Guy Cotter ( – )
Guy has an outstanding record as one of New Zealand’s leading climbers. He has built an international reputation over 40 years of climbing and ascents in New Zealand, Antarctica, the Himalayas and elsewhere. He has led or been a member of some 30 climbing expeditions and has successfully developed one of the world’s leading guiding businesses, Adventure Consultants, based in Wanaka.
Guy became a fully qualified IFMGA mountain & ski guide at a young age. In addition to Mt Everest, Guy has climbed five other 8000 m peaks – Makalu, Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum II, Manaslu (2012) and Lhotse (2013). In 1997, Guy guided clients to the summit of three 8000 m peaks, a feat never before achieved by a western guide. In 2005 Guy completed the highly coveted objective of summiting the seven highest summits on the seven continents.
Adventure Consultants is regarded internationally as a model guiding company in terms of risk management, attitudes to and treatment of local staff and its mountain ethics. Guy has arguably done more than any other New Zealander in recent years to consolidate New Zealand’s position as a mountaineering nation with a proud tradition of both amateur climbing and professional guiding.