Adventure News 31 March 2017
Our ever popular Elbrus expeditions are filling up fast this year, with our first departure already at capacity. There are still some spaces left on our second departure, a shorter 12 day option that starts and finishes in Moscow. Our 2017 expeditions are once again being led by long time AC guide Mike Roberts, a veteran of countless expeditions across the globe, including all of the Seven Summits and more.
Elbrus Trip 2
It is an exciting time, and to follow we have expeditions beginning in April to Dhaulagiri, Mera Peak and Island Peak as well as an array of trekking groups heading out. This year our Dhaulagiri expedition is being led by AC CEO Guy Cotter, and to follow his recent AC blog article on 'Fixing Everest' he was interviewed by veteran Everest Blogger Alan Arnette on his upcoming climb, as well as his thoughts on this year's Everest season. Check out Guy's interview on The Blog on alanarnette.com.
While sometimes overshadowed by their bigger cousin Everest, there are in fact a number of other 8,000m options available for people looking to push the limits of high altitude climbing or prepare for an ascent of Everest. We have two expeditions planned for the post monsoon climbing season later this year, to Cho Oyu (8,201m) and Manaslu (8,163m).
With only a few short technical sections, Cho Oyu is an ideal first forary above 8,000m, and is climbed by many in preparation for Everest. Manaslu, with it's moderate angled snow slopes and short technical sections takes in one of Nepal's lesser travelled, yet exceedingly scenic areas, and has to be one of the preferred 8,000m climbs. While previously operated as an 'on demand' option, this year we have a scheduled Manaslu expedition being led by veteran AC guide Dean Staples. Contact us to speak with one of our high altitude experts if you'd like to join Dean or simply learn more about our other 8,000m options.
Cho Oyu Expedition
Ice Climbing Courses
If you are looking for a mountaineering course that offers more, then look no further than our Monte Rosa Course and Ascents Program, which combines an impressive six pristine summits with a mountaineering skills program. Enjoy stupendous views, from the Matterhorn to the elegant North Face of Lyskamm and the knuckled mass of the Dufourspitze. Join one of our scheduled departures or enquire about private departures which are also available for those looking for different dates or a more personalised experience. Contact us now to book your space for this summer mountaineering season.
Monte Rosa Course and Ascent
The Antarctic Peninsula has never been more accessible! Join one of our five ship based expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula. Each Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Voyage crosses the Drake Passage in a comfortable ship before our it becomes our Basecamp for daily activities such as mountaineering, ski touring, snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking, photography workshops and landings ashore. An ideal expedition to explore one of the world's last frontiers through a range of different activities, suitable for all levels of experience. Contact us to find out more.
Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Voyages
Bookings for this coming season on Denali have filled, with only limited spaces remaining for well prepared climbers. Denali is a challenging climb, made no less by its location close to the Arctic Circle which often brings extreme weather conditions, and cold, even in the summer months. But this challenge is what makes a summit on Denali so sweet! It’s an achievement in itself and great preparation for some of the higher 8,000m Himalayan objectives. Preparation and training are key to a successful ascent, so if you're thinking about Denali in 2018 now is the time to contact us and start planning.
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