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Newsletter July 2014

Winter is indeed upon us here in NZ and we are absolutely chuffed that it is now very cold! Are you all mad there at AC in Wanaka we hear you say? No! Winter is a gorgeous time of the year and to enjoy it to its fullest you need cold temperatures, ice and snow in order to ice climb and ski tour. Well we think so anyway. Read on for news of our trips and please do visit our NEW website.


Our new website is launched, we hope you enjoy the photos and ongoing dispatches and news from current expeditions that we are always posting. Please do click through to the site for a look around our new online home here.

Grant Dixon Alpamayo success

The man who never stops, Victor Saunders, leads our motivated crew on Alpamayo this month and we have just had news in that the whole team topped out on July 20. Congratulations! Follow their trip here.


 Self arrest practice in preparation for Elbrus summit day.  Mike Roberts Elbrus Expeditions - Summit!

Our climbing trips on Elbrus in the Caucasus mountains of Russia are underway, and team one have just had a very successful summit day, with all on the team reaching the summit - congratulations! Expedition Leader Mike Roberts reports they all did really well and the photos on the dispatches prove that you can always look incredibly funny when learning to self arrest on the side of a volcano!


 Sophie climbs in to the ice cave on the Adventure Consultants Ice Climbing Course at Wye Creek Queenstown, New Zealand, 2014.  Paul Rogers Ice Climbing is ON!

It's now or never for getting on to the ice in New Zealand in winter, and if you're ever going to be like Guy McKinnon and solo the East Face of Pope's Nose (congratulations Guy on your fine ascent!) then you need to start honing your skills on the steep ice. There's still time to book on for our remaining weeks of the Ice Climbing Courses until August 15, and then there's still the fun of the Remarkables Ice and Mixed Festival over the weekend of August 15 - 17. The Adventure Consultants Chicks n Picks programme is full but there are limited spaces on other festival programmes.

 Greg, summit day on the Mont Blanc course and ascent  Paolo Pieroni European Alps Summer Courses and Guided Ascents

Many exciting climbing trips and instruction courses have been achieved already with our guides based in Chamonix, France and in Zermatt, Switzerland. We have room on some of the scheduled instruction courses which range from an excellent introduction to mountaineering weeks to more advanced courses to hone your skills with tutoring by our top guides. The Mont Blanc Course & Ascent programme is a super popular week in the Alps as is the Monte Rosa Course & Ascents week. July and August are nearly booked out and we have some space in September, do give us a call if you find you have time free this summer to climb in the Alps.


Coming up

Backcountry Ski Touring

As August approaches so does the time for ski touring and backcountry riding on the beautiful high alpine glacier neve's of the Southern Alps. Our guided ski touring weeks starting August 4 are a mix of skills consolidation and generally high times exploring the alpine for the powder stashes waiting there. Yew! No crowds, awesome snow, beautiful vistas, a workout every day, scrumptious meals and good social times in the huts - book your winter highlight holiday today!



Mike Roberts Cho Oyu

The Cho Oyu expedition to 8201m and back again is all set to launch at the end of next month. The AC team is full with a waiting list and guides Steve Moffat and Matty Chessor are training hard and getting very excited about meeting the team in Kathmandu on August 28. They will then travel to Lhasa before making the journey overland to the high plateau and the final two days trekking into Cho Oyu Basecamp, before commencing the climbing phase. We will be following them all the way with their dispatch page so keep an eye out for the start of the expedition to sign up for the emailed expedition alerts.

 The Tyrolean Traverse on Carstensz summit day. Exciting!!  Mike Madden Carstensz

We have a fly in / walk out option for Carstensz and can even fly by helicopter both ways for small groups of climbers. The next expedition departure is in November which will be led by Mike Roberts.


Lydia Bradey Ama Dablam

Nepal enthusiast and IFMGA guide Tim Robertson is designated leader on this year's Adventure Consultants Ama Dablam expedition Oct 15 - Nov 11 along with AAI guide Andrew Yasso. There are 2 spaces left and this climb is perfect for you if you love exposure, hard but not too hard climbing and all round high altitude exciting times!


 On top of the world! Or at tleast that what it feels like atop the Renjo La with views to Everest, Cho Oyu and Makalu.  Mike Madden Three Peaks Nepal

If you want to learn a thing or two about high altitude mountaineering then consider a climb of three 6000m peaks with Everest guide Mark Sedon. Mark is leading the Three Peaks climb that ascends through some of the most spectacular and beautiful villages in the Everest region of Nepal. This trip is popular with our climbers who are preparing for a climb of a higher objective in the Himalayas in order to log time and experience at high altitude on long summit days with alpine starts and also as a complete climbing expedition of a lifetime in itself.


Our confirmed Kilimanjaro expedition Aug 24 - Sep 5 is available for those keen to climb Kili with a group of Kiwis and in October we have the following charity trek opportunity - also with Kiwis!

Trek to the Highest Peak in Africa and help raise money for the NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust. The Festival has joined up with long time supporter, Adventure Consultants, to offer a charity trek to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with Festival Director and Himalayan guide, Mark Sedon. Click here to learn about Mark, the Film Festival and the Kilimanjaro trek.


Guy Cotter South Pole - All the Way

The full 60 day journey from the edge of the Antarctic Continent to the South Pole is the epitome of going to extremes on our planet. Our Nov 19, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015 expedition has space available for qualified adventurers, and whilst this is one of the most logistically challenging expeditions to organise there is still time to join and complete enough training to make the journey a personal success. Costing US$65,500 this expedition represents the opportunity to make all your polar explorer dreams come true.


Some exciting festivals coming up that we are a part of, are:
Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival, Queenstown - August 17 - 20
NZ Icefest, Bringing Antarctica to the World, Christchurch - 26 Sept - 12 Oct
The Australian Climbing Festival, Katoomba, NSW - Oct 17 - 19
Wanakafest, Wanaka - Oct 24 - 27

Now is the time to make it all count and join the AC team on an expedition to an exciting destination this year - or at least follow our Facebook page for news of what's been happening in the mountains and at the Poles. You can join in by calling to speak with one of our mountain guides - Mark or Steve or one of our helpful Liaison's Annette, Laurel, Danielle or Kelly. Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America and phone +64-3-4438711 from Australasia and the rest of the world!


Latest News

From the AC Blog page


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14 Dec - It took a couple of hours to dig out our camp after the storm and we finally... 



Three Peaks 17 - Lukla to Kathmandu


3 Dec - Woken up early by an airport siren and the not-so-dull roar of... 


Pvt EBC Trek 17 - Exceeding Expectations


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31 May -  Last night our Nepali Staff were stoked to have cleared the mountain.......



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The Denver Channel - Colorado Woman on Top of the World


Newcastle Herald - Leah Jay climbs Everest


Stuff NZ - The 'bitter dispute' that led to knocking off Everest

23 June 2017 - Sometimes the biggest accomplishments in life happen by chance. For 45-year-old Wendy Gustin, of Golden, it was a bad break in her career that led to her standing atop the world.


  23 May 2017 - Australian businesswoman Leah Jay has reached the summit of Everest in memory of her son who died in 2008 after a battle with Motor Neuron Disease.   22 April 2017 - In 1951, four New Zealanders headed to the Himalaya to climb. Their primary objective was a previously unclimbed mountain called Mukut Parbat, Guy Cotter's father Ed Cotter was one of them.

Alan Arnette Blog
Fixing Everest

Alan Arnette interviews AC CEO Guy Cotter on the state of commercial guiding on Everest, and his recent article on 'Fixing Everest'.          



Stuff NZ - Changes to the Hillary Step on Everest


Adventure Magazine - Mount Aspiring


Outdoor UAE - Mesmerising Mont Blanc

19 August 2016 - Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition Leader Mike Roberts discusses changes he saw to the Hillary Step this year following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.   August 2016 - Dan Slater takes us on a climb of Mt Aspiring, with his story in Adventure Magazine  featuring the stunning photos of AC guide and photographer Thomas Vialletet.   August 2016 - Cynthia Salame and husband Samer Hajjah recently joined Adventure Consultants on an ascent of Mont Blanc, and she writes about her experience for Outdoor UAE Magazine.

Stuff NZ - AC Everest Team Successfully Summit


Action Asia article on Guy Cotter - Jan 2016

19 May 2016 - Wanaka expedition leader Mike Roberts, of Adventure Consultants, successfully guided a team of 21 climbers to the top of Mt Everest.   We recently caught up with Guy Cotter of expedition guides, Adventure Consultants, and asked about his involvement with the movie 'Everest' and the rebuilding of Nepal post-earthquake.