Kenton Cool is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers. He has successfully climbed Mount Everest twelve times. Kenton was first introduced to mountaineering when he read about Hillary and Norgay’s first ascent on Mount Everest in 1953.
An obsession with rock climbing developed at university and, on graduating, Kenton moved to Sheffield to pursue this further.
In 1996 he suffered a fall from a rock face and shattered both heel bones. A year of surgery and therapy saw him become determined to regain his climbing form and he joined the British Mountain Guides scheme.
Since then, Kenton hasn’t looked back. He has climbed extensively all over the world – establishing new routes and first ascents on peaks in Alaska, France and India. In 2003, he was nominated for a Piolet d’Or award (the equivalent of the Oscars for mountaineers) for a route on Annapurna III.
“His track record on Everest is the best of any leader”
Kenton is also one of the world’s most sought-after guides, his track record on Everest is the best of any leader. In 2007, Kenton successfully guided Sir Ranulph Fiennes up the North Face of the Eiger before leading him to a successful Everest summit in 2009.
In recent years, the Olympic Pledge and the Everest Triple Crown, has cemented Kenton’s position as one of Britain’s most high-profile and celebrated climbers. He is regularly featured on global and national TV media channels, radio and national newspapers along with adventure publications like Outside Magazine and Sidetracked.
He lives in Gloucestershire with his wife Jazz and children, Saffron and Willoughby.