An Evening with Kenton Cool

3rd July 2019

Distinguished mountaineer delivers an inspirational lecture at Westonbirt School

Moved by the recent tragic events on Everest, our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students invited renowned mountaineer Kenton Cool to give a public lecture at Westonbirt, as part of their effort to raise money for Brecon Mountain Rescue (BMR), an emergency service staffed entirely by volunteers and funded by donation.

The evening started with a barbecue in the glorious sunshine, followed by an engaging, entertaining and inspiring lecture. Kenton discussed his 14 summits of Mount Everest and the increasing number of deaths of climbers trying to reach the summit. He also focused on how mountaineering and adventure have shaped his life and helped him conquer some of his personal fears. His stories and words of wisdom helped inspire our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students who were heading out on their expeditions the following day.

The event was well-attended, with parents and students welcoming local residents, experienced and novice mountaineers, and guests from further afield who were excited about the opportunity of meeting Kenton in person and attending his talk. The school uses its annual series of public lectures to stay connected to its local and regional community, give its students a chance to challenge their thinking by attending critical discussions and presentations, and to inspire its teaching faculty through new ideas and approaches presented by distinguished speakers.

The lecture was fully recorded, and can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOIrrbahk8k&t=1024s