Earlier this month, we met up with Kenton Cool at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Kenton is thought to be one of the UK’s top mountain and ski expedition leaders having completed several high mountain ascents, including the first British guided ascent of the famous North Face of the Eiger in 2007 with Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
In May 2008, Kenton and Ranulph Fiennes attempted to summit Mount Everest but Fiennes turned back 300m from the top. In 2009, Kenton went back to Everest with Fiennes and successfully led him to the top, making Kenton the most successful British Expedition Leader on the mountain.
In May 2013, Kenton and his climbing partner, Dorje Gylgen, achieved the Everest ‘Triple Crown’. In the space of just seven days and without returning to Base Camp, they climbed the three mountains that make up the Everest Horseshoe: Nuptse (7,864 metres), Everest (8,850 metres) and Lhotse (8,516 metres). There were the first people ever to do this in a single season, a feat many thought to be impossible due to the amount of time spent at high altitude and what that can do to the human body.
As an Expedition Leader, Kenton has completed over 20 successful expeditions in the Greater Ranges. On Everest, he holds the highest success rate of any mountain guide and has personally reached the summit of Everest fifteen times.
In this short film, Kenton explains how his climbing journey started, why he follows this passion and his #1 mountaineering rule.
Give Kenton a follow here if you’re interested in his #GetItDone message, some incredible mountain stories and a heavy dose of daily motivation. Or if you prefer books and autobiographies, Kenton’s One Man’s Everest is definitely worth a read.