White Birch Books Welcomes National Geographic Explorer, Writer & Author Mark Jenkins Sept 17

Beginning at 2pm on Saturday, September 17

Albany, NH – White Birch Books welcomes National Geographic Writer and Author Mark Jenkins beginning at 2 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Mark will be in town for the Beyond the Valley Adventure Fest: Stories from Caves, Climbs & Crevasses, hosted by Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Friday and Saturday evenings, September 16 & 17, 2022. He’ll be presenting “Vietnam Underground: The Viet Cong, Spelunkers, and the Biggest Cave on Earth” on Saturday night at Kennett High School in N. Conway. For more information on the event, the other speakers and for tickets, visit mwvadventurefest.eventbrite.com.

Mark Jenkins is a critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist who has covered adventure, geopolitics and the environment throughout his writing career. Among his hundreds of stories, he has written about landmines in Cambodia, mountain gorillas in Eastern Congo, the loss of koalas in Australia, global warming in Greenland, ethnic cleansing in Burma and climbing Mt. Everest in Nepal.

Jenkins’ writing has won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for “The Healing Fields” in 2013, the National Magazine Award for “Who Murdered the Mountain Gorillas” in 2009, seven Lowell Thomas Awards, three Best American Travel Writing Awards, the American Alpine Club Literary Award and the Banff Mountain Adventure Book Award.

Jenkins’ is the author of four books, A Man’s Life (Modern Times, 2007), The Hard Way (Simon and Schuster, 2002), To Timbuktu (William Morrow 1997) and Off The Map (William Morrow, 1992). Kirkus said of A Man’s Life, “Jenkins’ superb memory and solid writing chops break him out from the pack of true-life adventure scribes.” In a full-page review in the L.A. times, Robin Russin wrote about The Hard Way thus: “Brought to life by a poetic and muscular style, Jenkins’ writing is a brew of history, philosophy and raw emotion. His journeys are as intellectual and spiritual as they are physical, and we are by his side, in his head.” Writing in the New York Times, critic Richard Bernstein said, "The best feature of To Timbuktu consists in Mr. Jenkins delight in the small and not-so-small elements of the African spectacle, which he treats with distanced, unsentimental, often aesthetic appreciation. Mr. Jenkins transforms a common sight into a moment of pure magic.”

Jenkins’ work has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Backpacker, Bicycling, Climbing, New York Times, Men’s Health, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Playboy, Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest, Red Bulletin, Rock & Ice, Runners World, the Utne Reader, The Washington Post and Virginia Quarterly Review. His stories have also been extensively anthologized. Jenkins has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS, BBC and NPR, as well as spoken on countless radio programs.

In addition to writing, Jenkins has given over 200 presentations to executives around the world, from Microsoft in Seattle to a ten-day European tour of the film Down to Nothing.

In the course of pursuing difficult assignments, Jenkins has been arrested, interrogated and held for seven days by the Tajik KGB; captured by the Hutu rebels in Eastern Congo and held for three days; arrested by the Burmese junta, stripped and beaten; arrested by the Chinese military in Tibet and held in jail; arrested in Northeastern India, held for five days, given a 6-month sentence and escaped.

Jenkins has done over fifty expeditions around the world. Hallmarks include the 2nd American ascent of Mt. Xixabangma, Tibet (1984), the U.S. Everest North Face Expedition (1986), the 1st ascent of the highest peaks in the Arctic Circle (1988), the 1st coast-to-coast crossing of the Soviet Union by bicycle (1989), the 1st descent of the Niger River, West Africa (1991), the first ascent of the South Face of Mt. Waddington, Canada (1995) and the first descent of the largest cave in the world, Vietnam (2010). Jenkins summited Mt Everest in 2012 as part of National Geographic Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Expedition, celebrating the first American ascent of the mountain.

Jenkins holds a B.A. in philosophy and an M.S. in geography, has two grown daughters, Addi and Teal, and lives in Laramie, Wyoming with his wife, human rights attorney, Martha Jenkins.

Beyond the Valley Adventure Fest: Stories from Caves, Climbs and Crevasses

Friday, Sept 16, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Saturday, Sept 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Tin Mountain Conservation Center in September for a fun new event and hear about adventures from around the globe. For more information and speaker bios visit: www.tinmountain.org

Ticket and Speaker Information: MWVAdventurefest.eventbrite.com

$20: Friday, Sept 16, 2022: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Ledge Brewing Co, Intervale, NH

$40: Saturday, Sept 17, 2022: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Kennett High School, N. Conway, NH

$50: Combined ticket for Friday and Saturday

Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, 5:00 – 9:00 pm; Ledge Brewing Co., Intervale, NH

  • Skiing Adventures in Kyrgyzstan with Josh Laskin

  • Ice, Rock and BIG packs: Tales from Denai & the Alaska Range with Jordan Cargill

  • Earth Time: The Geology & Climate Change of Mountain Pursuits with Sarah Garlick

  • Food available for purchase from Tin Can Co. food truck

  • Beer available for purchase from Ledge Brewing Co.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Kennett High School, N. Conway

  • How Can I? My Ascent of El Capitan with Enock Glidden

  • Vietnam Underground: The Viet Cong, Spelunkers & the Biggest Cave on Earth with, National Geographic Explorer and writer, foreign correspondent and author, Mark Jenkins

Tickets: mwvadventurfest.eventbrite.com

For more information and speaker bios: tinmountain.com/adventure-fest

Beyond the Valley Adventure Fest: Stories from Caves, Climbs and Crevasses

Friday, Sept 16, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Saturday, Sept 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Tin Mountain Conservation Center in September for a fun new event and hear about adventures from around the globe. For more information and speaker bios visit: www.tinmountain.org

Ticket and Speaker Information: MWVAdventurefest.eventbrite.com

$20: Friday, Sept 16, 2022: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Ledge Brewing Co, Intervale, NH

$40: Saturday, Sept 17, 2022: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Kennett High School, N. Conway, NH

$50: Combined ticket for Friday and Saturday

Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, 5:00 – 9:00 pm; Ledge Brewing Co., Intervale, NH

· Skiing Adventures in Kyrgyzstan with Josh Laskin

· Ice, Rock and BIG packs: Tales from Denai & the Alaska Range with Jordan Cargill

· Earth Time: The Geology & Climate Change of Mountain Pursuits with Sarah Garlick

· Food available for purchase fromTin Can Co.food truck

· Beer available for purchase from Ledge Brewing Co.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Kennett High School, N. Conway

· How Can I? My Ascent of El Capitan with Enock Glidden

· Vietnam Underground: The Viet Cong, Spelunkers & the Biggest Cave on Earth with, National Geographic Explorer and writer, foreign correspondent and author, Mark Jenkins

Tickets: mwvadventurfest.eventbrite.com

For more information and speaker bios: tinmountain.com/adventure-fest

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