Luke Nelson

Luke spent his childhood wandering the mountains. These days his time in the wild is spent running. Not wanting to be confined by the rules of racing, he prefers meandering lesser-known routes and rowdy mountain linkups as a way to stay connected to nature. Being connected with the outdoors on a daily basis has inspired him to be an activist and to speak up for the planet. He strives to maximize each hour by balancing his time as an activist, physician assistant, race director, husband and father.

The Most Obvious Line
The Most Obvious Line
The Most Obvious Line
Luke Nelson

Luke Nelson's FKT on the Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup.

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Lessons in Gratitude
Photo: Jared Campbell
Lessons in Gratitude
Luke Nelson

It started on a hot afternoon in May, deep in Bears Ears National Monument. Four of us had been going hard for a couple of days and the fatigue from difficult miles was stacking up. One of us was struggling. It might have been lack of training, or perhaps improper fueling for back-to-back 12-hour days…

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Running Up For Air: A Race Away from the Smog of Salt Lake City
Photo: Andrew Burr
Running Up For Air: A Race Away from the Smog of Salt Lake City
Luke Nelson

Breathless, I reach out and high-five four smiling volunteers. Between gasps for air, I thank them for standing on the top of a peak in February to man the summit aid station. I turn and hastily trot down the steep snow steps that fall towards the valley below. Four, maybe five steps later the bottom…

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The Worst Idea: A Sufferfest in the Wyoming Wilderness
Photo: Fredrik Marmsater
The Worst Idea: A Sufferfest in the Wyoming Wilderness
Luke Nelson

“You don’t have to be crazy,” Ty likes to say, “but it helps.” I’ve stopped counting how many times over the years these words have described our harebrained outings. Right then, I was trying to focus on surviving the current one. Anything that actually resembled running had stopped hours ago. The sun was shining, but…

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Luke Nelson: Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route
Luke Nelson: Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route
Luke Nelson: Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route
Luke Nelson

By Luke Nelson There is something unnerving about waking up shivering. I rolled over and did a dozen or so push-ups in an attempt to get warm enough to fall back asleep. My commotion led to Cody pressing the light on his watch. “It’s almost 4 a.m.,” I mumbled. “I’ve been cold for a while,”…

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Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 1: Arriving
Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 1: Arriving
Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 1: Arriving
Luke Nelson

The wind gusts, blowing spray from the water lapping on the banks of Lago General Carrera. Here I stand, eyes closed, feeling the cool mist on my sunburnt cheeks. When I open my eyes it’s still there, it feels like a dream, but it’s not—Patagonia spreads out all around me. I’ve long dreamt of seeing…

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