Adventure News 28 April 2017
Our Everest teams have just returned to Base Camp after a successful acclimatisation cycle to Camp 2, making it to a high point at the bottom of the Lhotse Face. For some of the team it marked a personal high point, for others it was familiar ground, but still an important part of the acclimatisation process. We have published some spectacular photos on the Everest dispatch page that clearly show the challenging terrain and enormity of the task ahead.
The team sadly waved goodbye to fellow member Mike Davies, who after a stumble in the icefall, fractured his wrist and is unable to continue with his summit attempt this time. The rest of the team is well and continues to rest, relax and recuperate at Base Camp before their next acclimatisation cycle that will see them climbing to Camp 3 at around 7,300m.
Meanwhile, our Dhaulagiri team have rolled happily into their Base Camp and they are looking forward to starting their climbing cycles, which began with yesterdays' all-important Puja Ceremony. The trek into the mountain was nothing short of spectacular with AC CEO and Expedition Leader, Guy Cotter describing it as picturesque, remote and steep! Check out our dispatches for more detail and some wonderful photos of an untouched part of rural Nepal.
We have several other Himalayan treks and expeditions underway at the moment including Mera Peak, Island Peak and several Everest Base Camp Treks. Of particular note are the dispatches from our #3 Trekking Team being led by AC Guide, Mark Morrison who has a gift for the written word. His daily updates are well worth a read, particularly for those interested in going in the future and for those who wish to be transported back!
For many people, the trek to Everest Base Camp fulfils a lifelong dream of visiting the Everest region and our Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek offers a luxurious alternative to the traditional trek. By utilising smaller groups, helicopter transport, luxury accommodation and safari-style tented camps our Luxury trekkers are able to enjoy the same magnificent mountain scenery and cultural experiences albiet with a few more creature comforts along the way! We run three of these increasingly popular luxury treks throughout the year, and can also run private treks on demand, so contact us today to find out more.
It is shaping up to be a great year to climb Manaslu (8,163m), the world's eighth-highest mountain. Our post-monsoon expedition this year is being led by AC Guide, Dean Staples who is a veteran of countless Himalayan expeditions, including 9 ascents of Everest. We climb Manaslu on the North-East Face along moderately angled snow slopes before a steep snow arête takes us to the summit for magnificent views across the Himalaya. Manaslu is an ideal expedition for those looking to climb an 8,000er or in preparation for Everest, contact us to find out more about this stunning, remote 8,000m peak.
Winter is just around the corner here in New Zealand and we're looking forward to our annual winter Ice Climbing Courses. Courses are based at New Zealand's premier ice-climbing venue at Wye Creek which offers an array of climbing from easy to extreme. We utilise our comfortable expedition tent camp complete with cot beds and ‘hut like’ cooking facilities, located an easy 15-minute walk from the ice. Accessed by a short helicopter flight from Queenstown, the Ice Climbing Course is an ideal five-day winter escape. Places are limited, so contact us to learn more.
Ice Climbing Course
The challenging South West Ridge of Cholatse is a hidden gem of the Himalaya, nestled between the Khumbu and Gokyo Valleys in the Everest region, Cholatse is a spectacular peak with steep soaring lines on every aspect. Our line up the South-West Ridge involves climbing steep snow and ice pitches linking two camps that we place alpine style on our way to the summit. Our post-monsoon Cholatse expedition is a solid mountaineering objective for experienced climbers. Contact us to find out more about this years expedition.
We have a new staff member at the AC Office in New Zealand, Hayley Furze. Hayley joins us with a background in tourism and hospitality, and has a love for travel and the outdoors. She will be part of our liaison team and is already working with a number of our Himalayan trekkers and European and South American climbers. You may also hear from Hayley, if you make an enquiry to our office as she will also be assisting Aaron in Sales and Programme Co-ordination.
From the AC Blog page
Everest 2017 - Enjoying BC Rest
Dhaulagiri 2017 - Puja Day
Mera Peak 2017 - Into the Jungle
Island Peak & Khumbu Trek 2017 - Lukla
Luxury Everest BC #1 2017 - Base Camp
Luxury Everest BC #2 2017 - Pangboche
Everest BC #3 2017 - Mountains & Laughter
- 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