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  • Mississippi Head Run

    It’s been damn smoky around these parts lately, with an explosive fire blooming in the Columbia River Gorge that has choked us all with air quality that makes Salt Lake City’s inversion smog seem like an eco-paradise. Thankfully, our usual Westerly winds returned a few days ago to blow the…

  • Mt Olympus

    Mt Olympus is one of the most imposing peaks on the Salt Lake City skyline, and also one of the most popular. It’s West Slabs, which face the University and downtown area, are a popular scramble that starts with 5.4 climbing before mellowing into a few thousand feet of class…

  • Mt Kessler

    With Taylor back in Portland and my parents off to Iceland for a few weeks, I’m left to my own devices here in the Wasatch. Despite a pretty solid schedule of 16 ER shifts including 4 overnights as well as 4 days of lecture, I’ve still been sneaking out into the…

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Patrick Fink Author of Mountain LessonsMountain Lessons is written and directed by Patrick Fink. When not slaving at the keyboard, Patrick is a medical student, trail runner, climber, mountain biker, and skier based in Portland, OR.

Note:  Many of the sports discussed on Mountain Lessons, even when practiced safely, can result in serious injury, disability, or death.  Seek professional instruction and supervision before traveling independently in the mountains.  Any information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for concrete experience and informed judgment obtained under the guidance of a professional instructor or guide.  I am not a professional; use this information at your own risk.