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  • Shorts: How to Wax Skins

    This Saturday as we were skiing up on Mt Hood, I noticed that my skins weren’t getting amazing glide. The snow was a bit wet, and the skins are new, so it was no surprise. My solution to this problem is to wax the skins, a tactic stolen from the…

  • Shorts: Hydrating for Running

    Seated at my computer in the ICU, I chuckled out loud while reading an interview with Kilian Jornet and Emilie Forsberg. When the nurse next to me asked what was so funny, I explained that this famous endurance couple clearly dealt with the same controversy as do Taylor and I:…

  • Mt Hood Pearly Gates and Complete White River Ski Descent

    With a wedding two weeks away and a honeymoon trip to the alps just over a month away, Taylor and I were quick to jump on a good-looking weekend forecast to escape to Mt Hood for some skiing, climbing, and skills practice. It’s hard to persuade me to go snow…

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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.