I am Patrick Fink, and I live in Portland, OR.  I devote much of my time and attention to travel in the mountains, be it on foot, on rock, or on skis.  I am also an active instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and a molecular genetics researcher studying telomeres at Reed College.

Selected Climbs / C.V.

Mountaineering/Alpine Climbing

  • Upper Exum Ridge, Grand Teton, WY.  July, 2003.  5.4 II, guided by Exum Mountain Guides.
  • Disappointment Cleaver, Mt. Rainier, WA.  June, 2005.  II/III, guided by Rainier Mountain Guides.
  • South Spur, Mt. Adams, WA.  June, 2009. I, 10 hours solo w/ski descent.
  • East Ridge of the South Chamber, Illumination Rock, Mt. Hood, OR.  July, 2009.  II, 5.6 R.
  • South Climb, Mt. Hood, OR.  February, 2010. I, 6.5 hours, winter.
  • Reid Glacier Headwall, Mt. Hood, OR.  April, 2010. II, 50-60° snow and ice.
  • North Arete of Ellingwood, North Wind River Range, WY.  Augst, 2010.  5.7 III, 1500′ to 13,053′ summit, 12 pitches, swung leads.
  • The Marsupials Traverse/Santiam Highway Ledges linkup, Smashing the Silence variation, Smith Rock, OR.  September 2010.  II, 13 pitches, 5.10b R, traditional/bolts.

Rock Climbing

  • Nine Gallon Buckets, Smith Rock, OR.  5.10c sport, onsight.
  • Tammy Bakker’s Face, Smith Rock, OR.  5.10c sport, onsight.
  • Gumby, Smith Rock, OR.  5.10b sport.
  • A Desperate Man, Smith Rock, OR.  5.9 traditional.
  • Lion’s Jaw, Smith Rock, OR.  5.8 Traditional, onsight.


  • 17+ years skiing experience in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia
  • Ski descent of Mt. Adams from the summit, 12 hours car-to-car, 2009.
  • Northeast Face of the Pfeifferhorn, Wasatch Mountains, UT.  January, 2010.
  • Ski descent of Mt. Hood from the summit.  April, 2010.


  • 80 hour Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Medicine Training Center, re-certified October, 2009.
  • Wilderness CPR w/AED, Wilderness Medicine Training Center, re-certified October, 2009.
  • AIARE Avalanche Safety levels I and II, American Alpine Institute, February, 2010.
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator, National Outdoor Leadership School, June 2010.