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Offline stnoonan

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Guide Recommendations
« on: October 30, 2004, 10:00:07 PM »
Hi folks,

I've been poking around the site for a little while now and have decided I would like to get involved with the sport as a participant and photographer.  

I understand the need for good instruction and I was hoping to get some recommendations on a guide service or school.  My parent,s live in Moultonborough, NH and that will probably be my base to travel from in the winter.  I,ve heard some good things about the Chauvin Guides, but not anything about their ice climbing.  I,ve read the recommendations for Ice Climbing in New England and will pick it up.  Thanks in advance for your recommendations!




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Re: Guide Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2004, 09:06:49 AM »
Sean, there's no shortage of good guides at any of the climbing schools up here, so try any of them until you find a guide that seems to stick out above the rest.  This can get you started...

Good luck and bewarned it is highly addictive!

Offline Wojto

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Re: Guide Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2004, 10:11:08 AM »
hey StNoonan,
I have been climbing with IMCS in North Conway for several years. The best guides, climbers and friends around. Maury is like a mother and a father in one person for newbies and all his guys are superstrong on ice. Go on one of the trips for an accelerated start. Happy picks and kicks !

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Re: Guide Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2004, 11:33:37 AM »
I've heard good things about Mark Synnott:

Jim Shimberg is a really nice guy too:

Both are vastly skilled.


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Offline Jason

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Re: Guide Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2004, 02:33:10 PM »
I'd also highly recommend Alain Comeau.

Great guy, not a young hotshot - extremely experienced - he has given the AMGA certification exam to many of the guides here in the valley!

Be aware that some guides have NO certification of any kind.  Does this mean they aren't good and qualified?  Of course not - but they might not be qualified and/or experienced!

To quote Alain - "it can be scary to be a client"

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Re: Guide Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2004, 05:03:17 PM »
   I have climbed with Mark Synnott, I have been VERY pleased as he has climbed all over the world, he is one of the  most elite climbers around.           He knows everything you would ever need to learn, he is very friendly and gives you a stress free great adventure for climbing in summer, winter, snow and ice.
  I have climbed a few times with other NH. guides before I met Mark and had mixed results from decent guides to a couple bad days and bad times.