Adventure News 11 October 2017
AC Guide and Expedition Leader Dean Staples and the Manaslu 2017 team have returned to Kathmandu after a successful expedition to climb Nepal's Mount Manaslu (8,163m). Their summit day came after waiting out an extra day at Camp 4 and they were rewarded with brilliant conditions and only a light wind as the team of nine summited. They're now back in Kathmandu and posted summit images to their dispatch page. If climbing Manaslu or another of our 8,000m summits is next for you then contact us, we have expeditions coming up again in the pre-monsoon season 2018, with Dean leading an expedition to climb Dhaulagiri, as well as expeditions to climb Everest, Lhotse and Shishapangma.
Calling all Vinson climbers! There is now only one space left for Vinson expeditions and very limited capacity on other programmes for aspiring Antarctic climbers and adventurers to join for the coming Southern summer season. Call us today and see in the New Year in Antarctica!
Trip 1: Nov 23 - Dec 8 led by Steve Moffat FULL
There are some spaces left on our remaining post-monsoon / autumn season trips in Nepal:
For armchair viewing, check out our current Luxury Everest Base Camp trek who are enjoyed stunning weather and conditions for their trek to Base Camp. We also have our Mera Peak and Private Island Peak Expeditions sending through photos to our Facebook page. The remainder of our post-monsoon expeditions will soon be available on our Current Trips dispatch page.
The festive season is not too far away now and here at Adventure Consultants we have your Christmas shopping sorted! Our Gear Store has an array of mountaineering books, AC branded merchandise, and outdoor equipment - something for everyone. One of our favourites is the Outdoor Appetite Cookbook, produced by the Himalayan Trust. It is full of healthy, wholesome and delicious food recipes, stories and photographs, reflecting the Himalayan Trust's love for adventure and the outdoors. 100% of the price goes straight into the work of the Himalayan Trust in the Everest region of Nepal where they are helping to rebuild schools damaged in the 2015 earthquakes to give more children access to quality education. Contact us to order your copy and check out our Gear Store page for other gift ideas.
What better way to kick the New Year off than with the trip of a lifetime on our Carstensz Pyramid Expedition. Our next expedition departs in January 2018 and promises to be an epic adventure, unlike any other in the world. Fly into the Carstensz Base Camp area and enjoy the challenging climb of Australasia's highest peak, the limestone escarpment of Carstensz, before trekking back out through the wonderfully wet and wild Western Papua jungle. We've been operating successful expeditions to the area for over 20 years now, and you can rest assured you're in the hands of the experts on this challenging and remote Seven Summits peak.
Ang Dorjee Sherpa is leading our Aconcagua # 2 Expedition in January 2018 and there are still a few places left if you’d like to join one of the world's most celebrated expedition leaders on this brilliant Seven Summits climb. Having worked for AC since 1992, Ang Dorjee now has 19 Everest summits and 28 ascents of 8,000m peaks under his belt, his skills as a climber are legendary and his experience at high-altitude invaluable on an expedition such as this, particularly to those climbers looking to move onto higher Himalayan objectives in the future. Contact us if you'd like to join Ang Dorjee on what will be his fourth expedition to this eminent Andean peak.
The New Zealand summer is not far away now and our Climbing School is gearing up for a busy season of mountaineering courses ahead, with the first of our 10 day Alpine Climbing Courses starting on Oct 23. If you're thinking about an introductory course, looking to extend your skills or interested in learning the art of expedition climbing then now is the time to give us a call. We have a range of courses available that cater to everyone's skill levels and goals - chat with our knowledgeable Programme Coordinator's Aaron or Hayley to find the best course for you. Scheduled courses run from October through until April and we also offer private course programmes on demand including our popular Seven Summits Training Course.
Meanwhile, in Chamonix, Europe, our team is looking forward to another winter of snow and ice. Our ice climbing courses are hugely popular, and for good reason, they're exhilarating, challenging and great fun! If you've never tried ice climbing before we have introductory courses that can take place over a weekend on our Cogne Ice Climbing Weekend, or a longer, intensive week of ice climbing instruction on our Chamonix and Cogne Ice Climbing Week. If you're already an avid lover of ice climbing, then join one of our talented and friendly guides for a Guided Ice Climbing programme to suit your skill level, goals and timeframe. Book now for the upcoming ice climbing season (January/February 2018), or contact us to learn more.
From the AC Blog page
Ama Dablam 2017 - 20,000 Steps to Namche
Island Peak 2017 - Namche Bazaar
Manaslu 2017 - Back in Ktm
Lux EBC #3 2017 - Farewell
Mustang 2017 - Kathmandu
Elbrus 2017 - Party Time!
Elbrus Private 2017 - Moscow
Everest 2017 - Wrapping Up
- Mens Health Oct 2015 Peak Performance
It's a razor-thin line between life and death on Everest. After facing his own tragedy on the mountain, Guy Cotter emerged a more capable man. Use his lessons to scale your own heights. By Aaron Scott.
- Guy Cotter talks about the Everest movie to Huffington Post
- Guy Cotter Discusses All Things Everest
July 7, 2015 - Ellis Brigham's blog recounts events on Everest in 1996, the New Everest movie and Everest 2015 with Adventure Consultants CEO Guy Cotter.
- The Schooling
June 17, 2015 - Insights to the world of ski mountaineering from professional freeride skier Lorraine Huber who recently joined Adventure Consultant's Alpine Expedition Course with guide Jono Gillan.
- Explorers Web Interview with Suze Kelly Everest Earthquake Debrief.
June 11, 2015 - Suze Kelly "It was like walking in to the scene from a plane crash"...
- Southland Times - AC Vows to return to Earthquake stricken Nepal
June 8, 2015 - A Wanaka guiding company has vowed to return to Nepal in September and is encouraging adventurers not to turn away from the earthquake-stricken nation and its people.
- The Daily Mail - Sam Worthington scales new heights in chilling movie Everest
June 5, 2015 - He is known for intense roles, having portrayed paralysed renegade Marine veteran Jake Sully in Avatar...The British-born star, 38, plays New Zealand climbing expert Guy Cotter...
- TV3 News Campbell Llive - Video - Guy Cotter speaks out after Nepal Earthquake
April 28, 2015 - An interview with Guy Cotter following the Earthquake at Everest Base Camp.
- The Snows of Aoraki
April 2015 Issue - Dan Slater of Climb Magazine (UK) tells his story about a 10-day alpine climbing course with renowned Wanaka-based company Adventure
- The Climber - How the Other Half Lives
Issue 90 Summer 2014/15 - Nic Learmonth - Self proclaimed rock rat, enters the world of mountaineering on Adventure Consultants Mountaineering Introduction Course to see what all the hype is about...
- Wanaka Mountaineer Mixing with Stars
14 Nov 2014 - The Otago Daily Times shares a little about the upcoming Universal Pictures 3-D film recounting Everest 1996 where Avatar's Sam Worthington plays Guy Cotter.
- Outer Edge - My Own Private Glacier
Oct 2014 - A great blog from Jonathan Moody who recently joined us for our Alpine Expedition Course
- AG Outdoor Magazine - Aspiring to Greatness
Oct 2014 - Brendon Hill from www.agoutdoor.com joined us for a Mount Aspiring Course and Ascent...here's his story.
- Great Walks - Climbing Mont Blanc for Brain Injury Awareness
Sep 2014 - A great story about an AC Charity Climb of Mont Blanc
- Queenstown Life - Adventure Consultants
Aug 2014 - Queenstown life captures the inner workings of Adventure Consultants and shares a bit of our history with their readers.
- An Introduction...The Southern Alps
Zack Wasson describes his backcountry skiing trip with us..."What a trip it was, our first introduction to the Southern Alps. Needless to say, our tickets are booked again for this August. Let it Snow!"
- Mining Life and Living, Issue 4 - Frozen Playground
Christie Prior shares her experience on an AC Mountaineering Instruction Course.
- The Optimum Layering System?
Guy Cotter gives us his thoughts on the matter...
- Radio New Zealand - Break on Everest Climbs May Allow for Better Planning
May 2014 - Interview with AC Director Guy Cotter
- National Geographic Daily News - Climbing Finished for Season on Everest after Deadly Avalanche?
May 2014 - Mark Jenkins interviews AC Director Guy Cotter.
- Great Walks - The Only Way is Up
April/May 2014 - Great Walks goes from the horizontal to the vertical while attending AC's Alpine Climbing Course in NZ's South Island.
- Outdoor Fitness - Mountains Made Easy
Can you go from armchair alpinist to 4,000-metre summiteer in under a week? Or is that too much of a climb? Damian Hall joined us last September for the Mont Blanc Course and Ascent. Check out his article which appeared in the June 2013 Issue of Outdoor Fitness
- 60 Minutes - Everest ER
17 June, 2013 - Join Michael Usher 5500 metres above sea level at Everest Base Camp where mountaineers launch their quest for the summit.
- Huffington Post - Watching the Sun Rise on the Summit of Mt Everest
10 June, 2013 - AC 2013 Everest Expedition member, Cason Crane, blogs about his reasons for climbing Everest and the world's Seven Summits.
- Polygon - Dean Hall on the Roof of the World: How Illness Persuaded the Creator of Dayz to Climb Mt Everest
7 June 2013 - Great article by Dave Tach about AC Everest 2013 team member Dean Hall and what led him to his goal of climbing the world's highest mountain.
- TVONE Breakfast - Summit Ladder a Step Too Far
29 May, 2013 - TVOne's Breakfast featured an interview of AC's Guy Cotter to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Hillary's summit of Everest and to get his views on the proposed ladder on the Hillary Step.
- TV3 - 60 Years on, New Zealander's Still Climbing Everest
27 May, 2013 - TV3 News interviews AC CEO Guy Cotter from Namche, Nepal while on his way back to Kathmandu from Everest/Lhotse.
- New Zealand Herald - Record Breaking Glory on Mt Everest
22 May 2013 - AC Lead Everest Guide, Dean Staples', reached the summit of the world's highest peak for the ninth time this May, a record number of ascents for a kiwi.
- Otago Daily Times - Meeting with Famous Climber
21 May, 2013 - Wanaka climber and Adventure Consultants director Guy Cotter was on a high before he even left Everest Base Camp last week after meeting one of his idols, Reinhold Messner, who is considered by many to be the greatest climber in history...
- Otago Daily Times - Father-Son Everest Trip
28 April, 2013 - Hall is one of eight people from around the globe making the ascent as part of the Adventure Consultants expedition from Wanaka. His father, Otago Regional Council emergency management co-ordinator Graeme Hall, travelled with him as far as Base Camp and returned to Dunedin this week after seeing his son off on his perilous trek...
- Otago Daily Times - Wanaka-Hawea Climbers on Top of Everest
5 January, 2013 - 6 AC guides profiled as the highest number of Everest ascents outside of Nepal concentrated in one town, per capita!
- Wilderness Magazine - View from the Top
Kiwi climber Peter Cammell writes of his experience climbing Everest in 2012 with Adventure Consultants
- Utah Adventure Journal - Guy Cotter, A Life of Climbing