Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse for Cool and Gylgen

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor May/2013
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Kenton Cool and Dorje Gylgen have climbed the three Himalayan Giants; Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse back to back in just three days.

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Dorje Gylgen and Kenton Cool at Everest Basecamp prior to setting off on their 'Triple'
UKC News, May 2013
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Updates direct from Kenton via satellite phone on the Sherpa Adventure Gear Facebook Page have kept fans up to date over the weekend:

Saturday:

"The ultimate three peaks challenge has really begun. Nuptse has been done. I repeat Nuptse has been done a few hours ago. Now in the South Col. All comms out other than satphone. Planning to summit Everest tonight at 02h00 London time. Lhotse in early hours of Monday London time. Everything going well. Tell everyone thank you for their support"

Sunday:

"02h00 local time: summited Everest for 11th time. Changed plan and went hard early, Dorje Gylgen and I took bare essentials and made it to roof of world in total darkness. We challenged each other all the way and can't say who won. Disappointment of being early and not seeing sun rise made good with privilege of sitting alone in absolute silence with my friend just as I've always think Hilary and Tenzing did. Dorje and I laughed at the stupidity of our small head-torches beaming into nothing. This is half time only. Back in South Col. Lhotse is on for tonight. Nuptse and Everest are done. We're feeling strong. We're going for it"

Monday:

"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."

Today: Tuesday - on Kenton Cool's Facebook Page:

"Back down in BC totally shattered like never before after a week in high mountains. Will update with photos tomorrow...now it's rest."

This is the first time the massive 'Triple Crown' has been climbed back to back like this, and Kenton and Dorje had excellent conditions for their triple ascent.

We spoke direct to Kenton at Basecamp a few weeks ago, and he told us he was keen to highlight the glacial retreat around Everest Basecamp. We hope to have more on the triple summit and more in general from Kenton and Dorje in the next few days.

In the meantime:

  • You can read an excellent report on this amazing achievement on the BMC Website.

Kenton Cool is sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear, Lyon Equipment, Bremont, Land Rover

 


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