Heli Ski Legend - Kenton Cool.
KENTON COOL, who developed a passion for rock climbing and the outdoors as a boy scout, is now acknowledged as one of the World’s great high altitude leaders and his record of success with clients on Everest is, without doubt, the best of any expedition leader. Kenton has personally summited Everest eight times (two of these being back to back in the same week, a global first).
Kenton was nominated in 2003 for the Piolet D’Or (climbing Oscar) for an audacious committing first ascent on Annapurna III in Nepal, adding to his reputation as being renowned for his bold approach to Himalayan climbing.
In 2007, Kenton became the first British Guide to lead a client successfully up the infamous North Face of the Eiger, commonly referred to as the ‘Death Wall’. The client was Sir Ranulph Fiennes and, in conjunction with ITN, they conducted a live interview from the face of the Eiger into UK homes. The summit attempt was in aid of the cancer charity Marie Curie, their success raised an incredible £2million.
In 2009, a similar feat was achieved. Kenton assisted Sir Ranulph Fiennes in his third attempt on Everest and they achieved a successful summit, this time filmed live for the BBC. Ranulph Fiennes went on record saying ‘Kenton is the best guide in the World.’
To add to his successes summiting high altitude peaks, in 2006 Kenton became the first Briton to ski down from the summit of an 8,000 metre peak. The ski descent was done solo and unassisted, another first. The peak was the Tibetan mountain Cho Oyu (the 6th highest mountain on the planet). Being above 8,000 metres puts this mountain firmly in the ‘death zone’, an area where there is so little oxygen that life cannot be sustained.
Kenton is one of the elite IFMGA guides and has built a reputation on a willingness to take on the impossible, providing a service second to none and gaining the respect from peers as well as clients.
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Kenton delivers popular keynote sessions about his passion for his sport. He also explores the direct comparisons between summit expeditions and the importance of teambuilding, leadership, decision making, motivation and facing personal fears in adverse situations. His years in the mountains have taught Kenton how to face and overcome his own challenges as well as bringing out the best and inspiring belief in those around him.
Altitude. Aptitude. Attitude.
Kenton’s presentations are entertaining, high energy and filled with humour, yet press some serious points. Audience members will empathise with the importance Kenton places on mental strength when attempting to reach one’s goals and how combining team strengths with personal motivation and self-belief can create the winning formula. Each session is complimented with an awe-inspiring collection of photographs and video footage from his expeditions around the World.