TORQ Fuelled, Kenton Cool, is Britain’s most successful Everest mountaineer and the second most successful, Western Mountaineer of all time on Everest, having summited the three mountains of the Everest horseshoe – Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m) & Lhotse (8,516m) in one climb; completing the ultimate ‘Three Peaks’ challenge.
Kenton during an Greenland Expedition in which he summited 3 new peaks.
Back in May, Kenton, accompanied by climbing partner and friend Sherpa Dorje Gylgen, successfully summited the final peak, Lhotse, in the Western Cwm. The two men are the first to achieve the feat of summiting Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse in one trip. Summiting Everest alone is an achievement in itself; even for the most experienced elite mountaineers, but to complete all 3 summits in one is a truly astonishing achievement!
Everest’s ‘Three Peaks’ have never been attempted before and had been thought impossible by many due to the extreme skill and physical exertion required. The climb also marks Kenton Cool’s eleventh summit of Mount Everest and falls 60 days prior to the 60th Anniversary of the first summit of the peak, by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, in 1953.
Prior to his attempt, Cool said: “It has always been a dream of mine to attempt the three mountains that form the Western Cwm; Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. The Western Cwm is one of the most magical places I have ever been to and has always been special for me, ever since I saw a picture taken by Chris Bonnington when I was young. The idea of climbing the mountains that form this amazing valley hit me then and it is time to finally make summiting them a reality.”
Cool doesn’t consider a climb to be over until he’s safely reached Base Camp; Kenton and Sherpa Dorje arrived there today at around 11:00. Speaking via sat phone, Cool, who said he was looking forward to some proper sleep, commented:“It’s been a pretty full-on week. I’ve never been this tired. I’m totally 100% spent but it’s an absolutely fantastic feeling to have achieved this – a dream come true.”
The Times Magazine covered the full story here.
Kenton, a keen cyclist as well as a mountaineer, began using TORQ products after taking them on the epic Haute Route Cycle Sportive last year and then began to use TORQ for some of his mountain adventures. He professed that the Everest and Lhoste peaks on the horseshoe were fuelled solely on TORQ Gels!