In November of 2017, 4 Wyoming mountain climbers made their way to south Sinai in Egypt, to climb the red granite walls.

Mark Jenkins, a field staff writer for National Geographic and the University of Wyoming Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies lecturer was one of the climbers.  His job is to travel the world and see how other cultures live and act, then he comes back to the university to tell his findings.

For two years, Jenkins traveled through Alaska and the Himalayas, he was looking for a new adventure.  After scouring Africa on a map, he discovered the red walls.  Dave Lucas, a British climber, told Mark that the red walls were the best-kept secret of climbing in Africa.  Before the group made their way up the red granite walls on Camel, because that was the only way to get there, they also spent time in the worlds oldest Christian monastery, it dates back to 565 A.D.

The first half of the year he told his story to the northern part of the state, now he will start making his way down to us the southern part.

“Wyomingites are curious, you know, they really do want to know more about the world and how it's put together, and so the Q&A is always a lot of fun,” Jenkins said told the Star Tribune. “People ask all sorts of questions and we get into a really good discussion about kind of cultural bias and comparing cultures and recognizing your own bias and that sort of thing.”

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