Adventure News 30 November 2017
Now it's the turn of our Three Peaks Nepal 2017 Expedition as they have summitted Island Peak, Pokalde and Lobuche East. We wish them many hearty congratulations on their achievements.
Our Nepal expeditions for the pre and post-monsoon seasons are open for 2018 bookings, so take a look online at Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Himlung and Saribung, Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak and Three Peaks Nepal.
An ascent of this eminent Andean Peak is ideal for those wishing to experience high altitude expedition mountaineering and is often undertaken as a preparation climb for the big mountains in the Himalaya. We begin by acclimatising on the nearby Cerro Vallecitos, where your guides will deliver the appropriate instruction in mountaineering techniques, camp craft and managing yourself at high altitude, resulting in an enhanced summit success rate on Aconcagua. This 26 day expedition provides a longer period to acclimatise, which adds to a better success rates for team members, and is ideal for those new to high altitude mountaineering. Departure dates are Jan 29 to Feb 23, 2018.
Adventure Consultants supports the work of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, who have worked tirelessly for many years promoting and protecting the rights and standards of porters working on Kilimanjaro. They do need help to keep operating and you can also help their cause by donating, especially if you've climbed Kilimanjaro! Their efforts have really made a difference to the lives of porters working all over the mountain. Go to https://kiliporters.org/donate-now/ to donate and help KPAP keep operating.
Next year in the spring season we have several Everest Base Camp Trek options, with only a few spaces left as follows. The Adventure Consultants Everest Base Camp Treks spend a night at Base Camp at our comfortable camp.
Other AC treks visiting Everest Base Camp in 2018:
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
Khumbu Trek, Trip 1: Apr 26 - May 19
Three Passes Trek, Trip 1: Apr 30 - May 25
This mountain is often referred to as the most beautiful mountain in the world with its classic fluted snow slopes descending like fingers from the summit. We ascend via Alpamayo’s Ferarri Route, or the Italian Route, depending on conditions. We acclimatise on an ascent of 5,686m Vallunaraju before moving to Alpamayo for the ultimate ascent. A technical climbing day takes us to a high camp from where we embark on the steep ice-face to the summit.
We stay in local hotels for initial acclimatisation days, later moving to comfortable Base Camps that are well-catered. Apart from high mountain camp moves, the load-carrying is provided by porters and donkeys. This is a great high-altitude technical adventure!
The ascent of Artesonraju is a much recommended six day add-on that commences while you are still well acclimatised from climbing Alpamayo. Artesonraju, made famous in the Paramount Pictures logo, is a beautiful pyramidal peak situated between the Santa Cruz and Paron Valleys.
Reach the summit of the highest volcano on the planet! Situated on the Argentina-Chile border, Nevado Ojos del Salado ("water source of the salty river") at 6,890m is the highest volcano in the world. It is also the second highest mountain outside the Himalaya, second to Aconcagua (6,962m) which lies 630km to the south in Argentina. It's name comes from the enormous deposits of salt which appear in its snowfields in the form of lagoons or “eyes”.
Conditions on the mountain tend to be very dry due to the influence of the nearby Atacama Desert, but despite this, snow can fall at any time and summit day can be quite windy and exposed. Ojos del Salado also boasts the world’s highest lake which is a crater lake on the peak’s eastern side at 6,390m.
Our Ojos del Salado expedition is ideal for those wishing to experience climbing at high altitude on a non-technical peak, in an exotic location! Enquire today about our March 2018 departure.
The season for climbing New Zealand's highest peak is upon us and we have had our first successful summit of the season, with Gabriel Mazur guiding Richard Roffe from Australia to the top of Aoraki / Mt Cook this week. Gabriel gave a particulary good description of their climb, which will give you an insight to climbing this incredible peak:
From the AC Blog page
Ama Dablam 2017 - Final dispatch
Island Peak 2017 - Last day
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