Jon Kedrowski Profile

Jon Kedrowski has a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, Weather and Climate.  

Dr. Kedrowski is a professional mountain guide and ski mountaineer. He grew up in Vail, Colorado. Dr. Kedrowski has been to the top of Everest multiple times in his career and first climbed each of Colorado’s 14,000′ peaks in the late 1990s before he turned 18. Over the years, he has skied from every fourteener, and in 2016, he skied each Colorado fourteener during the same winter season. His climbing résumé in Colorado includes multiple ascents of the 58 official Colorado 14ers and three hundred of Colorado’s 584 thirteeners. He has also climbed and skied each of the 69 14,000′ peaks in the lower 48 United States (CO, CA, WA).

Dr. Kedrowski has advised or led climbing expeditions to each of the Seven Summits except for Vinson Massif in Antarctica, which is high on his bucket list. In 2012, Dr. Kedrowski summited Mount Everest and has since led five different expeditions to Mount Everest (2012, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021, guiding clients to the top in 2019 and 2021).

Dr. Kedrowski has been featured on several documentaries about his climbing and skiing adventures on the Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, NBC, DatelineNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and CNN. In 2019, Dr. Kedrowski made the summit of Manaslu at 8,163 meters / 26,781 feet with- out the use of supplemental oxygen and was part of the first expedition to K2 (8,611 meters / 28,250 feet) in 2021 that put ten Nepali climbers on the summit for the first time ever in winter. He is also a regular contributor to KDVR Fox 31 Denver and KWGN CW2 in Denver for stories about the great outdoors in Colorado. He is the owner of a company called Dr. Jon’s Adventures that leads expeditions all over the world.

Dr. Kedrowski has written four books: Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys (2012), Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits, Cascade Volcanoes (2016), Classic Colorado Ski Descents (2017), Classic Colorado Ski Descents (2022).

Dr. Kedrowski has previously presented his lessons from the summits to companies such as Hewlett Packard, Charles Schwab, Raymond James, Edward Jones, and Vail Resorts, with stories about motivation, goal setting, leadership, risk management, and unlocking human potential.

Dr. Kedrowski’s favorite hobbies include skiing, mountaineering, and photography. He loves to travel, mountain bike, trail run, river raft, play basketball, and play golf while enjoying the gorgeous summer and fall seasons in Colorado.

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Small and big mountains - we've all tried to climb them. Where do you start?

By Everesting - elevating your mindset and your life!

In this inspirational keynote, Dr. Jon distills his mountain-tested techniques for reaching the BIG goals you have in life and business. He shares practical methods of how to:
- Achieve your dreams, no matter how high.
- Break seemingly insurmountable goals into smaller, SMART goals.
- Implement successful execution strategies.

Climb Your Next Everest
Get to the Top in Life and Business!

Dr. Jon will take your audience on an entertaining and awe-inspiring journey through the adversity he has faced on Mt. Everest, continually facing failure from outside forces and the qualities we all need to climb the Everest's in our lives. This includes:
- Focusing on what you can control and not wasting energy on what you can't.
- Leadership and teamwork.
- Managing risks in high pressure environments.

Weathering Storms & Failure
What does it take to endure the storms in our lives and business environment?

After decades of climbing and skiing off of high peaks around the world, as well being an entrepreneur, Dr. Jon knows what it takes to endure life's storms. In this motivating talk, he shares his stories and insights on how to:
- Adjust your plans, attitudes, and actions.
- Overcome fear.
- Realize that failure is part of success if you stay strong and don't give up
- Thrive in spite of unexpected setbacks.

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Authentic and motivational
“Dr. Jon’s authenticity is real, and his message will motivate…he was strong in front of the group, but the real treat was his commitment to some one on one interaction…our people really appreciated that time.”
– Joe Carlson, Financial Advisor, General Partner, Edward Jones

Inspirational, strongly recommended
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.
– C.Noonon, Senior Account Executive, Minnesota Timberwolves / Lynx

Entertaining and educational
Our community can’t get enough of Jon’s stories and lectures about his adventures on Everest. His multi-media presentation is as entertaining as it is educational and we welcome him to our stage any time.
– K. Sabel, Executive Director, Vail Symposium

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Books by Jon Kedrowski:

Classic Colorado Ski Descents

Travel around Colorado with ski mountaineer Dr. Jon Kedrowski as he guides you to some of the best ski descents the state has to offer. Classic Colorado Ski Descents showcases 300 ski descents on 70 separate peak entries on Fourteeners, Thirteeners, as well as easily accessible mountain passes and locales; with routes that range from peaks with gentle terrain, to tree glades, endless powder, ridge lines, steep faces, and couloirs. Each peak description includes skiable vertical, elevation gain, and roundtrip mileage, as well as easy-to-follow directions to the trailhead. Dr. Kedrowski, who brings his expert knowledge from having skied various descents on the 58 Colorado 14,000′ peaks brings in a total of 300 different ski lines and ski descents described in detail and notated with 70 color topographic maps in this book, and complete color photographs- a must have for any backcountry skier in Colorado! This guide covers seven major mountain ranges across the Colorado Rockies.

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