Join Walking Mountains and the Education Foundation of Eagle County, EFEC, in raising funds for local school children at an event set for Wednesday. Jon Kedrowski, an Eagle Valley High School graduate/valedictorian, acclaimed author, world class mountaineer and Everest summiteer, will be at Walking Mountains Science Center to share tales of his journeys and experiences on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. He will be introduced by local extreme skier Chris Anthony.
On May 26 Kedrowski summitted Mount Everest after having to turn around only 800 feet from the summit in a terrible storm on May 20, less than a week earlier. The storm was the second deadliest in Everest History, claiming seven lives in one night. His story has been chronicled extensively as he was a witness and survived the worst tragedy on Everest since the 1996 disaster. Kedrowski will take the audience through his 2012 expedition and talk about his book about the Colorado 14ers, "Sleeping on the Summits, Colorado High Bivys," was one of the many ways he prepared mentally and physically for a climb of the highest mountain on earth. He will also be on hand to sign copies of the new book. In 2011, Kedrowski became the first person to camp and spend the night on the top Colorado's 55 Official 14ers: peaks over 14,000 feet. He achieved the feat from June 23 to Sept. 28 2011, a stretch of only 95 days from start to finish.
Kedrowski and Meteorologist Chris Tomer joined forces in 2011 for a groundbreaking project. Kedrowski slept on the summit of all 55 Colorado 14ers from sunset to sunrise in 95 days. Tomer joined Kedrowski for many of the bivys and provided real-time weather analysis and forecasts throughout the project. Kedrowski's book is a story about teamwork, taking risks, and climbing the proverbial mountain of life. The lessons on the mountain are a blueprint for leadership and success in life, both personally and professionally. Often the only way to succeed and move forward is through productive struggle and deliberate practice, and these are real life values that Kedrowski has faced throughout his 15 years as a mountain climber
EFEC will donate 100 percent of the funds raised at the speaking event for scholarships for Eagle County students who have not yet had the opportunity to participate in a Walking Mountains educational experience.