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Climbing Timeline


Key milestones


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

Kenton summits Mount Vinson in Antarctica, meaning that he has successfully climbed all ‘seven summits’ on all seven continents.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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


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


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


Kilimanjaro expedition filming for the Discovery Channel.


Expedition to India for the first ascent of Arwa Spire.


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


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


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.