Our guides

Guides

The friendly and companionable guides who make up the Adventure Consultants team are recognised as some of the most skilled and experienced mountaineers in the world. In addition to each of them having an extensive climbing background, our guides are qualified under the auspices of the highest qualifying body in mountain guiding; the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA / UIAGM). We believe that you should always insist on internationally qualified guides as you would insist on the qualifications of any person to whom you invest so much responsibility in.

The AC guides have individually taken their professions to the highest of levels, yet relish the opportunity to share the environment they are so passionate about and communicate this in an atmosphere of confidence and enjoyment.

If there are any specific traits we encourage in our guiding staff, it is compatibility coupled with effective leadership. We know that good leadership translates into successful and safe experiences in the outdoor environment.

Leadership to us means being able to bring a group together for a common goal, with positive coaching and encouragement being highlights of the trip. These are the key aspects that set us apart and that enable us to consistently operate great adventures and expeditions. We are recognised as being amongst the best in the business, an accolade we continue to aspire to that provides our motivation for continual reflection and improvement.

Whether you are considering your first foray into the mountain environment, or are returning for an intense expedition at the higher end of the scale, our guides do their very best to ensure you have an amazing time and achieve success!

CEO and IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Guy's whole life has been spent in the mountains - in New Zealand, the Himalayas and many other mountain ranges around the world. Born in southern...
Chief Guide New Zealand, IFMGA Mountain Ski Guide
Based in Lake Hawea, New Zealand (which is right next to Lake Wanaka), our New Zealand Chief Guide, Dean Staples, leads both international expeditions and New...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Kiwi Mike Roberts is one of Adventure Consultants' most seasoned high-altitude guides. Not content with reaching the top each of the Seven Summits at least twice,...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Based in the beautiful French town of Chamonix, Victor Saunders is Adventure Consultant’s Chief Guide in the European Alps. A world-renowned British mountaineer, Victor has completed...
NZ Operations Manager, IFMGA Guide
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...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Based near the French alpine town of Chamonix, British guide Jon Bracey is one of the UK’s leading alpinists and a former competitor at the Ski...

International Mountain Guide
Ang Dorjee Sherpa, grew up amongst Himalayan climbers. His father Nima Tenzing Sherpa climbed with British mountaineer Chris Bonington in the 1970s and 80s. At age...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
AC Guide Lydia Bradey fostered an early passion for mountaineering and before her 19th birthday had already summited New Zealand’s Mount Aspiring and Mount Cook. In...
Mountain & Ski Guide
AC Guide Rob Smith has been guiding for nearly 20 years, predominantly in Antarctica and the Himalayas. When he's not mountain biking or sea kayaking near...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Kiwi Mark Sedon has a passion for climbing in remote and interesting places and has travelled extensively from his home in Lake Hawea, New Zealand. As...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Wanaka-based Nick Craddock has over 30 years guiding experience under his belt. He has climbed extensively in Europe and New Zealand, where he has many first...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
New Zealander Tim Robertson is avid skier and mountaineer who has made his home the Swiss Alpine town of Interlaken. Tim has led several Adventure Consultants’...

International Mountain Guide
When it comes to mountain guiding, Charley Mace’s credentials are unquestionable. Charley has guided on every continent on the planet, including first American ascents of Manaslu...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Andy Cole has been climbing since the early nineties and has amassed a wealth of climbing experience, not only in his native New Zealand but also...
NZMGA Climbing Guide
Callum has been climbing in the Southern Alps of New Zealand since his teens and loves everything about the outdoors, from mountain biking to hunting and...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Mike Stuart has been a guide since 2011, after a move to Canada ignited his love of being in the mountains. Mike’s passion for rock climbing,...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Mark began his climbing career at the age of 20 and has since climbed extensively in Canada, France and his native New Zealand. Mark loves sharing...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Gabriel began climbing at the age of 16 and has never looked back. A fully qualified IFMGA Climbing and Ski Guide, Gabriel also spent several years...

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
British-born Adrian Camm began his guiding career in New Zealand’s South Island, where many of his favourite climbs are still found today. Adrian is a keen...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Jean-Baptiste, or JB, has been climbing and skiing in the French Alps since his childhood. His inherent sense of adventure and exploration has taken him to...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Australian Matt Chessor, known as 'Matty' to his friends, has been guiding since 2008, scaling several of New Zealand's highest mountains and leading AC expeditions in...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
New Zealander Anna Keeling has guided across the globe and is known for her agility in the mountains, both as a speed climber and adventure racer....
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Andrew’s passion for the mountains emanated from his early years mountain biking and hiking in his Canadian homeland. Since then, he has proceeded to climb big...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
A winter season in Canada solidified Australian Alex's love of mountaineering and lured him away from a potential career in mechanical engineering to follow his calling...

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Inspired by the legendary climbers of his teenage years, Jono began climbing seriously in his early twenties and soon became hooked. Also a keen skier, Jono...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Australian mountain guide Nick Morgan has spent much of his adult life in the mountains. From his seasonal base in Wanaka, New Zealand, Nick has climbed...
Mountain Guide
From outdoor pursuits in New Zealand to field work in Antarctica, Mark’s career has taken him across the globe. Mark has guided in Canada, South America...
Polar Mountain Guide
A polar specialist and a guide since his teenage years, Leifur is one of the founding members of Icelandic Mountain Guides and one of the country’s...
International Mountain Guide
Mike Haugen has racked up an impressive number of summits over his climbing career, both in his native America and overseas, including 2 summits of Everest...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Italian guide Paolo Pieroni is a mainstay of Adventure Consultants’ courses and ascents in the European Alps. Having guided for 40 years, Paolo's experience is extensive...

Polar Mountain Guide
Einar is one of the founding members of Icelandic Mountain Guides, Adventure Consultants' expedition partner in Iceland. Einer has a passion for all things polar, especially...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Having qualified as a mountain guide in the mid-eighties, Mario is one of our most well-rounded European guides. With decades of experience climbing and skiing in...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Practically born on skis, the mountains are a second home for Olivier Baron. A former European Champion skier, Oliver has skied across the globe and is...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
A childhood in the Scottish Highlands proved to be the ideal preparation for Sandy Allan's future as a world-renowned mountaineer. Holder of the coveted Piolet d'Or...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Dave McKinley has an abundance of high altitude experience, leading him to be one of New Zealand's most respected alpine guides. Based on New Zealand's South...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
French guide Severin Marchand has played a key role in the Adventure Consultants team in both Europe and New Zealand. He has achieved notable climbs in...

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Scottish-born Davie Robinson cut his teeth on the mountains of the European Alps before emigrating south and establishing his home on New Zealand’s South Island. Davie...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
New Zealand guide Andy Taylor splits his year between his two passions; mountain guiding in the summer and ski guiding in the winter. With his home...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
James loves the challenge of a climb and the reward of a beautiful sunrise. A climber since his teens, James spends his summers based at New...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
French guide Thomas Vialletet is never short of a smile! Having joined the Adventure Consultants New Zealand team for a summer of guiding in 2015, Thomas...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Slovakian guide Tibor Hromádka has climbed mountains across the world, including New Zealand, where he has spent several summers guiding with Adventure Consultants in the Southern...
AMGA Guide
American Andrew Yasso has been a full-time guide since 2009, splitting his time between Alaska, Washington State and the mountains of British Columbia. For Andrew, it...

IFMGA Climbing Guide
11-time Everest summiteer Tendi Sherpa has guided on the Adventure Consultants team in both New Zealand and Nepal, although his climbing career has taken him to...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Canadian guide Eric Ostopkevich has a seemingly endless enthusiasm and energy for guiding. Having fallen in love with mountain travel on a trip to New Zealand,...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
A man of many talents, Italian guide Marco Tamponi was a member of his national karate team before switching his focus to dedicate his life to...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born and raised in the Scottish Highlands, a life in the mountains was a natural choice for Hannah, who loves the variety and movement of climbing....
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Miles discovered a love of the mountains early in life from his childhood home in Wales. He loves the challenges that climbing presents and the experience...
NZMGA Assistant Climbing & Ski Guide
New Zealand guide Richard Raines is a Wanaka local who loves helping others explore his back yard mountains and slopes. Originally a ski guide, with mountain...

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
When not away on expedition, British guide Tania Noakes can be found guiding and climbing around the European Alps from her home in Chamonix, France. Tania...
IFMGA Climbing Guide
Nepalese guide Jyamchang Bhote has already racked up a formidable climbing record with several 8,000m peaks under his belt, including multiple ascents of Mount Everest.
International Mountain Guide
Argentinian guide Pablo Gurrieri is a popular guide on our Aconcagua expeditions, being not only a strong expedition leader but also a great companion in the...
International Mountain Guide
A Mendoza local and high altitude specialist, Argentinian Pablo Kuntz is an experienced guide and a popular choice on our Aconcagua expeditions.
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Chris Ensoll feels at home in the mountains, a somewhat unsurprising fact after having spent some forty years working and recreating in the outdoors. A fully...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
With over 25 years experience guiding Neil knows his way around the mountains! Moving to Chamonix in the late 1970s from England, Neil forged a career...

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
A multi-talented guide, Antoine began skiing and climbing at a young age among the Alps of his homeland, France. Born in Saumur, Antoine is now based...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Tomas hails from northern Italy, where he spent his early life as a ski racer before discovering his true calling in mountaineering. With a passion for...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Northern Ireland's John McCune found a love for the mountains early in life and has never looked back. Driven by his passion for the alpine environment,...
IFMGA Mountain Guide
AC guide Viktor Varoshkin is as at home in the mountains as he is anywhere else. He has opened up some of the hardest trad routes...
NZMGA Mountain Guide
Tony is a New Zealand NZMGA mountain guide, originally from Westport on the West Coast of the South Island, who now calls Wanaka home.
IFMGA Mountain Guide
Roberto has long felt at home in the mountains and loves sharing his experiences with others in the alpine environment.

IFMGA Mountain Guide
Joining AC's New Zealand Guiding Team from Bolivia, Javier has a zest for life and a love for the mountains and travel that hasn't wavered in...
NZMGA Assistant Climbing Guide
Having always felt a pull to the outdoors, Australian guide Kim turned this drive into a career that has seen him pioneer new climbing routes around...
NZMGA Alpine Trekking Guide
A South Island native, New Zealand Trekking Guide Kirsten Chalmers felt the pull of the mountains drawing her back each time she attempted to leave. Whether...
Trekking Guide
When not away on expeditions to Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp, Swiss guide Rene Schwaller can be found loving life in the mountains of his adopted...
Trekking Guide
The mountains have always been a driving force in Alison Culshaw’s life, from a childhood spent on her local slopes in Scotland to wilderness skiing around...
Trekking Guide
Victoria was born and raised in the Lake District, UK. She spent 14 years working predominantly in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District, in addition to...

Trekking Guide & Everest Base Camp Manager
Anthea is no stranger to adventure, with a career that has taken her to some of the most remote places on the planet. An outdoor enthusiast,...
NZMGA Ski Guide & Trekking Guide
Thomas was born and raised in the French Alps, where the call for the outdoors was an easy choice. He was introduced to skiing and climbing...
Trekking Guide
Bronwen joins the AC Trekking team with a wealth of guiding experience from around the world, having previously guided expeditions, treks and ski trips in Nepal,...
Trekking Guide
Brenda George has over 20 years of experience in the mountains, as a ski patroller, trekking guide and working in avalanche safety on New Zealand’s South...