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Mountaineer Kenton Cool at Westonbirt School

PUBLISHED: 09:13 16 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:10 20 February 2013

Mountaineer Kenton Cool at Westonbirt School

Mountaineer Kenton Cool at Westonbirt School

On Wednesday, 3rd November, Kenton Cool, one of Britain's leading alpine climbers and the only European to summit Everest 8 times, gave a talk at Westonbirt School.<br/><br/>The event was attended by some 150 members of the public, plus girls from Westonbirt

Mountaineer Kenton Cool at Westonbirt School


On Wednesday, 3rd November, Kenton Cool, one of Britain's leading alpine climbers and the only European to summit Everest 8 times, gave a talk at Westonbirt School.


The event was attended by some 150 members of the public, plus girls from Westonbirt School. Kentons inspirational presentation included an insight into his Everest summits leading Sir Ranulph Fiennes' 2008 and 2009 Expeditions, as well as his experiences at the death zone so-called because of the thin air where no human body can acclimatize and where 8 people died on one day in 1996. Kenton also showed video taken on Everest, including the aftermath of an avalanche and reaching the summit itself.

Asked how he keeps calm while guiding on Everest, Kenton replied you dont really have a choice. You have to keep calm in those conditions, as you are literally faced with decisions which are a matter of life or death. He stressed the importance of clear communication and working as a team and the consequences for those that attempt the climb without proper preparation. Kentons passion for climbing and the outdoors was evident, not many can say their view from the office window is like this he said, with the glistening peak of Everest on the slide behind him.


The event, sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor, was also a fundraiser for Westonbirt School's World Challenge Team (PICTURED). Westonbirt Schools team of 12 girls (Sophie Falkenburg, Zoe Garling, Laura Green, Annabel Jardine-Blake, Ellen Cen, Hannah Lawrence, Alice Marsh, Christine Sun, Georgina McCulloch, Alexandra Noon, Fiona Vincent and Natasha Williams) will be travelling to Southern Peru in July 2011 to help the local Peruvian community.



The next event at Westonbirt School will be the Oriel Singers on Saturday, 13th November, 7:30pm, when the singers will present Requiem and Resurrection, including the 1605 Requiem by Tomas Luis de Victoria. For tickets please call 01666 880333 (8 or 10 on the door).


Westonbirt School is a leading independent boarding and day school for girls (aged 11 18). The schools idyllic setting in 210 acres of beautiful rural park and woodland (shared with Rose Hill Westonbirt School, a preparatory day school for boys and girls) allows pupils the freedom to play and explore in a safe and natural environment, further developing imagination and confidence.

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