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We would like to wish all our widespread AC family and friends a very Merry Christmas and hope the holiday season over the New Year is filled with adventure activities (followed by a rest!) and more planning of climbs and adventures for 2014. Read on for our December 2013 news:

Guy and Ed Cotter Life Members NZAC  Guy Cotter, 45 with his father Ed Cotter, 81, at Everest Basecamp, Nepal, April 2008  Suze Kelly

The New Zealand Alpine Club recognised the contributions to mountaineering of both Guy Cotter and his father Ed by awarding them with life membership in the club. They are the first father and son to be awarded lifetime memberships. Ed Cotter was very active in the 1940’s to 60’s including an ascent of 7,400m Mukat Parbat in the Indian Garwhal in 1951. Due to the success of this expedition Eric Shipton invited two members to join the Everest reconnaissance in 1951 which resulted in Ed Hillary and Earl Riddiford taking part. While Kiwis were successful on some of the 8000m peaks,  Mukat Parbat was the highest mountain to be climbed by a New Zealand expedition until the 1970’s. Guy was recognised for his 40 years of mountaineering and for contributing to New Zealand’s mountaineering reputation around the globe.

 AC guide Jono Gillan out for the day with the kids from the Wanaka Kahu Youth group  ANgie Griffiths Beyond The Edge Premiere in Wanaka – funds raised for Kahu Youth and Wanaka Cliffhangers Climbing Club

As Guy Cotter and AC were involved in making the mountain film`Beyond the Edge’ that highlighted Hilary and Tenzing’s 1953 Everest ascent, the producers gave us leave to do a showing of the film as a charity night here in Wanaka before it was released to the public.  The evening was a complete success with $1000 being raised for the local Upper Clutha youth group Kahu Youth and another $1000 for the Wanaka Cliffhangers Climbing Club. AC ran the event in conjunction with Cinema Paradiso and the New Zealand Alpine Club.

We were also able to provide a day out cragging on the rock for the Kahu Youth group, pictured is AC guide Jono Gillan with some of the kids from Kahu.

 Lounge at Gibbs Farm  Suze Kelly Kilimanjaro Climbs and Safaris 2014

One of our favourite properties to stay at on our Tanzanian safari is Gibbs Farm near to the Ngongorogoro Crater and we were thus not surprised to hear it was recently voted #2 favourite property in Africa by Conde Nast Traveller magazine readers. Congratulations Gibbs Farm! Our safari itineraries have been crafted by us from many years of exploring Tanazania after Kilimanjaro expeditions and we rate the safari journey after climbing Kilimanjaro as a 'must do' on your Africa visit.

The highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro, is perhaps one of the best known mountains of the world. It is the easiest of the Seven Summits and definitely the most romantic! Adventure Consultants offer a variety of exciting ways to climb Kilimanjaro to satisfy your preferred approach:

• You can elect to join one of our scheduled Kilimanjaro trips that operate throughout the year that are priced to be very affordable and run by our personable and experienced local Kilimanjaro guides.

• Should you have a group of 4 people or more you can select your own dates and have your own Private Kilimanjaro expedition for just you and your friends!

• Or, you can treat yourself to a Luxury Kilimanjaro Climb that will be led by our seasoned Himalayan guides and includes the highest standard of meals, accommodation and services you will ever find on a mountain.

Kilimanjaro 2014 Dates and Prices

 Caroline with Miss Hawley at her 90th birthday celebrations in Kathmandu, Nov 2013  Billie Bierling Elizabeth Hawley Birthday Celebrations

On 9 November Miss Elizabeth Hawley celebrated her 90th birthday at a lunch hosted by the US Ambassador to Nepal, Peter Bodde, and the NZ Honorary Consul, Lisa Choegyal.  Miss Hawley travelled to Nepal in 1960 and never left; becoming the most eminent western journalist in the country, covering mountaineering news for Reuters, including the first American ascent of Everest in 1963.  Over the past four decades Miss Hawley has dedicated her life to chronicling Himalayan ascents, developing the extensive Himalayan Database.  Prior to every expedition to the high peaks of the Himalaya, AC guides meet with Miss Hawley and then report back on the outcome of the expedition on their return to Kathmandu.  AC Operations Manager, Caroline Blaikie, was lucky enough be to be in Kathmandu for the celebrations, the highlight of which was hearing Elizabeth recount stories of her early years in Kathmandu, plus a collection of pre-recorded birthday messages from the who’s who of mountaineering; including Reinhold Messner, Chris Bonnington, Ueli Steck and our very own Lydia Bradey.

 The AC team on top of Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia 11 Nov 2013 - Phil Drowley finishes his 7 Summits and Mike Roberts finishes his 7 Summits twice! CONGRATULATIONS!  Mike Roberts Carstensz summits – Mike Roberts achieves 7 Summits TWICE and Phil Drowley finishes his 7 Summits

Our November Carstensz expedition saw seven members stand atop Australasia’s highest summit on November 11 in fine weather. For Phil Drowley from the Isle of Man, it was the last peak in his Seven Summits quest so a big shout-out to Phil on his success! Veteran AC guide Mike Roberts reached the summit twice on this expedition, initially to maintain the ropes prior to the group going up and again with the team the next day. By doing so, Mike actually achieved the Seven Summits not once, but twice on two consecutive days which is probably a record in itself!  Mike has multiple summits of all the other Seven Summits peaks except for Aconcagua on which he only(!) has two.

Mike Roberts in Pangboche, Nepal Helicopter access into the mountain avoided the difficult jungle approach but the group got to enjoy(?) the walk out in reasonable weather. No matter how emphatically we describe the difficulty of the trek through the jungle to prospective Carstensz climbers, members are often surprised how difficult it actually is compared to any other expedition approach. Consequently the helicopter approach enables us to streamline the expedition and the climbers actually enjoy the novelty of the shorter walk out through the jungle after summitting.

NOTE> How to sign up for dispatch alerts! Go onto the website, click on the dispatch tab in the menus, click the trip you are interested in, and then click Alerts, enter your email address and press enter and voila, you will be signed up for email dispatch alerts which will duly arrive in your inbox.

Mera Peak Mera Peak pre-monsoon 2014

Are you ready to tackle a 6000m peak in the Himalayas? Then climbing Mera Peak has got to be on your bucket list. This climb is to the highest of the 'trekking peaks' as they are called and it ticks all the boxes - see Kathmandu, fly to Lukla, trek in to a remote valley and summit a peak with gorgeous views of the Everest group. High altitude experience done then trek back to civilisation on an entirely do-able 25 day trip. Our next departure is Apr 23 - May 17, 2014. It's a goodie - sign up before the end of 2013 and you'll receive a free AC Nalgene bottle as well as your free team t-shirt.

Mera Peak 2014 trip details

Everest Base Camp Trek #2

Our first Everest Base Camp trek in 2014 is already at capacity so we are offering a second departure to the absolutely-must-see trek up this iconic valley through the throne room of the alpine massifs. Members on this journey have the highlight of making a visit to our Everest Base Camp while our expedition members are well underway with their acclimatisation program on the mountain. Our master chef Chhongba Sherpa may even make some scones while you are there! Dates are April 21 - May 9, 2014.

See Everest Base Camp Trek for details.

 Ken Brophy atop NZ's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook  Mike Madden Climbing Cook, Aspiring, Madeline – Ken Brophy fundraising for the Himalayan Trust

Ken Brophy completed a two week Southern Alps climbing trip with AC's Mike Madden last week. His goals were to summit Mt Aspiring and then Mt Cook and to raise $5,000 for the Himalayan Trust. Inclement weather prevented them from accessing Mt Aspiring but they climbed the stunning Mt Madeline in Fiordland instead, followed by Aoraki / Mt Cook. To learn more about his trip and fundraising efforts go to

and to view photos of the climb go to our NZ Summer 2013 Facebook photo album.

Climb Mt Cook - trip details

Climb Mt Aspiring - trip details


The Aconcagua season has started and the first of our groups has trekked in via the Vacas valley and is presently on the mountain. Expedition leader, Victor Saunders, had been in contact from the local city of Mendoza prior to the trip complaining that he had to get on the trail immediately so he wouldn’t have to eat another juicy 4” thick Argentinian steak with lashings of Malbec!  NEWSFLASH - the team have just summitted on 15 Dec!

If you are thinking of joining us on Aconcagua this season there is still space on the January 29 Aconcagua trip if you are quick!

 Our new Everest as seen from Lhotse postcard!  Guy Cotter Everest 2014 team coming together

It’s that time of the year where we are finalising our Everest team with a few spaces still available but not for long! It’s well known that we have the most experienced and most personable guiding and base camp staff on Everest as well as the most comfortable base camp. Last season Reinhold Messner stayed with us during a filming project and was very impressed! Check out the video of his praise for the experience on vimeo 

Everest 2014 - all expedition details







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23 June 2017 - Sometimes the biggest accomplishments in life happen by chance. For 45-year-old Wendy Gustin, of Golden, it was a bad break in her career that led to her standing atop the world.


  23 May 2017 - Australian businesswoman Leah Jay has reached the summit of Everest in memory of her son who died in 2008 after a battle with Motor Neuron Disease.   22 April 2017 - In 1951, four New Zealanders headed to the Himalaya to climb. Their primary objective was a previously unclimbed mountain called Mukut Parbat, Guy Cotter's father Ed Cotter was one of them.

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