Adventure News 16 July 2015
The New Zealand Government travel advisory for travel to Nepal has been lifted with the Australian, UK and American travel advisories following suit. This has aligned with most travel insurance policies and allows resumption of travel to the region, which is very good news. Our recent reports from the Nepal are that there is not significant damage to the trails. We have also assessed the lodges that we use in the region and, although some have received damage, we are confident that repairs will have been made well before our scheduled trips. In the event that damage has not yet been repaired we also have plans for alternative lodging, or would also be prepared to camp if need be. In Kathmandu the Radisson Hotel has received a 'green sticker' to signal that it is structurally sound.
For further information on Nepal Travel Advisory, click the link below.
We are excited to announce our NEW! Aconcagua Course and Ascent programme. On this course, members will develop their high altitude mountaineering skills in an area near to Aconcagua called Vallecitos and put them to use; with the course culminating in climbing to the summit of Aconcagua; the highest peak outside of the Himalaya. Located in Western Argentina in the heart of the Central Andes, it is South America’s highest peak (6,962m or 22,840ft), and one of the much sought after "Seven Summits".
We will continue to offer our regular length expedition programme for ascending Aconcagua which has good success rates, over 23 days ex Mendoza, Argentina. See Aconcagua for details.
Aconcagua Course & Ascent Dates: Jan 29 - Feb 25, 2016
We are close to finalising our team heading to Nepal to climb Ama Dablam this autumn, with the trip being led by veteran guide Dean Staples. Dean has made 9 ascents of Mt Everest and led 3 previous Ama Dablam expeditions for Adventure Consultants. We have a limit of 6 climbers for our team with two guides, and our usual high standard of services along with the AC high altitude Sherpa guides make this one of the best approaches to climbing Ama Dablam around.
Ama Dablam Dates: Oct 15 - Nov 11, 2015
After the announcement that climbing permits will not be issued for peaks in Tibet, affecting our Cho Oyu 2015 expedition, we will now be operating an expedition to Manaslu this September.
If you are considering climbing an 8000 metre peak, Manaslu has to be one of the preferred options. The climbing route ascends moderate angled snow slopes on the lower reaches with a short steep slope above Camp One. The angle picks up towards Camp Four, where we follow fixed ropes through a series of short ice bulges to arrive on a flat col and camp site. Summit day is a pearler; ascend a series of moderate snow slopes and plateaus, finishing up a steep snow arête to an airy summit with rather grand views!
Manaslu Expedition Dates: Sep 1 - Oct 12, 2015
Our operations team has returned from a busy weekend of flying gear in to our Wye Creek Base Camp near Queenstown. With sub-zero temperatures dominating the past week, fat ice and a good snow pack, the conditions are fantastic for both ice climbing and backcountry skiing. We have set up our Base Camp, and are now ready to start playing in this winter wonderland on upcoming Ice Climbing Courses and Ski Queenstown Backcountry Courses.
On our Ice Climbing Course, we take a helicopter directly from Queenstown airport into Wye Creek that is, without dispute, the best ice climbing area in the country. This base is also utilised by our Ski Queenstown Backcountry Courses, which is accessed by Ski Touring. Once you arrive at Base Camp, you are surrounded by beautiful ice flows that drape over bluffs and cliffs, and a smorgasbord of excellent skiing lines to explore.
2015 Ice Climbing Course Dates:
To learn more about our Ice Climbing Course, click the link below.
2015 Ski Queenstown Backcountry Course Dates:
Federal Diner, the 'local's favourite' cafe in Wanaka, are hosting a fundraiser for Nepal to raise funds for The Himalayan Trust Nepal earthquake re-build appeal. Tickets $75 available from the Federal Diner - includes a 2 course dinner, wine and auction.
Federal Diner Nepal Fundraiser Date:
Cromwell College Nepal Fundraiser Date:
Congratulations to several of our climbers who were successful on Denali expeditions this season - Fiona Yard, Pete Cammell, Craig Crosse, Mike Davies, Michael Read, Damien Smith, and Alexander Voncramm. Well done!
Mt McKinley, also known as Denali - 'the high one' by Alaska's native people, the Athabascans, is situated in the Alaska Range 390 miles (627k) from the Arctic Circle. Being the highest mountain on the North American continent, it is one of the much sought after "Seven Summits". Trips fill fast so be sure to get your booking in early to avoid disappointment.
2016 Denali Expedition Dates:
Trip 1: May 2 - 22 *Trip 1 is full
To learn more about our Denali Expeditions or to join, click the link below.
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