The Year of the Horse has got off to a rip roaring start with summer in New Zealand finally returning to our shores and plenty of folks either out on expeditions or planning what they'll climb and where they'll travel to this year. Now is the time to make it all count and join the AC team on an expedition to an exciting destination this year - read on below for news of what's been happening in the mountains and at the Poles. Join in by calling to speak with one of our mountain guides - Mark or Steve or one of our helpful Liaison's Annette or Kelly. Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America and phone +64-3-4438711 from Australasia and the rest of the world!
We'd like to congratulate our first two teams on Acongcagua this season for the great success with their expeditions and summit climbs. The climbs were led by Viictor Saunders, who has now completed his Seven Summits and also in 2014 is now Vice President of the Alpine Club. Congratulations Victor and all our summiters! Our third expedition is currently underway with potential for more Seven Summiters from the results of the expedition - watch this space!
Victor features again here in that he's leading our Alpamayo / Huascaran Expedition in July 2014 (prior to that he leads our Manaslu expedition in Nepal - see below for details). Join this experienced team for a mountaineering highlight in Peru's beautiful Codillera Blanca. AC have had great success on our Alpamayo climbs with participants from all over the globe joining the team to make an ascent in good style with expert leadership.
We are attending The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show at ExCel London Feb 13 - 16 so do come along on one of the days if you want to meet our team and find out more about a trekking, skiing or climbing trip that you're interested in - you'll find us in the Adventure Travel zone stand AT552. Whether you are just starting out with a course or are one of our repeat offenders, we'd love to see you! All details about the show are at www.telegraphoutdoorshow.co.uk/
Ski touring in Gulmarg of course! Gulmarg simply has outrageously good snow and this is the best time of the winter to go. We have tours underway at present, so mark your calendar for Jan / Feb 2015 to join the happiest people on the planet skiing some of the deepest powder in the nicest trees possible in an exotic Himalayan location serviced with great hotels and wonderful food. No wonder the AC ski mad guides are there!
We have two astoundingly good options for you on opposite sides of the world:
Europe Haute Route in the Swiss Alps - mid March through April is the time to do this classic high alpine ski tour. We have guides available who have done the route and its variations many times and know how to make the most of the weather conditions and hut availability at the time. If you are light on skills for ski touring we can offer instruction days out of Chamonix as part of your planned itinerary prior to setting off on the tour.
Summer climbing in New Zealand's Southern Alps - absolute serenity in our beautiful Alps with views to the Pacific Ocean - we are fully booked through early / mid February but have guides available from late February onwards into March (and April is nice too in late summer) to take you into the high alpine regions of the Southern Alps and climb your heart out. Add on some summer days enjoying the mountain towns of Wanaka and Queenstown and there you have the perfect get away from it all type of trip.
Adventure Consultants wish to congratulate Josh Hodgkinson on reaching the South Pole this month, as part of an All the Way South Pole Expedition (with a Messner start).
We have Greenland Crossing expeditions confirmed for April along with Last Degree North Pole and are taking bookings and fielding enquiries for All the Way South Pole 2014 and Last Degree South Pole 2014.
Antarctic Peninsula by Yacht – this month's superb expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula has concluded with Jacquelene and Neville Knuckey, Warren Dobe and guide Phil Wickens enjoying multiple days of climbing and adventures utilising the yacht Icebird as their base for a month on the peninsula. They achieved some first ascents, which ticked their climbing ambitions and explored many a bay and cove, encountering wildlife and an untouched environment at every turn. Read their dispatches. The next opportunity to do this with AC is January 2015.
Polar Training in New Zealand - our polar training course is set in the winter months here in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, with ideal conditions at that time to emulate the chilly temperatures, snow, and ice you will experience on your polar expedition. The course aims to build your skills in all aspects of polar travel from camp management to crevasse rescue and endurance sled hauling in remote locations where you need to be self reliant. Dates for the Polar Training Course are July 28 - August 1, 2014.
The pre-monsoon Himalayan climbing season is looming large and we have many exciting expeditions being finalised at present:
For a very special trek to Everest Base Camp you can still join our second trip as the first departure is full - dates are Apil 21 - May 9, 2014. The trek is very special as whilst on the expedition you become part of the inner workings of one of the original and best expedition operators on Mt Everest.
Manaslu 2014 - led by Victor Saunders. All on the team are looking forward to an 8000m peak mission this spring and our permit has room for more climbers if you would like to join. There is an accompanying trek also to this beautiful part of Nepal for US$3920 per person.
Last but not least we have our Mera Peak Expedition which heads off the beaten track to trek though the delightful Hinku Valley and onto Mera, which has the significance of being the highest of the Trekking Peaks in Nepal at 6,476m. This expedition represents an opportunity to train for future high altitude climbs by ascending to this height or experience exhilarating climbing on a 6000m peak for the first time.
Seven Summits this Year
Denali – very few spaces left in 2014 but call us and we may be able to find a spot for you. 2015 is starting to fill up also.
Carstensz – our March expedition is not operating, next opportunities for Carstensz (heli access) are August and November.
Happy Climbing Trekking & Skiing from the AC Team :)
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