Adventure News 1 June 2016
The AC Everest Expedition 2016 was very successful with six of our team members reaching the summit on 19 / 20 May along with three AC mountain guides and 23 Sherpas. The team reached the summit on sunrise between 6.52am and 7.45am, and were back in their tents at Camp 4 on the South Col by 11.35am. Some of the many summit photos can be viewed alongside snapshots of expedition life at our Everest 2016 Album.
We wish to congratulate all our team for their successful ascents. Highlights for our group were the first Peruvian woman to reach the summit, Silvia Vasqez Lavado; Colin O’Brady and Masha Gordon’s ascents as part of their Explorers Grand Slam record attempts: Expedition Leader Mike Roberts’ 8th ascent, guide Lydia Bradey’s 4th ascent, Climbing Sirdar Dawa Jangbu Sherpa’s 12th ascent, Kami Rita Sherpa’s 14th ascent and guide Ang Dorjee Sherpa's 18th summit. Also, Nima Tsering Sherpa who summited twice this season for AC.
Enquiries and applications from suitably experienced climbers are being accepted for the Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition 2017.
The team members from our Lhotse 2016 Expedition reached a high point of Camp 3 at 7,300m on the mountain but were not able to proceed to having a summit day, as was the case for all Lhotse summit attempts this season. A young Sherpa, from another team, who was part of a summit fixing group, fell to his death on 19 May and this very sad accident then precluded a chain of events which meant the summit route wasn’t fixed this season. Our commiserations to this Sherpa's family in Pangboche, and to our Lhotse team for their efforts on the expedition.
We also had a private expedition climbing Dhaulagiri in Nepal this season, another of the 8000m peaks at 8,167m high. They reached the summit on May 19 and we would like to congratulate Keith Kerr, Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa and Passang Sherpa on their safe and successful ascent. This is Keith’s seventh 8000m peak summit (1, 3 – 7 & 13 of the fourteen 8000m peaks) and Lhakpa Dorje’s eighth.
Next year, in spring 2017, we have a professionally led Dhaulagiri expedition and we are accepting applications to join this team at present.
Adventure Consultants is proud to support the Sustainable Summits Conference as an associate sponsor, bring held in New Zealand for the first time on Aug 7 - 11, 2016, at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
The conference will focus on practical solutions to adapting to a changing mountain environment, responding to changing visitor patterns and behaviour, and preserving mountains for the enjoyment of future generations in relation to core conference themes. There are a great range of practical individuals attending from around the world. Presenters include high profile mountain advocates such as Lou Sanson, DG DOCNZ; Guy Cotter, CEO Adventure Consultants; Sir Tipene O’Regan; Dawa Steven Sherpa from Nepal; Peter Rupitsch from Austria; Roger Robinson from Alaska; and another twenty presenters and panellists from around the world. Confirmed participants now exceed 60 with room for a total of 120 at the Hermitage conference facilities, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
Details for registering and the draft programme for the conference are available at Sustainable Summits.
Our North Pole teams had success on their Last Degree Expeditions, reaching the North Pole on 22 April. 2016. Congratulations to father and son team Andrew and James Bayly from New Zealand, with Andrew now having been to both poles, and to father and daughter team Paul and Jade Hameister (14 years old) from Australia. If you haven’ checked out Jade’s Instagram account then take a look to find out about a very inspirational young woman @jadehameister who is aiming to complete the 'polar hat trick' (North Pole, Greenland Crossing and South Pole).
Congratulations to Calvin, Gareth, John and Matthew on completing the Greenland Crossing. The team, guided by Maxime Poncet, originally flew from Iceland to Greenland on the 19th of April. They were then flown up to Hahn glacier by helicopter on the 21st of April and came off the ice very early on the 15th. That makes the total length of the expedition 31 days, including the departure and arrival date, thus 24 days spent on the ice cap itself. Epic!
We have two Elbrus expeditions operating this July, both led by Everest and Seven Summits veteran, Mike Roberts from New Zealand. We have been operating Elbrus expeditions every year since 2003 and we enjoy a very high summit success rate on this highest peak in Europe. The climb is suitable as your first or second of the 7 Summits, as instruction in snow climbing techniques is given during the acclimatisation phase of the trip. This is not a peak to be underestimated though, as it is high at 5,642m.
Our 2016 expeditions are 14 days and 12 days, with the first trip starting in St Petersburg and finishing in Moscow and the second trip a Moscow to Moscow itinerary. We assist you in the visa procurement process and in selecting your equipment and clothing as part of the preparation for this expedition. Get in touch today as it’s not too late to join!
Elbrus Expedition 2016 Dates: Jul 11 - 24 and Jul 25 - Aug 5.
Kilimanjaro Expedition 2016 Dates: Jun 19 - Jul 1, Jul 3 - 15, Aug 21 - Sep 2 and Sep 4 - 16.
The Antarctic climbing and polar travel season (yes there is such a thing) will be upon us in no time at all. There is much to organise if you are going to be heading south next summer to climb, but THE most important thing is to get your space on the trip reserved, otherwise you’ll simply miss out. Next comes training and organising your gear and we can help with all that and more. We have expeditions planned this coming season to climb Vinson Massif and to the South Pole - Ski the Last Degree.
Vinson Massif 2016 / 2017 Expedition Dates: Nov 23 - Dec 8, Dec 4 - 19, Dec 26 - Jan 10 and Jan 6 - 21.
This year is a very good time to visit Nepal, as adventure travel tourism helps them recover from the tough year that the earthquakes in 2015 delivered, and you will find travel in Nepal very rewarding with the fantastic hospitality of the Nepalese combined with our quality driven logistics, guiding and professional leadership.
Winter is not coming any more, it is here! Winter conditions have arrived early in New Zealand and we are getting ready to take skiers and climbers out to enjoy the snow and ice on skis, or crampons, as follows:
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