Adventure News 8 November 2016
Looking to undertake the ultimate mountaineering adventure? Join our 2017 Everest Expedition and stand upon the pinnacle of the earth with the Everest guiding pioneers, Adventure Consultants. Whether you are climbing the Seven Summits or fulfilling a lifelong dream, we will work with you to achieve your goals - there are simlpy no other operators who commit as much in the way of personnel and resources to help you achieve it. An attempt on Everest is a committing undertaking which requires a huge amount of dedication and determination. If you are serious about achieving the top and feel you have the right ingredients and experience, we invite you to apply for a position on our team in 2017, on what will be our twenty fourth Everest expedition.
Places in our Everest 2017 team are limited, find out more on our Everest page or contact our office to talk with one of our Everest climbing experts and we will work with you to achieve a proper preparation plan and secure your place on the team.
Our New Zealand Summer Season of ascents and mountaineering courses is now underway and groups are enjoying the early summer conditions with plenty of late spring snow. Guided ascents are available across the Southern Alps, from the Darrans mountains in Fiordland through to Aoraki Mount Cook. Consider one of our more remote, lesser climbed peaks such as Tutoko or Mitre Peak in Fiordland, or challenge yourself to the technical summits of Aoraki Mount Cook or Tasman - the options are endless, and there is something for every level of climber!
If you are keen to learn more, our Climbing School offers a range of courses, catering for all skill levels from our introductory Mountaineering Instruction Course through to our Alpine Expedition Course for those upskilling to undertake mountaineering objectives outside of New Zealand. Our specially designed Seven Summits Training Course is also popular and we run many bespoke Private Instruction Courses each summer to tailor exactly to your needs. The 7 day Mt Aspiring Course and Ascent combines instruction one on one with an AC guide with climbing a beautiful peak. It's not too late to join, with dates available on scheduled course departures or private courses and guided ascents through until April 2017.
The last thing you want to have to have to worry about when you are in the mountains are your eyes and the best way to have this sorted is to invest in outdoor specific eyeware, which is where Julbo sunglasses come in. These hugely popular sunglasses have a range of eyeware for everything sporty, from trek / approach glasses to high altitude and glacier glasses. Our favourite model for high altitude mountaineering are the Julbo Explorer, which we stock a range of in the retail store in our Wanaka headquarters. We currently have a special on the Explorer model at 20% off - get in touch today to order a pair. The Explorer is Julbo's flagship model - we have these available with the Chameleon photochromic lense, which adapts to changing light levels, as well as the high quality Alti Arc and Spectron lenses.
The Himalayan Trust Outdoor Appetite Cookbook is a beautiful cookbook produced here in New Zealand, full of healthy, wholesome and delicious food recipes, stories and photographs, reflecting the Himalayan Trust's love for adventures and the outdoors. 100% of the price goes straight into the work of the Himalayan Trust in the Everest region of Nepal where they are helping to rebuild schools damaged in the 2015 earthquakes to give more children access to a quality education.
The new website for Steve House and Scott Johnson's Uphill Athlete has launched! Their new website is designed to dynamically support their mission of openly sharing proven training knowledge for the uphill sports we love. On the site you will find clear, concise, useful information about training that works and stories of those who went before you. Remember we have specialist training plans developed by Steve and Scott available for you to purchase (and follow!) on our fitness training page.
The dynamic duo are also holding a Training for Mountain Performance Workshop in Boulder, CO on Nov 12 and 13 (Nov 13 is sold out). Check out the web page for details and registration - still time to join!
Ojos del Salado the 'water source of the salty river' is not only the highest volcano in the world, but at 6,890m is the second highest mountain outside of the Himalaya. The surrounding area is home to the renowned tourist destination, the Atacama Desert and the Laguna Verde thermal springs. Due to its location conditions on the mountain tend to be very dry, but despite this, snow can fall at any time and summit day can be quite windy and exposed. We run an expedition to climb Ojos del Salado each March, so why not consider joining us for a soak in the hot pools as you undertake the ultimate high altitude volcanic mountaineering experience.
Ojos del Salado
Planning for our ever popular Elbrus expeditions is well underway for 2017. One of the coveted 'Seven Summits' Elbrus offers a non-technical, moderate-altitude mountaineering experience, an ideal objective for those looking for a taste of high altitude mountaineering, or first or second Seven Summits objective. We offer two Elbrus expeditions each year, a longer 14 day option that takes in the cultural wonders of the Russian cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, as well as a shorter 12 day option that starts and finishes in Moscow.
Elbrus Trip 1
Elbrus Trip 2
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