We would like to wish all our widespread AC family and friends a very Merry Christmas and hope the holiday season over the New Year is filled with adventure activities (followed by a rest!) and more planning of climbs and adventures for 2014. Read on for our December 2013 news:
The New Zealand Alpine Club recognised the contributions to mountaineering of both Guy Cotter and his father Ed by awarding them with life membership in the club. They are the first father and son to be awarded lifetime memberships. Ed Cotter was very active in the 1940’s to 60’s including an ascent of 7,400m Mukat Parbat in the Indian Garwhal in 1951. Due to the success of this expedition Eric Shipton invited two members to join the Everest reconnaissance in 1951 which resulted in Ed Hillary and Earl Riddiford taking part. While Kiwis were successful on some of the 8000m peaks, Mukat Parbat was the highest mountain to be climbed by a New Zealand expedition until the 1970’s. Guy was recognised for his 40 years of mountaineering and for contributing to New Zealand’s mountaineering reputation around the globe.
Beyond The Edge Premiere in Wanaka – funds raised for Kahu Youth and Wanaka Cliffhangers Climbing Club
As Guy Cotter and AC were involved in making the mountain film`Beyond the Edge’ that highlighted Hilary and Tenzing’s 1953 Everest ascent, the producers gave us leave to do a showing of the film as a charity night here in Wanaka before it was released to the public. The evening was a complete success with $1000 being raised for the local Upper Clutha youth group Kahu Youth and another $1000 for the Wanaka Cliffhangers Climbing Club. AC ran the event in conjunction with Cinema Paradiso and the New Zealand Alpine Club.
We were also able to provide a day out cragging on the rock for the Kahu Youth group, pictured is AC guide Jono Gillan with some of the kids from Kahu.
One of our favourite properties to stay at on our Tanzanian safari is Gibbs Farm near to the Ngongorogoro Crater and we were thus not surprised to hear it was recently voted #2 favourite property in Africa by Conde Nast Traveller magazine readers. Congratulations Gibbs Farm! Our safari itineraries have been crafted by us from many years of exploring Tanazania after Kilimanjaro expeditions and we rate the safari journey after climbing Kilimanjaro as a 'must do' on your Africa visit.
The highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro, is perhaps one of the best known mountains of the world. It is the easiest of the Seven Summits and definitely the most romantic! Adventure Consultants offer a variety of exciting ways to climb Kilimanjaro to satisfy your preferred approach:
• You can elect to join one of our scheduled Kilimanjaro trips that operate throughout the year that are priced to be very affordable and run by our personable and experienced local Kilimanjaro guides.
• Should you have a group of 4 people or more you can select your own dates and have your own Private Kilimanjaro expedition for just you and your friends!
• Or, you can treat yourself to a Luxury Kilimanjaro Climb that will be led by our seasoned Himalayan guides and includes the highest standard of meals, accommodation and services you will ever find on a mountain.
On 9 November Miss Elizabeth Hawley celebrated her 90th birthday at a lunch hosted by the US Ambassador to Nepal, Peter Bodde, and the NZ Honorary Consul, Lisa Choegyal. Miss Hawley travelled to Nepal in 1960 and never left; becoming the most eminent western journalist in the country, covering mountaineering news for Reuters, including the first American ascent of Everest in 1963. Over the past four decades Miss Hawley has dedicated her life to chronicling Himalayan ascents, developing the extensive Himalayan Database. Prior to every expedition to the high peaks of the Himalaya, AC guides meet with Miss Hawley and then report back on the outcome of the expedition on their return to Kathmandu. AC Operations Manager, Caroline Blaikie, was lucky enough be to be in Kathmandu for the celebrations, the highlight of which was hearing Elizabeth recount stories of her early years in Kathmandu, plus a collection of pre-recorded birthday messages from the who’s who of mountaineering; including Reinhold Messner, Chris Bonnington, Ueli Steck and our very own Lydia Bradey.
Our November Carstensz expedition saw seven members stand atop Australasia’s highest summit on November 11 in fine weather. For Phil Drowley from the Isle of Man, it was the last peak in his Seven Summits quest so a big shout-out to Phil on his success! Veteran AC guide Mike Roberts reached the summit twice on this expedition, initially to maintain the ropes prior to the group going up and again with the team the next day. By doing so, Mike actually achieved the Seven Summits not once, but twice on two consecutive days which is probably a record in itself! Mike has multiple summits of all the other Seven Summits peaks except for Aconcagua on which he only(!) has two.
Helicopter access into the mountain avoided the difficult jungle approach but the group got to enjoy(?) the walk out in reasonable weather. No matter how emphatically we describe the difficulty of the trek through the jungle to prospective Carstensz climbers, members are often surprised how difficult it actually is compared to any other expedition approach. Consequently the helicopter approach enables us to streamline the expedition and the climbers actually enjoy the novelty of the shorter walk out through the jungle after summitting.
NOTE> How to sign up for dispatch alerts! Go onto the website, click on the dispatch tab in the menus, click the trip you are interested in, and then click Alerts, enter your email address and press enter and voila, you will be signed up for email dispatch alerts which will duly arrive in your inbox.
Are you ready to tackle a 6000m peak in the Himalayas? Then climbing Mera Peak has got to be on your bucket list. This climb is to the highest of the 'trekking peaks' as they are called and it ticks all the boxes - see Kathmandu, fly to Lukla, trek in to a remote valley and summit a peak with gorgeous views of the Everest group. High altitude experience done then trek back to civilisation on an entirely do-able 25 day trip. Our next departure is Apr 23 - May 17, 2014. It's a goodie - sign up before the end of 2013 and you'll receive a free AC Nalgene bottle as well as your free team t-shirt.
Our first Everest Base Camp trek in 2014 is already at capacity so we are offering a second departure to the absolutely-must-see trek up this iconic valley through the throne room of the alpine massifs. Members on this journey have the highlight of making a visit to our Everest Base Camp while our expedition members are well underway with their acclimatisation program on the mountain. Our master chef Chhongba Sherpa may even make some scones while you are there! Dates are April 21 - May 9, 2014.
See Everest Base Camp Trek for details.
Ken Brophy completed a two week Southern Alps climbing trip with AC's Mike Madden last week. His goals were to summit Mt Aspiring and then Mt Cook and to raise $5,000 for the Himalayan Trust. Inclement weather prevented them from accessing Mt Aspiring but they climbed the stunning Mt Madeline in Fiordland instead, followed by Aoraki / Mt Cook. To learn more about his trip and fundraising efforts go to
and to view photos of the climb go to our NZ Summer 2013 Facebook photo album.
The Aconcagua season has started and the first of our groups has trekked in via the Vacas valley and is presently on the mountain. Expedition leader, Victor Saunders, had been in contact from the local city of Mendoza prior to the trip complaining that he had to get on the trail immediately so he wouldn’t have to eat another juicy 4” thick Argentinian steak with lashings of Malbec! NEWSFLASH - the team have just summitted on 15 Dec!
It’s that time of the year where we are finalising our Everest team with a few spaces still available but not for long! It’s well known that we have the most experienced and most personable guiding and base camp staff on Everest as well as the most comfortable base camp. Last season Reinhold Messner stayed with us during a filming project and was very impressed! Check out the video of his praise for the experience on vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/74338860
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