Adventure News 24 June 2016
18 x Everest summiteer Ang Dorjee Sherpa is leading our Mera Peak expedition this post monsoon and there are still a few places left if you’d like to join one of the world's most celebrated expedition leaders on this brilliant trek, followed by an ascent of Nepal’s highest trekking peak. Ang Dorjee provides a colourful insight to the Sherpa customs and way of life while carefully supporting the team members on their journey through this magical landscape that is off the beaten track.
Dates: Sept 24 - Oct 17, 2016
We are able to offer a unique opportunity to purchase a number of beautifully presented replicas of Sir Edmund Hillary’s ice axe that he personally signed. The axe has been mounted in a glass case with colourful illustrations that can be personalised to align with your requirements; be it as a gift to a valued sponsor, a feature item at your home or business, perhaps a personal souvenir of your own ascent, or as the feature item at a fundraising event.
The cost of the axe in the case is NZ$3995 (US$2,822) plus freight costs.
Please note: 20% of the cost goes directly to the Sherpa Future Fund and other charities within Nepal. The Sherpa Future Fund was established to help the families of Nepalese climbers who lost their lives in the mountains with education scholarships for their children.
8 x Everest summits guide Mike Roberts will be leading our group on Cho Oyu this coming season and there is still space available to join our climbing team at this point so please get in contact to become a member of this team, on what is acknowledged as the best 8000m peak to climb with the highest statistics for summit success. Adventure Consultants have a solid summit success record on Cho Oyu, so get in touch today to discuss making the journey to Tibet via Kathmandu, Nepal, for a super memorable 8000m peak climb.
Dates: August 30 – October 12, 2016
Join us this fall to ski from the summit of Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest mountain at 8,201m! This is an incredible opportunity for expert back-country skiers with mountaineering experience to ski Cho Oyu. It will require that you perform well at altitude, and can ski any snow, in any condition, and in control. The ski descent will be led by IFMGA Guide Dean Staples and has very limited places available. Exciting!
Dates: August 30 – October 12, 2016
It really is the final hour for joining one of our Vinson Massif groups on the most remote of the Seven Summits in Antarctica. In a few days flights will all be locked down and the limited seats taken so if you are considering this brilliant adventure next southern hemisphere summer then now is the time to secure that position.
Our popular guided trekking programmes in Europe are the best way to experience the Tour du Mont Blanc and Summer Haute Route. We take the hassle out of organising what are logistically challenging trips and enable you to enjoy the superb high altitude trekking in the Alps while our guides take care of all the details.
Tour du Mont Blanc
Enjoy this brilliant hiking adventure where you `pass-hop’ between seven valleys over seven days as you circumnavigate Mt Blanc on the Tour du Mont Blanc trek over 7 days. Each night on this tour you will stay in delightful alpine chalets and hotels in villages that are well appointed and run by local families serving fine food and wines of the region.
Over the duration of the tour you traverse three countries, France, Italy and Switzerland. At each overnight stop you can absorb the local atmosphere before heading off to the next destination. Each trekking day is around five hours and you will carry only a light trekking pack.
The summer Haute Route, or `high route’, is a spectacular and demanding trek through the French and Swiss Alps, from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland. You will stay in high mountain refuges and hotels each night as you follow the route that traverses below the summits of ten of the highest peaks in the Alps.
The route ascends high mountain passes including the Serpentine at 3796m that is one of the most stunning vantage points in all of the European Alps. The spectacular views will be just reward for the effort of the climb. You will descend icy glaciers and traverse green alpine valleys with flower-covered meadows with occasional picturesque villages to pass through. In no time you will become absorbed into a world of glaciers and towering, snow-capped peaks interspersed with the vibrant culture of French and Swiss mountain villages. Finally you will arrive into the beautiful alpine town of Zermatt with the imposing and famous Matterhorn towering above. You will relish participating in this physical yet spectacular trek forever.
The challenging South West Ridge of Cholatse 6,440m is a hidden gem of the Himalaya and a solid mountaineering objective for experienced climbers. Nestled between the Khumbu and Gokyo Valleys in the Everest region, Cholatse is a spectacular peak with steep soaring lines on every aspect. Our line up the South West Ridge involves climbing steep snow and ice pitches linking two camps that we place alpine style on our way to the summit. We acclimatise on Lobuche East before crossing the Cho La to our Base Camp beneath the mountain. The route ascends through snow slopes leading to a crux section on rock. Once past the difficulties, the climbing culminates in a steep and superb ridgeline that plateaus onto the summit dome. This expedition is planned to include Sherpa support but relies on the collective efforts of team members in each camp and on the route to contribute to the success of the ascent.
Dates: October 21 - November 21, 2016
Two of our favourite Course and Ascent programmes in the European Alps are in Switzerland and In Italy;
MONTE ROSA COURSE & ASCENTS
Begin your mountaineering career in the heart of the Swiss Alps by scaling several peaks in the Monte Rosa region on the Monte Rosa Course and Ascents programme, or simply partake in some enjoyable climbing where you can extend yourself to whatever level of difficulty you enjoy.
If this is your first time climbing, you can start with introductory lessons on the easier peaks, then move on to more challenging ascents. Experienced climbers can immediately lock into ascents of the series of summits that are all in close proximity to the alpine hut system. Should you want to push your limits, your guide will be happy to help you develop new skills.
Dates: July to September – you select your own course dates to suit
GRAN PARADISO COURSE & ASCENT
Learn introductory skills for mountaineering, and then consolidate your skills on a training climb followed by an ascent of Gran Paradiso, the highest peak in the Italian Alps.
On day one you will embark on a scenic trek to the alpine hut. Days two and three will focus on introductory skills for mountaineering while doing training climbs on nearby peaks. Rising early on day four you then climb to the summit of Gran Paradiso where you can take in the amazing views across to the Mt Blanc Massif before your return to Chamonix that afternoon. Perfect!
Dates: July to September – you select your own course dates to suit
Add on a 2 day / 2 night Europe Pre-Course & Acclimatisation Programme to any European Alps trip.
The focus of the Sherpa Future Fund has centred on providing education to the children of Nepalese workers who have lost their lives in the mountains and as a result of generosity of many the Sherpa Future Fund is able to support 13 children in their schooling and boarding costs while two more are yet to start their schooling. All but one of the children who are already at school are now attending boarding schools in Kathmandu that have been selected because they provide caring and supportive environments with dedicated teaching staff.
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Lux EBC #3 2017 - Farewell
Mustang 2017 - Kathmandu
Elbrus 2017 - Party Time!
Elbrus Private 2017 - Moscow
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