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  • Photo: Courtesy of Kenton Cool

    Kenton Cool and Dorje Gylgen

    In just six days in May 2012, the British climber completed a trilogy that had never before been attempted: Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse—three of the world's highest mountains—in a single push.

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  • Photo: Courtesy of Kenton Cool

    Cool knows Everest. He has a perfect record on Everest, reaching the summit on each of his ten attempts. He made the first cell phone call from the summit in 2011. He found fame throughout the UK in 2012 for taking one of the Olympic Gold medals awarded to members of the 1922 British Everest expedition to the summit. (The medal was for Alpinism, a now defunct category.)

  • Photo: Courtesy of Kenton Cool

    Cool’s climbing partner would be Dorje Gylgen. They had climbed together since first meeting on Everest in 2007. Young at age 28, Gylgen was a trusted partner, strong and as determined as Cool, with a matching 10 successful Everest summits.

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    Cool knew Everest and Lhotse would be attainable, but Nuptse was more of an unknown. Nuptse is the lowest of the three and rarely climbed. It is considered quite technically difficult and the South Pillar attracts the world's best climbers. The main summit was first climbed on May 16, 1961 by a British expedition.

  • Photo: Courtesy of Kenton Cool

    "My crampons were slipping on the crumbling snow, I was struggling to maintain my stance. With both arms outstretched, my mind went to my family, my wife and children—and for a moment, I was afraid."

  • Photo: Courtesy of Kenton Cool

    Both Miller and Cool give immense credit to the Sherpas who fixed the route. "With all the controversy around western climbers and the Sherpas this year," Cool says, "Seeing the Himex Sherpas work so hard to set the line, increased my considerable admiration for them."

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    Cool is pleased with the achievement. His only regret was that Gylgen was not on the summit of Nuptse with him.

  • Photo: Courtesy of Kenton Cool

    Cool later wrote on his Facebook page, "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."

  • Photo: Courtesy of Kenton Cool

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