Adventure News 26 June 2017
When it comes to climbing Everest, previous experience climbing to 8,000m is invaluable and many people look to gain experience on one of our 8,000m expeditions. While Cho Oyu in Tibet is often touted as the preferred training ground for Everest, this year it has been closed by the Chinese government and no climbing permits are being issued, making Manaslu in Nepal an ideal option for 2017. This year our Manaslu expedition is being led by 9 times Everest summiter, Dean Staples, who, along with our strong Climbing Sherpa team, will teach you essential skills for extreme altitude climbing.
Manaslu is climbed via the North-East Face along moderately angled snow slopes before a steep snow arête takes you to the summit for magnificent views across the Himalaya. A stunning, remote and achievable 8,000m peak that provides an ideal progression towards Everest. Contact us if you'd like to book, or simply need some advice on how best to reach your goals!
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, many more.
For many people, the trek to Everest Base Camp fulfils a lifelong dream of visiting the Everest region and our Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek offers a luxurious alternative to the traditional trek. By utilising smaller groups, helicopter transport, luxury accommodation and safari-style tented camps our Luxury trekkers are able to enjoy the same magnificent mountain scenery and cultural experiences albiet with a few more creature comforts along the way! We run three of these increasingly popular luxury treks throughout the year, with our next departure this September. We can also run private treks on demand, so contact us today to find out more.
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
Looking to visit the Everest region, but after something a little more than your 'average' trek? Then look no further, our Three Passes Nepal 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. Recent trekkers have commented on how this trip 'exceeded their expectations', so contact us to secure your place on one of our three annual departures.
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!
Our classic 15 day Fly In / Walk Out option takes in the challenging, but memorable trek out through the wonderfully wet and wild Western Papua jungle. As one of the most regular operators of successful expeditions to Carstensz, with over 20 expeditions since 1990, you can be sure you are joining a team who have the complete know how for access to and climbing in such a remote mountain range.
Carstensz Pyramid Expeditions - Fly In / Walk Out Option
Winter is here and there is no better time to try something new and head beyond the skifield boundary into New Zealand's backcountry! Our 3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour is an introductory package for competent skiers looking to extend themselves, learn new skills and enjoy skiing some of the endless terrain beyond the ski resorts. Based at Wanaka's Pisa Range, we tour into a backcountry hut situated in a remote alpine basin, which becomes the base for our adventures ahead. You'll be introduced to all the skills you need to get started in ski mountaineering and enjoy touring around the surrounding peaks and bowls with vast amounts of untracked snow. The perfect long weekend winter escape into the mountains. Private departures are also available on demand.
3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour
The European summer season is underway now and we have places available on our summer mountaineering courses running from June through until September. 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! 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 to cater to your personal goals.
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