The North Face and Alpine Shop Present “Life on the Vertical” to St. Louis

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Mark Synnott always knew he wanted to climb, but it wasn’t until an ascent in 1996 that he knew he wanted to climb some of the biggest walls on the planet. After spending 39 days living on the side of the 4,700-foot north face of Polar Sun Spire – a rock tower rising from a frozen fjord in Canada’s Baffin Island – Mark set out on a quest that has brought him to locations as diverse as the Karakoram mountain range in the greater Himalaya region and the jungles of Amazon and Borneo. Synnott will present "Life on the Vertical," a look at a life spent climbing, in Kirkwood, Mo., on Thursday, October 7.

The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that adventure climber and The North Face Athlete Team member Mark Synnott will come to St. Louis as part of the 2010 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide 29-city tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of seven top professionals from The North Face Global Athlete Team.

This year, the tour boasts its most thrilling lineup yet, with more athletes and more tour stops. Mark Synnott will share his mission in life to climb the world's biggest and most remote big walls with St. Louis residents on Thursday, October 7. In “Life on the Vertical,” presented by The North Face and Alpine Shop, Mark will discuss how his approach to climbing and the risks he’s willing to take has changed with age and how he’s constantly challenged to balance his life as a professional climber and adventurer with his role as a husband and father.

Mark Synnott always knew he wanted to climb, but it wasn’t until an ascent in 1996 that he knew he wanted to climb some of the biggest walls on the planet. After spending 39 days living on the side of the 4,700-foot north face of Polar Sun Spire – a rock tower rising from a frozen fjord in Canada’s Baffin Island – Mark set out on a quest that has brought him to locations as diverse as the Karakoram mountain range in the greater Himalaya region and the jungles of Amazon and Borneo.

Attendees will get to hear the story first-hand at Mark’s presentation, which will take place at the Highland Brewing Company (105 E. Jefferson, Kirkwood, Mo.) beginning at 7 pm, preceded by a 6 pm VIP reception in benefit of the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outing Program.

Tickets for the event are available for free on a first come first serve basis. Guaranteed seats are available starting at $8.00 at http://www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries. VIP Reception tickets, which include preferred seating, a meet & greet with Mark, beer, wine and light food, are available for $20.00. Following the presentation, there will be an interactive question-and-answer session and a book/poster signing.

The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, sponsored by GORE-TEX®, Outside Magazine and PrimaLoft®, is taking place from September 28th through December 3rd. To find out more information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit http://www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries.

About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in San Leandro, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.

About The Alpine Shop
Alpine Shop began life in 1973 as a small climbing shop. Today, through its three locations in Kirkwood, Chesterfield and Columbia, Mo., it serves almost every type of outdoor enthusiast—be they backpackers, campers, cyclists, hikers, paddlers, skiers, snowboarders or climbers—with a friendly and knowledgeable staff, cutting edge products and a wide variety of how-to clinics for all activity levels. http://www.alpineshop.com

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