Adventure News 4 December 2015
For want of an exotic mountain adventure, there can be little doubt that Ojos del Salado in the high altitude Atacama Desert in Chile ticks that list! Not only is it the highest volcano on the planet, it sports the highest lake in the world, provides habitation for the very rare Andean Flamingo on Laguna (lake) Santa Rosa, and has soothing hot pools where you can soak your tired legs at Laguna Verde after making an ascent of Ojos del Salado. The mountain is non-glaciated and the trip is non-technical apart from a rock scramble the last 20m to the summit. If you’d like to experience a high altitude trek in this arid desert why not join us on our next trip: March 6 -20, 2016.
We’ve been constantly working on improving every aspect of our service on Kilimanjaro and safaris since 2004 so it’s no surprise to us when we receive feedback like this from a couple recently;
You cannot go to Kilimanjaro without doing our 4 day spectacular Serengeti safari, and this is how Kathleen thought about that;
Kilimanjaro 2016 Expedition Dates:
To learn more about our Kilimanjaro Expeditions and Serengeti Safaris, or to book, click the link below:
The Aconcagua season is underway with the first of our three expeditions just beginning the trek to base camp. There has been a lot of snow in the Andes this spring so the mountain should have snow on it for some time. Prospective high altitude climbers will enjoy good cramponing conditions so why not consider taking one of the positions available on the Dec 30 and January 29 expeditions? Note our Jan 29 trip is our new Aconcagua Course and Ascent programme.
Alpamayo received an early attempt by AC owner Guy Cotter’s father, back in 1964, but was thwarted when Ed Cotter’s climbing partner fell and broke his leg, thus ending the expedition.
Alpamayo is the most spectacular peak in the Andes and this 18 day trip to climb the steep south west face is a brilliant adventure, all achieved in a respectably short timeframe.
For those with a little more time up their sleeves, why not stay on for the Artesonraju add-on that involves a 9 day extension trip following the Alpamayo ascent. Artesonraju is the iconic mountain as depicted in the Paramount pictures logo and another challenging technical mountain to finish off a fantastic technically challenging 25 day Andean odyssey!
It’s not that hard to get to Reykjavik in Iceland and from there you can join our 7 day expedition to attempt the highest peak in Greenland (and in the Arctic), Mt Gunnbjörn. At 3,694m / 12,119ft above sea level the peak enables you a brilliant but short duration expedition offering full immersion on this Arctic gem. The trip runs May 30 to June 5, 2016 so why not let the boss know you’ll be away that week and mark it up in your calendar now!
While you're thinking about that region, we're accepting bookings for our Greenland Crossing Expedition as well - the classic polar travel journey, crossing from east to west over 34 days, from April 18 - May 21, 2016.
For further information on our Mt Gunnbjörn programme, or to book, click the link below:
The Adventure Consultants Sherpa Future Fund was established to assist Sherpa families experiencing hardship and to provide scholarships to the children of Sherpas who passed away in the mountains of Nepal, to ensure funding for their educations. Due to the generosity of many of you who share our sympathy for the well-being of these kids we are happy to report that all the children in our network are becoming established in good colleges and schools. We are also attending to the needs and well-being of the widows with accommodation support and living expenses where needed as well as job training in conjunction with Sherpa Adventure Gear in Kathmandu. If you would like to help support these families we appreciate donations to the SFF which will be providing support through to the completion of these needy children's educational tenure.
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