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Public Lecture Series featuring Kenton Cool

One Man's Everest

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Born in London in 1973, Kenton Cool developed a passion for rock climbing and the outdoors as a boy scout. He is now acknowledged as one of the World’s great high altitude leaders and his record of success with clients on Everest is, without doubt, the best of any expedition leader. Kenton has personally summited Everest nine times (two of these being back to back in the same week, a global first).

Kenton was nominated in 2003 for the Piolet D’Or (climbing Oscar) for an audacious committing first ascent on Annapurna III in Nepal, adding to his reputation as being renowned for his bold approach to Himalayan climbing.

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.

To add to his successes summiting high altitude peaks, in 2006 Kenton became the first Briton to ski down from the summit of an 8,000 metre peak. 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). 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.

Autumn 2010 saw Kenton return to Nepal to successfully attempt to ski down from the summit of Mount Manaslu (8,156m), the World’s eighth highest peak. In May 2011, Kenton again made the record books by completing a 23 day return trip from the UK to successfully summit Everest and send the first ‘Tweet’ from the top!



In May 2012, Kenton returned to Everest to attempt to honour an 88 year old Olympic pledge. A promise was made in 1924 by Great Britain to Baron Pierre de Coubertin (the founding Father of the Olympics) that one of the Olympic Gold Medals awarded to the 1922 British Everest attempt team would, one day, be placed on the summit of Everest. Kenton honoured the pledge just four weeks before the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

In May 2013, Kenton achieved one of his lifetime goals while also gaining another World first. Kenton, with his Sherpa Dorje, attempted to climb the Everest Triple Crown (Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse, the three peaks that sit together in the Everest valley) in one summit push without returning to base camp for rest or refuelling. This was a feat considered impossible by the global climbing community, the human body would not withstand the amount of time spent in the ‘death zone’ or the endurance required to summit all three peaks one after the other. On Tuesday 22 May 2013, Kenton returned to Everest base camp having completed this audacious climb in honour of the 60th anniversary of the first successful summit of Everest by Hillary and Tenzing, writing himself into the history books.

Kenton is one of the elite IFMGA guides and has built a reputation on a willingness to take on the impossible, providing a service second to none and gaining the respect from peers as well as clients.

Date: November 2nd, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

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