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The British mountaineer has reached the summit of Everest for the 10th time. With him was a 1924 Olympic Gold Medal that 87 years ago was pledged would be taken to the top of the world. See a video of the final steps of its journey.

It is a fascinating story.

In 1922 a team of British climbers tried to be the first people to climb Mt Everest.

They failed despite an heroic effort.

Two years later at the first Winter Olympic Games that were held in Chamonix in France the men were award a gold medal for their contribution to Alpinism.

A pledge was made that one day the gold medal would be taken to the highest point on earth.

That promised was realised on Friday 25th May 2012 when Kenton Cool set foot on the summit with the gold medal that was awarded to Arthur Wakefield.

For a video of the final moments of this remarkable story see below.

It is quite a sight and as well as the medal we see what the summit of Everest actually looks like.

"To stand on the summit for the 10th time is simply amazing. To have with me an Olympic gold medal awarded to the 1922 team is humbling. This promise needed keeping, and after 90 years the pledge has been honoured for Britain," Kenton Cool said from Mt Everest.

Kenton Cool is now back in the UK after flying in to Heathrow earlier this week.

The gold medal has been returned to the Wakefield family.

Its journey completed and the pledge fulfilled.

For the spirit of the mountains

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