Jon was born and raised in Vail, Colorado. After graduating from Eagle Valley High School, he entered Valparaiso University in Indiana, played intercollegiate basketball and received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Chemistry. He attended the University of South Florida and received a Masters of Arts in Environmental Geography and a teaching degree. An article written from his M.A. Thesis titled, Assessing Human-Environmental Impacts on Colorado’s 14,000-foot Mountains has recently been published in the Journal of Mountain Research and Development. After spending a year coaching high school basketball in Montana, Jon attended Texas State University and received a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography. He recently completed a consulting project with National Geographic with a movie titled The Wildest Dream involving Mount Everest. Jon has summitted four of the world’s seven continental summits: Elbrus, Denali, Aconcagua, and Everest, and has had 15 summits of Mount Rainier. In 2011, Dr. Kedrowski became the first person to camp and spend the night on the top of Colorado’s 55 Official 14ers: peaks over 14,000′, in a stretch of only 95 days. Jon’s experience on Everest has been chronicled extensively as he was a witness and survived the worst tragedy on Everest since the 1996 disaster. In June of this year, Jon is part of an expedition to Summit Gasherbrum I and II.