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Mountaineer Describes Peak Experiences in PASS Presentation

February 25, 2013

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- "Jon said there was a 2-hour wait at one of the main chokepoints near the summit. High winds moved in and trapped folks who were ascending and descending. Some folks had already been climbing for 18-hours or more. The climbers Jon assisted were disoriented, frostbitten, sick, and totally exhausted." --

On May 20, 2012, Jon Kedrowski witnessed one of the deadliest climbs in Mount Everest’s history. After attempting to summit, then wisely turning back to base camp, he watched as a climbing party fell victim to a cataclysmic storm that claimed seven lives in one night.

After turning back on May 20, he waited for better conditions, and successfully made the summit on May 26.

Kedrowski, a former CWU geography professor, will take you through his harrowing 2012 expedition on Mount Everest at 7:30 p.m., on February 28 in the SURC Theatre. Northwest Public Radio host Tom Kokenge will emcee the presentation.

His CWU presentation is part of the Performing Arts and Speaker Series. There is no charge for the presentation, but tickets are required. For more information, or to get tickets, go to CWU students with ID can pick up their free tickets at the Wildcat Shop or the Wildcat Welcome Center.

An extraordinary athlete, Kedrowski has climbed the world’s highest mountains. He has ascended three of the world’s seven continental summits: Elbrus, Russia in 2005; Denali, Alaska in 2009; and Aconcagua, Argentina in 2010. He has reached the summit of Mount Rainier fourteen times from 2008 to 2011, including achieving two summits in a single day.

In 2011, Kedrowski became the first person to camp and spend the night on the top of Colorado’s “55 Official 14ers”—peaks higher than 14,000 feet. He achieved the feat from June 23 to September 28, 2011, a stretch of only 95 days from start to finish. He published his book, Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys, in 2012. A book-signing will follow the presentation.

Kedrowski has just completed a large-scale consulting project with National Geographic for a movie, The Wildest Dream, involving Mount Everest. He developed a second project in the Everest-Khumbu region to test glacier water for human waste and other impurities on the south side of Mount Everest in Nepal in 2011-12.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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