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  • Newton Clark Headwall Ski Descent

    The Spring corn cycle is in full swing now. After a warmup weekend with Tom last week, it was time to take full advantage of prolonged high pressure.  To start out the weekend, Taylor and I went back down to Rogue River, OR, where I planned to meet my friend…

  • Skiing the Wyeast, Fast

    After a few months of playing phone tag, Tom Nelson and I finally managed to get out for some skiing this past weekend. Tom is a financial planner by day, ex-nordic skier, and strong skimo racer by night. For a guy with a wife, kids, and business, he really finds…

  • Haute Route Part 2: Verbier to Arolla

    Miss Part 1? Go back and check out Haute Route: Chamonix to Verbier. Our fourth day in the Swiss Alps began with an early start from the Prafleuri hut to ski the length of the Lac des Dix before the sun would warm the snow along this exposed traverse. Cresting…

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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.