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Meet the Team
Conrad Anker is an internationally renowned mountaineer. He is captain of the North Face Athlete Team and has achieved notable summits and first ascents in North and South America, Antarctica, and the Himalaya. On an expedition to Everest in 1999, he was the first to locate and identify the remains of George Mallory, a pioneering climber lost in 1924. Anker has authored four books and appeared in four movies, most recently The Wildest Dream—National Geographic Entertainment’s documentary of Anker’s 2007 Everest expedition. Anker serves as a board member of the Conservation Alliance and the Leadership Institute of Montana State University. He is vice president of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.
Cory Richards, alpinist and photographer, is one of the rising stars of high-altitude mountaineering. At 29, he became the first American to summit a peak over 8,000 feet, Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II, in winter. Richards documented the entire climb, including an avalanche during descent that nearly claimed his life. Footage he took of the journey became the film Cold, which went on to win numerous prizes including the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Richards is a North Face Team Athlete and was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year in 2012.
Mark Jenkins is an accomplished climber and contributing writer for National Geographic. His most recent article, “Last of the Cave People,” was published in the February 2012 issue. Jenkins is author of four books: A Man’s Life: Dispatches From Dangerous Places; The Hard Way: Stories of Danger, Survival, and the Soul of Adventure; To Timbuktu: A Journey Down the Niger; and Off the Map: Bicycling Across Siberia. Jenkins is no stranger to alpine journeys. His achievements include the second American ascent of Mount Xixabangma in Tibet, the 1986 U.S. Everest North Face Expedition, the first ascent of the highest peaks in the Arctic Circle, and the first ascent of Peak Rawu, Tibet.