CWU alum Dr. John Kedrowski is returning to Central Thursday, Feb. 28 as the final speaker in the OPR Speaker Series, in conjunction with the CWU Performing Arts and Speaker Series, at 7:30 p.m. in the SURC Theatre. Tickets are free and available at www.cwu.edu/tickets.
Among Kedrowski’s main talking points will be his adventure last May to the summit of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. His journey to the top of the world was not without hardships, as a severe storm ended his first attempt just 800-feet from the summit. While Kedrowski was low enough on the mountain to turn back, others weren’t so lucky. The combination of high winds and excessive climber traffic caused over 100 climbers to be trapped near the summit. Kedrowski assisted in the rescue of four climbers that were trapped in the storm.
Despite witnessing the second worst tragedy in Mt. Everest history, Kedrowski would not be denied. He made it to the summit less than a week later.
Kedrowski will also be signing copies of his book, “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys,” which is about Kedrowski and his climbing partner Chris Tomer’s journey in the summer of 2011 when the pair slept on the summit of all 55 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks in 95 days.
To learn more about Kedrowski, visit his blog at www.jonkeverest.org. For more information about the event, contact OPR at 509-963-3537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.