On Episode 218 of the Enormocast, I connect after some really weird internet glitching with climber and author Mark Synnott. Mark’s book The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest and its imminent release was the occasion for our talk, but the convo quickly turns to our shared past and his personal struggles juggling adventure, family, and marriage. Mark is one of the preeminent explorers of our time with not just mind-boggling climbing feats under his belt, but adventures in massive caves, deep jungles, and wild landscapes on his resume as well. His former life as a dirtbag expedition climber has been supplanted by a career in journalism and documentation, but his wit and love of adventure remains.
On Episode 168 of the Enormocast, I sit down in North Conway, New Hampshire with guide, father, and climber, Peter Doucette. Peter grew up, learned to climb, and still lives in New Hampshire near North Conway. He cut his teeth guiding in Wyoming, but returned home to start his own show, Mountain Sense, and, well, live free or die. Though Peter is a badass on all mediums, ice-climbing and all its improvisation and decision making is where he excels. But, frankly, he’d be the last to tell you that had I not forced him, because he’s Northeast to the core.