Adventure News 4 September 2017
We're excited to announce the latest addition to our Himalayan trekking and climbing programs - the Around Dhaulagiri Trek and Climb! This challenging trek explores some of Nepal's most remote rural landscapes, and takes trekkers on a journey far from the beaten track and usual tourist trekking trails. From the lush green fields and subsistence farms of rural Nepal through to the arid, barren alpine landscapes of the high Himalaya, this trek has it all, including a two night stay with the AC expedition team at Dhaulagiri Base Camp (pictured right). After acclimatising at Base Camp we then head off to climb the 6,012m Dhampus Peak, which offers spectaular views across the valley to the Annapurna's and the peaks of the Dhaulagiri Range. AC CEO Guy Cotter recently completed the trek and described it as 'some of the best and most spectacular trekking in Nepal'. It is a challenging, camping based trek, suitable for experienced trekkers, and those seeking an easy but remote Himalayan climb. Call today to find out more or contact us online.
Around Dhaulagiri Trek and Climb
New on our Blog, read Guy Cotter's review on Boots for the Mountains:
If you took a look into my gear storage area you’d see that I have accumulated such an array of alpine footwear that I could be accused of suffering the same disorder as Imelda Marcos. She was famous for responding to accusations of having three thousand pairs of shoes with the retort `I don’t have three thousand pairs of shoes, I only have one thousand and sixty!’
There is an array of options available to aspiring climbers to set you on the path to your first steps into mountaineering, and here at Adventure Consultants we've thought of everyone when it comes to introductory mountaineering and we offer a range of options from courses through to guided ascents - right across the globe. Our Ecuador Volcanoes Expedition is one that's designed for those intrepid travellers out there, it caters to your desire to see remote and wild parts of the world while you learn to climb - the perfect stepping stone to more challenging mountaineering adventures. On this 16 day expedition you'll be introduced to basic mountaineering skills and techniques while you climb three of Ecuador's highest volcanoes, all the while exploring Ecuador's unique cultural and ecological diversity. With departures throughout the year it's an expedition that can work into anyone's itinerary! Contact us to find out more.
Heli Accessed Ski Touring enables you the opportunity to ski tour in Wanaka’s premier mountain terrain in New Zealand's Southern Alps. A morning helicopter ride will deliver you to a remote mountain top and from there you can enjoy a day of ski touring on high alpine terrain with your friendly and highly qualified ski guides.
The guide will set the skinning track for each new run and will be happy to share in a wealth of mountain knowledge and tricks on where to find the best snow and how to stay safe in that environment. At the completion of the touring day, the helicopter will whisk the group back to the staging point.
New also this winter is First Tracks Wanaka Alpine Heli Camp. Helicopter into our comfortable high-mountain expedition style camp in the remote McKerrow Range here in New Zealand, to enjoy fantastic ski touring right outside the tent door! Bring a sleeping bag, your touring gear and a few of your mates to enjoy exclusive access to the area featuring a wide variety of terrain with great features and sublime views over Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.
You’ll be accompanied by a friendly and personable guide who will get you to the best skiing during the day and by night you get to enjoy hearty meals in the camp while you relax with your buddies and reflect on your day. Get up the next morning and go ski some more new terrain!
First Tracks Wanaka Heli Accessed Ski Touring
First Tracks Wanaka Alpine Heli Camp
New Zealand's high glaciers and mountain terrain are full after a bountiful winter, and with spring upon us we're experiencing some fantastic backcountry ski touring opportunites. Not only do we have our new First Tracks daily ski touring trips, but for those of you looking to push beyond the ski area boundries and tackle the backcountry on your own, we have our Backcountry Skiing Course. It is available in a 5 or 7 day option, and teaches essential ski-touring skills and techniques including avalanche safety and awareness. At the end of the course you'll receive a New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Avalanche Qualification. There are three of these popular courses left this year, so make the most of your spring skiing and contact us now to secure your place.
Backcountry Skiing Course
The changing of the seasons is upon us, and whilst here in New Zealand we start to plan for our long summer days, our team in Europe are thinking about winter and sharpening their ice tools! Our Europe winter ice climbing options are hugely popular, our guides love them too, and why wouldn't they?! We all know ice is nice, but it's also hugely 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, then join one of our talented and friendly guides for Guided Ice Climbing 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.
If you follow our dispatches you may recall seeing AC Guide Steve Moffat's recent privately guided expedition climbing and skiing the Three Peaks of Greenland. It was such a hugely successful trip that we decided to open it up and offer it as an annual expedition. In Steve's dispatches he says he'd return to the Watkins Mountains 'in a heart beat', and says it is a ski mountaineer's dream expedition! The trip departs from Reykjavik in Iceland and flies to the remote wilderness of Greenland's Watkins Mountains where the team establishes a series of Base Camps to climb and ski Greenland's three highest peaks, Mount's Gunnbjörn, Cone and Dome. Time allows for a day or two seeking out other fine ski touring terrain before flying back to Iceland. An ideal short expedition for confident, experienced skiers seeking a remote wilderness experience. Contact us, or call and chat to Steve or our programming team to learn more about this and other Arctic adventures.
And in keeping with our Arctic theme, we have also added another Greenland Crossing expedition to our Polar Journeys that will appeal to those explorers among us! Our new Greenland Crossing Nansen Route Expedition follows in the footsteps of early explorer Fritjof Nansen, who was the first to cross the Greenland Ice Cap way back in 1888. Of course, modern clothing and equipment makes the trek a little less arduous these days than when Nansen completed the crossing, but the trek itself is still a challenging undertaking, and teams are self sufficient towing their equipment in sleds en route. It's an ideal preparatory expedition for those considering a longer polar journey, but also an excellent journey in itself, crossing the world's largest island is no mean feat! Contact us to learn more today.
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