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

Our Advanced Course is for intermediate to expert climbers who have already completed their initial apprenticeship. Perhaps you're a 5.10 climber looking to break into 5.11, or a 5.11 climber looking to break into 5.12. We will discuss your goals and aspirations as a climber, and then customize a course accordingly. One thing is certain, if you have reached a plateau, we will focus all our energies to break through it. As SMG’s founder Mark Synnott points out: “I know this is true because I have been through every plateau myself, from 5.9 to 5.13. The key to breaking through these barriers usually has everything to do with our mental and psychological approaches to climbing. I have been continually amazed by how much we can improve simply by modifying our state of mind, expectations, or motivations.”

Do you get frozen with uncertainty and fear when you try to bust a hard move above your pro? This is a very common problem that climbers face, and one that we've all dealt with over the years. The good news is that we have techniques for helping you to discern the difference between rational and irrational fears. We'll look carefully at protection and safety systems and we'll help you to figure out how to separate real danger from other situations where a fall is okay. If all else fails, we may just get you up on a safely-bolted route and have you lob off a bunch of times, gradually increasing the lengths of the falls while teaching you how to fall gracefully and with little consequence.

In the Advanced Course, we will seek out some of the longer and more difficult routes at Cathedral Ledge, Whitehorse Ledge or Cannon Cliff. We have guided people on traditional climbs up to 5.12, so regardless of your skill level, we will have no problem finding the terrain appropriate for what you're trying to learn. The Advanced Course also includes instruction in the all-important fine art of bailing. As Mark reminds us, “I have had many epic descents myself, including walls where we made nearly fifty rappels to descend, so I have many tricks in my bag to share with you.”

We'll also talk extensively about training, what works and what doesn't. If you are focused on building more physical strength (in addition to mental), we can help you to figure out a training program that fits into your lifestyle and work schedule.

Bottom line: you tell us what your goals are and we'll figure out a way to get you there. As Mark’s father always told him growing up: "Where there's a will, there's a way."
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