Philip Temple is a living legend and one of New Zealand's great explorers. He made the first ascent of the Carstensz Pyramide in West New Guinea (now known as Papua) back in 1962, which has come to be regarded as the technically most difficult of the 'Seven Summits of the Seven Continents'.
During his exploration of the island, Philip was among the last to witness the tool-making rituals of a stone-age culture before it was overtaken by the modern world.
He went on to explore a swathe of unmapped central New Guinea Highlands, and he risked his life to recover the human remains from a US aircraft that had crashed on a sheer mountain.
Philip is perhaps better known as an author and has written several non-fiction books, novels and even children's books.
In this episode, we discuss his adventures in New Guinea and the book, The Last True Explorer, that he wrote about the expedition.
It is truly our privilege to share part of Philip's story with you. He wears his achievements lightly and, aside from his own books, he hasn't received much recognition or attention for his remarkable feats.
Philip lives in Dunedin with his wife, poet and novelist, Diane Brown.
We will endeavour to bring your part 2 with Philip so we can cover his many other expeditions and first ascents.
For more information on Philip and his books, you can visit his website here.
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