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  • Golden Ultra Vertical K, 4th, 49:05

    A few weeks ago while planning a trip to Golden, BC, for my mother in law’s 70th birthday, I googled something along the lines of “Golden trail running” and discovered that the Golden Ultra at Kicking Horse ski resort was to be held the weekend that we were there. The…

  • Mt St Helens Loowit Trail In-A-Day

    Taylor needed a goal to get her out and hiking as she rehabilitated from shoulder surgery. Hiking isn’t very intrinsically challenging, so she wanted to make it hard and walk a long way. This year, that meant looping Mt St Helens in a day on the Loowit Trail. We were joined…

  • 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…

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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.