Adventure News 10 November 2017
AC Guide and Expedition Leader Rob Smith and the Ama Dablam 2017 team have returned to Kathmandu after a successful expedition to climb Nepal's Ama Dablam (6,828m). Congratulations to Brian, Michael and Jamie on climbing this beautiful peak and huge thanks to our Sherpa team of Passang Bhote, Pemba Chote, Dawa Bhote, Pemba Sherpa and Da Jangbu Sherpa and to Rob for his superb leadership on the expedition.
Our Island Peak Oct 2017 team also had a successful summit day on 30 October - congratulations to Michelle, Richard, Anya and Alex and big thanks to Gabriel Mazur leading the trip with the help of Sirdar Dawa Wangchuk Sherpa, Kami Rita Sherpa and Tenzin Sherpa.
Next it's the turn of our Three Peaks Nepal 2017 Expedition with their sights set on climbing Island Peak, Lobuche East and Pokalde. We wish them all the best under the watchful eye of Expedition Leader Charley Mace, with the assistance of Da Jangbu Sherpa, Chewang Dorjee Sherpa, Tenzing Gyalzen Sherpa, Phu Tashi Sherpa, Chhiri Lama Sherpa, Tenzing Bhote and Maila Rai.
The dZi Foundation is an organisation started in 1998 by mountaineers Jim Nowak and Kim Reynolds to help Nepalese orphans receive schooling and ongoing opportunities, and we have been supporting this worthy charity since that time. In 2001, dZi established itself as a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) and now also has UK charity status. Since 2001, the organization has grown significantly and has honed its focus on community-led development projects in some of the most remote communities in Nepal. dZi now employs a handful of people in the U.S. but has a full-time staff of almost 20 Nepali nationals working between their headquarters in Kathmandu and the remote communities where their projects take place. dZi currently serves almost 30,000 people in an expanding network of remote villages, focusing primarily on basic infrastructure like school buildings, toilets, drinking water systems and bridges as well as agriculture initiatives.
If you are looking for a partner for a fundraising project alongside your climb in Nepal, then we can highly recommend dZi Foundation's operation, for really making a difference long term in the lives of Nepali people in more remote areas.
Adventure Consultants supports the work of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, who have worked tirelessly for many years promoting and protecting the rights and standards of porters working on Kilimanjaro. They do need help to keep operating and you can also help their cause by donating, especially if you've climbed Kilimanjaro! Their efforts have really made a difference to the lives of porters working all over the mountain. Go to https://kiliporters.org/donate-now/ to donate and help KPAP keep operating.
Our current Everest Base Camp trekking team from Singapore have launched a fundraising drive to build a new wing at Shree Pashupati Secondary School in Dhading Province in Nepal, in conjunction with Room to Read, a terrific charity that focuses on improving child literacy. They are trying to raise at least USD 60,000.
Please have a look at their website https://give.roomtoread.org/team/135637 if you would like to help them and you can check our their daily trek dispatches too.
What better way to kick the New Year off than with the trip of a lifetime on our Carstensz Pyramid Expedition. Our next expedition departs in January 2018 and promises to be an epic adventure, unlike any other in the world. Fly into the Carstensz Base Camp area and enjoy the challenging climb of Australasia's highest peak, the limestone escarpment of Carstensz, before trekking back out through the wonderfully wet and wild Western Papua jungle. We've been operating successful expeditions to the area for over 20 years now, and you can rest assured you're in the hands of the experts on this challenging and remote Seven Summits peak. Note our new price of US$22,900 for the fly / walk option, for 2018, which is a reduction in price.
We love shopping for gear and helping our team members get kitted out in all the correct specilaist gear required to make their climbing expeditions successful. Check out our new online PDF catalogue in our gear store, and get in touch with Aaron or Em today if you would like put in an order for any of the goodies contained within it.
Look out for the new AC branded The North Face Thermoball jacket available in the Gear Store - a very smart garment and very practical too. Highly recommended by our guides.
The New Zealand summer of mountaineering is underway now and our Climbing School has busy season of mountaineering courses ahead, with the first of our 10 day Alpine Climbing Courses enjoying superb early summer weather and conditions. If you're thinking about an introductory course, looking to extend your skills or interested in learning the art of expedition climbing then now is the time to give us a call. We have a range of courses available that cater to everyone's skill levels and goals - chat with our knowledgeable Programme Coordinator's Aaron or Hayley to find the best course for you. Scheduled courses run from October through until April and we also offer private course programmes on demand including our popular Seven Summits Training Course.
For ten years, our gear sponsors The North Face have worked with inspiring applicants from Australia and New Zealand to help turn their expedition dreams into reality. The North Face Adventure Grant 2018 marks the tenth year of the grant, and its support of the adventurous communities of Australia and New Zealand. Applications for 2018 expeditions close November 30, 2017. What are they looking for? Human-powered expeditions that embody the spirit of exploration. The recipient is awarded with $8,000 towards their expedition, and $2000 worth of gear from The North Face to aid in their pursuit.
From the AC Blog page
Ama Dablam 2017 - Final dispatch
Island Peak 2017 - Last day
Manaslu 2017 - Back in Ktm
Lux EBC #3 2017 - Farewell
Mustang 2017 - Kathmandu
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