Mountaineer 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 5 expeditions to Mt. Everest in 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2021. HIs most recent summit of Everest came while guiding and coaching singer/songwriter Mike Posner to the top on June 1, 2021. His training ground has included the mighty Mount Rainier volcano in WA, which he has climbed over 30 times and skied on numerous occasions.
In the winter 2021, Jon went to K2 in Pakistan, the world's 2nd highest mountain. During this brutally cold winter expedition, Jon was part of a team that successfully put members on the summit of K2 for the first time ever in winter on January 16, 2021. Read more about this expedition on his blog.
His expeditions to Mt. Everest in recent years 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”; “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes”; and "Classic Colorado Ski Descents (2017)". He is also an expedition leader, an adventure coach, and keynote 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.
Dr. Jon is the author of three books:
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.
2021 - Mount Everest Expedition - Trip Guide/Leader April/May 2021
Summit Day June 1, 2021
2020-21 - K2 Winter Expedition (8611/28,251')
2020 - Pico de Orizaba Mexico, 5615m/18,410', November (3rd Summit of the peak).
Nevado de Toluca, 4,680m/15,350', November.
2020 - Wonderland Trail, WA Mount Rainier circumnavigation 93mi - Aug 4-7, 2020
2020- Chimborazo, Ecuador 20,564'/6267m - Feb 29, 2020 Trip Leader
2020- Cotopaxi, Ecuador 19,346'/5896m - Feb 26, 2020 Trip Leader
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
2019- Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim, 42mi, July 2019
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 & summit attempt 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 www.skiing14ers.com 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 Expedition, 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 climbing 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
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 - June 21, 2010.
2010-2016 - 4 Separate Ski Descents of Mt. Rainier (Emmons, DC, Gib Chute, Fuhrer Finger)
2007-present - 35+ Mount Rainier (4392m/14,411’) Ascents from 6 Different Routes (Muir/DC, Emmons, Liberty Ridge, Gibraltar, Nisqually Glacier, Tahoma Glacier)
2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 6X-Car to Car Mount Rainier Climbs (9,000' vertical day)
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.
Ski Mountaineer, Mt. Everest, Down suits,
Summit of Mount Everest, May 26, 2012