Received word late that Jon officially reached the summit of Mount Everest!
Jon summited very early with Jangbu Sherpa: 3:30am Nepal-time, 3:45pm Colorado-time. Summit winds were reported as "Light to dead-calm". It was indeed a perfect weather window, something that was missing a week prior when the jet stream backed itself directly over the summit.
Congratulations, Jon! You've worked hard for years to reach this goal. We've climbed hundreds of mountains together, slept on 58 Colorado Fourteener summits and wrote a book, and talked for hours about what it would be like to stand at over 29,000ft gazing across the horizon admiring the Parallax Effect. Amat Victoria Curam
Thanks to team guide Arnold Coster, Jangbu Sherpa, and Alan Arnette for the updates. Thanks to team boss Dan Mazur for bringing me on-board to provide detailed weather forecasts for the expedition.
Jon wanted me to post the follow entry from his personal diary:
"From Jon Kedrowski to Chris Tomer:"
"Now comes the real challenge: Going Back Up to Summit! Many people might think it is a death wish. Well, this is where I get to show that I am still strong enough to climb to the top and also that I get to climb the mountain my way: FAST and LIGHT. I always make smart decisions in mountains and this is no different. The plan is to leave Basecamp at 3am on Thurs May 24, and climb to Camp 2 by before 10am. I will rest in Camp 2 all day, and then Fri May 25 will climb from 6400m to 8000m going from Camp 2 to Camp 4 at theSouth Col. Hopefully I can do this leg of the climbing from 2am to 2pm. I will effectively bypass Camp 3. If I can reach Camp 4 by 2pm, then I will have 5 hours or so to drink, relax, rest, and be ready to try for the Summit by leaving at 8pm on the night of Fri May 25, Hopefully Summitting on the Early Morning of the 26 in light winds. I want to go back up there and see the dead bodies and put some of the pieces back together. I want to be able to make more sense of the past events by returning to the upper reaches of Everest and going to the top. I want to do this right. I will be efficient, drink and eat a lot, and hopefully make it back down safe to C2 by the eve of the 26, and down to Basecamp on the 27!"
KDVR/KWGN-TV: Colorado's Dr. Jon Kedrowski reachs summit of Everest: http://kdvr.com/2012/05/21/colorado-climber-on-mt-everest-okay-at-least-5-others-die/
Order Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys: http://www.jonkeverest.org/ORDER-SLEEPING-ON-THE-SUMMITS.html
-JK & CT