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Kenton Cool summits Everest for 11th time
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The British climber has reached the second of three Himalayan summits he is trying to reach in a 10 day period. He has also now stood on Everest more times than any other British climber.

If he manages all three peaks he will be the first person in the world to do so.

He stood on top of Everest at 2am with his climbing partner Sherpa Dorje Gylgen.

"Dorje Gylgen and I took bare essentials and made it to roof of world in total darkness. Disappointment of being early and not seeing sun rise made good with privilege of sitting alone in absolutely silence with my friend, just as I've always thought Hillary and Tenzing did," he said

"Dorje and I laughed at stupidity of our small head-torches beaming into nothing."

As well as Everest he has climbed Nuptse at 7,861m. The third and final peak is Lhotse, 8,516m.

The hope to climb to the summit on Monday reaching it in the ealry hours of the morning.

Cool has now climbed Everest more times than any other British climber.

Last year he took Olympic gold medal to the summit that fulfilled a pledge made by a member of the 1922 British Everest expedition.   

We reported on it at the time here on PlanetSKI.

We will bring you further news of his current expedition later.

NEWS UPDATE Monday 14.40....

They have sumitted Lhotse.

This  has just been posted on Facebook: "KC Update: LHOTSE HAS BEEN SUMMITED. DESCENT HARD. NOW AT CAMP 2 FOR THE NIGHT. THREE SUMMITS IN THREE DAYS. NUPTSE, EVEREST, LHOTSE. THE FINISHING LINE OF BASE CAMP IS IN SIGHT".

Main photo of Sherpa Dorje Gylgen and Kenton Cool c/o Kenton Cool

For the spirit of the mountains

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