Adventure News 9 June 2017
Are you thinking about heading into the mountains soon? Climbing an 8000'er, a skills course or summer trek? Do you know how fit you need to be and what's the best way to go about getting fit to climb? In our latest AC Blog article, IFMGA Mountain Guide, co-founder and coach at Uphill Athlete, Steve House, answers all these questions and helps navigate the pros and cons of using training programmes and personal coaches versus doing-it-yourself. His expert tips will see you off the couch and on the pathway to successfully achieving your goals in the mountains. Read the article here and check out our Fitness Training Program page for more information.
Fresh from a successful summit of the 8,167m Dhaulagiri in Western Nepal, AC Guide Dean Staples has his sights set on another 8,000er, Mount Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain at 8,163m. Join Dean, a veteran of countless Himalayan expeditions, including 9 ascents of Everest, along with our strong Climbing Sherpa team this post-monsoon season. We climb Manaslu via 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, in preparation for Everest or as an alternative to Cho Oyu, which has now been closed for climbing in 2017 (re-opening in 2018). Contact us to find out more about climbing this stunning, remote 8,000m peak.
If you are looking for an introductory Himalayan Expedition, or perhaps you have non-climbing friends and family that would be keen to join you on an intrepid journey into the mountains, then our Island Peak Expedition is the perfect option. Our Island Peak expedition and Khumbu Trek both journey together into the Khumbu Valley and experience the Sherpa Culture, the Himalayan scenery and visit Everest Base Camp together. The Island Peak climbers briefly part ways for their ascent before rejoining the group for the trek out, creating an ideal way for non-climbing friends and family to experience a mountain adventure with you! We still have places available on our upcoming October departure, or you can consider joining the pre-monsoon 2018 departure next April.
Island Peak Expedition
Explore the renowned wildlife habitat of Gran Paradiso National Park on the Tour del Gran Paradiso, a spectacular trekking circuit designed to highlight the best of the Italian Alps. Journey through larch and fir woodlands to the alpine meadows, rocky peaks and glaciers that showcase spectacular alpine scenery and mountain vistas whilst staying in gorgeous Italian high altitude huts. Photograph ibex, chamois, marmot and other fauna and flora in Italy’s oldest national park, a truly outstanding trek for wildlife lovers and alpine trekkers alike. Contact us to arrange your trek today!
Tour del Gran Paradiso
Temperatures have plummeted in New Zealand over the last couple of weeks and our team is eagerly watching the formation of ice at New Zealand's premier ice-climbing venue, Wye Creek, home to our popular Ice Climbing Courses. Wye Creek is a versatile venue that offers an array of climbing from easy to extreme levels. 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 and great way to train for future climbs. Places are limited, so contact us to learn more.
Ice Climbing Course
Winter is almost upon us with the first of New Zealand's skifields due to open this weekend and it won't be long before backcountry snow conditions beckon. Our Backcountry Skiing Course is a must-do for anyone looking to ski outside ski area boundaries or venture further into the backcountry. It is available in a 5 or 7 day option, and covers essential ski-touring skills and techniques including all important avalanche awareness. At the end of the course you'll also receive a New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Avalanche Qualification. These popular courses run throughout the NZ winter months, so contact us now to secure your place.
Backcountry Ski Course
Our Vinson Massif expedition offers the opportunity to experience the wild and vast interior Antarctic, whilst climbing in one of the world's most remote and pristine areas. For many, it fulfils the lifelong dream of visiting Antarctica. We also offer the possibility of staying longer and exploring more with our Climb Antarctica and South Pole Ski the Last Degree add-ons. Bookings are now open for our 2017/2018 Vinson Massif expeditions, with limited places available across all trips. So if you're ticking off the Seven Summits or looking to visit the vast frozen continent then contact us now as spaces are strictly limited.
Vinson Massif Expedition
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