Thursday, April 6 - 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)
In 2011, Dr. Jon Kedrowski became the first person to camp and spend the night on the top of Colorado’s 55 official 14ers (peaks over 14,000′). He achieved the feat from June 23 to September 28 2011, a stretch of only 95 days from start to finish.
In 2012, Dr. Kedrowski successfully climbed Mount Everest on May 26. His story has been chronicled extensively as he witnessed and survived the worst tragedy on Everest since the 1996 disaster.
In 2015, Jon was once again back in Nepal in Everest Basecamp when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck, triggering a deadly avalanche and killing 20 and nearly 10,000 people in Nepal. Jon stayed to help with recovery efforts as well as earthquake data collection and turned a failure into a success by helping others and embracing a change in plans.
Dr. Kedrowski’s interactive multimedia presentation will climb Colorado’s 14ers, ski the volcanoes of the Cascades and visit the Himalayas and the world’s highest peak.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Jon Kedrowski grew up in Colorado. He is a Geographer, Ski-Mountaineer, Expedition Leader, and Outdoor Adventure Athlete from Vail, CO. Jon has a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography with an emphasis on Weather, Climate, and Protected Area Management. He has authored papers on Repeat Photography and Climate Change, Human-Environmental Management of Climbing Permit Systems, Trail and Route Impacts on Colorado’s 14,000’ Peaks. Jon has written two books: “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes” (2016) a sequel to his first book, “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys” (2012). His climbing of Everest in both 2012 and 2015 have been subjects of documentaries on “DatelineNBC”, CNN, the Discovery Channel, and the Smithsonian with the earthquake in Nepal in 2015. This spring 2016, he took on a challenging journey to ski the Colorado 14ers in a single season. Dr. Kedrowski is a veteran of 12 expeditions to peaks above 20,000′ and has climbed the seven summits: the highest peak on each of the seven continents, something less than 500 people have ever done.