Synnott Mountain Guides Announces Katahdin Alpine Rock Climbing Course in Maine

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New England's premier climbing guiding service expands its summer rock climbing courses to include alpine rock climbing on Mt. Katahdin and Baxter Peak in Maine

Synnott Mountain Guides, a New Hampshire climbing guide service, is now offering a 2-day Mt. Katahdin Alpine Climbing course in Baxter State Park, Maine. Baxter Peak and Mt. Katahdin are the two highest mountains in Maine and provide the perfect opportunity for climbers to hone their alpine rock climbing skills in a wild and spectacular environment.    Unlike other Mt. Katahdin summit hikes, the Synnott Mountain Guides Mt. Katahdin Alpine Climbing course offers climbers an experience on the technical routes on the mountain. Because Mt. Katahdin offers so much terrain to cover, Synnott Mountain Guides also offers three day and longer trips with even more technical climbing.

Day 1 of the Synnott Mountain Guides Mt. Katahdin Rock Climbing Course begins with the drive from Millinocket, Maine to Baxter State Park followed by a 3.3 mile hike and establishing camp. The afternoon is spent covering the basics of alpine rock climbing with attention to moving quickly over moderate terrain and establishing traditional belays on steeper sections. The afternoon's climb culminates with the summit of Pamola Peak of Katahdin as dusk approaches and a nighttime descent back to camp for a late dinner. The first day provides instruction and a summit climb if weather conditions permit.

The second day of the Synnott Mountain Guides Mt. Katahdin Alpine Climbing Course features classic Northeast alpine climbing, beginning with climbing the Katahdin Knife Edge Ridge, which involves thrilling exposure, down-climbing and 30 feet of pure horizontal knife edge rock. After another short section of scrambling, the final mile's hike along the ridge provides breathtaking scenery on the way to reaching the 5,270 foot summit of Baxter Peak, the highest point in Maine and northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

Synnott Mountain Guides is owned and operated by professional climber Mark. Synnott. Mark has taken on adventure in places like Patagonia , Pakistan , Nepal , India, China, Tibet, the Alaska Range, the Amazon, West Africa and Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. When not in the mountains, Mark works with The North Face research, design and development teams and he lectures frequently on his life of adventure. He’s also a successful freelance photojournalist and a senior contributing editor at Climbing Magazine. His articles and photos have appeared in many publications in the U.S. and abroad, including National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Outside, Skiing and New York Magazine. Mark Synnott is also the author of Baffin Island – Climbing, Trekking & Skiing, a Baffin Island guidebook illustrated with stunning photos and detailed maps. In the last several years, Mark has been on climbing expeditions to Borneo, Chad and Newfoundland, all three of which also included climbing sensation Alex Honnold and fellow North Face climbing team member, whom Mark has had the pleasure of mentoring in regards to big wall and expedition climbing More information about Mark's climbing expeditions and Synnott Mountain Guides can be found at

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