Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins, a longtime Outside contributor, is planning a triumphant return to Majadita when the wind dies down.

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How to Fix Everest

The deadly 2019 climbing season prompted a worldwide demand to reform management of the world's highest peak. Is change really possible? Mark Jenkins, a veteran alpinist who reached the summit in 2012, lays down an emphatic yes.

Mark Jenkins
Jun 20, 2019

A Father's Last Shot at Cheating Death

During 40 years of adventure, hard-charging writer and climber Mark Jenkins has asked a lot of his wife and kids. After his fourth attempt on a dicey Chinese peak, he examines the risks and rewards of a risk-defying career.

Mark Jenkins
Jan 24, 2018

Bumps in the Road

A professional adventurer has to break a few eggs along the way—and, apparently, several bones and a skull. Mark Jenkins tallies up the most memorable injuries and mishaps from a life lived on the edge.

Mark Jenkins
Jan 24, 2018

How to Get Up and Go

One thing you shouldn’t leave behind with your foolhardy youth: the great American dirtbag road trip. Mark Jenkins explains how to do it right.

Mark Jenkins
Sep 18, 2013

Learning Wilderness First Aid

As Mark Jenkins knows, wilderness first aid can hurt. (Just ask his patients.) So he finally did what everyone should do: he took a class from real experts.

Mark Jenkins
Apr 9, 2012

Amundsen Schlepped Here

Norway's forbidding Hardangervidda Plateau nearly killed Roald Amundsen when he attempted a ski traverse in the winter of 1896. But the failure set him on a path of training, study, and exploration that led to his historic conquest of the South Pole. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of that feat, Mark Jenkins and his brother Steve skied the route, an epic challenge that even now can prove deadly.

Mark Jenkins
Oct 6, 2011

The Alpha Male

Outside sat down with Dos Equis spokesman Jonathan Goldsmith

Mark Jenkins
Jun 15, 2011

A Soul-Crushing Sufferfest I'll Never Do Again

Before the event, the doc gave me a six-day course of steroids for my back and threw in a bottle of Vicodin. “At your age,” he said, “after this race, you’re going to need it.”

Mark Jenkins
Oct 19, 2010

Above and Beyond

In adventure and in life, Mike was my best friend—my stronger, wiser, wilder half. And in the end, when the last climb was over, that's all that really mattered.

Mark Jenkins
Oct 2, 2006

The disappearance of two of North America's best alpinists left a grave question: What happens when the only way out is up?

Mark Jenkins
Aug 24, 2006

Why climb America's most spectacular—and controversial—natural landmark? For the same reason you shouldn't.

Mark Jenkins
Jul 31, 2006

What the Pros Know (The Complete Everest Conversation)

Is it possible to guide safely on Everest? Or will the mountain always demand its pound of flesh? MARK JENKINS talks to a dream team of veterans—between them, they've reached the summit 17 times—in a frank look at the risks, rewards, and nightmares of taking clients to the top.

Mark Jenkins
Jul 31, 2006

Get the most out of long summer days with featherweight performance gear for running, riding, climbing, and hiking

Lisa Jhung, Nick Heil, and Mark Jenkins
Jun 1, 2006

Breaking Away

What happens when a Type A relaxation-phobe takes his first vacation in years? Life gets good again.

Mark Jenkins
Jun 1, 2006