Yash! Thanks for following up after your course with us. I had a great day out with your group for the first day of your mountaineering program; we certainly got to cover more ice techniques than snow techniques that day, because of the "firm" conditions out there! But regarding the minimized self-arrest practice--that's really on me for not making it especially clear to the guide you had for Days 2 and 3 that we HADN'T had a chance to go over self-arrest in more detail on Day 1, as he would have expected. If youre back up in this area of the White Mountains, I'd be happy to head out with you guys again for a solid clinic with some good hands-on self-arrest practice at no charge. If that's difficult for you to arrange, I have some great resources I can suggest to fill in the gaps. Ill send you an email as well. Thanks again, and I hope we'll see you out there in the mountains before too long! - Charlie at Synnott Mountain Guides
We did a 3 day mountaineering course. Charlie was really great. He managed to take our request to change the dates after we had done the booking. He was also the guide for the first day and taught us lot of mountaineering basic skills on the first day and talked about common mistakes that hes seen over the years. First day was very useful. Self arrest practice was delayed to second day due to terrain conditions on Willies slide. Our guide changed for the Washington summit on the next 2 days. We didnt do the self arrest practice on second day as the guide decided to practice the crux of the Lions head trail with us which was useful the next day to do the crux faster. The winds were 60-80mph on summit day so the decision was made to go just up to Lions Head on summit day which is totally understandable. Self arrest wasnt done on the final day too. The 3 stars are mostly because we werent taught self arrest neither did we have a chance to practice it (in our 3 day course) and this was crucial to our main learning objective of being able to do winter/shoulder season hiking across high passes safely and confidently.
Nicholas, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review! We're psyched you had a great time on the Mount Rainier Prep course with Ryan. Hope to see you back in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for more instruction and adventures.
I took a 3 day course with 2 friends to focus primarily on crevasse rescue and then climbing Mt Washington. Our experience with Synnott mountain guides was nothing short of exceptional. We were paired with Ryan as our guide and he truly customized the lessons to fit our experience level and taught it in a manner that was fun and easy to grasp. He was as good of a listener as he is a teacher and we got everything out of it that we wanted and then some. We all walked off the mountain with a vast amount of invaluable knowledge and had a great time doing so. Im already looking forward to coming back to Synnott Mountain Guides perhaps next winter to expand my mountaineering skills and knowledge. 11/10, I would highly recommend Synnott Mountain guides and training with Ryan Driscoll.
Drove in from Louisiana for the 2 day introduction to ice climbing, after day 1 at Frankenstein cliff our guide ryan was confident in our abilities and recommended I try Mt Willard. I did summit Mt Willard. Ryan is very patient and encouraging Guide. Great experience thank you
We did a two day mountaineering course with Josh and it was an incredible experience from start to finish. Loved the deep knowledge and flexibility to make each aspect perfectly tailored to our group. Already planning out our next trip
My family (my father, sister, and I) skied Tuckerman's Ravine yesterday and had a fantastic time. Our guide was Nick and he was awesome. Super knowledgeable and friendly. We would highly recommend him. Thanks again for all your help