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Climbing Timeline

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Key milestones

2022

Kenton achieves a non-sherpa record with his 16th summit of Mount Everest.

2021
Kenton successfully reaches the top of Everest for his 15th time.

Kenton is the first British guide to lead a client to the summit of K2.

2020
Everest is shut and no summits take place due to COVID-19.

Kenton climbs Aconcagua with a client in January, just before the pandemic shuts down world travel.

2019
Kenton successfully climbs Everest for his 14th time, the most of any European mountaineer.

2018
Kenton guides British broadcaster Ben Fogle up Everest and successfully reaches the summit for his 13th time.

2016
Kenton successfully climbs Everest for his 12th time whilst also claiming it was the ‘best weather conditions’ he ever witnessed. Kenton and his client, Rob Lucas, were the first foreigners to summit the mountain after two years of no climbing following the Everest earthquake.

2015
Kenton spends the summer climbing in Bolivia with a client. Together they climb Pequeno Alpamayo – 5,337m, Huayna Potosi – 6,094m and Illimani – 6,462m.

2013
Kenton became the first person in history to complete the ‘Everest Triple Crown’ – Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m) & Lhotse (8,516m) in a single climb.

2012
Kenton fulfilled the Samsung Olympic Games Pledge by taking an Olympic Gold Medal awarded to the 1922 Everest Expedition at the 1924 Winter Olympics by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to the top of Mount Everest. He thus fulfilled a 90-year-old pledge to see one of the medals successfully reach the summit.

2011
Kenton proves that 3G is now accessible on the summit of Mount Everest, by calling his wife Jazz. He went on to enter the record books for sending the first and only tweet from the summit, making many lists as one of the most epic tweets of all time.

2010
Kenton made the third ever ski descent of Manaslu in Nepal, the world’s eighth highest mountain. In doing so he became one of only a few people world wide to ski multiple 8,000 metre peaks, and the only Brit to have done so.

2009
Successfully leads Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the summit of Everest, recorded for a BBC documentary.

2008
Lead Sir Ranulph Fiennes Everest Expedition. Unfortunately, Ran failed to summit.

2007
Achieves an Everest double summit and leads Sir Ranulph Fiennes up the North Face of the Eiger.

2006
In October of that year, Kenton became the first British person to complete a ski descent of an 8,000m peak, on Cho Oyu in Nepal, the sixth highest mountain in the world.

2005
Kenton summits Everest, despite being hit on the head by rock-fall on the summit day, later requiring stitches.

2004

Kenton’s first Everest expedition, with a 100% success rate and all team members reaching the summit.

2003

First Ascent of Annapurna III, South West Ridge, Nepal. Nominated for the Piolet D’or.

2002

Kilimanjaro expedition filming for the Discovery Channel.

2000

Expedition to India for the first ascent of Arwa Spire.

1998

Travelled to Canada to learn how to ice climb, leading up to Grade VI ice.

1995

First trip to Nepal, climbing a new line on the North Face of Kusukm Kanguru.

1993

First expedition to the Himalayas. Kenton attempted the North Face of Shani, just north of Gilgit.

Kenton’s autobiography draws on his life experiences, unique mountaineering career and other key events within his personal life.