Adventure News 11 July 2017
Calling all Vinson Massif climbers! Now is your last opportunity to secure a place on the upcoming Southern summer climbing season on Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Our Vinson Massif expedition offers the opportunity to experience the wild and vast interior Antarctic, whilst climbing in one of the world's most remote and pristine areas. For many, it fulfils the lifelong dream of visiting Antarctica. We also offer the possibility of staying longer and exploring more with our Climb Antarctica and South Pole Ski the Last Degree add-ons. Limited space remains for the 2017/2018 Vinson Massif expeditions, so if you're ticking off the Seven Summits or looking to visit the vast frozen continent then contact us now.
Vinson Massif Expedition
Our 2017 Elbrus Expeditions are underway with team members from the first of three expeditions winging their way to St Petersburg for the start of their trip. Led by AC Guide Mike Roberts, a veteran of countless Elbrus expeditions, the teams are in for a fantastic time as they climb Europe's highest peak. You can follow their progress on the Elbrus Dispatch Page, where you'll find photos and daily updates on the team's adventures. If you'd like to learn more about climbing Elbrus, contact us, as we are taking booking for 2018 expeditions now.
Climbing in the Himalaya is not just restricted to experienced mountaineers, we run a number of introductory level expeditions to the Himalaya for people who are beginning mountaineering. Our Island Peak expedition is one of those, and it has the added advantage of catering to non-climbing friends and family whom may be keen to join you on an intrepid journey into the mountains with our Khumbu Trek option. Both trips journey together trekking through the Khumbu Valley and experience the Sherpa Culture, the Himalayan scenery and visit Everest Base Camp. The Island Peak climbers briefly part ways for their ascent before rejoining the group for the trek out, creating an ideal way for non-climbing friends and family to experience a truly amazing mountain adventure with you! We still have places available on our upcoming October expedition, or you can consider joining the pre-monsoon 2018 departure next April.
Here in New Zealand winter is upon us, and recent snowfalls in the high mountains are looking to create promising conditions for backcountry ski touring. We have a range of options available to people looking to head out into the backcountry, including privately Guided Backcountry Ski Touring, through to our 3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour and longer Backcountry Skiing Course (BSC).
The BSC is a must-do for anyone looking to ski outside ski area boundaries or venture further into the backcountry. It is available in a 5 or 7 day option, and covers essential ski-touring skills and techniques including an avalanche awareness. At the end of the course you'll receive a New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Avalanche Qualification. These popular courses run throughout the NZ winter months, so contact us now to secure your place.
Backcountry Ski Course
On the back of a successful ascent of the beautiful and remote Mt Dhaulagiri this year we are pleased to announce that we will again operate an expedition to the `White Mountain’ in the spring of 2018. Next year’s trip to Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh highest peak, will be led by Dean Staples who co-guided the recent expedition with Guy Cotter. Dean has a huge legacy of ascents to his name including fifteen successful 8000m summits. Dean will be assisted by our remarkable Sherpa team whose efforts on Dhaulagiri this year left no-one in any doubt as to the experience and capability of this team.
We will also be running a 19 day `Around Dhaulagiri’ trek for those who would like to explore this remote and spectacular part of the country. The trekkers will join the climbing team for the trek into base camp at the beginning of the season. After a rest day in base camp the trekkers will cross the high French Pass into Hidden Valley then make an ascent of the 6000m Dhampus Peak. The team will then descend into the Kaligandaki Valley and return to Kathmandu via the picturesque lakeside city of Pokhara. This is an advanced trek that will appeal to adventurous people with a high degree of fitness and capability on steep and rugged mountain terrain. Contact us to learn more about travelling to this wonderfully remote part of Nepal.
Perhaps one of the world's most famous mountains, Kilimanjaro rates as one of life's 'must do' climbs and our Kilimanjaro Expedition combines the climb and a safari to create an ultimate African adventure. Ably led by our very experienced 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.
We offer standard scheduled departures, or we can work with you to create a custom built Luxury Trek that suits your timeframe and preferences. Friends and family are welcome to join the safari and other tours before or after the climb. We have an array of African adventures to include, from incredible safaris that 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 summer and end of year departures? More information can be found on our Kilimanjaro page and here at our office our very knowledgeable Kilimanjaro Client Liaison, Tiffany Shervell, will work with you to plan an adventure of a lifetime.
Kilimanjaro Private Luxury Departures
From the AC Blog page
Ama Dablam 2017 - First glimpse
Island Peak 2017 - Rest Day
Manaslu 2017 - Back in Ktm
Lux EBC #3 2017 - Farewell
Mustang 2017 - Kathmandu
Elbrus 2017 - Party Time!
Elbrus Private 2017 - Moscow
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