Newsletter April 2013 - Everest underway!
We have been preparing for months with detailed planning and organisation and we now have our pre-monsoon expeditions underway, Everest 2013 and Lhotse 2013 as well as our Everest Base Camp Trek. Read on for details on these trips and our upcoming expeditions to the most adventurous corners of the world.
I’m really happy to announce that our Lhotse expedition is about to begin! I’ve waited a long time to have a serious attempt at this mountain. I’ve looked at it so many times from Everest and wondered when I was ever going to get a chance to climb it, that time is now!
With so many Himalayan trips on offer, what is Himlung all about?
This is an iconic 8000er to aim for and you are allowed inside Tibet to make the journey to this peak. Cho Oyu ticks so many boxes that you'll need to make your list longer. Great training for Everest or an 8000er jewel to aim for, and AC have the guides, planning and superb logitstics to take you there.
You dream about this route, and it's real! Absolutely gobsmacking, good climbing but never too outrageous; we love it, you'll love it, let's go!
The upcoming Ama Dablam Expedition will run from October 15 to November 11. The price for this year's expedition is $9,900USD.
An expedition to Mera Peak is the iconic journey to summit a 6000m peak in the beautiful remote but accessible Hindu Valley. Mera Peak is Nepal's highest Trekking Peak at 6,476m, though the words 'trekking peak' should not be underestimated as this is mountaineering at high altitude and it's a great achievement to have climbed above 6000m.
What are you doing this July?
Wild, remote, challenging, but in the Khumbu seemingly close to it all and a step up above the rest!
Private yacht charter for ski touring the most ultimate beautiful lines on the remotest ice peninsula in the world, seeking more ski tourers and climbers with adventure at heart. Our boat is booked and we need just 4 more exploratory adventurers to make this Antarctic dream a reality.
Cartensz Pyramid, all go for August and November
THE jungle adventure capped off by equatorial climbing pefectedness is all go for August this year, then again in November.
Trekking in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal is amongst the most dramatic and picturesque in the Himalaya. The scenery is varied and spectacular, the lodgings and tracks of very high standard, and the interaction with the local inhabitants is forever memorable.
Adventure Consultants operate full service guided expeditions to Manaslu to attempt the classic North East face ‘normal’ route. The expeditions operate in both the pre and post monsoon seasons.
The highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and although it lies 3° south of the equator, an ice cap covers the crater of Kibo year-round. We climb the Machame Route. This route winds around the “skirt” of the mountain, slowly gaining altitude and giving us glimpses of the entire south side of this majestic peak.
The climb initiates at the Machame village on Kilimanjaro’s southern flanks leading up through thick tropical forest to more exotic and unique flora as elevation is gained. We overnight in designated camp sites where our cooks provide sumptuous meals in a private dining tent and you sleep in modern mountain tents. At the end of the second day the route ascends above the tree line where you are transported into a wild volcanic landscape with the high summit dome overhead. The subsequent camps have panoramic views and feature brightly coloured skies at dawn and dusk.
This expedition features a smorgasbord of African culture and scenery, providing a fabulous excuse to visit this wild continent. Any visit to Africa must include a Safari and our 4 day / 3 night Safari tour takes in some of the world's most unique game reserves such as the Manyara, Serengeti and Norongoro National Parks. Our Kilimanjaro expedition is undoubtedly amongst the best on offer.
Upcoming Kilimanjaro Expeditions will run from June 23 to July 5, July 7 to 19, August 25 to September 6 and September 8 to 20. The price for the climb with safari is $6,250USD per person and for just the climb is $4,400USD.
There's a chill in the air...winter in NZ's Southern Alps is just around the corner!
Try something new this winter! The fun begins with a helicopter flight into our cosy Expedition Base Camp where you will stay for the duration of the 5 day course.
Take your skiing adventures beyond the ski area boundaries this winter and get your fair share of untracked powder!
From the AC Blog page
Ama Dablam 2017 - 20,000 Steps to Namche
Island Peak 2017 - Namche Bazaar
Manaslu 2017 - Back in Ktm
Lux EBC #3 2017 - Farewell
Mustang 2017 - Kathmandu
Elbrus 2017 - Party Time!
Elbrus Private 2017 - Moscow
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