Adventurer, author Jon Kedrowski presents his new book at Vail library
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What: “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes,” with author Dr. Jon Kedrowski.
When: Thursday, April 14; doors open at 5 p.m., event begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Vail Public Library, 292 W. Meadow Drive, Vail.
We occasionally say, “When we caught up with …” but no one catches up with Jon Kedrowski.
We found him Tuesday at the bottom of the 29th and 30th 14ers he has climbed and skied down since Jan. 4, Chavda Peak and Tabeguache Peak, near Salida.
If he stays on schedule, he’ll break the record for doing it in one year.
Kedrowski will be at the Vail Public Library tonight, where he’ll tell you all about that and more, especially his new book, “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest.”
Because he’s an overachiever, Kedrowski will have climbed up and skied down a couple more Colorado 14ers by the time he appears in Vail tonight.
“I always wanted to ski all the 14ers,” Kedrowski said.
Just keep climbing
Don’t let the fictional affliction of writer’s block enter your head, because he doesn’t.
The Cascade Volcanoes book is his third. Sleeping and skiing Colorado’s 14ers will be his fourth, and a guidebook is scheduled for release around Christmas.
He generally leaves his house around 4:30 a.m. He was off Chavda and Tabeguache just before it started dumping Tuesday.
Do that, and you won’t have writer’s block, either. Kedrowski is an author, adventurer, avid ski mountaineer and expedition guide.
In the spring of 2014, he climbed and skied the 20 highest Cascade volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest in 30 days. He began May 1, 2014 with California’s Mount Shasta and headed up the West Coast, climbing volcanoes, sleeping on the summits and skiing down. He finished with Washington’s Mount Baker on May 31, 2014. Along the way, he covered Mount Hood, South Sister, Mount Thielsen, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier.
In 2011, he became the first person to spend the night on the summits of the 58 Colorado 14ers. From that came his first book, “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys.”
“It’s fun to return to them. For some of them, it’s the first time I’ve been back since then,” he said. “I’ll probably retire from the 14ers when I’m done with this project and move on to something else.”
Kedrowski has climbed five of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on all seven continents. He summited Mount Everest in 2012, after being turned back by deadly storms. He was also in Nepal on Everest last spring, when catastrophic earthquakes and a resulting avalanche tore through the Everest Base Camp.
Kedrowski is a Sherpa Foundation board member. At Thursday’s event, he’ll show a short film about the work the Sherpa Foundation has been doing to help rebuild Nepal since the earthquakes killed thousands a year ago.
He will also be at the Avon Public Library on Thursday, April 21, for another presentation, and at The Bookworm of Edwards in The Riverwalk at Edwards on June 23.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.