Jon Kedrowski Ph.D. grew up in Vail, Colorado where he has climbed over 1,000 different Colorado peaks, including hundreds of ski descents, (Skiing each of Colorado’s 14,000′ peaks and about half of the 637 CO 13ers). He has climbed 6 of the 7 continental summits, including Mt. Everest in 2012, 2015, 208, & 2019. His training ground also included the mighty Mount Rainier volcano which he has climbed over 25 times and skied on numerous occasions.
His expeditions to Everest in recent years (2012, 2015, 2018, & 2019) have been featured on Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, NBC, Dateline NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and CNN. On April 25, 2015, Jon was at Everest Base camp in Nepal when a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck. All summit attempts were aborted but Jon was able to assist the Nepalese people with rescue efforts.
In addition to Everest, Jon also climbed Gasherbrum II in Pakistan on a ski expedition in 2013, an 8000m peak near K2 in the Karakoram. Then in 2019, Kedrowski summitted Manaslu (26,780’/8163m) in Nepal without the use of supplemental oxygen.
Jon is the author of three books: “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys” and “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes”. and “Classic Colorado Ski Descents (2017). He is also an expedition leader, guide, and sought-after keynote speaker. In Jon’s talks, mountains are metaphors for accomplishing goals in life, both professionally and personally.
You will often find Dr. Jon outdoors hiking, climbing, or skiing…with his camera in hand…experiencing the next big adventure.
In his captivating keynote speeches to corporate and educational audiences, Dr. Jon authentically shares the stories behind his adventures, books, and expeditions (including Everest), while imparting “Lessons from the Summits” that motivate audiences toward better goal setting, teamwork, leadership, and unlocking human potential. N.O.D. = No Off Days in all aspects of life!
Jon was an incredible speaker and brought our group a brand new perspective on what it means to go through challenges and rise above them when it counts! I took a picture with him afterwards and noted that this was the closest I'll ever get to the top of Mount Everest. He was an inspiration and I would strongly recommend him to any organization looking to make an impact on their staff or clients.