Adventure News 10 November 2015
After an exciting build up since October 15 our Ama Dablam team reached the summit of the 6828m beautiful Southwest ridge in good conditions on November 4. Congratulations to all the team. Expedition Leader Dean Staples wrote of their summit day as follows:
To read the rest of the dispatches from the Ama Dablam 2015 Expedition, or to read and enquire about the Ama Dablam 2016 Expedition, click the links below. Ama Dablam 2016 Expedition Date with spaces available: Oct 15 - Nov 11, 2016.
In what has turned out to be one of the fastest expeditions ever to Carstensz in West Papua, one of the most elusive of the Seven Summits, our team reached the summit at 4,884m at 8am on Nov 5. Soon after arriving in Timika on Nov 2 the volcano Rinjani eruprted on the island of Lombok which closed airports in Bali but then in a lucky turn of events, they managed to return to Denpasar Airport in Bali on Nov 6 due to a wind change allowing the airport to open. Thus by flying in to Carstensz Basecamp on Nov 3, summiting on Nov 5 and back to Timika by helicopter on Nov 6 they were super fast on the mountain and the whole trip fitted nicely in between the eruptions and ensuing wind changes. Well done team. There's always something exciting about the Carstensz expeditions but you just never know what it is going to be!
Carstensz 2016 Expedition Dates:
To learn more about our Carstensz Expeditions, or to book, click the links below.
With the northern winter waiting in the wings now is the time to choose an objective and get a training plan booked in. Our Chamonix / Cogne ice climbing weekends and weeks are the perfect way to hone your climbing skills and see the best of the Alps up close and personal.
You can combine it all together and also book on for a spectacular ski touring week, using the famous alpine towns of Grindelwald or Chamonix as your base. Our knowledgeable and motiavted ski guides will seek out the best ski runs combining all into daily tours to match to your aspirations. We can seek the steep and deep or concenrate on a scenic tour to ensure you explore the region as much as possible. Don't forget the Haute Route if you want to traverse the classic high route from Verbier to Zermatt or Chamonix to Zermatt and Saas Fe. Also enquire about our Italian Haute Route options which traverse beautiful peaks and passes, entirely within Italy.
The soaring massif of Mitre Peak in Fiordland rises straight out of Milford Sound and always makes you gasp in wonder upon sighting it. Our newest New Zealand guided ascent is a climb of this iconic peak which has all the elements of a grand adventure. Set in the mystical south western wilderness of Fiordland, our approach takes us over the Sound via kayak or a short helicopter flight to begin the climb through native forest up onto the tops and on to the exposed granite ridges looking out to sea. We guide Mitre Peak from January to April, when the weather is more stable and climbing conditions are optimal for the ascent.
For further information on Mitre Peak click the link below.
Adventure Consultants have two options for our adventurers to tackle the North Pole Last Degree - Standard and Highly Supported. The Standard expedition takes 19 days and has a group size of four adventurers with one guide, whilst our Highly Supported option has a 1:2 ratio. There is nothing like journeying over the sea ice at the top of the world in the North Pole region and April is the only time to go to achieve success. Well developed polar travel skills are essential for survival in this extreme environment and our guides will take you there, sharing their knowledge along the way.
For further information on our North Pole Last Degree, or to book, click the link below.
With our recent return to Nepal to operate climbing expeditions in the post-monsoon season to Manaslu, Ama Dablam and Three Peaks Nepal we have been able to see first hand the outcomes from our Sherpa Future Fund. Adventure Consultants CEO Guy Cotter met with many Sherpa families to check on the children's well being and their education needs as well as the needs of the mothers who are caring for them. He was also able to meet with injured Sherpas and see that their rehabilitation plans are working and distribute funds raised from the Sherpa Future Fund to the Sherpas with damaged houses from the earthquakes in April and May, which was gratefully received by all. We thank you so much for your support of the Fund to help these Sherpa families and we will be sending out a newsletter update to all contributors shortly.
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