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EWC to host ‘Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt’

September 17, 2018

TORRINGTON — Adventurer and journalist Mark Jenkins, of Laramie, will share his latest experiences exploring the Desert Mountains of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt during a free public presentation on September 24 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington.

Jenkins, a field writer for National Geographic and a UW School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies lecturer, will present “Camels, Climbing, and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt”. The program is part of UW’s Center for Global Studies spring 2018 “World to Wyoming Series with Mark Jenkins.

Hidden in the heart of the Desert Mountains of the Sinai Peninsula are enormous walls and domes of red granite. In November, Jenkins led a 4-man team of Wyoming Climbers to South Sinai. The team lived with the Bedouin, traveled by camel caravan and put up new routes on 1000-foot walls.

South Sinai is a pivotal region in the three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It was on Mt. Sinai that Moses, according to the Old Testament, received the Ten Commandments.

At the base of Mt. Sinai lies Saint Catherine’s Monastery, built in 565 A.D. upon the site where Moses saw the burning bush. St. Catherine’s is the oldest continuously operating monastery in the world. Christians and Muslims have lived here in harmony for over a millennium.

“Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt” is about climbing big walls in a remote land, about Christian monks and Bedouin nomads, about a place where tolerance is more powerful than terrorism.

For more information or questions, please contact Court Merrigan, at (307)532-08378 or e-mail at court.merrigan@ewc.wy.edu

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