Adventure News 23 September 2016
We have been really pleased to receive a considerable amount of positive feedback from our Kilimanjaro adventurers, who have enjoyed a hugely successful season with a 99% success rate across all our teams!
Visiting Africa is a `must do’ adventure in life, and there is no better motivation than a Kilimanjaro climb with our fabulous local Tanzanian guides who inject a local flavour but with the highest standards of food, accommodation, tents and service that cannot be found elsewhere. The climb is followed by a safari where you come face to face with the wildlife of Africa from the safety and comfort of your highly spec’d safari Landcruiser.
You can elect to join one of our standard departures for the ascent or we can work with you to plan a custom built `luxury’ trip with a wonderful variety of African adventures to enjoy after the hard work of the Kilimanjaro ascent. Some choose to bring friends and family to join them for the safaris and tours after the climb. Add on options range from an array of incredible safaris where you can stay in luxury lodges or remote tent camps while you follow the Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. Additionally, you may like to join a walking tour with Maasai tribesmen, a safari in Kenya, or a relaxing holiday to float in the tepid waters of the island of Zanzibar.
Kilimanjaro departures for 2017 have limited capacity, so why not consider signing up now for one of our scheduled trips in January? More information can be found on our Kilimanjaro page and our very knowledgeable Kilimanjaro Client Liaison, Tiffany Shervell will work with you to plan an adventure of a lifetime.
This is an incredible journey to the northern most point on our planet over 19 days with our polar expedition experts. Expeditioners walk on skis towing sleds for the final degree, being 110km to reach the goal. Now is definitely the time to complete this journey as the ice at the North Pole is getting progressively thinner each year. The expedition is operated at a 1:4 ratio with our highly experienced polar guides and we also offer a personalised 1:2 highly supported option.
North Pole - Ski the Last Degree
Highly Supported 2017 Dates: Trip 1: April 1 -15 and Trip 2: April 11- 25
Ecuador is a country of exquisite scenery, friendly people and outstanding mountains where we operate ascents of three of the highest volcanos; Antisana, Chimborazo and Cayambe on a 16 day adventure and cultural smorgasboard. Our Ecuador Volcanoes trip is ideal for those with an interest in visiting this remarkable country or for anyone who wants to experience moderate altitude for the first time. Note that as Cotopaxi is currently closed since it erupted, and we will be climbing Cayambe as an alternative.
In 1951 Guy Cotter's father Ed, joined a group of young kiwis who intended to achieve the first ascent of Mukut Parbat, a 7242m peak in the Indian Garhwal. The team included (leader) Earle Riddiford, George Lowe, Ed Hillary and Cotter with a small Sherpa team. After Cotter, Riddiford and Passang Dawa Lama summited the mountain, an invite arrived from Eric Shipton inviting two of the team to join the Everest reconnaissance. This thoughtfully written and well researched book uncovers the events that followed that without Cotter, Riddiford and Passang Dawa Lama’s successful Mukat Parbat ascent would have changed the history of New Zealand (and possibly British) mountaineering forever.
Come along to the Wanaka book launch to hear author Lyn McKinnon talk about the background to the book and she will be available to sign copies that can be purchased on the night. Entry will be $10 per person - tickets are available from Adventure Consultants and Paper Plus Wanaka. The Wanaka book launch event is a fundraiser for the Adventure Consultants Sherpa Future Fund.
Books will also be available for sale following the launch through our gear shop. Contact us to pre-order your copy today.
Book launch dates and venues:
Peru is known (to us mountaineers) for great weather and stunning mountains! In July each year we operate a wonderful 19 day expedition to Alpamayo, 5917m, perhaps one of the most coveted alpine ice routes in the world. On the back of this ascent, and now that you are acclimatised from Alpamayo anyway, we offer a 6 day add-on to climb Mount Artesonraju (another famous peak, 6025m) to deliver a huge amount of climbing in a short timeframe. Very popular for those who don’t have the time for Himalayan ascents.
Artesonraju Add On
Develop climbing skills under the tuition of your guide while you acclimatise on Mount Cerro Vallecitos during the first week of the expedition, and then travel to Aconcagua to make an attempt on this 6962m Andean giant that is the highest peak outside the Himalayas. While technically straightforward, Aconcagua could be described as strenuous climbing at high altitude, a good standard for which to prepare for future Himalayan peaks.
The European `Haute Route’ is famous for it’s high alpine ski touring between the alpine refuges/lodges through the most stunning scenery that the Alps has to offer. But like the Silk Route through central Asia, the Haute Route has several variations that travel through different countries and mountain regions. We offer the Swiss Haute route as our primary tour from Verbier to Zermatt, with options to add on the Chamonix to Verbier start and the Zermatt to Sass Fee finish. On the Swiss Haute Route you ski door to door while the other options have some transport connecting the mountains. Whether you do one section or combine them all, this adventure is the holy grail for ski mountaineers the world over. The preferable time for these tours is in the springtime, and note our new group departure dates below for the fabulous Verbier to Zermatt option.
European Alps Haute Route Ski Tour
Check out our Europe Haute Route Ski Tour page for more details on options available and pricing for your winter adventure.
From the AC Blog page
Ama Dablam 2017 - First glimpse
Island Peak 2017 - Rest Day
Manaslu 2017 - Back in Ktm
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