Adventure News 16 January 2017
Our 2017 brochure is now available online, and it's full of adventures across the globe, from short weekend ice climbing breaks to epic month long mountaineering adventures and more. Check it out by clicking the link off our homepage or view here on issuu. If you'd prefer a printed copy of the brochure please email us with your postal details and we'll send one out.
Kicking around London next weekend? Visit us at The Adventure Travel Show at Olympia, meet some of our team and discuss your next adventure. You'll find us at stand A23, we look forward to seeing you there!
Book your tickets online using our discount code ADVCONSULTS to save on the door price.
Congatulations to our Vinson team who recently summited Vinson Massif (4,892m) in Antarctica. Led by AC guide and New Zealand Operations Coordinator Steve Moffat the team enjoyed a relatively quick trip to the mountain, summiting a day earlier than expected ahead of a changing weather forecast. They are now 'off the ice' and savouring their journey to Antarctica's highest peak! We run 4 expeditions annually to climb Vinson over the 'Antarctic Summer', if you're ticking off the Seven Summits or looking for adventure on the frozen continent then contact us for more information.
In an epic final day our South Pole Ski the Last Degree team covered the final 23km to arrive at the South Pole on the 12th of January. The father and son duo, led by AC guides Lydia Bradey and Andy Cole enjoyed cold but clear conditions throughout their expedition and celebrated their accomplishments with 'chicken and champagne' overnight at the South Pole NGO Camp. Expeditioning to the South Pole is one of the world's ultimate adventures, and a big congratulations to all of the team for completing this incredible journey!
Our South Pole Ski the Last Degree expedition takes place each year over the 'Antarctic Summer' and its short duration makes it suitable for those pressed for time, or as an add on to our other Antarctic adventures such as Vinson Massif or Climb Antarctica.
South Pole - Ski the Last Degree
Our annual Aconcagua expeditions are underway, with Kiwi guide Mark Austin currently leading an intrepid crew on their summit bid over the coming days. One of the Seven Summits, and an ideal introductory high altitude mountaineering peak, Aconcagua has always proven to be a popular South American climb. It's not too late to join our upcoming Aconcagua Course and Ascent later this month, which combines an introductory mountaineering course with an ascent of South America's highest peak. Contact us for more information about the Course and Ascent program and follow the current team's journey at our Aconcagua dispatch page.
Bookings are now open for both our 2017 Denali and Elbrus expeditions. Places on these popular mid-year departures are limited, so book now to ensure your place on the expedition of your choice. Denali, one of the more challenging Seven Summits is climbed via the West Buttress route and this year we are offering both a 1:3 guide to client ratio, and a 1:2 'highly supported' ratio option.
In contrast, Elbrus offers a non-technical, moderate-altitude mountaineering experience, an ideal objective for those looking for a taste of high altitude mountaineering, or first or second Seven Summits objective. We offer two Elbrus expeditions each year, a longer 14 day option that takes in the cultural wonders of the Russian cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, as well as a shorter 12 day option that starts and finishes in Moscow.
Contact us if you'd like to discuss either of these trips or learn more about climbing the Seven Summits.
Elbrus Trip 1
Elbrus Trip 2
Planning is now well underway for what is shaping up to be a busy pre-monsoon climbing season in the Himalaya. This year we have expeditions to climb Everest, Dhaulagiri, Mera Peak and Island Peak, as well as several Himalayan treks including Everest Base Camp, Luxury Everest Base Camp and Three Passes.
It's going to be an exciting time seeing everyone reach their 'peak' and we are very pleased to be supporting our team members as they train and prepare for these expeditions and treks. There is also a wee bit of space left and it's not too late to get on board with your own Himalayan goal for the spring season. Plenty of people are also booking for their post-monsoon / autumn challenges too so don't hesitate to send in an enquiry by email or phone - never too early to sart your planning.
Despite variable weather our New Zealand summer courses and ascents have been exploring the length of the Southern Alps. We have had a number of ascents in the Aspiring and Aoraki Mount Cook regions, along with a numerous courses including a new year Mountaineering Instruction Course led by none other than Guy Cotter! Who better to learn the ropes of mountaineering from than the world's high altitude experts. We have limited spaces available on our courses and guided ascents through until April, enquire now to find out more.
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