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Newsletter June 2014

With the imminent onset of winter here in New Zealand we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of snow that will enable us access to our stash of legendary ski touring terrain that we can get to pretty quickly on a powder day. We are also excitedly anticipating the start of our ice climbing courses mid July in the Wye Creek, Remarkables area. This year we also offer guided ice climbing that is described later on in this newsletter.

Today marks not only our first winter trip of the season with a polar training course but also the first of our European summer programmes! We love that it's always climbing season somewhere with AC.

Tim Robertson Sherpa Fund News

There has been a resounding response of donations to the Sherpa support fund to assist the families of the Sherpas who were lost on Everest this year. A HUGE thank you on behalf of the affected families for that much needed assistance. We will post updates on the ongoing well-being of the families and children as they continue their educations.

 Successful summit for the Mera Peak 2014 Expedition Team, led by Tim Robertson. Mera Peak success

Nepal's highest trekking peak is tucked away in the Ingkhu Kola valley just off the beaten track from Lukla. AC guide Tim Robertson led an intimate group of three on the trip with Paul, Tracey and Hugh summitting Mera Peak on a glorious day on May 8th. Tim reported on his dispatch that night;

We stood on the 6461m summit of Mera Central at 6:00 am and were treated to an amazing panorama of the giants of the Himalayas; Makalu quite close to the north, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga a long way to the east and of course, Lhotse and Everest.

Victor Saunders Manaslu 2014

The indefatigable Victor Saunders made a valiant attempt to help his group summit Manaslu but they missed out on the summit after some heavy snowfalls caused delays as they waited for conditions to stabilise. The team reached the site of high camp but turned back with forecasted weather looking torrid. A good effort by the team, most of whom, made it to their personal-best high points. Quote from the trip “I don't drink, because when I do - I wake up married!”

Róbert Þór Haraldsson Greenland Crossing success

Congratulations to the Greenland Crossing Team who started the 540km/335 mile traverse on April 15 and completed the journey on May 13. The team was led by of Robert Thor Haraldsson of Iceland who was accompanied by team members, Bjarni, Antony and Eric. The expeditioners were forced to endure severe difficulties on the way that included severe storms with wind up to 120 km/hr (33 m/s), extreme temperatures as low as -35°C, difficult snow formations and various technical difficulties including a broken ski, ski pole and a ski-binding. All necessary requisites for a fully fledged polar journey of epic proportions!

 Verdant fields contrasting with soaring cliffs in Mustang, Nepal.  Guy Cotter Mustang trek

Some locals from our little old town of Wanaka enjoyed a trek to the majestic Mustang region in Nepal last month to the ancient city of Lo Monthang. Camilla and Tim had planned the journey as their honeymoon treat as a very unique way to mark this auspicious occasion. Nothing wrong with saying you visited the place where Padmasambhava achieved the Rainbow Body of Great Transference on your honeymoon!

Coming up

Guided Ice Climbing New Zealand

Ice climbing with a guide is probably one of the best ways to improve your game on the ice and/or mixed climbing. The Wye Creek venue offers an array of offerings from easy to extreme. Our comfortable expedition tent camp is set up with cot beds to sleep in and ‘hut like’ cooking facilities. We access the area on a short flight by helicopter from Queenstown and climb on the ice flows that are only 15 minutes from the camp. There are high alpine mixed routes on the big faces on the ‘Remarkables’ for those wanting a more `alpine’ experience. Come by yourself or with a friend for 2 to 5 days and get out there doing it! See our new Guided Ice Climbing page.

European Alps Summer Courses and Guided Ascents

Many exciting climbing trips and instruction courses are about to get underway with our guides based in Chamonix, France and Switzerland. We have room on some of the scheduled instruction courses which range from an excellent introduction to mountaineering weeks to more advanced courses to hone your skills with tutoring by our top guides. The Mont Blanc Course & Ascent programme is a super popular week in the Alps as is the Monte Rosa Course & Ascents week. June and July are nearly booked out and we have some space in August, so get in touch and we can get your Alps climbing sorted for you this summer.

 Jerome on the steep climbing on summit day, Alpamayo 2008  Dean Staples Alpamayo

The enigmatic Victor Saunders is making the pilgrimage to Peru once again to lead an ascent of Alpamayo, one of his favourite mountains. There is still one space left for a fit and motivated climber with the option to add-on a quick ascent of Huascaran due to your acclimatisation gleaned on the Alpamayo climb.

 Climbing ever higher on the slopes of Mount Elbrus in Russia  Luis Benitez Elbrus Trips 1 and 2

Elbrus Trip 1 includes city tours in St Petersburg initially and Moscow after the climb. This trip is almost full so if you are considering joining, please do so soon. Elbrus Trip 2 is a shorter version (12 days as opposed to 14) that begins and ends in Moscow that still has a few spaces available also. Mike Roberts is returning to Russia to lead these climbs and continue his culture immersions in the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg.

Climbing above Camp I Cho Oyu

We are again running a Cho Oyu expedition on what is the most accessible of all the 8000m peaks. The expedition is being led by the energetic Steve Moffat so if you want to join in on a high altitude expedition led by our golden boy then there's still time to book on.

 Carstensz Pyramid is the highest peak in Australasia. Carstensz

We have a fly in / walk out option for Carstensz and can even fly by helicopter both ways for small groups of climbers. The next expedition departure is in November though if you are in a hurry we can help you achieve your 7 summits climbing ambitions in August also.

Paul Rogers Ama Dablam

Nepal enthusiast and IFMGA guide Tim Robertson is designated leader on this year's Adventure Consultants Ama Dablam expedition Oct 15 - Nov 11 along with AAI guide Andrew Yasso. There are 3 spaces left and this climb is perfect for you if you love exposure, hard but not too hard climbing and all round high altitude exciting times!


 Jon Hind at sunrise on the Lobuche East summit day, Three Peaks Nepal Expedition 2009.  Mike Madden Three Peaks Nepal

If you want to learn a thing or two about high altitude mountaineering then consider a climb of three 6000m peaks with Everest guide Mark Sedon. Mark is leading the Three Peaks climb that ascends through some of the most spectacular and beautiful villages in a the Everest region of Nepal. This trip is popular with our climbers who are preparing for a climb of a higher objective in the Himalayas in order to log time and experience at high altitude on long summit days with alpine starts and also as a complete climbing expedition of a lifetime in itself.


Our confirmed Kilimanjaro expedition Aug 24 - Sep 5 is available for those keen to climb Kili with a group of Kiwis and in October we have the following charity trek opportunity - also with Kiwis!

Trek to the Highest Peak in Africa and help raise money for the NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust. The Festival has joined up with long time supporter, Adventure Consultants, to offer a charity trek to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with Festival Director and Himalayan guide, Mark Sedon. Click here to learn about Mark, the FIlm Festival and the Kilimanjaro trek.



Some exciting festivals coming up that we are a part of, are:
New Zealand Mountain Film Festival, Wanaka / Queenstown - July 4 - 11
Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival, Queenstown - August 17 - 20
NZ Icefest, Bringing Antarctica to the World, Christchurch - 26 Sept - 12 Oct
The Australian Climbing Festival, Katoomba, NSW - Oct 17 - 19
Wanakafest, Wanaka - Oct 24 - 27

And don't forget the Queenstown Winter Festival June 20 - 29

Now is the time to make it all count and join the AC team on an expedition to an exciting destination this year - or at least follow our Facebook page for news of what's been happening in the mountains and at the Poles. You can join in by calling to speak with one of our mountain guides - Mark or Steve or one of our helpful Liaison's Annette, Laurel, Danielle or Kelly. Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America and phone +64-3-4438711 from Australasia and the rest of the world!


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If you would like to support the victims and affected families of the Everest Base Camp Avalanche, please consider contributing to the Adventure Consultants Sherpa Future Fund. 
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