One Man’s Everest by Kenton Cool

Competition published on August 14, 2015.

Eleven times on the Everest summit. Kenton Cool is without doubt the most formidable mountaineer of his generation.

– Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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Kenton Cool is synonymous with Everest and the Himalayas, completing 21 expeditions in the Greater Ranges and holding the highest success rate of any mountain guide on Everest. In 2009 he led Ranulph Fiennes, to the summit. In 2013, Kenton marked the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world’s highest peak by climbing not just Everest but Nuptse and Lhotse, the two mountains next to it – known as the Triple Crown. It was an astonishing feat of endurance.  Kenton and his climbing partner gained and lost 10 vertical kilometres in the 120 hours it took them to climb the whole Everest horseshoe, barely eating or sleeping, and burning so many calories he returned two stone lighter.  It was the first time anyone had ever climbed all three peaks in a single push and had been previously thought impossible due to the amount of time spent in the Death Zone – an altitude incapable of sustaining human life due to the lack of oxygen.

Mountains have been Kenton’s life.  He has bivouacked under a rock for nights on end high above the Chamonix valley, stormed up mountains in the Alps that others would never dream of attempting and battled for his life on his very first climb in the South Coast of England. He has led successful expeditions around the world, including Kilimanjaro, Denali in Alaska and Ama Dablam in Nepal, and establishing new routes and first ascents on peaks in Alaska, France and India.  In 2003 he was nominated for a Piolet d’Or award for a new route on Annapurna III.

His personal story is equally remarkable. At the age of nineteen a hand-hold collapsed while climbing in the slate quarries at Llanberis in North Wales and he fell fifteen feet onto his heels, shattering them.  He was told he’d never walk again, let alone climb. While he has proved them wrong, his heel pain is permanent, and his walk is a limp.  At the end of a day’s climbing he sometimes has to literally crawl back to camp.

This is certainly an adventure book.  His accounts of his climbs are exciting and visceral, but Kenton is also a keen and critical commentator on the business of climbing from the distribution of aid and the prioritisation of helicopters for wealthy tourists, and the repercussions for the climbing community and Nepal’s tourism. He has been a press commentator on the recent devastating tragedy in Nepal having lost several friends and colleagues in the disaster.

With the dangers of the mountain so clear in both the news and his own personal experience, and with a wife and two small children waiting for his safe return from every death-defying challenge… why does he do it? In this book Kenton discusses the obsessive drive necessary and describes how it feels to stand on top of the world.

He is regularly featured on BBC TV and Radio, in the likes of The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian along with adventure publications like Outside Magazine and Sidetracked. He lives in Gloucestershire with his wife Jazz, and children Saffron and Willoughby.

One of Britain’s finest mountaineers, One Man’s Everest is Kenton Cool at his best: honest and true, enthusiastic and exuberant. He brings these marvelous mountaineering stories to life.

– Doug Scott

I’ve watched Kenton’s development over the last decade into one of the world’s preeminent climbers. The time he has spent at 8000m is almost unparalleled, his ability to succeed in the Death Zone where others fail stands testament to his ability as a mountaineer as well has his personal drive and ambition.

– Sir Chris Bonington

I have seen a compassionate and gentle side to Kenton that others with equal drive and commitment don’t have.  His record in the world’s mighty mountains is remarkable. I hope he is admired as much for the man he is, as his achievements.

– His Royal Highness Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck of Bhutan


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One Man’s Everest by Kenton Cool, published by Preface on 27th August, 2015 at £20



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