We are so excited to announce renowned Professional Mountaineer and High Altitude Guide Kenton Cool will be the guest speaker at the October 10th Mappy Hour event co-hosted by Victorinox and OutdoorFest at the Victorinox Swiss Army Flagship Store in Soho from 6-8 p.m. ET.
Who is Kenton Cool?
Kenton Cool is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers. He has successfully climbed Mount Everest twelve times. Kenton was first introduced to mountaineering when he read about Hillary and Norgay’s first ascent on Mount Everest in 1953. An obsession with rock climbing developed at university and, on graduating, Kenton moved to Sheffield to pursue this further.
In 1996 he suffered a fall from a rock face and shattered both heel bones. A year of surgery and therapy saw him become determined to regain his climbing form and he joined the British Mountain Guides scheme.
Since then, Kenton hasn’t looked back. He has climbed extensively all over the world – establishing new routes and first ascents on peaks in Alaska, France and India. In 2003, he was nominated for a Piolet d’Or award (the equivalent of the Oscars for mountaineers) for a route on Annapurna III.
Mappy Hour Event You Won’t Want to Miss!
During the Mappy Hour event on October 10th from 6-8p.m. ET, Kenton Cool will share awe-inspiring climbing and other personal stories from his book One Man’s Everest.
Read an excerpt from his book below…
“….’I tell you right now, Ran, for a man like you, climbing Everest won’t be a problem. Let’s face it, it’s just a big snow plod, just like your polar stuff but uphill.’
This may sound a little arrogant but I had recently returned from successfully leading a Jagged Globe Everest expedition. Not only had all the team members and myself summited, I had also been to over 8,000 metres without using oxygen. I hadn’t found the whole affair easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I came away thinking that Everest wasn’t quite the ogre that everyone said. There followed a good hour of in-depth questions from around the table about Everest and what it all involved. Finally came a crunch questions from Ran himself; ‘So, Kenton, if you’re saying that Everest isn’t that hard and that the climbing community don’t really see the mountain as the challenge it once was, which mountains do still command respect?’
That was an easy one. ‘There’s a mountain in Switzerland called the Eiger. It has an infamous north face that has had climbers spellbound since the first attempts on the mountain way back in the thirties. That’s a challenge.’
Want to hear more from Kenton Cool? Come visit the Victorinox Swiss Army Flagship store in Soho located at 99 Wooster Street (at Spring Street) on Monday, October 10th at 6 p.m. ET. You can hear more exciting stories from his years on the mountain and find out his favorite Victorinox ‘Cool Picks’. It’s a rare event you won’t want to miss!
Follow @KentonCool on Instagram.