Former CWU professor survives deadly Mt. Everest storm

Former CWU professor survives deadly Mt. Everest storm »Play Video

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Jon Kedrowski has scaled mountains across the world. He's written books about his adventures and consulted with National Geographic. The 33-year-old spent the last two years teaching at CWU and recently set out to climb the tallest mountain on earth.

(KIMA: Did he ever mention to you that this is something he wanted to achieve, to climb Everest?)

"Only about every other time we talked. This guy loves the outdoors," said Jim Huckabay, a CWU Geography Professor and friend of Kedrowski.

Huckabay has been following Jon's outdoor adventures from the safety of Ellensburg. Jon's friend and fellow climber, Chris Tomer, is updating a blog about Jon's attempt at the summit of Everest.

This past Sunday, the team was hit by a storm and temperatures plunged. Jon and his team attempted to rescue four stranded climbers...but it was too late.

"Some of them stuck on that climb as long as 18 hours which is too long to be away from a base camp," Huckabay said.

The posts say Jon helped bring the victims back to base camp.
Despite his own exhaustion from the rescue, Jon decided to head back up the mountain.

Huckabay says Jon had the attitude of never quitting and never failing, which he believes is what got him to the peak of so many mountain tops. And he says that same attitude also inspired many students here at Central Washington University.

John Rogers was a student in two of Jon Kedrowski's classes.

"He was very much an encourager of what you wanted to do, so that was nice," Rogers said. "It was nice to see somebody pursuing what they enjoyed, of course."

As the group attempts to scale Everest again, Jon Kedrowski has also been in touch by using disposable phones. He knows the dangers that come with the climb.

"He jumped right in when they needed to get some people back to base camp and that's just what he would do," Huckabay said.

An adventurer calling upon his experience and compassion while trying to make it to the top of the world.