Nate Smith, Ph.D.

About Nate

Nate Smith grew up traveling and living around the world with his family. In 2004, Nate moved to Salt Lake City to attend school at the University of Utah, and has called Utah home ever since. Nate graduated from the University of Utah with a Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Education in 2014, and has made it his goal to contribute in a positive and professional way to the outdoor industry. Nate is the owner and director of MED, and specializes in teaching ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, and wilderness medicine. Nate also dedicates much of his time at MED to providing risk management and business consultation to other like-minded organizations, and is actively involved in the ongoing professional development and mentorship of MED's instructor team. Nate is a talented all-around mountain athlete and educator, with a serious passion for alpine climbing and spending big days in big mountains. Nate believes that outdoor recreation has the unique ability to transform people, and contribute positively to life-long health and wellness benefits. When not in the office, Nate can typically be found climbing, skiing, running, playing with his dog Makalu, cooking good food, and planning the next big adventure. Nate is known by the instructor team, his friends, and family as someone who pushes the boundaries of what's possible in the outdoor industry, a mentor and guide, and a fast-moving person both on the trail and in the airport. 


43 Summits in 34 Days

X3 Chimborazo Summits
X2 Cotopaxi Summits
--Both ski descents from summit
X1 Cayambe Summit
--Ski descent from summit
X4 Iliniza Sur Summits / X4 Iliniza Norte Summits
--X2 were combined traverses car-to-car style


University of Utah - Health Promotion and Education - B.S.
--Minors - Nutrition / Parks, Recreation & Tourism
University of Utah - Health Promotion and Education - M.S.
University of Utah - Health Promotion and Education - Ph.D.


Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS)
AMGA Assistant Alpine Guide
AMGA Assistant Ski Guide
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Provider
Avalanche Level 3
Red Cross - Full Instructor
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)


Board Member - Salt Lake Climber Alliance
CAMP USA - Athlete
RAB USA - Athelete