Mark Synnott

Age: 40, Years climbing: 25, Hometown: Jackson, NH, Favorite product: MIURA


Do you clip bolts, plug cams, stack pads, or crush ice?

all of the above

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Since about 1998

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

I would like to climb an 8000 meter peak, establish a bigwall first ascent in Antarctica, ski across Greenland, and sail around the world climbing classic routes along the way.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Happily married and father to three great kids

Do you have any vices?


What makes you tick as a climber and in the real world?

For me this whole climbing thing is driven by a spirit of adventure that I've had inside of me since I was a little kid. It's also about the camaraderie with your bros, and pushing yourself to try as hard as you can, at everything that you do.

What drives you to climb? The money? The groupies? The fame? What?

see above

What is your favorite movie?

I've always been a big fan of James Bond. Have seen every one multiple times.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Scrappy. As the story goes, back in the day, I didn't really wash much, or take too much care in my dress and appearance. I've come a long way, but I'm still kind of a scrounger at heart.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

About 72 hours while climbing the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre. We took a little more than a day on the way up, then epicked hard on the descent. My partner Kevin Thaw took a long factor two fall onto the anchor trying to retrieve a stuck rappel line. The fall shredded off about 20 feet of sheath, so the rest of the rappels went kind of slow.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Maine. It has a nice rig to it and it is my favorite state.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

nothing - I was out climbing and was having so much fun I forgot to each my sandwich

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

definitely pictures

What really scares you about climbing?

slipping on easy ground when I am way run out

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

Quest for Adventure

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

Right where I am, in Jackson, New Hampshire. the only place in the world I would even consider moving to is the coast of Maine.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

well, with no food you'd die, so I'd go for no gasline

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

I'm pretty ok with mine.