Mountaineer conquers Everest for 11th time

20th May 2013

UK mountaineer Kenton Cool has reached the summit of Everest for a record11th time ahead of the 60th anniversary of the first conquest by Sir Edmund Hillary.

He is attempting to become the first person to reach the top of the three mountains that form the Western Cwm of Everest - Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse - in one continuous climb.

The explorer left base camp on Thursday and arrived at the summit of Nuptse on Saturday, before reaching Everest on Sunday. He now just has Lhotse to beat to complete the challenge, previously dubbed "the impossible climb".

He is undertaking the three peaks challenge with his long-time climbing partner Sherpa Dorke Gylen, who was with him for six of his previous 10 Everest summits.

A message posted on the mountaineer's Facebook page read: "Nuptse and Everest are done. We're feeling strong. We're going for it."

Before setting off, Mr Cool said it had been a dream of his to climb the three mountains that form the Western Cwm.

"The reason for wanting to do this is purely a selfish one; the Western Cwm is one of the most magical places I have ever been to," he said.

"This year I realised that there was a chance that I may be able to make use of the weather windows to move from one peak to the next and do something that many have dreamed of but none have achieved."

Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first to conquer Everest on May 29, 1953.

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