Tuesday, April 10, 2012

UW Writer-in-Residence Mark Jenkins departs for Everest Expedition

Mark Jenkins in Ireland
From a UW press release:
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 Laramie 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 heading back for another try at Mount Everest.
Read the rest of the story at http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2012/04/uw-writer-in-residence-departs-for-everest-expedition.html

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mark has received two creative writing fellowships from the Wyoming Arts Council. The WAC wishes him well on his latest adventure.

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