New Hampshire Climbing Guide -- Mountaineering Instructor -- Member of The North Face Climbing Team

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Mark Synnot - AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Certified
Rock Guide


If you're new to rock climbing, our Intro to Rock Course is the perfect place to get your first taste of this great sport. Whether you've never climbed before, or you're an experienced gym climber looking to make the transition to outdoor cragging, the Intro to Rock Course is the perfect place to start your climbing apprenticeship. All necessary technical equipment is provided by Synnott Mountain Guides at no additional cost; you just need to come dressed appropriately for the weather (including sneakers or approach shoes) and bring along a day pack, some water, a trail lunch, and some sunscreen and bug repellent. You’ll definitely want a camera, too.

We meet at the SMG office at Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale NH at 8am. After getting outfitted with rock shoes, chalk bags, harnesses, belay devices and helmets, we'll head right out to the cliff. Once there, we’ll introduce you to some fundamental climbing concepts, including how to tie in, how to belay, and how to perform our routine safety checks. Then, we’ll practice smearing, edging and other foot techniques, as well as some basic finger and hand jamming in cracks.

After practicing some of these basic techniques in the morning, we break for a quick lunch, then get right to the climbing. Depending on a number of variables (your prior experience, weather conditions, other parties, etc.), we may either work on a number of different toprope climbs, or head for one of the multi-pitch routes. With so many cliffs to choose from in Mt. Washington Valley, each course is different from the last one, and is tailored to the climbers enrolled on that day.

This course can be taken as one, two, three,...even five days. On multi-day courses, subsequent days will be spent tackling longer and slightly more difficult climbs. You might spend time on a classic route at Cathedral Ledge, such as Upper Refuse (4 pitches, 5.5), Thin Air (4 pitches, 5.6), Funhouse (3 pitches, 5.7), or Bombardment (2 pitches, 5.8). We can also explore some of the long, sweeping routes at Whitehorse Ledge, like Standard Route (6 pitches, 5.7), and Beginners Route (5 pitches, 5.7), both of which offer upwards of 800 feet of climbing. As you progress as a climber we'll introduce new and more challenging techniques, while always keeping it informative, fun and engaging.
Synnott Mountain Guides Climbing Courses
Intro to Mountaineering - 2 day with overnight
Custom Private Mountaineering Program
Mt. Washington Guided Hike
Mt. Washington One Day Winter Ascent
Intro to Mountaineering - 3 day with overnight
Intermediate Mountaineering
Mt. Rainier Prep
Mt. Washington Observatory Overnight
Presidential Traverse
Lion's Head Winter Route Overview
Tuckerman Ravine Winter Climbing Overview
Intro to Rock Climbing
Family Rock Climbing
Cathedral Ledge Overview
Whitehorse Ledge Overview
Custom Private Rock Climbing Course
Advanced Rock Climbing Techniques
Toprope Set-ups
Learn to Lead course
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Courses and Exams
Youth Rock Climbing Overnight Camp June 24-27,2016
Maine - Acadia Rock Climbing
Mt. Katahdin Alpine Rock Climbing
Custom Backpacking Overnight
Custom Private Ice Climbing Course
Intro to Ice Climbing
Intermediate Ice Climbing
Advanced Ice Climbing
Grafton Notch Ice Climbing
Mixed Climbing 101
Aid Climbing Instruction
Introduction to Self-Rescue
Intro to Backcountry Ski
Advanced Backcountry Skiing
Huntington Ravine Gully Skiing
Mt. Washington Avalanche Awareness Course
AIARE Level 1
Cotopaxi Expedition
Mexican Volcanoes Expedition
Aconcagua Expedition