one being an old Australian National University monitoring station and the other an 'A-Frame' hut. The Australian National University (ANU), is a university located in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. ...


The climb to the top is usually undertaken in pre-dawn and can take 4-6 hours depending on fitness. Reaching the peak at dawn allows better chance of clear weather.


The other route from Ambullua is a much harder 4-day hike. Both hikes should not be undertaken without guides. Young men in Keglsugl will act as guides for a nominal fee.


External links

  • Mount Wilhelm on Peakware

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Mount Wilhelm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (582 words)
Mount Wilhelm is the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea at 4,509 metres.
Mount Wilhelm received its name in 1888 when a German newspaper correspondent, Hugo Zöller, climbed the Finisterre Range, south-east of Madang, and named the four highest peaks of the Bismarck Range after Kaiser Wilhelm and his four children: Ottoberg, Herbertberg, Mariaberg and Wilhelmberg.
Mount Wilhelm is the most accessible mountain to climb in Papua New Guinea.
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