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WINNERS - Win a copy of Kenton Cool's Autobiography: One Man's Everest

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One Man's Everest  © Random House
Kenton Cool is the finest alpine climber of this generation. His accomplishments are staggering. He has summited Everest eleven times. He is the first person in history to climb the three Everest peaks, the so-called Triple Crown, in one climb, a feat previously thought impossible. He was nominated for the prestigious piolet d'Or in 2004 for climbing a previously unclimbed route on Annapurna III. In 2012 he fulfilled the Olympic Games pledge of placing a 1924 gold medal on the Everest summit. He is the only Briton to have skied down two 8000-metre mountains, and in 2009 he guided Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the summit of Everest, helping to raise over £3 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

His accomplishments are all the more extraordinary considering an incident in the summer of 1996 which tore Kenton's world apart. Whilst climbing in Wales, he broke a handhold on a route aptly called 'Major Headstress' and fell to the ground with such force that he shattered both his heel bones. Initially told he would never walk unaided again, Kenton spent four weeks in hospital, had three operations, three and a half months in a wheelchair and months of rehab. Today he is still in pain and after a long day in the mountains it's not uncommon to see him struggling to walk or moving around on his hands and knees. Yet he still climbs.

'Why do you do it?' people ask him. This book tells why.

Published on 27th August by Preface, you can pre-order the book now.


Want to get your hands on one of three copies of Kenton Cool’s autobiography?  Published on 27th August, the memoir covers some of the most incredible mountaineering events in his life.  For the change to win one, answer the question:

What are the three mountains that make up the Himalayan Triple Crown?

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24 Aug, 2015
'Kenton Cool is the finest alpine climber of this generation' Discuss.....maybe Ueli Steck and a few others would have something to say about this!
24 Aug, 2015
I guess that, with a quote from Ranulph Fiennes, the publishers are aiming for a broader audience than typical readers of mountain literature. The latter would know that Kenton's 11 Everest summits are among the least interesting of his achievements.
24 Aug, 2015
How about: vainglorious nonsense? Doesn't reflect well on the person or the content of the book, I'm afraid.
24 Aug, 2015
Ueli Steck and a few others would have something to say about this! No doubt - but Kenton deffo has the finest appellation
24 Aug, 2015
Ueli Steck and a few others would have something to say about this! They probably wouldn't say it though. It's all subjective anyway and Kenton is a high profile guide trying to make a living. He openly admits that he chose guiding Everest as his vehicle to "fame and fortune". (my words) He saw a gap in the market and took it. How do I "know" this? Because I've just come back from his book launch and this is just what he said. He is very open about his commercial climbing, but as has already been said, his personal climbing is more interesting so watch out for volume two of his autobiography.
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