Newsletter January 2014
The Year of the Horse has got off to a rip roaring start with summer in New Zealand finally returning to our shores and plenty of folks either out on expeditions or planning what they'll climb and where they'll travel to this year. Now is the time to make it all count and join the AC team on an expedition to an exciting destination this year - read on below for news of what's been happening in the mountains and at the Poles. Join in by calling to speak with one of our mountain guides - Mark or Steve or one of our helpful Liaison's Annette or Kelly. Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America and phone +64-3-4438711 from Australasia and the rest of the world!
We'd like to congratulate our first two teams on Aconcagua this season for the great success with their expeditions and summit climbs. The climbs were led by Viictor Saunders, who has now completed his Seven Summits and also in 2014 is now Vice President of the Alpine Club. Congratulations Victor and all our summiters! Our third expedition is currently underway with potential for more Seven Summiters from the results of the expedition - watch this space!
Victor features again here in that he's leading our Alpamayo / Huascaran Expedition in July 2014 (prior to that he leads our Manaslu expedition in Nepal - see below for details). Join this experienced team for a mountaineering highlight in Peru's beautiful Codillera Blanca. AC have had great success on our Alpamayo climbs with participants from all over the globe joining the team to make an ascent in good style with expert leadership.
We are attending The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show at ExCel London Feb 13 - 16 so do come along on one of the days if you want to meet our team and find out more about a trekking, skiing or climbing trip that you're interested in - you'll find us in the Adventure Travel zone stand AT552. Whether you are just starting out with a course or are one of our repeat offenders, we'd love to see you! All details about the show are at www.telegraphoutdoorshow.co.uk/
Ski touring in Gulmarg of course! Gulmarg simply has outrageously good snow and this is the best time of the winter to go. We have tours underway at present, so mark your calendar for Jan / Feb 2015 to join the happiest people on the planet skiing some of the deepest powder in the nicest trees possible in an exotic Himalayan location serviced with great hotels and wonderful food. No wonder the AC ski mad guides are there!
We have two astoundingly good options for you on opposite sides of the world:
Europe Haute Route in the Swiss Alps - mid March through April is the time to do this classic high alpine ski tour. We have guides available who have done the route and its variations many times and know how to make the most of the weather conditions and hut availability at the time. If you are light on skills for ski touring we can offer instruction days out of Chamonix as part of your planned itinerary prior to setting off on the tour.
Summer climbing in New Zealand's Southern Alps - absolute serenity in our beautiful Alps with views to the Pacific Ocean - we are fully booked through early / mid February but have guides available from late February onwards into March (and April is nice too in late summer) to take you into the high alpine regions of the Southern Alps and climb your heart out. Add on some summer days enjoying the mountain towns of Wanaka and Queenstown and there you have the perfect get away from it all type of trip.
Adventure Consultants wish to congratulate Josh Hodgkinson on reaching the South Pole this month, as part of an All the Way South Pole Expedition (with a Messner start).
We have Greenland Crossing expeditions confirmed for April along with Last Degree North Pole and are taking bookings and fielding enquiries for All the Way South Pole 2014 and Last Degree South Pole 2014.
Antarctic Peninsula by Yacht – this month's superb expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula has concluded with Jacquelene and Neville Knuckey, Warren Dobe and guide Phil Wickens enjoying multiple days of climbing and adventures utilising the yacht Icebird as their base for a month on the peninsula. They achieved some first ascents, which ticked their climbing ambitions and explored many a bay and cove, encountering wildlife and an untouched environment at every turn. Read their dispatches. The next opportunity to do this with AC is January 2015.
Polar Training in New Zealand - our polar training course is set in the winter months here in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, with ideal conditions at that time to emulate the chilly temperatures, snow, and ice you will experience on your polar expedition. The course aims to build your skills in all aspects of polar travel from camp management to crevasse rescue and endurance sled hauling in remote locations where you need to be self reliant. Dates for the Polar Training Course are July 28 - August 1, 2014.
The pre-monsoon Himalayan climbing season is looming large and we have many exciting expeditions being finalised at present:
For a very special trek to Everest Base Camp you can still join our second trip as the first departure is full - dates are Apil 21 - May 9, 2014. The trek is very special as whilst on the expedition you become part of the inner workings of one of the original and best expedition operators on Mt Everest.
Manaslu 2014 - led by Victor Saunders. All on the team are looking forward to an 8000m peak mission this spring and our permit has room for more climbers if you would like to join. There is an accompanying trek also to this beautiful part of Nepal for US$3920 per person.
Last but not least we have our Mera Peak Expedition which heads off the beaten track to trek though the delightful Hinku Valley and onto Mera, which has the significance of being the highest of the Trekking Peaks in Nepal at 6,476m. This expedition represents an opportunity to train for future high altitude climbs by ascending to this height or experience exhilarating climbing on a 6000m peak for the first time.
Seven Summits this Year
Kilimanjaro and Elbrus - get underway with some high altitude climbing on a Seven Summits peak, with two wholly unqiue mountains to start with - one in Tanzania and one in Russia.
Denali – very few spaces left in 2014 but call us and we may be able to find a spot for you. 2015 is starting to fill up also.
Carstensz – our March expedition is not operating, next opportunities for Carstensz (heli access) are August and November.
Happy Climbing Trekking & Skiing from the AC Team :)
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