Adventure News 13 May 2017
Our Everest team is currently playing the waiting game before starting out on their summit bid. A number of factors need to be in place before they can safely move up the mountain - rope-fixing through to the summit, logistics and an ideal window of good weather. At the moment, some of the team have been resting in Pheriche and Namche, enjoying the thicker air of the lower altitude, while others choose to remain at Base Camp. Yoga, walks, movies, poker and much analysis of weather forecasts all helping the team pass the time. They have had visitors to Base Camp; our Island Peak, Khumbu Trek and Three Passes Trek teams all stopping by, along with AC founder Rob Hall's former wife, Jan Arnold who along with friends, family and other AC staff remembered the 1996 Everest tragedy on what was it's 21st anniversary.
Meanwhile, on Dhaulagiri our team is currently undertaking their second rotation on the mountain, aiming to reach an altitude of 7,000m before returning to Base Camp (pictured right) and resting prior to their summit bid. They have encountered trying conditions on the mountain so far with regular snowfall creating some delay, however, they're taking a philosophical approach to the climb, adopting team member Charlotte Fox's mantra 'It doesn't have to be fun, to be fun' - such is the process of high altitude mountaineering!
In other expedition news, we have two Private Expeditions currently underway in different corners of the globe, we have a team climbing Denali and another, about to embark on an exploration of the Three Peaks of Greenland. Daily updates on their progress can be found on our Current Trip Dispatches page.
And on Thursday, we had a call from the summit of Island Peak from AC Guide, Matt Chessor who was standing atop with seven of his team members. Matt reported perfect weather (no wind and blue skies) and the snow that has fallen over the last week or two had really improved conditions on the mountain, so, all in all, it was a great day. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for summit images over the next few days, and read about their adventure on our Island Peak Dispatch page.
For many people, the opportunity to discover the African wilderness is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and in September 2017, we are offering a 7 day/6 night Kenyan safari. If you have signed up for one of our Kilimanjaro departures, are travelling to Kenya independently or are just looking for an excuse to travel to Africa, here it is. Departing from Nairobi, this tour takes in the diverse landscapes of the world famous Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru National Parks, as well as Lake Naivasha. Located in the Great Rift valley, Lake Nakuru is renowned for its birdlife as well as the opportunity to see a white rhino and the rare Rothschild’s giraffe. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake surrounded by forests and hence is known for its birdwatching, and the waters attract buffalo, hippo and the shorelines are home to giraffe, monkeys and a variety of wild animals. You cannot go to Kenya without a visit to the Masai Mara, offering a unique array of animals as well as the largest population in any African park, given the geographic location by the Mara and Talek Rivers. You may even be lucky enough to see some of the annual migration that travels through the park between July and November. Contact us to book your safari or learn more about this once in a lifetime trip!
Kenya Safari Add On
Our introductory Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering programme offers instruction and climbing amongst one of the world's major mountain ranges the Cordillera Real. Ideal for those who would like the experience of climbing in an uncrowded area, exploring a remote and exotic land leaving minimal impact, the Cordillera Real offers unparalleled opportunities. We also offer a five-day ascent of the massive Nevado Illimani (6,462m / 21,201ft) as an add-on to capitalise on your existing acclimatisation and make this expedition even more enjoyable. Contact us today to find out more.
Bolivia Alpine Mountaineering Expedition
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 more. Contact us to book your place on this spectacular journey.
Three Peaks Nepal Expedition
Whether you're an aspiring climber with little or no experience, or an experienced alpinist looking to push your skills to a higher level we have a course for you at our Europe Climbing School! Learn the basics on our Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course for those new to alpine climbing. Consolidate and learn new skills while you make ascents on our Chamonix Alpine Climbing Course, ideal for climbers looking to broaden their skills. Or extend yourself on our Chamonix Advanced Mountaineering Course for those looking to take their climbing to the next level. Private Instruction Courses are also available. Contact us to discuss which course is best suited to you.
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