Mark Jenkins to climb Mt. Everest on assignment with National Geographic
The last time Mark Jenkins tried to climb Mount Everest, he was pursuing a master's degree in geography at the University of Wyoming. He was unable to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain on that 1986 expedition but, as part of his research into acid snow, he collected snow samples at a higher elevation than anyone had before.
In the 26 years since, the Wyoming resident has traveled the world as an adventurer and writer. Jenkins' excursions have included ascents of some of the globe's other tallest peaks, dangerous trips to some of the world's last remote regions, and travel by foot or bicycle across continents. He's an internationally recognized author and journalist now working as a field staff writer for National Geographic -- and as writer-in-residence for the UW master's degree program in creative writing .
And he's back for another try at Mount Everest.
Jenkins left Wyoming at the end of March to be part of a team that will mark the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of Everest. In chronicling the 2.5-month-long expedition for National Geographic, Jenkins will be part of a group climbing Everest's southeast ridge, while a separate team will tackle the mountain's west ridge.In his assignment for National Geographic, Jenkins will gather material for a feature story scheduled to be published next year on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 climb. He already has interviewed some of those who took part in that ascent, including Jim Whittaker, who is now in his 80s, yet plans to visit the base camp at an elevation of 17,500 feet. Starting April 16, Jenkins also is scheduled to blog at www.natgeo.com/oneverest from the base camp.
UW Students provide Post-Tsunami account for National Geographic
In July of 2011 two UW undergraduate students, Chris Michael and Rebecca Skinner, traveled to Indonesia on a National Geographic and UW-supported Post-Tsunami trip. A familiar photojournalist for National Geographic, Mark Jenkins mentored Chris and Rebecca prior to the launch of their journey.