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Meet Dr. Jon

Meet Dr. Jon Kedrowski: Speaker, Author, Mountaineer, Expedition Leader, Trekking Guide, Professor

Jon Kedrowski has a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, Weather, and Climate.  He grew up in Vail, Colorado where he has climbed over 1,000  different Colorado peaks, including hundreds of ski descents, (Skiing each of Colorado's 14,000' peaks and about half of the 637 CO 13ers). He has climbed 6 of the 7 continental summits, including summiting Mt. Everest in 2012 & 2019. His training ground also included the mighty Mount Rainier volcano in WA, which he has climbed over 25 times and skied on numerous occasions. 

His expeditions to Mt. Everest in recent years (2012, 2015, 2018, & 2019) have been featured on Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, NBC, Dateline NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and CNN. On April 25, 2015, Jon was at Everest Base Camp in Nepal when a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck.  All summit attempts were aborted but Jon was able to assist the Nepalese people with rescue efforts.

In addition to Mt. Everest, Jon also completed a ski expedition to Gasherbrum II in Pakistan in 2013, an 8000m peak near K2 in the Karakoram. Then in 2019, Kedrowski summited Mt. Manaslu (26,780'/8163m) in Nepal without the use of supplemental oxygen.

Jon is the author of three books: “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys” and “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes”. and "Classic Colorado Ski Descents (2017). He is also an expedition leader, a trekking guide, and sought-after motivational speaker.  In Jon’s talks, mountains are metaphors for accomplishing goals in life, both professionally and personally.

You will often find Dr. Jon outdoors hiking, climbing, skiing, or even ice skating…with his camera in hand…experiencing the next big adventure.

Mt. Everest Earthquake Preview

Dr. Jon Kedrowski talks about who he is and what he does for a living and also previews the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal.  Jon was in Everest base camp in April of 2015 when the 7.9 magnitude quake hit.

​Recent Ski Projects & Mountains Climbed

Notable Adventure Resume - Career Chronology

2019 - Manaslu Nepal 26,780'/8163m - Trip co-leader September 2019

           Summit Day Sept 27, 2019  (Climb without supplemental oxygen)

2019 - Mount Everest Expedition - Trip Guide/Leader  April/May 2019

           Summit Day May 23, 2019

2019 - Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal - Kala Patthar (18,200'/5555m) April 2019

           Expedition/ Trip  Leader

2018 - Climbing partner / guide / advisor to 50 State High Points project  June/July

2018 - Denali Alaska 20,320'/6194m Ski Expedition June 2018

           Skied from the Summit June 27, 2018 (3rd Career Summit of Denali)


2018 - Mount Everest expedition & climb without supplemental oxygen

           29,028'/8850m April-May 2018  

2017 - Denali, Alaska 20,320'/6194m  Summit and Ski June 13, 2017

​2017 - Puncak Jaya (Carstenz Pyramid) Indonesia 16,024'/4884m

           Summit on Feb 23, 2017 Oceania/Australia High Summit

2016 - Climbed each of Colorado’s 54 14,000’ Peaks (January to June)

           visit for ski descents in 160 day project.

2016 - Release of second book: Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits:

           Cascade Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest

2015 - Mount Lhotse/Mount Everest April/May 2015 (earthquake) 

2015 - Mount Everest Basecamp 17,500’/5300m Trek Guide

2014 - Aconcagua Argentina, South America 6969m/22,841’ February 2014 (2nd Summit of the              peak) 

2014 - Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Africa 5895m/19,341’  Summit Day June 27, 2014

2014 - Sleeping on the Summits II Project: Skied the 20 Highest Cascade Volcanoes in the US in 30 Days.  (Book Project) May 2014.

Major Glaciated Cascade Volcanoes: Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount Jefferson, Mt. Hood and more.

2014 - Sierra Bivys and Cascade Volcanoes: Finished the 74 Named 14er summits in the Lower-48 U.S. (CA, WA, in addition to CO).

2013 - Gasherbrum II, Karakoram, Pakistan 8028m/26,369’ June/July August 

2013-2014 - Sierra Bivys- Sleeping on the Summits, climbed the 14 official California 14ers and spent the night on each summit (May and Oct 2013, 2014)

2012 - Mount Everest- 29,028'/8850m - Summit Day May 26, 2012

2012 - Release of first book: Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys

2011 - First person to spend the night on the summit of the 58 official Colorado 14,000' peaks

Project started June 23, 2011 and finished September 28, 2011. 58 peaks in 95 days. (Book Project)

2010 - Aconcagua Argentina, South America 6969m/22,841’ January 2010 (1st Summit of the peak)

2010 - Pico de Orizaba Mexico, 5615m/18,410' March 2010 (2nd Summit of the peak)

2009 - Pico De Orizaba, Jamapa Glacier Mexico  5615m/18,410’  (January 2009- 3 mexican summits in 5 days)

2009 - Iztacchuatl, Volcano Mexico  5200/17,600'

2009 - Popocapetl Volcano, Mexico  5450m/17,900’

2009 - Denali, Alaska 6194’/20,320’ May 23, 2009 Summit Day

2007-present - 25+ Ascents to the Summit of Mount Rainier 4392m/14,411’ (numerous trips to below the summit crater as well)

2008-2009 - Two summers as a National Parks Consultant to the Climbing Ranger Program for Doctoral Dissertation

Participated in Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue Programs & Ranger Patrols 

2010 - Ascent of Liberty Ridge Mount Rainier

2010-2016 - 4 Separate Ski Descents of the Mountain (Emmons, DC, Gib Chute, Fuhrer Finger)

2007-2020 - 25+ Mount Rainier Ascents from 6 Different Routes (Muir/DC, Emmons, Liberty Ridge, Gibraltar, Nisqually Glacier, Tahoma Glacier) 

2006 – Peak Lenin Kyrgyzstan 7134m / 24,100’ Aug/Sept 

2005 - Elbrus, Russia 5642m/18,500’ July Summit 

1998 - First Finished climbing every Colorado 14,000' Peak 

          (Finished Culebra in 1999 due to private land issue)

2005, 2011, 2016 - Three separate times Climbing All 58 Colorado 14ers within the same calendar year.

Summit of Mount Everest, May 26, 2012

Summit of Mount Everest, May 26, 2012

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