Mark Synnott


When Mark was 15, he tried to climb Cathedral Ledge with a buddy with a rope they found in the tool shed. They had no idea whatsoever how to climb, and no gear, but they made it to within 50 feet of the top of the cliff—on a 5.6 route. He's not sure exactly how they got down, but they did.

Today, the forty-two-year-old is well known in the climbing world for his many big wall and alpine climbing adventures. His travels have taken him on more than 25 expeditions to places like Alaska, Baffin Island, Greenland, Iceland, Patagonia, Guyana, Pakistan, Nepal, India, China, Tibet, Cameroon, Chad, Borneo and Pitcairn Island. He was one of the first climbers to explore Baffin Island's remote east coast, and so far has made five trips to the island. He has pioneered four big wall first ascents in the area, including a grade VII on the 4,700-foot north face of Polar Sun Spire—an epic wall that required the team to spend 36 nights in portaledges.

When he's not in the mountains, Mark works with The North Face Research, Design and Development team and lectures frequently on his life of adventure. He has done motivational speaking for clients like General Motors, Vanity Fair, and the National Geographic Society. Mark has also worked extensively in the film and television industry, both in front of and behind the camera. His credits include work for National Geographic Television, NBC Sports, Warren Miller Films, and Rush HD. Mark has written many articles over the years and his work has appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Outside, Climbing, Skiing, New York Magazine and many other publications in the U.S. and abroad. In 2007, he published his first book, Baffin Island: Climbing, Trekking, Skiing.

Mark lives on a dead-end dirt road in Jackson, New Hampshire with his wife, three children, a dog and a cat. Check out the fascinating history of the Synnott name on his website


Photo Credit - Jim Surette