Kenton Cool is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers, mountaineer and a highly engaging speaker. Kenton has summited Everest a record-breaking 16 times.
Kenton Cool is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers, mountaineer and a highly engaging speaker. Kenton has summited Everest a record-breaking 16 times, more than any other non-Sherpa in history. Kenton has climbed extensively all over the world – establishing new routes and first ascents on peaks in Alaska, Europe and India. He is also one of the world’s most sought-after mountain guides, his track record on Everest as a leader is unsurpassed.
Kenton is known as ‘The Everest Leader’. With survival as the ultimate goal, he is the one calling the shots, making time and safety-critical decisions that others are unwilling, or unable, to make. Alongside this, he is also the man that aims to fulfil the lifelong summit dreams of others – “It’s far easier to take risks and succeed if you have a safety net, Kenton is that safety net”. As a strong advocate of elevating levels of safety via a bold approach to an ascent, Kenton’s unique style on the mountain has seen unrivalled summit and commercial success for more than 15 years.
Kenton says, “Stepping into dangerous environments compels us to change the lens through which we view our existence and our survival. We think more broadly and creatively, we operate with more confidence and certainty, we don’t waste time. Crucially, it gives us the opportunity to develop pathways and approaches that previously were unfamiliar to us. This invaluable mindset should not solely live at the top of a mountain, the far-reaching gains clearly translate to other operational environments”.