Adventure News 26 August 2016
Adventure Consultants CEO, Guy Cotter, is a panellist on The Great Everest Debate - an upcoming discussion that drills down on the issues surrounding Everest which is being hosted by the Australian Himalayan Foundation and held at Joe’s Basecamp in Sydney on September 24 at 6.15pm. Guy joins an esteemed panel who are legitimate spokespeople with extensive experience on the topic of Everest so it should be a lively and educational debate.
The line-up of panellists includes:
The debate will be moderated by Pete Wells who is also an Everest summiteer, filmmaker & TV presenter. The audience will be invited to put questions to the panellists and footage from renowned Everest films will be screened as well as an auction of rare items of memorabilia. It’ll be a rousing debate and a great evening.
Tickets can be purchased at:
Venue: Joe’s Basecamp
AC General Manager Suze Kelly and Guy Cotter were invited speakers and panellists at the Sustainable Summit Conference held in Aoraki/Mt Cook (NZ) early August. It was a stimulating event with a lot of good discussion and debate around the issues we face in keeping the mountains in a good state for future generations. There were delegates from USA, Nepal, Canada, France, Austria, Borneo, New Zealand and Australia who shared the issues they face in their own countries and ways they have worked to mitigate these problems. While it was universally acknowledged that the impacts of climate change is our greatest challenge and outside the scope of the conference delegates mandate, there was general agreement that we can all play our part in keeping the mountains clean and encourage sustainable lifestyles for those who live in mountain regions.
The main topic of conversation was human waste. In some mountain environments the issue of that waste is profound, with piles of the stuff to deal with due to crowding and poor management practices. The upcoming challenge is to develop workable solutions in the aim to work towards better practices in mountain regions across the globe. You can listen to podcasts and read key interviews on the Sustainable Summits Blog.
As part of The North Face launching their Summit Series collection here in Australasia, four lucky people were able to test out the gear on their own Summit Series experience, ice climbing at Wye Creek, Queenstown with Adventure Consultants and staying at our Wye Creek Winter Base Camp. Alex, Nicholas, Ben and Kristian had a fabulous time on the waterfall ice under the tutelage of AC guide Adrian Camm. Check out their great photo album at The North Face.
AC operated two very successful Elbrus expeditions in July / August led by Mike Roberts from NZ. Under Mike’s guidance both groups reached the summit in good weather. Congratulations to all our summiters - your Client Liaison Kelly McLaren will be in touch to discuss further Seven Summits climbing plans with you if she hasn’t already! If you are interested in climbing Elbrus next year then read the dispatches from this year’s trips and get in touch soon to register your interest or make a booking. We have two departures available in 2017, July 10 - 23 and July 24 to August 4.
Our next 8000m peak expedition is about to commence – to Cho Oyu, 8201m. This is our 15th expedition to climb the sixth highest mountain in the world and is the first our post-monsoon trips for 2016. The Expedition Leader is Mike Roberts and he will be assisted by Da Jangbu Sherpa as Climbing Sirdar and three of our senior Everest Climbing Sherpa – Rinjn Sherpa, Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa and Nima Tsering Sherpa. The team members are travelling to Kathmandu shortly to meet Mike from where they will fly to Lhasa and then travel overland to Cho Oyu Basecamp. Cho Oyu dispatches will be updated daily, sign up for the email alerts today!
At Adventure Consultants we have a clothing and equipment retail store and outfitting service, with a big focus on ensuring you are outfitted in the correct gear to maximize your chances of success on your chosen expedition or trekking journey. Once you book on for a trip our resident Gear Guru’s will work with you to advise you on gear choices, and our comprehensive equipment lists are constantly being updated and refreshed with new information. If you are coming on a New Zealand trip with us we can have your gear ready once you arrive here at our office and we have a well-stocked gear store.
18 x Everest summiteer Ang Dorjee Sherpa is leading our Mera Peak (6,476m) expedition this post monsoon and there are still a few places left if you’d like to join one of the world's most celebrated expedition leaders on this brilliant trek, followed by an ascent of Nepal’s highest trekking peak. Ang Dorjee provides a colourful insight to the Sherpa customs and way of life, while carefully supporting the team members on their journey through this magical landscape that is off the beaten track.
Always dreamed of climbing in Antarctica? Join us on one of our upcoming Vinson Massif Expeditions! Climb Antarctica’s highest mountain, Vinson Massif which lies within the Ellsworth Mountains, 700 nautical miles from the South Pole. It is one of the coveted Seven Summits and provides the opportunity to experience the remote and unbelievable vastness of the Antarctic interior within a relatively short timeframe.
Duration: 16 Days
Thinking about having a go at mountaineering but don't know where to start? Check out our introductory Mountaineering Instruction Course (MIC) which operates in the New Zealand summer from our Climbing School in Wanaka. Designed to navigate your way towards safe and successful climbing practices for the high and glaciated mountains of New Zealand and around the world. Our courses focus on the development of your skills at a pace that suits you and along the way you will consolidate those skills by climbing peaks. You don’t need to have climbed before - all you need is the desire to learn new skills in a truly spectacular environment!
MIC Dates: Summer 2016 / 2017
Duration: 7 days
Get in touch today to book your trip, or enquire about other introductory course options available through our European Climbing School - the summer climbing in the European Alps still has a month to go.
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