Last of the First Skiers

What: Last of the First Skiers

When: Thursday Mar. 13th, 5:30PM

Where: LCCC Union Pacific Centennial Room


Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins will share his experiences with one of the world’s oldest skiing cultures Thursday, Mar. 13, at 5:30PM in LCCC.

A writer in residence at the University of Wyoming, Jenkins lived and hunted with tribal members in Central Asia’s Altai Mountains, a ski culture that has survived unchanged for at least 5,000 years. Their wide, long, curve-tipped skis are hewn by axe from red spruce and the bases nailed with silky horsehair, Jenkins says. These ancient skis glide smoothly over powder and yet can climb practically straight up.

Jenkins says he will “explore the last enclave of prehistoric skiing, its links to the modern global ski culture, and the profound adaptability of humankind in an increasingly globalized world.”

A critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist, Jenkins covers geopolitics and adventure. Among hundreds of stories, he has written about land mines in Cambodia, the war in Eastern Congo, the loss of koalas in Australia, global warming in Greenland, ethnic cleansing in Burma, and climbing Mount Everest in Nepal.

Jenkins has won numerous writing awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for “The Healing Fields” in 2013 and a National Magazine Award with colleague Brint Stirton for “Who Murdered the Mountain Gorillas” in 2009. Both of these projects provided the basis for statewide presentations at Wyoming’s community colleges as part of UW’s Global and Area Studies Program’s international speaker series.

The above release is courtesy the Unversity of Wyoming.

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