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Mark Synnott | The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life :: Dartmouth College

m synnottPlease join us in welcoming Mark Synnott to the Upper Valley! He will be speaking about his new book, The Impossible Climb, at Collis Common Ground.

The Impossible Climb climaxes with Alex Honnold's unprecedented, almost unimaginable feat: a 3,000-foot vertical climb -- without a rope -- up El Capitan in Yosemite. Mark Synnott tells the story in the context of a deeply reported account of his ten-year friendship with Honnold, multiple climbing expeditions, and the climbing ethos they share. The book also includes incredible photography of Honnold’s climb and training. (Honnold is the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary "Free Solo.")

Synnott paints an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history, profiling Yosemite heroes John Bachar, Peter Croft, Dean Potter, and the harlequin tribe of climbers known as the Stonemasters. A veteran of the North Face climbing team and contributor to National Geographic, Synnott weaves in his own amateur and professional experiences with poignant insight and wit.

“With the possible exception of the lunar landings, free-soloing El Capitan may rank as one of the most audacious—and terrifying—things a human being has ever done. Synnott’s narrative plasters you a 3,000-foot granite cliff and doesn’t let you go until the climb is done. It is one of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I’ve ever read.” --Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

Synnott is a twenty-year member of the North Face Global Athlete team. He is a frequent contributor to National Geographic and has written for Outside, Men's Journal, Rock and Ice, Climbing and other outlets. He is also a highly certified mountain guide and a trainer for the Pararescuemen of the United States Air Force.  

Free and open to the public. Reservations are not needed for this event.


Event date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Collis Common Ground
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101986646
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call or email to confirm availability)
Published: Dutton - March 5th, 2019

One of the 10 Best Books of March, Paste Magazine

A deeply reported insider perspective of Alex Honnold’s historic achievement and the culture and history of climbing.