Colorado mountain climber talks about getting to the top of Mt. Everest
Near MT EVEREST, Nepal — Fresh off his tremendous achievement of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest, mountain geographer and Avon, Colo. native Dr. Jon Kedrowski spoke with our own meteorologist Chris Tomer Tuesday morning.
Kedrowski said, “I feel like a million bucks.” Kedrowski walked on top of the world May 26 at 3:30am after a very quick ascent actually skipping stops at two intermediate camps.
“Now all I want is a shower and a shave….and a real bed might be nice too,” he says.
You can hear more of Kedrowski’s conversation with Tomer in the video clip.
Right now, Kedrowski is trying to catch a flight back to the USA. He spent the last two months acclimitizing at various camps on Mount Everest prepping for summit day.
His first attempt ended with the jet stream trapping more than 100 climbers near the 29,029-foot summit.
Kedrowski turned away from the summit at 28,500 feet and attempted to rescue four climbers on the verge of death, and more folks needed his help as he approached Camp 4 (26,000 feet).
“Folks were falling over, completely exhausted, frost-bitten, and disoriented,” he says.
Kedrowski’s second summit attempt was a huge success.
Tomer gave Kedrowski and his team the “green light” to go for the summit in a perfect weather window. Kedrowski said, “Your forecast was right on the money, we summited in dead-calm winds.”
Kedrowski shot video and photos and he kept a very detailed account of everything he experienced on Everest.
He said his training with Tomer during last summer’s “Sleeping on the Summits” book project was the perfect training for success on Everest.
Earlier this season on Everest, Kedrowski intervened when an entire Expedition and their Guides were off-route in a snowstorm and headed into danger.
He led them back on-route, through the Khumbu Icefall, and into Basecamp at 17,100 feet.
A few years ago, Kedrowski helped with the rescue and recovery of Colorado doctor Gerald Myers.
Kedrowski’s research over the years has focused on Risk Perception while climbing mountains.