Introducing The Adventure Consultants Team
Guy Cotter - CEO & IFMGA Mountain and Ski Guide
Adventure Consultants is directed and owned by Guy Cotter, an IFMGA Mountain and Ski guide with a wealth of experience in all things climbing, especially high altitude mountaineering at a professional level. Guy's whole life has been spent in the mountains - in New Zealand, the Himalayas and many other mountain ranges around the world. He has been the director of Adventure Consultants since 1996 and prior to that he had been intricately involved with the company since its beginnings in 1992.
Born in southern New Zealand, Guy was introduced to the outdoors at an early age where a fascination for the mountains was fostered. At 11 years of age Guy started his climbing career accompanying his father on climbing trips, and at 15 years old he completed a traverse of New Zealand's wild Southern Alps from Arthur's Pass to Mt Cook. One of his companions on that trip was Rob Hall, the founding director of Adventure Consultants. He feels these days spent as a young explorer were a solid foundation for his future climbing career.
From there on Guy began to concentrate on technical climbing in New Zealand and on the rock in Australia. The world beyond Australasia beckoned and Guy completed ascents of the Nose and Salathe walls on El Capitan, followed by a lightweight expedition to Uli Biaho Spire in the Trango Towers group in Pakistan resulting in the third ascent of the mountain.
Over a six year period Guy became a UIAGM (in english IFMGA - International Federation of Mountain Guides Association) qualified mountain and ski guide - cutting his teeth by guiding the East Ridge of Mt Cook on his first ever guiding assignment of Mt Cook, only the second time the route had been guided ! During his professional career he has directed Avalanche Courses, run the snow safety program and co-ordinated film crews / private charters for Harris Mountains Heli-skiing and instructed the NZ Army as Chief Instructor of the Mountaineering / Outdoor Adventure Section.
The Himalaya called again, only this time it was Mt Everest. Guy quickly accepted a request by Rob Hall and Gary Ball, who had just founded Adventure Consultants, to assist them on their first guided ascent of Mt Everest in 1992. He showed his adaptability to high altitude by plugging the trail on summit day and preparing the fixed ropes through to the top. He guided again for Adventure Consultants in 1994 and 1995 on Mt Everest and on Vinson Massif in 1994. He took over the company in June 1996 from the late Rob Hall. Hall's wife, Dr. Jan Arnold, considered Guy the only person she would sell the company to. Guy was honoured to take on the legacy of Adventure Consultants and share in Rob and Gary's vision.
Immediately after taking on Adventure Consultants he led expeditions to Everest, Gasherbrum II, Gasherbrum I, Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu and reached the summit of each with clients except Gasherbrum I. This meant that in 1997 he became the first westerner to guide clients to the summits of three 8000 metre peaks in one year, as well as guiding and climbing Vinson Massif in Antarctica in December of that year. The pace didn't slow down in 1998 with Guy leading expeditions to Dhaulagiri, Muztagh Ata and Vinson again, this time also staying behind to climb Mt Slaughter in Antarctica (a first ascent). Since then he has led successful expeditions to Aconcagua, Makalu, the Mustang region of Nepal, Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya, the Antarctic Peninsula and Elbrus. In 2005 he climbed Denali, which completed his Seven Summits! He led our Everest Expeditions in 2006 and 2007, so has now summitted Everest four times. In 2010 he led our first Ski the Last Degree South Pole expedition and in 2012 he led our successful Manaslu expedition as well as a trek to Mustang in Nepal.
Other recent projects, apart from guiding and leading Adventure Consultants expeditions, have been as diverse as working on a Hollywood movie about climbing K2, called 'The Vertical Limit', on location in New Zealand's Southern Alps during 1999; giving lectures and slide shows throughout Australasia and Asia / North America and stepping in to assist with the enormous task of rigging the course for the Eco-challenge multi-sport races in New Zealand and Fiji.
" There are now a lot of expedition outfitters and you can choose an expedition to suit your requirements, and let's face it - not everybody wants the same from an expedition. Adventure Consultants trips are designed with state of the art Himalayan techniques in mind, and geared towards success. I like to run the kind of trip I myself would like to go on, hence our trips are small, personable and friendly with the highest possible guiding standards. The Adventure Consultants Expeditions are, as always, geared to provide that little bit extra to make your expedition a whole lot better."
Adventure Consultants CEO
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Guy Cotter, Mountain Guide and Director of Adventure Consultants How do you get all that climbing gear into your pack? And what's it all for?! Do I really need to take that with me into the hills? Watch this video where Guy explains how to pack for mountaineering in New Zealand, with plenty of detailed explanations, tips and advice for successful climbing missions. Guy is the CEO of guiding company Adventure Consultants from New Zealand, has climbed five 8000m peaks and Everest x 4 times and is an IFMGA Mountain and Ski Guide with over 30 years experience in all things climbing.
Guy Cotter, Mountain Guide and Director of Adventure Consultants
How do you get all that climbing gear into your pack? And what's it all for?! Do I really need to take that with me into the hills? Watch this video where Guy explains how to pack for mountaineering in New Zealand, with plenty of detailed explanations, tips and advice for successful climbing missions. Guy is the CEO of guiding company Adventure Consultants from New Zealand, has climbed five 8000m peaks and Everest x 4 times and is an IFMGA Mountain and Ski Guide with over 30 years experience in all things climbing.
Much of the quality of our expeditions and the way we go about things here at AC is owed to the attention to detail which Suze applies in her role as General Manager for Adventure Consultants and in overseeing the administration and planning that our team does for each trip. She has been co-ordinating the office at AC headquarters since 1996. An active outdoors person, when not in the office she's off skiing, mountain biking, fishing, trekking and climbing. Suze was our Everest Basecamp Manager on expeditions in 2000, 2006, 2007 & 2008 and led our Bhutan Mountain Biking 2004 & 2005 trips. She has climbed Mt Kenya, Kilimanjaro x 2, Island Peak, Mts Cook & Aspiring and Aconcagua and has enjoyed climbing in Thailand, Australia and the European Alps and ski seasons in North America and Europe. She has a postgraduate science degree.
Suze Kelly - General Manager at Adventure Consultants
Jenny joined the AC team in 2005 as our Accounts Administrator and is now our Assistant Manager. She's a Kiwi gal, originally from Christchurch, and spent several years working for Macpac New Zealand. She has travelled around the world, including an overland trip from Asia to Europe in 1989. Jenny is an avid skier, mountain biker and climber; she has climbed Mount Aspiring, Aoraki / Mt Cook and tramped throughout much of our South Island wilderness. Favourite next destinations, esepcially on skis, is Alaska and a return to Japan.
Our friendly AC Headquarter's Client Liaison team is headed by Tiffany, in the role of Client Liaison Co-ordinator, working alongside Annette. A Wanaka local for many years, she originally hails from Tauranga in the North Island. An avid international traveller, once she did finally make it home to stay she has been working in the outdoor tourism and retail industry for most of her career. Tiffany will help you get organised for your expedition or climb with us once you have signed on for a trip. Her recent travels have taken her to Nepal, Australia, Peru and Tanzania and we hear that next on the list is Vietnam, followed by India...
Tiffany Shervell - International Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants
Steve Moffat - New Zealand Operations
With years of climbing and skiing experience in New Zealand and personal climbs in South America, Steve is a qualified IFMGA Climbing and Ski guide working for Adventure Consultants year round. He is one of our senior guides with considerable Himalayan experience both as expedition leader and expedition guide. In 2006 he guided and summitted on our Everest expedition and this follows successful expeditions to Ama Dablam, Island Peak and Lobuche East. In 2007 he guided on our Cho Oyu expedition and in 2010 & 2012 on Vinson and Three Peaks Nepal, and in 2011 led a private ski mountaineering expedition in Greenland. Steve, a fantastic rock and ice climber, also has experience guiding in Canada and on Aconcagua in South America. He is always busy between his expedition schedule guiding our NZ ascents, instruction, ice climbing and ski touring trips, and now also working in our office where he is often your first contact with us when you enquire about a trip. He is now also our New Zealand Operations Co-ordinator.
Caroline Blaikie - Operations Co-ordinator
Many of you may have met Caroline in her role at hut warden in Mt Aspiring National Park when she first moved to New Zealand, but Caroline then moved into working for AC as a Client Liaison in 2008 and she is now our Operations Co-ordinator for our logistics and planning across all trips. She has a wealth of personal climbing and skiing experience in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and originally from Scotland, she has a passion for skiing, climbing and travel generally. With an honors degree in Physiology and expeditions to the Amazon, she has been well suited to her additional role as Everest Basecamp Manager for AC in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Caroline Blaikie - Operations Co-ordinator at Adventure Consultants
Annette has commenced working with us during the 2012 summer and looks after our New Zealand and Himalayan expedition team members once you have booked on, as well as a myraid of other tasks here at AC. She is a qualified canyoning guide who is always to be found descending the canyons around Wanaka on her days off as well as trekking and climbing. Annette's travels from New Zealand have taken her to Europe where she has explored the Alps and France extensively.
Mark is from the North Island of New Zealand but grew up climbing and skiing in the Southern Alps and that youthful experience then led to him becoming an NZMGA mountain guide. He guides in New Zealand and on our international expeditions and is our latest guide to move into the office to work on co-ordinating our client's trips and programs as well as their equipment requirements. When you enquire with us about a trip you'll most likely get a reply back from Mark who is renowned for his friendly kiwi approach and famous haka performance.
Karoline is from North Wales and moved to Chamonix Mont Blanc when her husband qualified as a guide 6 years ago. She has since made it home and now has a bilingual toddler and Jack Russell! She is an avid rock climber but also enjoys the local skiing and summer hill walking.
David is a New Zealander who escaped to Australia for a while and became a specialist in Systems Administration but then thankfully has moved back to our shores to take care of our systems. We have developed a Client Relations Management system that is tailored specifically to AC and our needs, and he keeps this plus our servers and various computer equipment humming along as they should.