Product Launch: GoBlow!

Edit: This post was first published on April 1, 2016. It is a joke. holds no trademark on the name GoBlow, nor are we importing cocaine as a base for intranasal electrolytes. Thank you to all who enjoyed it, with a special thanks to the few who bought it hook, line, and sinker.

Today we’re very excited to announce a new direction for As a regular reader, you know that we often ask you to use banner ads on our site when you make gear purchases online. Your contributions cover just part of the costs of running this site, so we’ve been looking to increase the revenue stream and also drive some innovation in the endurance sector.

The sport nutrition market is a crowded one. You don’t need another bar or beverage. You need something that works better, and we’re ready to deliver it to you. After three years of brainstorming, development, and testing, we’re proud to announce that beginning tomorrow we will be taking pre-orders for GoBlow™, the world’s first intranasal electrolyte formulation.

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What is GoBlow™?

Erythroxylum_coca_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-204Anyone who’s ever run an ultra knows that the stomach is an unreliable partner at best. It cramps, complains, and can even shut down during longer events.
Worse still, any fuel taken in by stomach can take hours to reach the circulation, limiting performance.

GoBlow™ uses a patent-pending base of organic Erythroxylum extract in combination with special nasal formulations of sodium, chloride, magnesium, branched chain amino acids, and mixed carbohydrates. When insufflated on a run or a ride, these vital nutrients bypass the stomach and troublesome metabolic barrier of the liver, traveling straight into your circulation to fuel your efforts.

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How is GoBlow™ delivered?

GoBlow™ will be available in four pilot scents: LemonPoppy,ChaiSpice, MountainSnow, and CocaMoca. We’ve designed the packaging to be lightweight, easy to use, and it’s an idea system for delivering an hourly boost to your endurance system. The slim, water resistant paper packaging is lightweight, easy to store, never goes bad, and best of all, it’s recyclable. You can’t say that about all of those sticky Gu packets!


Our amazing pilot scents: LemonPoppy,ChaiSpice, MountainSnow, and CocaMoca

Pre-Order Now!

We appreciate all of the support that we’ve had from from our friends, classmates, fellow athletes, and our South American investment partners. Without all of you we never could have established the recipe and supply of this revolutionary product.

If you have additional questions about GoBlow™, our Q&A is below, but take it from us, you’re going to love this stuff.


Best of all, if you pre-order, your first box is free!

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 1.53.04 PMGoBlow™ Athletes Patrick Fink and Peter Innes first tested this final production run of GoBlow™ during a successful speed skiing effort on Mt Hood’s Wy’East Face:

“The energy that I felt was amazing. For once, I was the best possible version of myself as an athlete. With GoBlow™, there was no stopping me.”  -Peter


I’m scared up putting things up my nose. Is GoBlow™ safe?
Absolutely! We’ve eliminate potassium from our formulation to prevent cardiac arrhythmias, and we performed extensive rodent testing before passing GoBlow™ on to our athletes. No rodents were harmed… but we did end up with some fast rats!

I once tried snorting a pixie stick and didn’t like the experience. Does GoBlow hurt?
We get it. We were kids too. But GoBlow™ is totally different. Sure, if you snort salt, it’s going to hurt. But our organic plant base will completely anesthetize the nasal mucosa within moments of intranasal dissolution. But enough with the science talk! We promise that you won’t feel GoBlow™ go in, but you will feel amazing afterwards!

It looks good, and it smells even better, but does GoBlow™ work?
We guarantee it! On our pilot testing run, our athlete Ethan Linck set the fastest known time around Mt Rainier! He was unsupported… but for a vest full of water and GoBlow™. I personally used GoBlow™ this winter, and I podiumed at every race I entered. If you want to feel invincible and “blow the competition out of the water”™, then GoBlow™ is for you.

I loved my GoBlow™! When can I get more?
We love our customers, and we understand that once you start using GoBlow™, it can be really hard to go back to other supplements. Still, it’s challenging to keep a good supply of our plant extract in stock. But we know that our repeat customers are our best customers, so we’ll notify you by email when the next bale arrives.

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Feel awesome again.



Wasatch Powder Keg Registration Now Open

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Registration for the 2014 Wasatch Powder Keg is now open!

The race will span three days on March 7th – 9th:
March 7 – Sprint Race $20 – one climb/booter/descent
March 8 – Individual Race $65 – 6500′, 10 miles
March 9 – Technical Teams Race $130/team – 8600′, 14 miles


Wasatch Powderkeg

Register Here   $140/person for all three!


In addition to being one of the longest-standing, best-organized, and most entertaining skimo races around, the Wasatch Powderkeg will be the ISMF North American Championships this year.

What does that mean?

It means that racers can score points for ISMF and USSMF standings by racing at Brighton,  so the race will draw the best talent around to race on Dry Wasatch Snow.

Additionally, the race will be the third stop on the OR Subaru Vertfest, and they’ll be putting on clinics and events to benefit the UAC.

Come race!

Back And Better Than Ever

Rounding a Bend, Grand Escalante National Monument Patrick Fink

Rounding a Bend, Grand Escalante National Monument

The perceptive, devoted, obsessive, or unlucky among you may have noticed that Mountain Lessons went down for the last couple of days.

Never Fear.

This was necessary to change web hosts away from the Worthless and Tyrannical to a new and much improved host. Mountain Lessons can now continue with better service and no BS.  The site will continue to look down occasionally for the next 48 hours, but after that, we’ll be flying high.

I’m excited. I have good things in store for you. With Winter around the corner once more, the second to pass while writing on this site, I realize that I have much more to say about the cold months than the warm ones. Knowledge articles, gear reviews, reflections, and photographs will be rolling in short order.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Mountain Lessons. If you haven’t, consider subscribing using the button on the right sidebar or the link at the top of this page– that way, you’ll never miss and article, and you can have it delivered right to your inbox.

You can also help out by making your Christmas purchases using links on this site! It  costs me a surprising amount to keep this thing running, especially as traffic grows, and your purchases help to keep me running. Use a link like the one below and you’ll directly support maintaining this site.

Local Heroes – Northwest Alpine

This is just a quick note before some coming articles.  The Trail Factor 50k went down yesterday in the pouring rain and deep mud.  More on that to follow as soon as I can walk again.  Reflection on training strategy, nutrition, and how I’m good at breaking shoes to follow.

Northwest Alpine

Portland, OR based Northwest Alpine may be a new kid on the scene, but that’s not to say that they don’t pack years of experience into their thoughtful, durable, and American-made technical apparel. Their new website went live today, and it does justice to their great product (and if you look closely, you might see a photo from Mountain Lessons).

Instead of dropping your dollars on some Chinese-made REI jacket designed by a monkey, think about investing in solid gear, made locally, with the best materials available.

AAC Live Your Dream Grant!

We’re proud to announce that that American Alpine Club has honored our dream with a grant, choosing our expedition from among many in this year’s “Live Your Dream” pool.  We plan to link the three local cascades volcanoes under human power in an attempt to rediscover and highlight the possibilities of local adventure, which don’t require big funds, international travel, or destructive carbon emissions.   We’re looking for real adventure in the back yard.

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-The American Alpine Club-


Patrick Fink and Ethan Linck($300) are off on another Live Your Dream human-powered adventure by linking the “Cascade Trifecta” of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier in a round-trip push from Portland using only bicycles and skis. Ethan writes, “The project also returns some of the lost romance of the long-form adventure: where car and air travel have dramatically shrunk our conception of the globe’s size, the slower pace of bike travel will give us a greater perception of the magnitude of the distances involved, of the undertaking itself, and allow us to more fully immerse ourselves in the landscape.”

Part of the stipulations of the grant is that we are to record and share our experience with others through images, words, maybe even video.  So look forward to some good stories of suffering. Thanks again to the AAC for helping to make this happen!

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Stand By, Friends

Friends, I haven’t forgotten you. I appreciate your patience, and that despite my recent silence, 60+ of you still take the time to read this website each day. It humbles me.

My life is in a time of transition and impressive work load, which should relax somewhat in the coming weeks.  I have big plans to continue writing here through the summer and beyond. But for a moment, there will be less.  It’s all I can do to keep running and staying sane.  I care about what I write here, and it takes time to make posts that satisfy me. I will be able to give my time to you again soon.

The author, running near Elk Mountain

The author, running near Elk Mountain

In the mean time, get outside.  Feel the air, the sun, the rain, and the coarse texture of real experience.

If you need something to read in the meantime, may I suggest looking at my Allies page?  That should keep you busy.

Also, I would love to hear from those of you who read this regularly.  Post in the comments: what do you enjoy most on this website, and what do you want me to do more?  Specific ideas?  When I return, your requests will be honored.

Cheers,    –Patrick