British climber breaks own record

KATHMANDU: A renowned British climber has broken his own record by scaling Mt Everest for the 13th time this morning.

According to Iswari Poudel, managing director at Himalayan Guides Nepal Pvt Ltd, Kenton Cool, 43, from Gloucestershire, South West England, has broken his own record for the most summits of the world’s highest peak.

Cool, along with his fellow climber Ben Fogle, 42, reached the summit point at around 8:00am in the morning, he said. British TV presenter Fogle is a United Nations Environment Patron of the Wilderness and Mountain Hero. Olympic gold-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who joined Fogle and Cool for Mt Everest bid, however, abandoned her climb after reaching the higher camps last week, according to base camp officials.