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  • Complete Enchantments Loop, Car to Car

    Some days I just feel lazy. Like lead, but with more natural affinity for a sofa. This afflicts me often, or on most days even. Like there just isn’t enough coffee in the world to get me going. But life doesn’t happen if you don’t make it happen. I don’t want…

  • Running Around Broken Top

    Man, what a hiatus. This summer has been a rough one. I’ve been inside, doing the hard work of becoming a doctor by undergoing the rights of passage called Surgery and Internal Medicine. It’s a necessary sacrifice, but it hasn’t been easy to watch summer slide by without me. Now, finally,…

  • Mt Baker Easton Glacier Ski Descent

    Author’s note: This post is one week old. I’m now sleep deprived and sporting the dorky combination of scrubs and a white coat. Looking back on this gives me a satisfied smile. Enjoy! I’m on a ferry, out on puget sound, sailing from Friday Harbor to Anacortes. Despite my best…

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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.