Andy Cole

Andy Cole

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 an IFMGA Climbing & Ski Guide.

Andy has guided and instructed extensively throughout the Southern Alps and spent several years as an army mountaineering and survival instructor.

  • Bio

    Andy ColeOriginally 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 an IFMGA Climbing & Ski Guide.

    Andy has guided and instructed extensively throughout the Southern Alps. He spent several years as an army mountaineering and survival instructor and after leaving the Army, took a position in Antarctica as a field trainer. In 2017 he guided an expedition to ski the Last Degree to the South Pole.

    A memorable climb for Andy is the Grand Traverse on Mt Cook with two mates, during which they didn’t get the rope out until the descent down the Linda Glacier.

    While in the mountains Andy enjoys the logistics of the climbs..."figuring it out, so my guests get a summit and a great experience. The challenge is making it work with the cards the weather gods have dealt."

    When not in the mountains, Andy enjoys sailing..."again, it's working out how to get where you want with the cards the weather gods have dealt."

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  • Notable Ascents

    Escalade Range, East Antartica

    • Three solo first ascents 2011


    Mt Sefton

    • 2008 - Guided 6 soldiers on this isolated 3,000m peak that towers high above the Mount Cook Village and is one of New Zealand's premier wilderness climbs
  • Andy's Testimonials

    "Andy was really a professional. He was always calm and reassuring and pulled me through much of the climb. Be happy to recommend him and the whole AC crew to anyone who's interested."