Mar 14 • 39M

A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali: America's Wildest Peak

Patrick Dean

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Patrick Dean lives, works, and plays in and around Monteagle, Tennessee. He has written speeches for Congressional candidates, taught inner-city high-school English, and earned a master’s degree in theology.

Since 2012, Patrick has been a free-lance writer, social-media content creator, and website designer. He is also the executive director of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a walking and cycling trail on a former railroad bed.

Patrick is a content ambassador for Territory Run Co. Find Patrick at

Patrick Dean’s first book, A WINDOW TO HEAVEN, reveals the riveting and unknown story of Hudson Stuck, an Episcopal priest who in 1913 led the first-ever summit of Denali, one of the world’s deadliest mountains. It was published by Pegasus Books in 2021.

Dean’s second, NATURE’S MESSENGER: MARK CATESBY’S ADVENTURES IN A NEW WORLD, reveals the complex life of the botanist and artist, who saw firsthand the rippling effects and unintended consequences of 18th century globalization on the natural world in North America and the Caribbean.