Getting the Facts Right and Honoring Teammate David O'Brien
May 31, 2012
Inaccuracies in the Media
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I've finally made it back to Kathmandu Nepal, safely returning from the Khumbu, and only 5 Days from standing on the Summit of the World. I have been finally made aware about all of the tremendous support and all of the well wishes from people all over the U.S. and the world who were pulling for me to get to the Top of Everest. THe blog comments and support will still take days to sift through, but thanks so much! I basically had to climb Everest twice after enduring one of the greatest tragedies the mountain has seen in modern mountaineering history. In reflecting on the entire experience, reading some recent media accounts, and letting the magnitude of this event sink in, I want to take some time on this blog to give credit where credit is due. I want to honor one of the true heroes that was there. I am proud to say that he was on my team up there, and he did much more than I did that day. His name is David O'Brien. If you can recall on of my blogs from right after the May 19th- May 20th Tragedy, let me refresh your Memory:
From Post #30 Summit Tragedy:
"The climbers Jon assisted were disoriented, frostbitten, sick, and totally exhausted. But the priorities were as follows:
#1 Save yourself, #2 Attend to your teammates, and #3 Assist any climbers that could be saved. 2 of the four frozen climbers appeared dead up there, and so Jon decided to descend, and deemed he couldn't help them. One of the Climbers was a 33 year old Canadien woman, and the oher was a 60 year old German Doctor. One of Jon's Teammates David O'Brien was assisting with trying to help up to four of those Climbers. Jon helped Dave save one of the Polish Climbers, but otherwise continued to help his own teammates Sandra, Urs, and Erik."
Furthermore, a Respnse from Jon Kedrowski:
Look, I have had a chance to read numerous media accounts out there, and they have given me credit for saving and rescuing climbers. However, I helped mainly my teammates and the Polish Climber from Asian Trekking when I was up there. My teammate David O'Brien is more of a hero than I. I am looking forward to seeing an article written about him in the Times out of the UK in the coming days. From what I saw up there that day, two of the four dying people I came accross had no pulse, but two of them did, and that is when Dave stepped in and tried to save them. My job was with my priorities #1-3 above, while Dave totally aborted his climb and tried to save up to four climbers. I assisted him with the Polish man, but he also tried to get the Korean and I think also a Chinese Man back on their feet with the use of Dex. Dave O'Brien was everywhere that day, what a great man!
I am excited to get back to the States soon and give out more details of what I saw up there, but Ialso just want to focus on the Summt Day, May 26th. The weather was incredible, and I had a wonderful climb. I will post some pictured of that day soon and also write my summit account so that I can share it with everyone very soon. Thanks again for all of your support and following and I can't wait to get back home.
Dr. Jon Kedrowski
firstname.lastname@example.org I'd e happy to respond to any inquiries and answer any questions further when I return to the U.S.