Dispatches from the roof of the world
Writer Mark Jenkins
Rebecca Hale, NGM Staff
  • Conrad Anker
  • Cory Richards
  • Mark Jenkins

Hometown Laramie, Wyoming

Everest experience
Climbed in 1986, but did not summit

What this expedition means to you
“I am not one of those who believes mountaineering
to be a noble endeavor. It is not. To attempt Everest,
for me, is to be at play, with friends, on the most
iconic mountain on Earth.”

Mark Jenkins Writer

Mark Jenkins is a seasoned climber and contributing writer for National Geographic;
his story “Last of the Cave People,” ran in February 2012. His books include A Man’s Life: Dispatches From Dangerous Places; The Hard Way: Stories of Danger, Survival, and the Soul of Adventure; To Timbuktu: A Journey Down the Niger; and Off the Map: Bicycling Across Siberia.

Expedition Team

Additional climbers taking the Southeast Ridge route include a team of North Face athletes.
The scientific portion of this expedition includes geologists from Montana State University,
an instructor from the National Outdoor Leadership School, and specialists from the Mayo Clinic.

Climbing on the Southeast Ridge
  • Sam Elias

    Sam Elias

    The North Face

  • Kristoffer Erickson

    Kristoffer Erickson

    The North Face

  • Emily Harrington

    Emily Harrington

    The North Face

  • Phil Henderson

    Phil Henderson

    The North Face, NOLS

  • David Lageson

    David Lageson

    MSU

  • Hilaree O'Neill

    Hilaree O’Neill

    The North Face

Working at Base Camp
  • Andy Bardon

    Andy Bardon

    National Geographic

  • Landon Bassett

    Landon Bassett

    The North Face

  • Derek Campbell

    Derek Campbell

    The North Face

  • Travis Corthouts

    Travis Corthouts

    MSU

  • Anjin Herndon

    Anjin Herndon

    The North Face

  • Sadie Quarrier

    Sadie Quarrier

    National Geographic

  • Amine Issa

    Amine Issa

    Mayo Clinic

  • Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson

    Mayo Clinic

  • Alex Kasak

    Alex Kasak

    Mayo Clinic

  • Joel Streed

    Joel Streed

    Mayo Clinic

  • Doug Summerfield

    Doug Summerfield

    Mayo Clinic

  • Bryan Taylor

    Bryan Taylor

    Mayo Clinic

PHOTOS: CORY RICHARDS; TIM KEMPLE (O’NEILL); AARON KEHOW (BASSETT, CAMPBELL);
REBECCA HALE, NGM STAFF (QUARRIER); MAYO CLINIC (BOTTOM ROW)