Adventure News 17 February 2017
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Adventure Consultants Blog, packed full of interesting and thought-provoking stories about the places we go and the people we meet. We'll be adding stories each month that will give you an insight into the life of Adventure Consultants, stories written by our guides, staff and other that showcase not only those things that inspire people to create adventures, but also the issues and complications that arise along the way.
To start us off, AC Director and CEO Guy Cotter writes about some of those issues facing commerical expeditions to climb the world's highest peak, Everest. Subject to much media coverage over the years, Guy gets to the heart of the problems and the realities of what it will take to fix Everest based on his 25 years of experience climbing and guiding on the world's highest peak. Check out his expository piece here.
A true alpinist's mountain, Alpamayo (5,917m), is located in Peru, an area renowned for great climbing weather and stunning mountains. Alpamayo is perhaps one of the most coveted alpine ice routes in the world, and each July we operate a 19 day expedition, with the option of adding on a 6 day ascent of Artesonraju (6,025m). A huge amount of climbing in a short timeframe, making it the logical choice for those unable to commit to a long Himalayan ascent. We are taking bookings now for our July expedition, contact us to find out more.
The Everest region is stunningly beautiful and the trek to Everest Base Camp is well worth the effort at least once in this lifetime! Our Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek gives you the opportunity to experience this amazing journey with some added luxury, utilising helicopter access to and from the Khumbu region and enjoying superior lodges and our alpine 'safari' style camping facilities for the duration of the trek to Base Camp. Trekkers enjoy the company of both our Western and local Sherpa guides, who showcase the hidden secrets of the Everest region and make this journey a truly memorable experience. We have a few places remaining on our Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek # 2, departing Kathmandu on 21 April, 2017, contact us now to book your place. Check the web page for dates on other 2017 and 2018 treks.
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek # 2
Looking to visit the Everest region, but after something a little more than your 'average' trek? Then look no further, our Three Passes trek is an incredible journey that takes in not only Everest Base Camp but three of the high passes and valley systems across the Everest region. Experience the magical culture of the Khumbu Valley as well as the magestic scenery and mountain vistas as you travel over the Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La passes. Visit Everest Base Camp, climb Kalar Patar and Gokyo Ri for spectaular views of Everest, and visit local monasteries, homes and Sherpa villages to complete this all round trekking experience. Places are available on our upcoming April departure, contact us to secure your place or find out more.
Three Passes Nepal
A climb of Australasia’s highest peak Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m/16,024ft) is perhaps the epitome of adventure, an intriguing journey into the wild heart of Western Papua jungle where local tribes live much as they have for thousands of years. It’s the stuff stories are made of, and your journey to this remote and exotic Seven Summits peak is sure to spark tales around the campfire for years to come!
For the first time this year we are offering two options to climb Carstensz, a shorter 11 day Fly In / Fly Out option or a longer 15 day Fly In / Walk Out option that takes in the challenging, but memorable trek out through the wonderfully wet and wild Western Papua jungle.
Visiting Africa is a `must do’ adventure in life, and there is no better motivation than a Kilimanjaro climb with our fabulous local Tanzanian guides who inject a local flavour but with the highest standards of food, accommodation, tents and service that cannot be found elsewhere. Following the climb we join a safari where you come face to face with the wildlife of Africa from the safety and comfort of your highly spec’d safari Landcruiser.
You can elect to join one of our standard departures for the ascent or we can work with you to plan a custom built luxury trek with a wonderful variety of African adventures to enjoy after the hard work of the Kilimanjaro ascent. Some choose to bring friends and family to join the safari and tours after the climb. Add on options range from an array of incredible safaris where you can stay in luxury lodges or remote tent camps while you follow the Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, to walking tours with Maasai tribesmen, a safari in Kenya, or a relaxing holiday to float in the tepid waters of the island of Zanzibar.
Kilimanjaro departures for 2017 have limited capacity, so why not consider signing up now for one of our scheduled mid year departures? More information can be found on our Kilimanjaro page and our very knowledgeable Kilimanjaro Client Liaison, Tiffany Shervell, will work with you to plan an adventure of a lifetime.
Kilimanjaro Private Luxury Departures
Summer is not quite over yet, and there is still time to book for one of our New Zealand trekking options! The New Zealand back country has a huge array of spectacular wildly rugged terrain, and our treks take you off the beaten track into the heart of it. Whether you are a seasoned tramper looking for the next step into the alpine world, or completely new to the outdoors, our New Zealand Treks have something for everyone.
As summer draws to an end it's not long before those winter sports enthusiasts among us start thinking longingly about the coming snow season. The Southern winter offers an array of opportunities for skiers and ice climbers and at AC we have a range of options to suit every skill level. In the depths of winter we establish a camp at Wye Creek, New Zealand's premier ice climbing venue and offer Ice Climbing Courses and Private Guided Ice Climbing options for both budding and experienced climbers. For the skiers we offer a range of Back Country Ski Courses, that cover avalance awareness, along with Private Guided Ski Touring options.
Our European Summer program of courses and ascents is becoming increasingly popular, and if you're thinking about climbing in Europe this summer we recommend you book ahead now. We offer a full range of courses from beginner to advanced level mountaineering from our Climbing School based in Chamonix, France. Our ascents options include a range of Europe's most notable peaks and finest climbing routes, from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn and the Eiger. All courses and ascents are guided by our contingent of renowned, well-respected and fully qualified IFMGA European based guides. Contact us to discuss the options that best suit you.
Kilimanjaro 2017 - Cool Morning Walk
Aconcagua 2017 - Celebrating Success
South Pole 2017 - At the South Pole
Vinson 2016 - End of the Line
Carstensz Pyramid 2016 - Bali & Beyond
Island Peak & Khumbu Trek 2016 - Kathmandu
Luxury EBC Trek 2016 - Kathmandu
Cho Oyu 2016 - Farewell
Mera Peak 2016 - Return to Kathmandu
Mustang Trek 2016 - Perfect Weather
Elbrus 2016 - Summit Success!
Everest 2016 - Parting Ways
- 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