ABOUTErik Schlimmer is a brand ambassador, fundraiser, writer, speaker, and disabled veteran based in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His outdoor experience and his passion to share it has been summed, "His knowledge is vast, his demeanor unassuming, and his attitude superb." Erik's writing has been described as "monumental effort" and "relentless."
Erik has been employed as an Appalachian Trail caretaker and ridge runner, Adirondack Park and Catskill Park backcountry ranger, professional trail builder, outdoor education professor, MTV Made Coach, veteran advocate, and mental health professional. He possesses a master's degree in Clinical Social Work and is a licensed therapist, specializing in working with veterans. Erik founded The Hiking Veteran in 2020 to demonstrate that a veteran with disabilities can be an outstanding ambassador and adventurer who raises funds for veterans.
He's the author of Thru Hiker's Guide to America (2005), Blue Line to Blue Line (2013), History Inside the Blue Line (2014), My Adirondacks (2015), Among the Cloud Splitters (2016), Cradle of the Union (2019), Color Remote (2019), and From Northville to Placid (2021). His next two books, With an Ax and a Rifle and Deep History, will be released in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Media outlets to feature Erik range from BBC Business Daily to Adirondack Life, Northeast Public Radio to National Geographic Adventure. He's appeared on The 46 of 46 Podcast, Aptitude Outdoors Podcast, Do Big Things Podcast, Foot Stuff Podcast, East to West Hunting Podcast, and Adventure Sports Podcast.