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Our Members: Mark Synnott

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Pete Takeda

Mark Synnott American Alpine Club Member

Photo Courtesy The North Face

The American Alpine Club has over 9,000 members worldwide and each of those members approaches climbing and time in the outdoors differently. For some it’s a career, for some a diversion, for others, an obsession. The Club’s membership spans boulderers, sport-climbers, hikers, skiers, trad-rats, scientists, big-wall aficionados, adventurers, ice-climbers, peak-baggers, explorers, and alpinists. It’s a big tent, but there are a lot of people in love with the mountains excited to fill that tent.

Telling the stories of our members is important to us because it helps the community understand who makes up that community.

American Alpine Club Member Mark Synnott launches his Life on the Vertical Tour on April 26, 2012.

A longtime athlete for The North Face, Synnott’s quest to climb the world’s wildest walls has taken him to the Arctic, the Himalayas, and the Amazon. Recently, he explored the Ennedi desert in North Africa, where he and his team scaled surreal-looking rock spires and arches. Mark mixes tales of high adrenalin with droll humor, and his images are breathtaking. 

Synnott’s Ennedi Team included Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold, Tim Kemple, Renan Ozturk, and James Pearson. The trip was featured in Renan Ozturk’s film The Towers of Ennedi. Check out the trailer on Synnott donated some of the photos from the trip to the Club for promotional use, including on an upcoming, brand-new member publication that will be released soon…

From the beginning, Mark’s nickname was Scrappy. That in mind, his presentation should inspire, as well as give a key lesson in one’s own adventures—namely determination and “scrappiness”. In a recent interview he said, “There are so many things in life that we want, that we dream about, but we can’t just grab on and pull like you can when you’re climbing a mountain.” 

He adds, “All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other and you gotta grab on and pull yourself up… (then) you are making it happen.”

See Mark speak—and visit with the AAC Volunteers that will be helping at these events—in a location near you:

New Haven, CT: Prime Climb—April 26, 2012

Burlington, VT: Higher Ground—May 1, 2012

Charleston, SC: The Hippodrome—May 3 2012

Houston, TX: Wortham Giant Screen Theater at the Museum of Natural Science—May 24, 2012

Purchase Tickets on The North Face website.


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