Adventure News 29 November 2016
Adventure Consultants provided the guiding and logistics for a South Georgia Crossing Expedition, recreating Antarctic explorer Shackleton's epic traverse of the island of South Georgia for Lindblad Expeditions. AC guides were Guy Cotter and Kevin Nicholas for this commemorative expedition since it is the 100 year anniversary of Shackleton's Expedition, as well as Lindblad celebrating 50 years of operating. The team travelled on the National Geographic Orion, setting sail from Ushiaia, Argentina on October 24. After two days at sea they visited Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands and then travelled to South Georgia for the two day journey, crossing the vast glaciers over the island on foot, in what turned out to be a glorious spell of weather. The expedition team included Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing Sherpa, along with a cameraman and a group of six adventurous types, and they gave a
of wildlife, as South Georgia's pest free status has resulted in abundant elephant seal and King penguin colonies, not to mention all the rich seabird and marine life.
At Adventure Consultants we organise high quality bespoke and private expeditions in addition to our scheduled treks and expeditions so get in touch for further information if you have an idea for a remote mountaineering or trekking journey adventure.
View the National Geographic channel live interview on Facebook with the team.
An exciting few days were had on the Carstensz Oct 2016 Expedition, with the Adventure Consultants group ending up on a Fly in / Fly out schedule rather than their orignial Fly in / Trek out plan, and achieving two summit climbs in two days. Way to go team! There is always a guaranteed level of adventure in this journey, and Expedition Leader Mike Roberts was able to expertly gauge the various situations to achieve a great outcome for all. He flew in with three out of the four team members before bad weather managed to shut down the remaining flight to bring in Yves Lambert, who had to remain in Tiimika. Meanwhile the first group acclimatised and all summited in great weather on Nov 4. After three days delay in Timika, Yves flew up Carstensz. Thanks to climbing several 4000m peaks in Europe this summer he retained acclimatisation. His depth of experience and relaxed accepting demeanor were ideal traits for hanging out in Timika and seizing the moment. He then reached the summit with Mike on his second lap, on Nov 5. One hour after arriving back at Base Camp from their summit climb they flew back out to Timika and on to Bali. Congratulations Claudio, Tim, Mike and Yves on your Carstensz summit and congratulations to Yves on climbing all the Seven Summits! The last word is thus left to him: “life starts when you get out of your comfort zone”.
Carstensz Pyramid Expeditions - Fly in / Trek out
Mt Gunnbjörn boasts the title of being both the highest mountain in Greenland and the Arctic. At 3,694m / 12,119ft it towers above the surrounding Watkins mountains that rise from the Greenland Icecap. Our seven day expedition is perfect for those looking for a short adventure, to one of the few remote and pristine areas in the world. Combine with our Vinson Massif expedition to climb the highest mountains in the Arctic and Antarctic!
Looking for an achievable and incredible polar journey? Or do you have your sights set on a future polar challenge? Either way, the Greenland Crossing provides both an adventure in itself, and an ideal training expedition to develop the skills and endurance for longer polar odysseys. An unsupported expedition across Greenland is a spectacular and rewarding experience. Over 30 days we travel some 539km / 335miles across the Greenland Icecap, and build the entire trip into a 36 day expedition. Contact us to discuss with one of our experienced polar guides about how we can help you achieve your polar dreams.
The best place to hone your skills for climbing the Seven Summits, climbing a Himalayan peak, or climbing in general is on one of the courses we offer right here in New Zealand with our Climbing School. Over 7, 10 or 12 days your guide will teach you the skills to be able to climb safely in the mountains anywhere in the world, and to join our more technical expeditions. Experience is crucial before you tackle any big objective, so take up the chance to learn to climb properly this summer on a course with AC, with the added bonus of a very scenic classroom thrown in. Private and scheduled course options available.
Mera Peak (6,476m), is one of Nepal's most alluring trekking peaks, not only is it's Nepal's highest trekking peak, but it offers a culturally stimulating journey through remote mountain forests and villages before an easy climb to the summit. A perfect introduction to Himalayan mountaineering, and ideal objective for those looking to explore off the beaten track! We have run two successful Mera Peak expeditions this year, and we're taking bookings for our spring and autumn 2017 expeditions now.
Our pre-monsoon trekking season is not too far away, and spaces on our treks are filling up fast! If you are looking at joining a Himalayan Trek next year, why not consider our Khumbu or Three Passes Treks? Both treks explore the Sherpa homeland of the Khumbu Valley as well as visiting Everest Base Camp. The Khumbu Trek operates alongside our Island Peak Expedition and is an ideal opportunity for trekkers to enjoy the camaraderie of expedition life. Our Three Passes Trek offers a slightly more challenging journey taking in three mountain passes, including exploring the stunning Gokyo Lakes area, with a highlight of climbing to the summit of Gokro Ri (5357m) pictured right. Contact us now to secure your place on one of these incredible trekking journeys.
Three Passes Nepal Trek
We are now offering scheduled departures on this iconic seven day journey around the Mont Blanc Massif. Travel through seven valleys, across three countries and some 170km in the heart of the European Alps. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 'must do' for any trekker visiting the Alps. Our new scheduled departures run throughout the 2017 summer season from June through until September. Private departures are still available for those visiting outside these dates or if you prefer a more personalised service.
Tour du Mont Blanc Scheduled Departures 2017
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