Kenton Cool hopes to improve on his nine Everest summits

Kenton Cool hopes to improve on his nine Everest summits

How does a mountaineer pass the time while making an attempt on the world’s highest mountain?

If you’re record-breaking British Everest climber Kenton Cool, you take part in a sponsored walk.

Cool, looking to summit the 8,848m (29,029ft) peak for a tenth time, has arrived safely at Camp Two, after passing through the risky Khumbu Icefall.

En route, he took part in a sponsored event organised by one of the main backers of his expedition.

The Samsung Hope Relay has been set up to donate £1 to charity for every mile participants complete, and the Gloucestershire-based climber accomplished his own charity mile – vertically.

The 38-year-old climber used the Lhotse Face on his way to the Western Cwm, and in doing so completed a vertical mile to post his entry to the relay.

Cool has with him the Olympic medal presented to Arthur Wakefield, one of the members of the unsuccessful 1922 Everest expedition, by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, at the 1924 inaugural Winter Olympics, in honour of the team’s efforts.

If he successfully summits, he will fulfil a pledge originally made in the 1920s to take the medal to the top of the world’s highest mountain.

If all goes to plan, Kenton Cool hopes to be on Everest’s summit early on Friday.

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