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!

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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 Guide
Based in Lake Hawea, New Zealand (which is right next to Lake Wanaka), our NZ Chief Guide, Dean Staples, leads both international expeditions and New Zealand...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born on the North Island of New Zealand Mike first started climbing in 1978, at age 16. He has been guiding for nearly 30 years and...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Victor is a world-renowned British mountaineer and became a UIAGM mountain guide in 1996 after a career as an architect in London. He relocated to Chamonix,...
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
Born and raised in Christchurch and now based in beautiful Lake Hawea, New Zealand, Mark has been guiding for 20 years. He has guided over a...

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
Born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand and now based in Lake Hawea, New Zealand, Lydia started climbing as a teenager. She climbed Mt Aspiring at...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland and now based in Fort William, Scotland; Rob started climbing in 1989. Rob has been guiding since 2000 and now divides...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Based in Wanaka, Nick started climbing in 1975 at age 17. He started guiding in 1980 and became a fully certified IFMGA Climbing and Ski Guide...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Originally from Tokoroa, New Zealand, Tim is now based in Interlaken, Switzerland. He started rock climbing in 1994 at age 19 and moved on to alpine...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born in Canada, Andrew now shares his time between Canmore, Alberta and Chamonix, France. He started climbing in 1993 at age 19 and guiding in 2000,...

International Mountain Guide
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...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Our European guided ascents and private instruction courses are often guided by Paolo. He is an IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide from Sanremo, Italy who is...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Jon Bracey is one of Britain’s foremost alpinists having climbed many hard mixed routes in the Alps and established several new routes in Alaska, Greenland and...
Mountain Guide
Based in Hawea Flat near Wanaka, Mark has been climbing since he was a youngster, and throughout his twenties built up considerable guiding and instructing experience....
NZMGA Climbing Guide
Raised in Cromwell, New Zealand and now based in Wanaka, Callum has climbed extensively throughout New Zealand's Southern Alps. He started climbing in 1990 at age...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Mike’s relationship with the mountains began in the mid 90’s, when he moved to the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada and quickly immersed himself in winter...

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Raised in Christchurch, New Zealand and now based in Queenstown. Mark comes over from "the dark side" to guide and instruct for us during our busy...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Gabriel joined our guiding team in 2014, spending time guiding in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. His home, however, is the heart of the European...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born in North Yorkshire, Adrian's climbing career began with a typical British apprenticeship on the gritstone outcrops of Northern England, working through Scottish winter climbing and...
International Mountain Guide
Haugen is passionate about climbing and education and has carved a career for himself combining both, teaching high school chemistry at Cherry Creek, Colorado and guiding...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born in Australia, Matty is now based in Rossland, Canada. He started alpine climbing in 2000, at age 16, largely to facilitate ski mountaineering. Eventually, he...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Anna is an IFMGA mountain guide originally from Christchurch, New Zealand who currently splits her time between Castle Hill Village (in the Canterbury high country of...

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
Dave McKinley brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the AC Guiding Team. Originally trained in hospitality, Dave spent some time working as a chef...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, and now based in Lake Hawea, Andy started climbing in 1992 at age 28 and started guiding in 2004. He is...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Jono is a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide and Alpine Cliff Rescue Team member based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Born in Adelaide, Australia, Jono...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Mauro was born in Bergamo, Italy, at the the foothills of the Orobie Alps, where his passion for the mountains began. During the summer months, he...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Nick is currently based in Wanaka, New Zealand. He started climbing in 1993, at age 19, moved on to guiding in 2001 and...

Polar Mountain Guide
Leifur splits his time between Reykjavik & Skaftafell National Park, Iceland, and is lead guide on many of our Polar Expeditions. He is one of Iceland's...
Polar Mountain Guide
When it comes to polar adventures, Einar is an expert! His knowledge of polar destinations has no limits, having completed numerous expeditions across Greenland, Iceland and...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Mario qualified as a Mountain Guide in the Aosta Valley, Italy in 1984! Today with more than 30 years of climbing, skiing and hiking he still...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born and raised in the French Alps, Olivier still calls these mountains home, residing for most of the year in the ski resort village of Tignes...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Sandy Allan is well renowned and respected throughout the climbing world for his daring and epic first ascents. Perhaps most notably his recent first ascent of...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Tibor is a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide from Košice, Slovakia who sometimes joins us in New Zealand over our busy summer season and has now...

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
From bonny Scotland, Davie has never lost the accent, but is now definitely a local of Wanaka, New Zealand.
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Andy, a.k.a Frog, is based in Queenstown, New Zealand and is a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide. He spends his summers mountain guiding and his winters...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Originally from Westport, New Zealand, James now spends the winter months there and the summer months based out of Aoraki/Mt Cook. James started climbing in 1984 at...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Thomas is a qualified IFMGA climbing and ski guide. He grew up in a small town in the Alps in the south of France. He started...
International Mountain Guide
Luciano is an EPGAMT certified mountain guide as well as an architect. He has spent the last 25 years working in the mountains, particularly enjoying explorations...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Alex grew up skiing and hiking in the mountains of Australia. At the age of 19, he moved to Canada to work as a ski instructor,...

AMGA Guide
Andrew was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Hong Kong. He is now based out of Red Rock Canyon, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Raphael (Raf) has been working in the mountains since the mid 1990's, initially as a ski instructor before pursuing mountaineering and becoming an IFMGA guide.
IFMGA Climbing Guide
Tendi Sherpa comes to our New Zealand Guiding Team with a wealth of experience in expedition climbing around the world. Originally from Khembalung, a remote village...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born in Canada, Eric has spent the last 15 years exploring the mountains of Western Canada, the United States and Europe. He is an internationally certified...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born in Jura, France, Severin started climbing at the age of 14. Motivated by his passion for the outdoors and sharing experiences with others, he began...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Marco entered mountaineering from a background in Karate and Military Service. He was a member of the national karate team and originally moved to Courmayeur, Italy...

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Born in Inverness, Scotland, Hannah now shares her time between Aviemore, Scotland and the Chamonix Valley in France. Hannah was introduced to climbing at a young...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Originally from North Wales in the UK, Miles Perkin is now based in Chamonix with his family and is a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain and Ski...
NZMGA Assistant Climbing & Ski Guide
Raised in Auckland, New Zealand and now based in Wanaka, Richard started climbing in 2001, at age 21. He became a ski guide in 2007, moving...
IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide
Originally from Essex in the UK, Tania now lives in the heart of the European Alps, the Chamonix Valley in France. She started climbing in 1992...
IFMGA Climbing Guide
Jyamchang comes to our New Zealand Guiding Team with a wealth of experience in expedition climbing. He has achieved qualifications in rock climbing and ski guiding...
International Mountain Guide
Pablo is both a qualified EPGAMT Mountain Guide and an Argentinean Sport climbing champion.

International Mountain Guide
Pablo has been working as a mountain guide for over ten years, specialising in high-altitude expeditions in South America. He speaks several languages and has guided...
NZMGA Alpine Trekking Guide
Originally from Germany, Martin is now based in Central Otago, New Zealand. He started climbing in 2001 at age 33 and not long after, in 2003,...
NZMGA Alpine Trekking Guide
Kirsten grew up in Wanaka, New Zealand. She left for university to study violin, but she kept getting distracted and spending time in the mountains instead...
Trekking Guide
Born in Switzerland and raised on skis, Rene is now based in Queenstown, New Zealand. For the past 30 years he has been guiding people heli-skiing...
Trekking Guide
Originally from Peel Forest and now residing in Wanaka, New Zealand, Brenda is no stranger to life in the mountains. She has spent the last 20...
Trekking Guide
Alison’s love of the outdoors began at a very young age when she was first introduced to skiing on the slopes of her local golf course...

Trekking Guide & Everest Base Camp Manager
Anthea is a dedicated outdoors professional with her roles taking her to some of the furthest, coldest corners of the globe. She works as a field...
Trekking Guide
Victoria was born and raised in the Lake District, U.K. She spent 14 years working predominantly in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District, in addition to...
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,...