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NYC - Members' Dinner w/ Mark Synnott

Off the Map with Mark Synnott

Mark Synnott, 42, is renowned 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. One of the first climbers to explore Baffin Island's remote east coast, Mark has been on five trips to the island, and has pioneered four big wall first ascents in the area, including a greade VII on the 4700-foot north face of Polar Sun Spire -- an epic wall that required the team to spend 36 nights in portaledges. Two years later, Mark returned to the same area with a team of North Face Athletes to produce a big wall climbing documentary for the National Geographic Society -- one of six National Geographic sponsored expeditions he has participated in.

In the Karakoram, Mark established two grade VII big wall first ascents -- The Ship of Fools on Shipton Spire and Parallel Worlds on Great Trango Tower. The latter, a 6000-foot wall topping out over 20,000 feet (completed with Jared Ogden and Alex Lowe in 1999) is one of the longest rock climbs in the world. As a free climber, Mark has tackled notorious adventure routes like the East Face of Mt. Babel (5.11+R) in the Canadian Rockies and Stratosfear (5.11+R) in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. At the crag he has onsighted 5.12 and redpointed 5.13. In Yosemite, Mark has climbed El Capitan 22 times, including one days ascents of the Nose, Tangerine Trip, Lost in America and the West Face. In 1997 he snagged the coveted second ascent of El Capitan's hardest route, the Reticent Wall (A5). Equally comfortable on ice and mixed terrain as he is on rock, Mark has climbed Grade 6+ testpieces in the Canadian Rockies, France, and Norway.

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, Bank of New York, The Vanity Fair corporation, 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 Entertainment, 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 US and abroad.

Mark's North Face profile

Date: 01/16/2014

Time: 6:00 Reception, 7:00 Dinner, 8:00 Lecture

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $65

Guest Ticket Price: $70

Reservation Notes:

Dinners are open to Members and their guests.
Non-members are welcome to attend as nominal guests of Daryl Hawk MN’98, organizing chair of The Explorers Club Members Dinners.
To make a reservation please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Club at 212-628-8383

Cancellation/”No Show” Policy:

* If a reservation is canceled after Tuesday, January 14th there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
* There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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