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In 2006, Adventure Consultants, based in Wanaka, New Zealand, and the American Alpine Institute, headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, USA, were pleased to announce their formation of a worldwide alliance.

 Over the years the owners of both organisations - Dunham Gooding from AAI and Guy Cotter from AC - have regularly discussed ways to strengthen both organizations by working together, sharing expert guides, and utilizing the special areas of expertise that each company had developed over three decades of work. While both companies were recognized internationally as leaders in the field of mountain guiding, both Guy and Dunham feel that both companies are now even stronger because of the alliance.

THE NORTH FACE AND AC

 In 2011, Adventure Consultants and The North Face entered into a strategic partnership wherein The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, agreed to supply Adventure Consultants' guides and staff with the outdoor clothing, equipment and accessories they need to face the conditions often met in the most inhospitable places on Earth.

In return Adventure Consultants guides, staff and clients will provide product feedback which will be incorporated into product design, ensuring The North Face products remain the most authentic and technically innovative in the market.

EQUIPMENT

We proudly use the following equipment on our expeditions:

     
 
Bluewater ropes
     
Petzl Charlet Equipment   Five Ten rockclimbng and sports shoes

 

RECOMMENDED SPECIALIST OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT STORES

AFFILIATIONS

           
        

 

ADVENTURE ACTIVITY SAFETY AUDIT

            

Our safety plan in conjunction with our concession to operate guided trips in the National Parks of New Zealand is audited by OutdoorsMark under the umbrella of Support Adventure.

RECOMMENDED ALTITUDE TRAINING PROVIDERS

  

Take your fitness preparations to the next level with simulated high altitude training prior to your expedition or trekking adventure. The New Zealand Altitude Training Centre is based in Auckland, and offer a free no obligation introductory session.

 Altitude Training Provider 
 

Discover the scientifically proven health and performance benefits of training in a simulated high altitude environment. Centrally located in Christchurch, Vertex Altitude is an ideal training venue for our Southern New Zealand based clients.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS, CALENDARS & ARTWORK

  

A superb range of books and calendars including the definitive history of the first five years of Adventure Consutlants 'Hall and Ball - Kiwi Mountaineers, from Mt Cook to Everest' by Colin Monteath can be sourced from Hedgehog House

      
  

The Adventurous Traveler Bookstore
has a great selection of outdoor and mountaineering books.

RECOMMENDED CLIMBING & HIGH ALTITUDE MOUNTAINEERING WEBSITES

CHARITABLE SUPPORT

Adventure Consultants own Sherpa Future Fund operates to support those families of AC Sherpas who lost their lives in the 2014 Khumbu Icefall Avalanche and the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.  As a means to raise money for the Sherpa Future Fund we are offering the unique opportunity to purchase a number of beautifully presented replicas of Sir Edmund Hillary’s ice axe that he personally signed. See our Sir Edmund Hillary Ice Axe page for more information.

Other organisations we wholeheartedly support:

  

Adventure Consultants adhere to Leave No Trace guidelines and principles.

  

The dZi Foundation is an organisation that is helping Nepalese orphans receive schooling and ongoing opportunities

  

IMEC is the International Mountain Explorers Connection whose Porter Assistance Projects are making a big difference in Nepal and Tanzania

  

Room to Read is making fantastic progress building schools throughout the Himalaya

  

Inspired Escapes allows you to give back as you travel

LAKE WANAKA

GENERAL

 The definitive source for all activities, accommodation and services at Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, can be found at www.lakewanaka.co.nz

ACCOMMODATION

Great places to stay and activities in the Southern Lakes District, Wanaka / Queenstown that we recommend are:

ACTIVITIES

NEW ZEALAND ACTIVITIES

Some other excellent activities around the South Island of New Zealand are:

In the North Island of New Zealand, a great option is:

  • Walking Legends for the Tongariro Crossing, a beautiful and famous walk through New Zealand's volcanic plateau

RECOMMENDED PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL AGENTS

MISCELLANEOUS

  • We recommend The Travel Doctor for checking your medical and immunisation requirements before travelling to remote areas.
  • Check out Topomap for a very cool look at how to get around New Zealand.
  • For news, courses, information and blogs on adventure and wilderness medicine. Check out this website: The Adventure Medic.

 

 

 

 


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Kilimanjaro 2017 - Cool Morning Walk

  

2 Feb - With our plans for the day including packing up camp, descending, finishing at the gate,  .....

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Aconcagua 2017 - Celebrating Success

  

21 Feb -  With the summit now behind them, the team have begun their descent of Aconcagua.....

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South Pole 2017 - At the South Pole

  

12 Jan - Another day in paradise - Whoops! we got here early!.....

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Vinson 2016 - End of the Line

  

10 Jan - All good things must come to an end and sadly our Vinson expedition has done just that.....

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Carstensz Pyramid 2016 - Bali & Beyond

  

7 Nov - With our arrival back to Bali over the past two days our week-long Carstensz adventure.....

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Island Peak & Khumbu Trek 2016 - Kathmandu

  

4 Nov - We are back in Kathmandu after an amazing scenic flight from Lukla......

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Luxury EBC Trek 2016 - Kathmandu

  

30 Oct - We awoke to another perfect Himalayan morning - no wind and not a cloud in the sky......

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Cho Oyu 2016 - Farewell

  

5 Oct -  The past couple of days have passed quickly, mainly in a blur of road miles.....

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Mera Peak 2016 - Return to Kathmandu

  

12 Oct - The Mera Peak team is all now back in Kathmandu....

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Mustang Trek 2016 - Perfect Weather

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17 Sep - The weather has absolutely favoured us this morning......

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Elbrus 2016 - Summit Success!

  

1 Aug - A huge congratulations to Joss, Goce, Tim, Clint, Cathy, Noor, and Pedro......

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Everest 2016 - Parting Ways

 Colin O'Brady reaches the summit of Mt Everest, 19 May 2016, with Adventure Consultants. Colin is aiming to try and break the Explorers Grand Slam record - climbing the Seven Summits and both Poles in under 6 months.  www.beyond72.com 
 

25 May - Last night, after a successful day of packing it was party time at the AC Camp....

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Sherpa Future Fund

If you would like to support of the victims and affected families of the Everest Base Camp Avalanche, please consider contributing to the Adventure Consultants Sherpa Future Fund. 
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