Adventure News 20 August 2015
Carstensz appears as a mysterious and relatively unvisited climbing objective, flanked with glaciers and rising like a shark’s fin out of the mist of the jungle. 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. Whilst travel in this region is often problematic, the rewards of the adventure into this wild corner of the globe are substantial. Unlike any other peak you climb, this expedition will enable you to redefine adventure.
Carstensz Pyramid upcoming expedition dates:
For further information on our Carstensz Pyramid Expedition, click the link below.
Congratulations to our Elbrus team who reached the summit of Mt Elbrus (5,642m) on August 4. Despite rather challenging weather, the bulk of the team reached the top, with the remaining members reaching personal bests. A big congratulations to the entire team for your efforts! We also wanted to mention the achievement of Eduard Kubatov, who climbed to both the West and East summits in one day. Great work Eduard! Following their summit day, the team had fine weather and travelled back to Moscow to take in the rich cultural history of this iconic European city.
Mt Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe, is a great introductory objective for those tackling a Seven Summits climbing programme. Being relatively high, Elbrus demands respect and we approach this by climbing higher each day and sleeping at lower elevations at night to enable the body to acclimatise. A cable car takes us up to accommodation at the base of the climb where we concentrate on perfecting basic snow craft techniques from the guides prior to the ascent. The summit day entails climbing long snow slopes with views over the wooded valleys to the surrounding peaks. Elbrus 2016 expedition dates have been set and if you are interested in joining our expedition teams please do check out the links below for more information.
Elbrus 2016 expedition dates:
As successful operators of expeditions on Vinson Massif, our trips fill fast and there are only a few remaining spaces left on our November and December expeditions to Antarctica’s highest mountain this year. Adventure Consultants pioneered guided ascents of Vinson Massif in 1990 and has been operating successful trips to the mountain ever since. If you have always wanted to climb the most pristine and remote of the Seven Summits, now is your chance to experience the unbelievable vastness of the Antarctic interior.
Vinson Massif expedition dates with space available are:
For further information on our Vinson Massif Expeditions, click the link below.
The climbing season for this eminent Andean Peak is just around the corner. It is ideal for those wishing to experience high altitude expedition mountaineering on a non-technical peak, or continue your seven summits ascents programme and is often undertaken as a preparation climb for the big mountains in the Himalaya. We also now offer an Aconcagua Course and Ascent Programme which begins with acclimatising on the nearby Cerro Vallecitos, where your guides will deliver the appropriate instruction in mountaineering techniques, camp craft and managing yourself at high altitude, resulting in an enhanced summit success rate on Aconcagua.
Aconcagua expedition dates:
To the supporters of the AC Sherpa Future Fund, we are sending you an update of the work that has been done as a result of your support to assist the families of the victims of the avalanches on Everest in 2014 and 2015. We are happy to report good progress and it has been comforting to see the children in good schools and learning for a brighter future.
To learn more about the Sherpa Future Fund, click the link below.
There is one space only left on our post monsoon Ama Dablam 2015 expedition team. The South West Ridge of Ama Dablam is one of the most aesthetic climbing routes in the Himalaya. An exposed rock ridge, dotted with towers and intricate climbing, leads from Camp One to the summit ice fields and top camp site. On the final day of the climb the route follows steep snow and ice slopes, accentuated by outrageous exposure, directly to the summit. Here the Everest Massif rears into view - the panorama, if not the altitude, will take your breath away.
Ama Dablam expedition date: Oct 15 - Nov 11, 2015
To learn more about our Ama Dablam Expeditions, 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