Adventure News 17 August 2017
As our Elbrus climbing season comes to a close, we turn our planning focus to climbing Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America at 6,962m. A beautiful peak to climb, with exceptional surprises at every turn, this is one mountain you do not want to miss! Our approach to climbing Aconcagua ensures you have great support during your build up with the personal attention from your Client Liaison and ample equipment advice (we can even help with purchases) as well as a dedicated training programme from our partners at Uphill Athlete. Once you arrive in Mendoza the charm and latin rhythms of South America are a feature and we head up to the mountain ready to tackle this Andean giant. After acclimatising in Penitentes and enjoying a 3 day approach trek, we climb through three camps from Plaza Argentina Base Camp, on the quieter side of the mountain. The AC trip features comfortable basecamps, porter support for group gear and mess tents at Camps on the mountain, meaning you rest and recover better from high altitude carries. Our knowledge, guides and leadership enables you the best chance of reaching this lofty summit, the highest outside the Himalaya. Call today to chat through your options or contact us online.
Aconcagua Course and Ascent
The excitement builds as we prepare for climbing Ama Dablam on our annual expedition. This year's climb is being led by Rob Smith from Scotland, a veteran of multiple Himalayan expeditions, who is looking forward to leading an AC team on arguably Nepal's most beautiful peak (hard to rate them, we know, but she is pretty special). There's still time to join if you find yourself free, fit and raring to go to meet the team on October 15 in Kathmandu. We'll help you get organised in time as there's 6828 details to attend to, to be away for 4-5 weeks climbing a Himalayan icon so don't worry, just give us a call and we'll sort out the rest of the detail. Or, think about building up for a climb of Ama Dablam in 2018 by contacting our programming team today (Aaron, Steve and Hayley) and we'll put in place a preparation programme to ensure you're ready for the trip of a lifetime. Preparation could include a summer mountaineering objective in NZ, plus ice climbing in Cogne in Europe along with a climb of Mera Peak or Island Peak in Nepal to introduce you to high altitude expeditioning. Your programme will be tailored to your available timeframe and current skill level, but - it's all possible! Go on, do it - live your best expedition life.
Climbing the highest peak in Oceania calls for a robust approach to travel and honed climbing skills (you!) and the planning prowess of a world renowned expedition organiser (that's us, AC!). Combine the two and you have one of the most exciting expeditions on the planet! Our next departure to Carstensz is coming up, meeting in Bali, Indonesia on October 28 for a 15 day fly in / fly out climb of this 4,884m soaring peice of amazing limestone. The expedition is being led by AC guide Mike Roberts, who had led most of our recent Carstensz climbs and is adept at dealing with the inevitable changes in logistics, weather and local conditions that make an expedition to climb Carstensz successful.
Climbing a 6000m 'Trekking Peak' in the Himalaya is a life objective, a destination in itself, for some, and a step along the way to higher objectives for others. Whichever is closest to your heart there is a very cool peak to trek to and climb, Mera Peak that may well have your name on it. Away from the Everest region but close enough to provide all the best views of the biggest peaks on the planet, our popular Mera Peak expeditions are a complete journey in themselves, topped off by a truly memorable summit day climb. We climb Mera in both the pre-monsoon and post-monson and the 24 day autumn trip is gearing up to depart on September 24 or book on for next spring, commencing April 23, 2018.
We do get used to certain items of equipment being designed with standard customary features so when you do see a change to the 'norm’ it is easy to write it off as gimmicky or just not quite right!
Adventure Consultants established the Sherpa Future Fund in response to the tragic events that occurred with the Khumbu Glacier Avalanche in 2014 and the Nepal Earthquake and subsequent Base Camp Avalanche in 2015. The fund was able to help the AC Sherpas with re-building homes damaged in the earthquake and is commited to the ongoing support of families affected by these tragedies. Currently the fund is contributing to the education of 13 children and has committed to providing ongoing support until 2030, when the youngest child finishes school. A recent update from AC CEO Guy Cotter is available to read on our website:
Trekking in the Nepalese Himalaya is akin to a pilgrimage for those who undertake the journey with views of the world's highest mountains having to be seen to be believed. Being able to spend time among these giants is made more wothwhile by undertaking a longer trek, and our Three Passes Nepal Trek is a favourite amongst the AC team. Over 26 days we traverse through the valleys and cross three high passes, with a pass called 'La' in Nepal. Multiple views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cholatse and many, many other peaks are seen from the Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La passes, hence we can guarantee the best scenery that Nepal has to offer on this journey, as well as an engaging cultural experience all under the umbrellar of our specialist high altitude guiding staff.
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