Adventure News 31 July 2015
Greenland’s highest mountain, Mt Gunnbjörn, is also the highest peak located north of the Arctic Circle. Therefore it does not just hold the title of being the highest peak in Greenland but is also the highest peak of the Arctic (3,694m). Located in the Watkins Mountains on the east coast, where massive mountains rise from the Greenland icecap, the conditions are pristine and in many ways similar to those in Antarctica. Mt Gunnbjörn is easily accessible via a ski-plane from Iceland and this expedition has the added advantage of a short week-long itinerary.
Mt Gunnbjörn Expedition Dates: May 30 - June 5, 2016
For further information on our Mt Gunnbjörn Expedition, click the link below.
Adventure Consultants now offers five ship based expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula each season. We cross the Drake Passage in a comfortable ship before our vessel becomes our Basecamp for daily activities such as snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, mountaineering, ski touring, hiking, photo workshops and landings ashore. There is something for everyone and this journey is an opportunity to discover Antarctica at a range of different activity levels.
Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Voyages Dates:
To learn more about our Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Voyages, click the link below.
The summer heatwave has affected the Alps with some routes being out of condition due to the extended period of hot temperatures, but the climbing has continued on alternate routes and peaks. We were pleased to see one recent group who were fundraising for their cause Project HALO continue on to climb Monte Rosa, the highest peak in Switzerland after they were unable to ascend Mont Blanc due to rockfall on the Gouter route. Read about their mountaineering trip with AC on their dedicated dispatch page.
Our Elbrus expedition in Russia is underway and the team are now acclimatising in the Elbrus valley, and getting ready for their climb to the summit, at 5,642m / 18,510 ft the highest peak in Europe. This year we are utilising the new Leaprus Hut for their on mountain accommodation and the team are led by Victor Saunders.
To follow the dispatches about this exciting Seven Summits expedition sign up for the email alerts at Elbrus 2015 Dispatches and to learn more about our European Climbing options, click the link below.
Our southern winter continues and with plentiful ice and a good snow pack, the conditions are fantastic for both ice climbing and backcountry skiing. Utilising our Basecamp at Wye Creek, we are now playing in this winter wonderland on the Ice Climbing 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 on skis rather than by helicopter. Once you arrive at our Wye Creek Basecamp, you are surrounded by beautiful ice flows that drape over bluffs and cliffs, and for the skiers there are several valleys to explore.
Next up this winter we also have our Backcountry Skiing Courses, which are based in huts in the high alpine regions of Mt Cook or Westland National Parks. New this year is the inclusion of a Mountain Safety Council avalanche awareness certificate as part of the course.
To learn more about our Ice Climbing Course, click the link below.
2015 Ski Queenstown Backcountry Course Dates:
2015 Backcountry Skiing Course Dates:
To learn more about our Backcountry Skiing Course, click the link below.
The fundraiser held at the Federal Diner in Wanaka on July 21 to raise funds for The Himalayan Trust Nepal earthquake re-build appeal raised a whopping NZD$30,000 - a great result! This special evening was hosted by the fabulous owners and staff of the Federal Diner and included a 2 course dinner with accompanying wine, speeches by AC guides Lydia Bradey, Guy Cotter and Mike Roberts and a lively auction chaired by MC for the night, Calum McLeod, of donated items.
A second fundraiser organised by Cromwell College was held on July 24 at Golden Gate Lodge in Cromwell and raised over NZD$12,000. Peter Hillary spoke at the event as well as helicopter pilot Jason Laing from Queenstown and the funds raised are for Phortse Village school in Nepal when the Cromwell College trekking group travel there in September. Well done everyone!
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