Colorado mountaineer in town to talk recent adventure and skiing 20 volcano peaks
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What: Author and Ski Mountaineer Jon Kedrowski
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library
There’s almost no stopping, author, speaker, geographer and mountaineer Dr. Jon Kedrowski from achieving any feat he puts his mind to.
In 2011, Kedrowski became the first person to camp and spend the night on all 58 of Colorado 14ers in a stretch of only 95 days from start to finish, which became the inspiration for him and Chris Tomer’s book “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys.”
In 2012, he summited Mount Everest and was there last spring when the catastrophic avalanche pummeled through Everest Base Camp. He has also climbed five of the Seven Summits, according to his website bio.
But in spring 2014, he ventured to climb and ski the 20 highest Cascade volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest in 30 days. To write the sequel novel, “20 Peaks in 30 Days: Skiing & Sleeping on the Summits of the Cascade Volcanoes,” that’s a continuation of his Colorado 14er book.
At 7 p.m. Monday in Library Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, Kedrowski will make his way to Steamboat Springs for a presentation and book signing about his newest endeavor.
“I thought to do as many as I could in just 30 days,” said Kedrowski, a Vail native.
The idea for his most recent book stemmed from an idea he heard about while on Everest. He realized the storytelling and skiing potential of the idea and wanted to weave in information in the book to share meteorology, weather and climate, volcanism in addition to which lines to ski and the potential for each of those.
“I try to break things down for people and use the mountain as a metaphor for life,” Kedrowski said. “I want this to be a way to inspire others to take things to the next level and raise the bar. To not let someone tell you things aren’t possible.”
Kedrowski takes readers on the adventure where he slept on top of Mount Shasta, Lassen, Thielsen, Bachelor, South Sister, Hood, Adams, Rainier and Baker.
Some of the challenges along the way he said, were the physical elements of taking care of himself by eating right and rest on days with bad weather.
“It was kind of different to be spending eight to 10 hours to try and make it to the top to only ski down in an hour,” he said. “I often would think, ‘Man, I wish there was a chair lift here.’ But that’s what is neat and different about climbing these mountains and skiing down them.”
The biggest surprise was the snow.
“Those mountains get twice as much snow as we would get in Steamboat and the San Juans,” Kedrowski said. “Northwest Colorado would get 400 to 600 inches in a year and there, they would get twice that with about 900 to 1,200 inches of snow. That was one really awesome component and an obvious fun side of it.”
While he’s seen many summits, Kedrowski said a few of his favorites for the two books would be Mount Rainier for its obvious beauty, Capitol Peak, which took him three times to get to stay at the top due to weather, and then also Mount Thielse in Oregon near Crater Lake.
“It’s about having those fun adventures and motivating people to pursue something they’ve never done or wanted to do,” said Kedrowski.
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