Eleven times Everest summiteer and the first mountaineer in the world, alongside Sherpa Dorje Gyglen, to complete the Ultimate Three Peak Challenge - Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse - in just 3 days. Kenton is also a leading high altitude guide with a reputation for being able to motivate his clients on the most challenging of climbs. His bold approach and determination to see his clients achieve their dreams has made him the most successful and sought after mountain guide of recent times.
Kenton Cool is acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest high altitude guides. His record of success with clients on Everest is, without doubt, the best of any leader. Kenton has personally reached the summit of Everest ten times (two of these being back to back in the same week, a global first) and is one of the elite IFMGA guides with a reputation for a willingness to take on the impossible.
Kenton has climbed extensively in the Himalaya, the Alps, Greenland and Alaska and has made numerous first ascents to 6000m. In 2006 he became the first Briton to ski down from the summit of an 8,000 metre peak, the Tibetan mountain Cho Oyu (the 6th highest mountain on the planet). Being above 8,000 metres puts this mountain firmly in the ‘death zone’, an area where there is so little oxygen that life cannot be sustained.
Kenton Cool climbing Kedar Dome, Himalayas
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, in conjunction with ITN, they conducted a live interview from the face of the Eiger into UK homes. The summit attempt was in aid of the cancer charity Marie Curie, their success raised an incredible £2million.
In 2009 Kenton teamed up with Ranulph again 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.
On May 25th 2012 Kenton Cool summited Everest for a record-breaking 10th time, fulfilling a 90-year-old Olympic pledge at the same time by taking one of the gold medals awarded to the 1922 Everest Expedition Team to the summit of Everest just a few weeks before the London 2012 games kicked off.
*NEWSFLASH* On 20th May 2013 Kenton Cool and sherpa Dorje Gyglen completed an epic high altitude climb, becoming the first mountaineers in the world to climb Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse in one continuous climb - READ MORE HERE...
Kenton is an experienced motivational speaker who delivers popular keynote speeches about his passion for his sport. He is able to draw direct comparisons between summit expeditions and business, focusing on the themes of teambuilding, leadership, motivation and facing personal fears in adverse situations.
His presentations are entertaining, high energy and filled with humour, yet press some serious points. Each session is complimented with an awe-inspiring collection of photographs and video footage from his expeditions around the World.
WHAT OTHERS SAY...
“Kenton was excellent/superb! His talk was totally inspiring and motivating and his stories and footage of his summit trips were very impactful. He is so driven and passionate about what he does and this clearly came across to the team and they could relate to many of his examples of challenges he has overcome. Absolutely brilliant and would definitely recommend to others!”
Meryem Brassington, Head of Strategy & Planning, Lloyds TSB
"Kenton was fantastic, he referenced our theme several times and even managed to use each of our four brand values. He was really passionate about his experiences and his enthusiasm was contagious!"
Sharon Taylor, Learning and Development Manager, Endsleigh Insurance
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