Adventure News 22 September 2015
With only two months to go, and a few spaces available, now is the time to book your place on our Aconcagua Expedition. If you have aspirations to climb at altitude, reach the top of one of the Seven Summits or experience South American culture, this is an ideal expedition for you. This 23-day expedition begins in the lively Argentinian city of Mendoza where you will have time to explore and sample the region’s fine wines. Over the next few days you will trek to the heart of the Central Andes and acclimatise to increasing elevation, with the summit day reaching an elevation of 6,962m / 22,840ft. Through the days, friendships will start to emerge, the hustle and bustle of normal life will be replaced by simple living and exciting new adventures of each day. This expedition is rich in culture, offers an introduction to climbing at altitude and above all, the opportunity to experience adventure.
Aconcagua 2015/16 Expedition Dates: Nov 29 - Dec 21, 2015 and Dec 30, 2015 - Jan 21, 2016
To learn more about our Aconcagua Expeditions, or to book, click the link below.
We are always looking for new adventures and places to explore. Being the world's highest volcano at 6,890m / 22,605ft, located in the indomitable corners of the Atacama Desert on the Argentina-Chile border and containing relaxing thermal hot pools - Ojos del Salado was high on our list of new expeditions to offer in 2015/16. You may have seen this new addition to our programme in our latest brochure. If two weeks of exploration to the second highest mountain outside the Himalaya, (did we mention hot pools), rich South America culture and adventure appeals to you, now is the time to get in touch and find out more about this exciting trip.
Ojos del Salado 2016 Expedition Date: Mar 6 - 20, 2016
To learn more about our Ojos del Salado Expeditions, or to book, click the links below.
An expedition to Antarctica's highest mountain is unarguably a major acomplishment in life. Adventure Consultants has operated expeditions to Vinson Massif for over 20 seasons, and over this time we have developed our well-established ascent methodology and a flawless ascent record. The 2-week expedition starts in Punta Arenas and can easily be combined with Add ons to the South Pole (Ski the Last Degree or flights to the South Pole) and Antarctic First Ascents. If you have the desire to visit this incredible place on earth, please do get in touch now. Spaces on these expeditions fill fast.
Vinson Massif 2015 Expedition Date with spaces available: Nov 23 - Dec 8, 2015
To learn more about our Vinson Massif Expeditions, or to book, click the links below.
The rewards of an adventure into this wild corner of the globe are substantial. Unlike any other peak you climb, this expedition will enable you to redefine adventure. 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 remote peak in Oceania. There is one space available on our 31 Oct trip.
Carstensz Pyramid Expedition Dates: Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2015
For further information on our Carstensz Pyramid Expedition, click the link below.
As summer winds to a close in Europe, our minds start to wander towards upcoming winter adventures. This brings us to the European winter adventure capital of Chamonix. Well known for its fat ice lines, huge choice of great venues, easy access and luxurious evenings back at the hotel beside the fire. Our European winter ice climbing courses fill fast for good reason. We offer a two-day weekend for those of you needing inspiration during the work-week and a week-long course for those with more time. Either way, if you book now, you can enjoy dreaming of your upcoming adventure ahead.
Chamonix Ice Climbing Weekend Course Dates: January through February, 2016
For further information on our Chamonix Ice Climbing Weekend, or to book, click the link below.
Chamonix & Cogne Ice Climbing Week Course Dates: January through February, 2016
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The Everest movie, which tells the story of the 1996 tragedy that occured on Mt Everest to the Adventure Consultants expediton led by Rob Hall, has premiered at the Venice Film Festival and also in Los Angeles. Here in Wanaka New Zealand we had a sold out charity fundraising screening of the movie on Sept 10 and we helped support another Nepal earthquake re-build charity fundraiser at the Embassy theatre in Wellington, New Zealand on Sept 17. The Everest movie has opened in IMAX cinemas this week and extends to all cinemas for general release from Sept 25.
If you would like to read more background about Adventure Consultants and our history, and what happened before and since 1996 then take some time to read through our history page.
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