Cool climber on top of the world

22nd May 2013

Britain's Kenton Cool has become the first mountaineer to scale the three summits of Mount Everest's Western Cwm in one climb.

Cool, 39, and his climbing partner Sherpa Dorje Gylgen have now returned to Everest base camp after reaching the peaks of Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse in a single trip.

Cool admitted after completing the Three Peaks Challenge: "I'm totally 100% spent."

He called scaling the peaks a "dream come true".

The Gloucestershire explorer and Dorje conquered Lhotse on Monday morning (May 20).

At 7,861m (25,791ft), Nuptse is the world's 20th highest peak, at 8,848m (29,029ft) Everest is the biggest, and Lhotse is the fourth highest at 8,516m (27,940ft).

Cool left base camp last Thursday (May 16) and arrived at the top of Nuptse on Saturday, before reaching Everest's peak on Sunday.

His successful Everest attempt marked the 11th time he has reached the top of the world.

Cool's climb comes ahead of the 60th anniversary of the first scaling of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953.

Many tourists on trekking holidays can't resist the pull of Everest on Nepal and China's borders. Its southern side is accessible from Nepal, its northern side from Tibet.

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