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Everest climber Kenton Cool aims to break summit record

Kenton Cool on the summit of Everest
Kenton Cool has climbed Everest seven times already

One of the world's best mountaineers, who lives in Gloucestershire, is about to set off on an expedition to climb Everest for a record time.

Kenton Cool who lives in Fairford, is to climb the world's highest mountain for the eighth time - breaking his own British record.

The 36-year-old is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest high altitude guides.

Kenton explained why he keeps getting drawn back to Everest: "It's a passion for mountains especially the Himalayas and Nepal.

It's still a large mountain that commands respect.
Kenton Cool

"It's a challenge that never diminishes and a challenge that has now changed to helping clients and other people get to the top these days.

"That's why I keep going back. It's a wonderful experience and one that I embrace and adore."

Kenton's many achievements include an expedition in 2006 in which he became the first Briton to ski down from the summit of an 8,000 metre peak.

'Death Wall'

The ski descent was done solo and unassisted - another first. The peak was the Tibetan mountain Cho Oyu (the 6th highest mountain on the planet).

In 2007 Kenton became the first British Guide to lead a client successfully up the infamous North Face of the Eiger, commonly referred to as the 'Death Wall'.

The client was Sir Ranulph Fiennes and the expedition raised £2million in aid of the cancer charity Marie Curie.

Kenton teamed up with Ranulph again in 2009 to lead him on his second attempt to reach the summit of Everest, a challenge to celebrate the 60th anniversary year of Marie Curie and inspire others to raise money through their own personal challenges.

During this year's Everest expedition Kenton will attempt to help 22-year-old Bonita Norris to the summit, making her the youngest British woman to achieve the feat.


Kenton said said that despite his previous experience on the mountain it will still be a challenge: "I am an old hand on Everest.

"I've got more ascents than any other European, certainly more than any other Brit, but Everest is still Everest.

"It's still a large mountain that commands respect so there's always hidden curve balls just around the corner.

"You never quite know what the weather's going to do or the conditions and it's not just climbing for me.

"We've got people who look up to us for guidance and support. The challenge these days is not just the mountain.

"It's successfully getting people up and back down safely."

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