Laramie resident Mark Jenkins has reached the summit of Mount Everest.
Jenkins reached the summit of the world's highest mountain on
Thursday. He called his wife by satellite phone from a lower camp a
few hours later.
The University of Wyoming announced Jenkins' achievement. He
first attempted to climb the mountain in 1986 when he was a
graduate student at the university. He's a writer-in-residence for
the UW master's degree program in creative writing.
The 53-year-old Jenkins also covers assignments around the world
for National Geographic. He's been part of a National Geographic
team climbing Everest to mark the 50th anniversary of the first
American ascent of the mountain.