Vail’s Kredowski goes from Colorado 14ers to the Northwest |

Vail’s Kredowski goes from Colorado 14ers to the Northwest

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
File Photo /Chris Tomer/

VAIL — Jon Kedrowski recognized the buzzing, crackling and humming from the rocks around him. His arm brushed the ice ax on his pack. It was hot. “It was like déja vu,” Kedrowski said. “I thought to myself, ‘Man, not again.’ “

Kedrowski was only a couple hundred yards shy of the summit of Washington’s 12,276-foot Mount Adams last month when the electrical storm hit. Three years earlier, the Vail adventurer and geologist had barely escaped his tent on the summit of Colorado’s Mount Harvard before a lightning bolt fried it.

Kedrowski reached the summit of Mount Adams, but booming thunder — and electrified recollections of Harvard — rebuffed his plan to spend the night on that peak. Still, the 35-year-old mountaineer climbed and skied from the summit of 20 of the highest volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest in 30 days last month, camping on as many summits as weather allowed.

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