Adventure News 22 September 2017
Each of the Seven Summits has a season and a special time of year to be climbed (or when the chances of summiting are at their best) and for Vinson in Antarctica, the season runs from late November to January - the southern austral summer months. There is now only one space left for Vinson expeditions and very limited capacity on other programmes for aspiring Antarctic climbers and adventurers to join as follows:
Trip 1: Nov 23 - Dec 8 led by Steve Moffat FULL
Get in touch today for this remaining space or if you have interest in any other programmes such as Last Degree South Pole and Climb Antarctica.
New on our Blog, read about what it takes to be ready for a trek at high altitude. We have tailored fitness training plans available through Uphill Athlete which we highly recommend as a way to ensure you are ready for your trip and more importantly, will enjoy the trip. Just one of the ways we help you prepare for a trek with Adventure Consultants.
Are you considering a trek with Adventure Consultants, but not sure you can physically handle the experience? We’ve teamed up with our friends at Uphill Athlete to understand how fit you need to be for a high-altitude trek.
There are some spaces left on our remaining post-monsoon / autumn season trips in Nepal:
For armchair viewing, take a look at the dispatches of our current Manaslu Expedition (8,163m) led by Dean Staples and our Mustang Horse Trek, which was led by Chhiring Sonam Sherpa. The team on Manaslu have acclimatised to Camp 2 height, 6,250m, and are now resting in Base Camp whilst they wait out some forecasted bad weather, before they look to acclimatising higher and a summit attempt on the eighth highest mountain in the world.
Our Mustang trek group have completed their journey on horseback to the remote region of Mustang in Nepal, visiting the walled city of Lo Monthang as well as many ancient caves and monasteries along the way. Next trips to Mustang are in spring 2018 - March 31 to April 18 and *May 3 to 21 (*special departure that combines with the Tiji Festival).
Take a look at our new web page on the alpine huts and camps that we use here in New Zealand year round on our climbing and skiing trips, courses and treks. These mountain 'havens' where we shelter from the storm are truly a national treasure and as guides and visitors we are always happy to see the hut appear over the horizon after a long day out in the hills. You can spend time at these lofty locations on our guided ascents and summer mountaineering courses, and we even have a few folks who have been to every hut! #outdoorslife #besthutsofnewzealand
Journeys on skis are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the mountains, and traversing the famous Haute Route in the Swiss Alps is one of the absolute classic ski mountaineering trips of a lifetime. The Swiss Haute Route passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Western Alps, finishing with a long descent beneath the North Face of the Matterhorn. Skiing rarely gets more scenic than this. Our Verbier to Zermatt guided ski tour 'The Highlight Tour' has the option of a private departure with your own IFMGA guide, or joining our scheduled departures in a group of up to four ski tourers and a guide.
Haute Route on Skis 'The Highlight Tour'
A vest is one of those items on your equipment list that you will find is so absolutely useful to wear during all parts of an expedition - from the approach trek, to Base Camp life to climbing on the mountain and summit day. An insulated vest is even better! Our favourite is The North Face Thermoball Vest and hence we have made this essential item an AC branded piece of kit. You can get your #ACTeam Thermoball vest from our Gear Store - and while you're there, check out the glacier shirts, caps, sun hats, mountaineering books, Nalgene water bottles and Buffs that are available for sale. They make great gifts and are all incredibly useful items as well.
If you are seriously considering climbing Mount Everest in 2018 then give us a call to chat with one of our team about everything Everest - the mountain, the history, the people, the environment, the current state of play and the best way to successfully climb at super high altitude in good style. In the spring season of 2018, Adventure Consultants will return to the mountain with a full service guided expedition for what will be our 25th expedition. We are the pioneers of guided high altitude expedition climbing on Mt Everest and we still set the standards today, being recognised as the premier guiding service. To be extraordinarily successful at 8000m peak climbing takes a certain style of planning and leadership and an approach that ensures safety, accountability and team dynamics are all considered in every moment. We look forward to chatting about all things Everest and Adventure Consultants with you soon.
Here in New Zealand we're surrounded by water, so it goes without saying that we're not fazed by the fact that our newly discovered continent is largely underwater. Zealandia, the world's newest continent, stretches as far north as New Caledonia and includes all of New Zealand, making the continent's highest peak our very own Aoraki / Mount Cook. What better way to tick off your geographically correct 8 summits than with a climb of the exhilarating and technically challenging Aoraki (3,754m). Climbing is best in our summer season, November to April (though with most success November through January), and it can be completed over a short six day period. Contact us to find out how to book your 8th summit now! And will we need to rename our Seven Summits Training Course the Eight Summits Training Course ?!
From the AC Blog page
Manaslu 2017 - Rest Day
Mustang 2017 - Kathmandu
Elbrus 2017 - Party Time!
Elbrus Private 2017 - Moscow
Everest 2017 - Wrapping Up
Dhaulagiri 2017 - It's a wrap!
Greenland 3 Peaks 2017 - Last Days
Mera Peak 2017 - Kathmandu
- 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