On The Vertical
The Clayton Center is excited to present the second National Geographic Live speaker this season, Mark Synott.
Mark Synnott is a pioneering big wall climber and one of the most prolific adventurers of his generation. Currently, he is working to break scientific ground, reaching incredibly inaccessible environments in search of rare species.
Synott has traveled on nearly 30 expeditions to discover unclimbed and unexplored rock walls. He has made legendary first ascents of some of the world’s tallest, most forbidding walls, from Baffin Island to Pakistan. In Auyuittuq National Park, Mark completed the first ski descent of the South Face of Mt. Odin via a 5,000-foot couloir.
Synnott has been a contributor for both National Geographic Television and National Geographic magazine since 1998. He was the author of two feature articles in National Geographic magazine: “Impossible Rock,” a feature about exploratory rock climbing expedition to the Musandam Peninsula in Oman, and “Sins of the Aral,” a feature article about the disappearance of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan.
Synnott works with The North Face Research, Design, and Development team and lectures frequently on his life as a professional climber and explorer. He is a certified mountain guide and the owner and director of one of the premier guide services in the east—Synnott Mountain Guides.
National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including, Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage.