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Adventurer, Writer to Speak in Six Wyoming Communities

September 1, 2016
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Mark Jenkins

National Geographic and University of Wyoming writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins, from Laramie, will discuss his North Face team’s attempt to climb Burma’s highest peak during free public presentations scheduled Sept. 19-30 in six Wyoming communities.

The UW Center for Global Studies presents “World to Wyoming Tour with Mark Jenkins,” where he will discuss “Burma’s Resurrection: An Expedition Deep into a Forbidden Land.” His scheduled stops include Casper, Cheyenne, Douglas, Riverton, Rock Springs and Torrington.

Last year, Jenkins, with a team of North Face athletes, attempted to climb the highest peak in Burma -- Hkakabo Razi at 19,300 feet. The peak lies in the far north of the country on Tibet’s border.

Taking trains, buses, motorcycles and a boat up the Irrawaddy River, then hiking for two weeks through almost impenetrable jungle, the team battled leeches, poisonous spiders and venomous snakes. From base camp, they set out to ascend the serrated, heavily glaciered West Ridge of Hkakabo Razi.

Featured in the September issue of National Geographic magazine as the story “Point of No Return,” and in the Renan Ozturk documentary “Down to Nothing,” Jenkins’ presentation provides the complete account of this unrivaled expedition to Burma -- stories of hardship and hilarity, bear hunters and Buddhist monks, fear, failure and freedom.

The program schedule:

-- Sept. 19: Laramie County Community College Center for Conferences and Institutes, Union Pacific Centennial Room, 6:30 p.m.

The Cheyenne presentation includes “What in the World” international studies fieldwork presentations by two UW students at 5:30 p.m. preceding the Jenkins talk. Guy Litt, doctoral candidate in hydrology, will present “Panama Canal Watershed Management”; and Megan Dudenhoeffer, a senior in zoology and Russian, will discuss “Addressing an Invasive Cactus in Laikipia, Kenya.”

-- Sept. 21: Western Wyoming Community College, Lecture Hall, Room 1302, Rock Springs, 7 p.m.

-- Sept. 27: Lander Valley High School auditorium, 7 p.m.

-- Sept. 28: Casper College, Music Building Wheeler Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

-- Sept. 29: Eastern Wyoming College, Douglas, 7 p.m.

-- Sept. 30: Eastern Wyoming College, Fine Arts auditorium, Torrington, 7 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation and Wyoming Humanities Council support the World to Wyoming Series.

For more information, contact Jean Garrison, UW Center for Global Studies director, at (307) 766-6119 or

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