Vinson Massif

The Expedition Team

Team Membership

The team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 10 members and 2 guides.

You will find the Adventure Consultants mountain guides companionable and strong expedition leaders with considerable power and willingness to see you achieve your goals. The number of guides is determined by the team size but the normal ratio of guides to members is 1:5. 

Logistics & Safety Support

Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) provides the logistic support and safety backup for our Vinson Massif expedition. The ALE staff have considerable experience and a strong involvement in Antarctica. They operate the charter planes to and from the ice, as well as the connecting flights to Vinson Massif Base Camp. You will receive several documents from our office that ALE requires before our expedition.

Expedition Leaders

The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start.  All of our Antarctic expedition trip leaders have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility. Our 2017/18 Vinson expeditions will be led by:

 Steve Moffat, Lead Guide Trip # 1
Steve is one of our senior guides and when not out in the mountains guiding expeditions or his favourite NZ peaks, can be found in our offices coordinating the NZ guiding programme.

Steve is an IFMGA Climbing and Ski Guide with considerable Himalayan experience, both as expedition leader and guide.  In 2006 he guided and summitted on our Everest expedition. In addition to his time in the Himalayas, Steve has also guided in Canada, South America, Antarctica, and Greenland. He has previously guided our Vinson expeditions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016.
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 CEO of Adventure Consultants, Guy Cotter, IFMGA Mountain and Ski Guide  © Suze Kelly Guy Cotter, Lead Guide Trip #2 and Pvt Trip
Guy is the CEO of Adventure Consultants and has spent over 25 years leading and organising expeditions around the globe. Guy's experience in the mountains is unquestionable and his skills are in high demand, not only as a guide but also as a high altitude cameraman, film project manager, training corporate groups, speaker and of course in expedition logistics and planning. Guy's impressive climbing resume includes the Seven Summits and eight of the world's fourteen 8,000m peaks.
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 Jean-Baptiste (JB) Chandesris, Guide Pvt Trip
Jean-Baptiste, or JB, has been climbing and skiing in the French Alps since his childhood.  His inherent sense of adventure and exploration has seen him guide in Europe, New Zealand and the Himalaya. His most recent achievement was summiting Dhaulagiri, 8,167m, without supplementary oxygen.

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 Charley Mace, Lead Guide Trip #3 and #4
Charley lives in Colorado and has been climbing all of his life.  He is one of America's most respected and successful Himalayan mountaineers with ascents of five 8000 metre peaks; Everest, K2, Manaslu, Gasherbrum II and Cho Oyu.

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Head Office Support Team

Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

 Kelly McLaren  Kelly McLaren, Client Liaison
Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison.  Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya. Read more

 From left to right: Suze Kelly, Amy Hall, Anthea Fisher, Caroline Ogle, Aaron Whitehead, Guy Cotter, Jenny Grace, Steve Moffat, Emberly Wetherall and Tiffany Shervell. Absent are Anita Winterburn, David Ireland and Kelly McLaren. 




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