Adventure News 26 July 2016
"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success."
We’ve elected to be a little less dramatic in our proposal! The core trekking party consists of Peter Hillary, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Tommy Heinrich, Guy Cotter, and Jeremy Lindblad, son of the founder and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions.
The journey is ship-based out of Ushuaia on the southern-most tip of Argentina on the superb Lindblad ships, National Geographic Orion and National Geographic Explorer. After boarding, we sail initially to the Falkland Islands for activities before venturing on to South Georgia itself. The non-expedition passengers will enjoy sightseeing around the fjords and bays of South Georgia, each day participating in shore based activities and numerous wildlife encounters. The members of the Shackleton Crossing Expedition will depart the ship to complete the traverse of South Georgia as Shackelton, Worsley and Crean had to do. We will rendezvous with the ship when everyone - experienced climbers and expedition guests alike - will be able to come ashore to do the most historic final 4-mile leg of the historic traverse, which is a memory-maker.
22 Oct 16 Arrive Ushuaia
- For cabin categories, rates & more information visit expeditions.com/southgeorgia
- Rates: From US$15,930 to $30,830 per person for the voyage (depending on cabin selection) and an additional $8,000 for the historic Shackleton Crossing.
While the Shackleton Crossing is only 2-3 days of travel, participants will need to be pack-fit, be prepared for long hard days, hurricane strength winds and uncomfortable camping – all the components that make up a truly memorable adventure! Contact us today for more information on this special commemorative expedition.
Expedition insurance and in particular, policies that cover mountaineering, can be hard to secure. In this ever-changing world of insurance, it is well worth thoroughly researching your options as not all policies are created equally.
When considering your insurance options, often there is no one stand-alone policy that will necessarily cover you for medical evacuation at higher altitudes, when using ropes or guides, as well as providing comprehensive travel insurance cover for events such as trip cancellation, flight delays, lost luggage and so on. When looking at specific policies, you need to ensure that the coverage benefits and amounts, geographical and altitude limitations, and current travel advisories are noted, as they do vary between companies.
We recommend arranging trip cancellation insurance cover upon sign up for your AC adventure with your deposit payment - or at the very least, at the time that you pay for your flights and balance payment for the expedition. It is not unknown for people to have unforeseen reasons that force them to cancel their trips, such as family illness, injury to one’s self and business issues being some examples. The majority of policies will only cover cancellation up until your scheduled departure date. Trip interruption insurance will then come into play and provides cover, if you are prevented from continuing or resuming your trip due to unforeseen circumstances. Thoroughly check the policy wording relating to trip cancellation and trip interruption, and the amounts that can be covered, as many policies have a threshold of what they will insure. Being aware of what this covers you for can be the difference between having a claim accepted or denied.
To obtain 100% expedition travel insurance coverage often requires the purchase of two policies. For example, an Australian team member climbing a 6,500m peak may require a medical evacuation membership (e.g RipCord or Global Rescue) to provide cover for when climbing, but as this does not cover for events such as flight delays, lost luggage etc, a standard travel insurance policy such as CoverMore then provides additional cover.
Over the past few months, there have been some major changes to expedition insurance - notably with the US based companies, RipCord, Global Rescue and TravelEx. Previously both RipCord and Global Rescue specifically offered membership for medical evacuation and rescue services only, but now both offer comprehensive travel insurance packages.
RipCord, after partnering with TravelEx, now offer RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™ which combines comprehensive travel insurance (altitude limit of 5000m for this additional cover) with the evacuation/rescue services as one product. This is currently available to US Residents.
Global Rescue offer their new product, the Signature Travel Insurance option, which has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/ trip interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US residents, but will soon be offered worldwide.
Following suit, UK based company DogTag, have a new insurance option providing cover for incidents such as pre-trip cancellation, medical costs, lost luggage and other unexpected events that can happen when travelling. Currently, this can only be purchased by UK and Channel Island residents, but as with the above will soon be offered worldwide.
Given the vagaries of insurance, we cannot recommend highly enough that you read the policy wording thoroughly, prior to purchase, so that you are well aware of what you are covered for before heading away on your trip of a lifetime. If you have signed up for an Adventure Consultants expedition or trek, your Client Liaison will be able to provide information and assist further, as to the best insurance options for your specific trip.
We were sad to gather together to farewell New Zealand Mountain Guide Russell Braddock, who died in an avalanche on Mont Blanc du Tacul in the French Alps whilst out ski touring on his day off on June 20. There was a huge turnout to celebrate all that was quintessentially Russell in Wanaka on Saturday 9 July, with very apt tributes to a treasured mentor, guide and dear friend of us all. This article is a must read for anyone who climbed or skied with Russell over the past few decades as it contains a good record of the numerous stories told about his exploits. "His goal in life was to make life his goal,".
Aconcagua, “The Sentinel of Stone”, is the highest peak outside of the Himalaya at 6,962m. Located in Western Argentina - the heart of the Central Andes, it is South America’s highest peak and one of the much sought after "Seven Summits".
An ascent of this eminent Andean Peak is ideal for those wishing to experience high altitude expedition mountaineering and is often undertaken as a preparation climb for the big mountains in the Himalaya.
Check out our new 28 day Aconcagua Course and Ascent programme which allows more time to learn high altitude climbing skills and for acclimatisation before the summit attempt.
Possibly the most exotic mountaineering location on earth, Carstensz Pyramid in Western Papua is a large limestone escarpment jutting out of the rainforest. Coveted as the highest peak in Australasia, Carstensz Pyramid is the most remote of the Seven Summits.
We have been operating expeditions to Carstensz Pyramid since 1990, climbing the North face in a long day from Base Camp. 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.
With winter in full swing here in New Zealand and our Backcountry Skiing Courses nearly booked out, we've added more 5 day and 7 day course dates.
BSC 1: Aug 1 - 5 FULL
Price: 5 day course NZ$2,250
Get in touch today to secure your space on the new trips available, and remember these courses have a Mountain Safety Council Avalanche Awareness qualification included.
Join us on the popular Three Peaks Nepal expedition and make ascents of three of Nepal's most popular trekking peaks - Island Peak (6,189m), Pokalde (5,806m) and Lobuche East (6,119m). This trip offers an opportunity to partake in a journey that covers a lot of terrain, enables you to make multiple ascents on peaks of moderate elevation and provides an ideal progression and introduction to Himalayan mountaineering.
The journey has many visual highlights with stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and many, many more.
Dates: Nov 10 - Dec 5, 2016
One of the ultimate adventures on earth has to be Antarctica’s Ski the Last Degree expedition! We are running two of these exceptional expeditions during the 2016 / 2017 season. This incredible journey involves skiing the final ten days of the trek to the South Pole, using sleds to haul our provisions. A short but fully encompassing adventure to the bottom of the world, contact us today to learn more!
Dates: Trip 1: Dec 15 - 30, 2016 and Trip 2: Dec 31 - Jan 15, 2017
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