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Cool Conversations with Kenton Cool

Meet the brilliant Billi Bierling

  • E91
  • 1:14:34
  • April 24th 2023

Today, Billi Bierling is a renowned mountaineer. However, it wasn't always like that; in fact when she was growing up she almost felt slightly oppressed by the snowy peaks surrounding her hometown in Germany.


So what changed? Simple. A trip to Nepal in 1998, where she fell in love with the mountains and started high-altitude climbing. Since then, she has scaled six of the 14 8,000m-peaks, namely Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Manaslu (fore summit) and Broad Peak – the latter three she summited without the help of supplemental oxygen. In 2004, Billi started assisting the late Elizabeth Hawley with her work documenting expeditions to the Nepal Himalayas. Together with a team, Billi continues to interview expedition leaders for Liz Hawley's archive, which is now called 'The Himalayan Database'.


When she is not gallivanting around the high Himalayas or chasing expeditions in Kathmandu, Billi works for Swiss Humanitarian Aid as a communications expert, writes mountaineering articles for German and English-speaking magazines, translates or writes books and leads mountain treks and expeditions in Nepal and around the world. In short, she's a busy person, which makes the time she spent with Kenton recording this podcast all the more valuable. 

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Cool Conversations with Kenton Cool

Conversations had the right way. Welcome to 'Cool Conversations' hosted by Kenton Cool.

Kenton is one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers, and a highly engaging and inspiring motivational speaker. He was the first person in history to complete the ‘Everest Triple Crown’, reaching the summit of Mount Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse in one continuous push from base camp and has stood on the roof of the world, Mount Everest, 17 times. In short, he's got lots of stories to tell, and it's on Cool Conversations where he shares them.

With regular guests from the world of sport featuring on the show, Kenton and his guests share their epic adventures, life lessons, experience and expertise to inspire you.