Mountaineer to give talk on Everest conquests

19th Feb 2013

A mountaineer who has climbed Everest 10 times will tell audiences about his experiences at a theatre in North Devon.

Kenton Cool will be at Barnstaple's Queen's Theatre on Tuesday, February 26 to discuss two decades of climbing mountains. In May 2012 he set a new British record by reaching the top of Mount Everest for the 10th time.

And he took an Olympic gold medal given to the 1922 British Everest Expedition with him to the summit. The team of mountaineers had got within 500 metres of the summit before having to give up on their quest but when their efforts were honoured at the 1924 Winter Olympics, they pledged to take the medal to the top of Everest.

Kenton finally fulfilled this promise 88 years after it was made and also sent a tweet from Everest and rang his wife to let her know he had made it.

Just weeks after his triumph, he was one of the torchbearers who carried the Olympic flame through London to help it on its way to the Olympic Stadium to herald the start of London 2012.

Back in 2007 Kenton also hit the headlines for helping Sir Ranulph Fiennes reach the summit on the north face of the Eiger, collecting more than £3 million for the charity Marie Curie Care.

As well as hearing anecdotes from these extraordinary journeys, there will be dramatic photographs.

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