It all started in June of 2011 on the summit of La Plata Peak in Chaffee County. Over the next 95 days, Dr. Jon Kedrowski would set up camp atop every Colorado 14er — something that has never been done before.
For good reason.
“What we did defied all logic,” KWGN meteorologist Tomer said.
Tomer knows how dangerous it is to climb Colorado peaks in the afternoon and spend the night on their summits. Lightning is always a threat, and there was a scare atop Mount Harvard when Kedrowski felt electric charges and ran for cover seconds before lightning struck near his tent.
“I was definitely scared to death,” Kedrowski said. “I thought that was it for me. Fortunately, I kind of got out of the way just in time.”
Researching their new book Sleeping on the Summits helped both men accomplish a couple of goals. For Tomer, it was all about gaining knowledge of Colorado’s challenging-to-diagnose high altitude weather patterns.
“Mountain weather is largely misunderstood,” Tomer said. “This was a great learning experience.”
Kedrowski did it in part to acclimate his body for his biggest challenge yet — conquering Mount Everest, which he did a month and a half ago.
But even Everest had to compete with the feeling of accomplishment Kedrowski got last September when the journey in Colorado ended with him making history atop Mount of the Holy Cross in Eagle County — the first person to ever sleep on top of Colorado’s highest mountains.
For more information about how you too can sleep atop the Rockies — if you’re that ambitious — read more on the website, Sleeping on the Summits.