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Mountaineer plans to take Olympic medal to the top of Everest

The mighty Mount Everest is not only the tallest peak in the world, it is also by far the hardest to conquer.

Many people have tried unsuccessfully to reach the top and plenty of adventurers feel more comfortable tackling the Everest base camp trek, which allows them to experience the Himalayas without facing the daunting task of getting to the summit.

However, British mountaineer Kenton Cool is one person who has managed to climb the mountain in its entirety and he completed his ninth ascent in 2011.

He is planning another expedition up the landmark this year and has promised to deliver an Olympic gold medal to the top.

This, he told BBC radio, would fulfil a commitment made in 1924 by explorer Edward Strutt, who pledged to deliver a gold medal to the summit of the peak to honour the team of British adventurers who narrowly failed in their mission to become the first people to reach the top of Everest in 1922.

"The 1922 expedition was groundbreaking on so many levels - they got incredibly high... It smashed all records up to that date," Cool was reported as saying.