Adventure News 29 May 2015
I realise it has been some time since our last dispatch, but losing all our communications equipment in the earthquake and the subsequent avalanche in base camp, put us off the airwaves for a while. Many of you will already know that our base camp was destroyed when the slopes of Pumori were unleashed by the earthquake resulting in the death of six of our Sherpa staff and injuries to nine others. We are all devastated by the loss of our staff and friends, some of whom we have known for many years and we offer our heartfelt condolences to their families for their loss. Many of these families also lost their homes through the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes, so their sense of devastation has been compounded. Ongoing quakes and the prospect of the impending monsoon without shelter is having a deep psychological effect on all of those who are affected, and many of them feel a sense of guilt as they suspect it is their own karma that has caused these disasters.
In response to the tragedy, we at Adventure Consultants are focusing both on our Sherpa staff and their families, as well as providing financial help to effective independent aid providers and Nepal-based aid agencies. Many of the aid agencies had difficulty mobilising due to the clunky nature of large organisations and inexperience in Nepal, so we have focused on those who could provide immediate relief.
We will be utilising the Sherpa Future Fund to finance the ongoing education of the children of the deceased Sherpas as well as helping them source other benefit funds. Many of you have already kindly donated to this fund and your generosity is greatly appreciated. To ensure the fund is administered efficiently, we provide all the administration support so all the contributions reach those in need, directly where they need it.
Almost our entire Sherpa team will need assistance to rebuild their homes and the community services such as water supplies in their villages. Many of the buildings in the Solu-Khumbu that escaped the first quake were taken out by the May 12 event, due to the intensity and close proximity of the epicentre. We have made contact with most of our Sherpa staff to assess what damage they have incurred and are assessing what funds are needed for repairs or rebuilds. It is very unlikely that anything other than rudimentary repairs will be achieved before the monsoon and in the short term, it is the requirement for immediate shelter that is most crucial.
We will keep you updated on progress as news comes through from Nepal.
To read the Everest 2015 Team Dispatches, click the link below
Nepal is in great need of direct assistance and the question on all of our minds is, what can we do to help?
After receiving a generous offer to host a fundraising movie night from Cinema Paradiso here in Wanaka and the donation from General Film Corp of “Beyond the Edge”, we have leapt into action arranging a Movie Night Fundraiser for Nepal. All proceeds will go to the following Charities - dZi Foundation, The Himalayan Trust, AC Sherpa Future Fund, Helambu/Solu Khumbu Relief Fund and The Juniper Fund. To get started here at AC, we are offering a space on our Backcountry Ski Course Aug 17 - 21 this winter for auction valued at $1950. Email us with your bid, if you have the pre-requisite expereince and would like to join! Since announcing this event earlier in the week, we have been overwhelmed by the generous support from our community with offers of amazing prizes including clothing, gear, fine wine, massages, food, advertising, spot prizes and more! Thank you to everyone who has helped to support this event. It will be a wonderful night with a talk from Guy Cotter, charity auction and many, many spot prizes. We hope to see you there!
When: Thursday, June 4, 2015
For more details about the Movie Night Fundraiser for Nepal or to help spread the news, check out our facebook event and share it with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/979385232086317/
If you would like to support this fundraiser by offering goods or services for auction at the event or smaller items that could be used as prizes for our attendees, it would be much appreciated. We’ll have a list of donated goods for the auction and thanks to all contributors mentioned on the night, as well as on the Facebook event page in conjunction with the auction and associated event advertising where possible. Email us for more details.
We know that one of the most important things that can be done to help Nepal and its people is to continue to visit to trek and climb in its valleys and mountains. With this in mind, we have committed to operating our Post Monsoon Expeditions and we have every confidence that Nepal will be operational for visitors, including trekking and climbing expeditions, by Autumn 2015.
We will also donate US$100 per person from the trip fee on our All Post Monsoon Expeditions to Nepal to our Sherpa Future Fund.
This direct contribution will assist the families of the six AC Nepali staff, who lost their lives in the avalanche and the others who were injured, and is one important way we can work together to support these people of Nepal.
If you are interested in visiting Nepal this Post Monsoon, consider our Three Peaks Expedition. This expedition includes an ascent of three of Nepal's most popular trekking peaks, provides an ideal progression and gives you an excellent introduction to Himalayan mountaineering. On this expedition you will trek in the Khumbu region and climb Island Peak 6189m, Pokalde 5806m and Lobuche East 6119m.
Three Peaks Expedition Dates: November 10 - December 5, 2015.
Post Monsoon Expedition Dates: September to November 2015.
With the Antarctic summer just around the corner, we are turning our thoughts to Antarctica's highest mountain, Vinson Massif at 4,892m. Since pioneering Antarctic climbing in 1990, Adventure Consultants has been running expeditions to Vinson ever since and is operating four expeditions this coming season. Spaces fill quickly as this is an expedition of a lifetime.
Vinson Expedition Dates:
To learn more about climbing Vinson Massif, click the link below.
A remote and equatorial peak, Carstensz Pyramid is often one of the most coveted of the Seven Summits programme. Possibly the most exotic mountaineering location on earth, Carstensz Pyramid in Western Papua is a large limestone escarpment jutting out of the rainforest. This expedition has the attributes of a classic rock climb combined with a rare cultural experience. It is a journey of discovery and achievement, and most likely your best chance of experiencing this part of the world and standing on the summit of this exotic peak.
Carstensz Pyramid Expedition Dates:
To learn more about climbing Carstensz Pyramid, click the link below.
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